It’s a new year and we have exciting news . . . we moved to Burlington, VT! Boston was great these past 7 years but it was time for the next chapter in our lives. Teddy will be joining the firm Wagner Hodgson and I’ll be joining the incredible team at Ursa Major. We couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities and to be calling Vermont home. Feels good to be back in my homestate. Looking forward to sharing our adventures in our new home here on N’East Style!
“I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Bennington on September 21, 1928
No other brand really gets me pumped for winter like Ibex does. Makes sense considering their headquarters are in the winter wonderland state of VT. I’ve worn their wool layers for years while snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding (attempting to at least), sledding, snowmobiling, and just rolling around in that great white stuff we call snow. The fact that I wear my Ibex winter after winter is a testament to the brand’s quality and comfort. If you’re still unsure, let this video they put together inspire you to jump into your own Woolies, and hit the snow.
Many of us here in New England are eating our greens and hydrating tonight as we prepare for our “Turkey Trot” 5K, 10K, what-not on Thanksgiving morning. But long before the trend of squeezing fitness into our day of glutenous eating, the turkey was the one who got in some exercise before the big feast – literally. Some 200 years ago, Vermont turkeys travelled to Boston on foot in what was called a “Turkey Drive”. The drive would collect thousands of turkeys from all corners of the green mountain state and were often herded by farmers’ children who acted as the drovers. Though the trip was a slow one (a mere 10-12 miles a day) and often experienced casualties, it was an autumnal tradition that lasted for almost 100 years. How New England to be droving 1,000 plucky turkeys (who were often roosting in inconvenient places like the side of the road or in a covered bridge) versus the iconic cattle drives of the Midwest. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, I hope you enjoy your morning jaunts and the luxury of eating a turkey that led a leisurely happy life on a kind farm in Vermont.
Thanks to Vermont Public Radio, the source for this fun story.
I’m so excited about Ursa Major’s first cologne. Not only does it feature some of my favorite scents like spice, citrus, bergamot, and ginger, it had me at the name Willoughby. Although named after the majestic Lake Willoughby, I think all you other Jane Austen fans will concur it’s an excellent choice*. It’s a cologne that both men and women will feel confident in wearing. Add it to the list of perfect stocking stuffers, especially since 1% of sales will go to the Vermont Land Trust. Why not feel good about gifting this year?
*For you non-Austen fans, Willoughby is a dashing (albeit cowardly) character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.