Birthday Weekend

My birthday was this last weekend. I must confess that I love it when my birthday falls on or near the weekend, because I feel indulgently justified in stretching it into three days of fun. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that? 

When Colette asked me what I wanted for breakfast on my birthday, the answer was an almost immediate, "I want what I had at Le Pain Quotidien in London." That sounds like it might be complicated, but it's really just a simple breakfast parfait of yogurt, fruit, and granola. Bliss!

In the evening, the rest of the family came over for a dinner of homemade lasagna, presents, a video chat with Max and Rose, and brownies.  

Then the next morning, we got an early start and headed north to the Mount Washington Hotel.

I have three "happy places": home, Nantucket, and the Mount Washington Hotel. I feel completely at home in each of those relaxed! I love the stately grandeur of the Mount Washington contrasted with the rugged grandeur of the mountains surrounding it.

Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out, and the Mount Washington Hotel has an incredible breakfast buffet! I feasted on: berry muffin, fruit smoothie, fresh fruit, bacon, blueberry sausage (yum!), omelette, tea, orange juice, and more. All scrumptious!

We did a bit of shopping at the Garnet Hill Outlet before leaving the north country. (Yes, such a thing exists!)

Sunday was a restful day following church. And the Sunday night return of "Victoria", watched with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, was the perfect ending to a great weekend!


  1. Sounds like the most delightful birthday. Happy Birthday!
    A Garnet Hill, I had no idea. I love their stuff, but never pull the trigger on the price.

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, I have felt the same about the prices. But I did get one of their cashmere wraps for Christmas (which if you wait for a sale...), and it is AMAZING! But at the outlet I bought a wool sweater for an excellent price, and a pair of summer pajamas for a mere $24! Score! If you're ever in NH...;-)

  2. I am totally in favor of extending a birthday celebration! Happy birthday to you!!

  3. Recipe for the perfect birthday celebration. Adding my good wishes to it.

  4. Happy Birthday! I love the photo of the chandelier! (Others nice as usual also!) Andrea


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