Caravan Sonnet: October 2017

10/31/17

Montgomery Inn at Ingleside // Prince Edward Island, Canada

Today I am so excited to share more about my trip to Prince Edward Island and specifically the amazing place we spent two nights on the Island at: Montgomery Inn at Ingleside. This is a post that I honestly have been excited to write and share about since May when I first touched base with Paul (the owner of Montgomery Inn at Ingleside) and decided to stay here. 

Honestly, the build up of excitement of staying at Ingleside couldn't even compare to the actual experience. It was incredible. On the website it says that if you are a Lucy Laud Montgomery fan than you should stay at Ingleside... and this is true. As an author I was inspired, encouraged, and in awe of staying at this historic property. BUT, even if you are not familiar with L.M. Montgomery this is still a must stay place on the Island. 
From the moment that you drive up to the property you feel that you have taken a step back in time to a different era. The outside building looks and feels quintessential Prince Edward Island and all things Lucy Maud Montgomery. I texted my mom a picture (this one HERE that I posted on Instagram) and said... "we arrived in Ingleside and can see the Lake of Shining Waters". For all of you L.M. Montgomery fans you understand the girly significance of this comment. *smiles*
As a bit of background, Montgomery Inn at Ingleside is the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery's grandfather, Senator Donald Montgomery. She grew up spending part of her childhood visiting her grandfather and nicknamed this home, "Ingleside". For those of you who are familiar with her books, her Ingleside Series of Books was based on her stays here at this home. 
This 4-acre homestead was established in 1877 has been converted into a Canada Select 4-star Heritage Country Inn. The work that has been done to keep the integrity and authenticity of the history and yet modernize the home is absolutely incredible. I can't wait to share more of the inside details with y'all tomorrow. It is truly amazing. 

Within the home there are tons of different rooms (including for those who are L.M. Montgomery lovers a chance to stay in her old room!) and we stayed in the Senators Suite which I can't wait to share more with y'all in the next couple of days!
For Anne lovers this 4-acre property is an absolute dream as it is set right next to the Anne of Green Gables Museum and the famous Lake of Shining Waters. 
This above map is located at the Anne of Green Gables Museum that shows all points "Anne" for those who are visiting the Island for this reason. You can see where the museum and the Lake of Shining waters is located and can see how central Montgomery Inn at Ingleside is. It truly is the perfect location to stay if you are an Anne lover. 
For those of you who may be asking if it is worth a stay if you are interested in exploring the Island beyond "Anne" it is a definite "yes". 

First, as you can see by the map I created above for our time in PEI, Montgomery Inn at Ingleside is centrally located to all different parts of the Island. We wanted to see and explore the Island in general and the central location of Montgomery Inn at Ingleside allowed us to easily do this. It took us no more than 1-2 hours to reach the different parts of the Island that we were seeing. As far as location goes it can't be beat. 

Second, the stay itself was absolute perfection. Everything was immaculate and the details were beyond compare. Both Ali and I commented several times on how restful the environment was, how amazing it was to stay in such an historic place that still be provided amazing modern comforts, and just in general how wonderful our stay was. It was quiet, restful, and truly a haven. If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay on the Island then Montgomery Inn at Ingleside is definitely the choice.  (Also, for those that are interested- breakfast is included in your stay!) 

Third, the owners of Montgomery Inn at Ingleside were awesome. They were accommodating to our change in schedule and made it easy for us to get into the house. They were available for help and questions but we never felt that they were intrusive either. We felt complete freedom to come and go as we pleased and yet everything that we needed was taken care of. This is unique as we all know because sometimes things with an Inn owner can be a bit awkward. This was not the case with Paul and Michelle. Just like the rest of our stay they were incredible. In fact one evening we had spent the entire day exploring and came home after a later dinner. Despite the hour Paul came over to see if we needed anything which spoke to the compassion and professionalism that they have.

Fourth, Montgomery Inn at Ingleside is incredibly safe. For those of you are taking a girls trip like we were this is an important factor that you always consider. The property was incredibly safe and one evening when we came back a bit later in the evening from a late dinner we arrived to lights being on and a soft glow of warmth welcoming us in. 

There is an access code for the key box and the locks on all of the doors. One night we actually had the house and property to ourselves and never once were concerned. We felt incredibly safe and would recommend this to anyone who is traveling for a girls trip. 
Fifth and finally, the views and property are so peaceful and restful that you will not want to leave. From the moment you drive up you are surrounded by beauty on all sides that just draws you in and invites you to truly relax on your vacation.
One morning of our stay I got up early and came out to watch the sunrise. It was spectacular. I curled up on the front porch with a blanket scarf around me and just took in the beauty of the land before me. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Our stay at the Montgomery Inn at Ingleside was absolutely wonderful in every way. Even several weeks later I continue to talk about this amazing property. It truly welcomes your heart in and is wonderful and we would love to go back.

Interested in booking a stay at the Montgomery Inn at InglesideMontgomery Inn at Ingleside is open from May 1st through October 31st. You can connect with the Montgomery Inn at Ingleside and make reservations here:

Phone Number: 1-902-439-0889
Address: 4615 Route 20 Park Corner
Kensington PE COB1MO
CANADA 
You can connect with Paul, the Owner of Montgomery Inn at Ingleside on Instagram HERE
I hope that each of you have a chance to stay at the Montgomery Inn at Ingleside. It is truly such a beautiful and lovely place. Please let me know if you have any questions!! Tomorrow I will be sharing pictures of the amazing details from inside Montgomery Inn at Ingleside and also about our specific suite, the Senator's Suite. 

If you are interested in reading more from my recent trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

NOVA SCOTIA:

Peggy's Cove: //  Peggy's Cove //  Peggy's Cove Lighthouse //  

A HUGE thank you to Montgomery Inn at Ingleside and Paul Montgomery for the discounted stay rate. 

10/30/17

3 Top Tips for Choosing the Right Road Tripping Vehicle

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When I first started writing about travel here on the blog I mostly spoke about road trips that I had taken or was going to take, tips for long car trips and road trips, and about different aspects of road trips that are important to keep in mind. I still love road trips. Honestly, those of you that know me well know that. I love having the time to talk, to connect on a deeper level, and to laugh and see a new part of the world with those you love. 
With my recent road trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia I have been thinking more and more about how important it is to choose your vehicle wisely when you decide to take a road trip. So today I wanted to share with y'all three of the top things to consider when you are choosing a vehicle for a road trip... 
1. Gas Mileage
One of the first things to consider when choosing the right road tripping vehicle is the gas mileage that you are going to get on your trip. It is important to consider the amount of miles that you are traveling and also calculate what types of roads you will encounter along the way. 
2. Car Durability
If you are like me then sometimes you love to take time to venture off the beaten path on your road trips. Due to this it is important to consider the durability of the car. If you want to explore and blaze a new trail (or a less explored one *smiles*) then you will want to consider a car that can tolerate rough roads, mud, fields, and other elements (including the opportunity to drive on the ocean floor like I did a couple of weeks ago!).
3. Safety
Safety of the car is the most important thing to consider as you consider gas mileage and also the durability of the car. I saw this today and it stopped me up short:
It may sound like such a simple thing but so many people drive without their seat belts on and this number above of the death toll is truly tragic. And, for those that have kiddos this is such an important thing to remember. Not sure about how to properly use the car seat? You can read all about car seat checks  -HERE

What about you? What is most important for you when choosing the right road tripping vehicle?

Monday Inspiration and Encouragement (Volume Fourteen)

Several months ago I shared that for a while I had a dream of sharing some Monday inspiration and encouragement on the blog. Life is hard and I know full well that in the difficult times it can be hard to find inspiration, so several months ago I shared my first post (which you can find HERE) and have loved sharing periodically on Mondays ( you can find all of the Monday inspiration posts HERE) different things that I have found to be really inspiring and encouraging from all different genres and hope that it will encourage and inspire you for your week! 

It is hard to believe that it has been a couple of weeks since my last Monday Inspiration and Encouragement post. If you follow along here on the blog then you know that life has been busy completing different writing projects from an amazing work/writing trip through the North Eastern US, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. I have shared about the US portion of our trip and New Brunswick and today my first post about Prince Edward Island went live. It still seems surreal that that beautiful trip took place. It was just lovely.  Today I am excited to share just a few things that have encouraged and inspired me the last couple of weeks and I hope that they inspire you and make you smile!
{first} I thought I was familiar with every single Elisabeth Elliot quote that existed but I had never heard this one before this last week. It has really struck me in deep and profound ways and as I shared with my Instagram community has been something I have been thinking over a lot. I hope it inspires you this morning as it has me.

{second} I shared with my Instagram community that yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to connect with other Lyme patients through a restorative yoga class that was being held at a yoga studio. The leader provided a time for each person to share a bit, to connect, and then we spent about an hour doing restorative yoga. A year ago there was no way that I would have been healthy enough to do this, but yesterday was such a gift and I have been so grateful for the opportunity. 

If you are a Lymie or a person who struggles with chronic illness or pain and are wishing that you could do yoga but feel that you physically can't I definitely recommend restorative yoga with a kind and compassionate teacher. Many of the moves can be very adaptable and it was truly not only relaxing but very energizing. I looked on Amazon and there are a couple of different options for DVD's and Books HERE and HERE.
{three} So I definitely mentioned this last time but it is worth noting again. I was in need of amazing music for all of the driving I was going to be doing for the trip at the beginning of the month. I received a ton of amazing suggestions from J, which to almost all of them I fell in love with, but one that was absolutely perfect for when I wanted music without lyrics was the introduction to rodrigo y gabriela. Have y'all heard of them? They are a Mexican classical guitar duo and are amazing. You can listen to one of their videos HERE and find their tour schedule HERE. They are actually coming to the Vermont area this weekend and I so wish that I had someone to go with to see them!!
{four} So people's creativity continues to inspire me and truly just make me shake my head at the amazingness (is this a word?!?) of people. I re-opened the shop a couple of weeks ago (after my annual 10 day fall break) and the range of custom order requests that I have received has just really inspired me. From different color combinations to different requests it has been so much fun to create these orders. I am reminded that we can find beauty in so many different places if we look for it. 

I hope that you are inspired and encouraged by these four things on this Monday! What about you? What is inspiring you recently?

Prince Edward Island // Canada: Practical Information for Getting On and Off the Island and the Confederation Bridge

Happy Monday friends! Today I am so excited to continue to share more about my recent trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia! And today I am very excited to start sharing about our time in Prince Edward Island! 

I created this map to use for these posts on Prince Edward Island above and hope that it will be helpful for those of you who are interested in planning a similar trip to see the places that we drove to and saw. By the end of our time in PEI we had covered most of the Island and had gotten to all of the four major sections. We spent most of our time in Green Gables Shore area, but did have the chance to explore the rest of the island on our adventures. 

Today I want to share about the practical aspect of getting on and off Prince Edward Island. Aside from flying into Charlottetown airport, there are two ways of getting on and off the Island. Since the pain part of our stay would be in Green Gables/Kensington area, we decided to drive over the Confederation Bridge (which would take us into Borden-Carleton) and then take the ferry at Woods Island into Nova Scotia. Depending on your route that you are approaching the Island you probably will want to do something similar for getting on and off.

First, getting on to the Island is free- it only costs to get off. The cost for both the bridge and the ferry are comparable- both cost approximately $50. 
The Confederation Bridge (which we took from New Brunswick into PEI) is a 13km bridge that spans over the Northcumberland Strait and connects Cape Tormentine to Borden-Carleton, PEI. Crossing the bridge takes approximately 10-15 minutes. 

The bridge took almost four years to construct and uses innovate technology to resist the ever-changing harsh weather conditions that can arise in this area. The curved bridge is also the longest in the world that covers ice-covered waters. The Confederation Bridge is also regarded as one of Canada's top engineering achievements in the 20th century. 
For those who would prefer not to drive it the bridge does offer a shuttle service if you need it. While the ferry only runs from May to Mid-December, the Confederation Bridge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
I will be honest with you that I was a bit nervous about the bridge due to what I had read about the high winds- specifically in the middle of the highest curved point. We were traveling in a light car and I didn't want to blow off- hahaha. Several people on the Island who asked how we had come would say to me, "Oh wow- you drove that?" with big eyes when they heard that I had driven the Bridge. And to be frank I get it... its a different kind of bridge and at one point I thought we may blow off. *smiles* At the same time though the bridge was incredibly safe, very convenient for the route that we were taking, and I would definitely recommend taking it - at least one way depending on your route. 

I will be sharing more about our ferry ride and leaving the Island in the next couple of weeks. If you want to learn more about the Confederation Bridge you can do so on the website HERE. Also available on the website is daily and real-time information on crossing delays, weather conditions, and other information that can help your trip!

If you are interested in reading more from my recent trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:
NOVA SCOTIA:
Happy Monday Friends! I hope you have a wonderful day to start your week! 

A huge thank you to the Prince Edward Island Tourism Board that sponsored my trip to the Island, provided so much helpful information, and a special thank you to Laura who worked to organize everything for our time in PEI. Information on the Confederation Bridge and pictures of the bridge were taken from the Confederation Bridge website

10/27/17

JCrew Black and White Dress at the Vermont Country Store

JCrew Black and White Striped DayBreak Dress  (Wool Versions in Grey and Black HERE!!)
ASOS  Striped Scarf (out of stock, similar HERE, or HERE - for LESS THAN $9!!)
ASOS Oversized Square Scarf (Out of Stock, Similar HERE!)
Army Green Jacket (Out of Stock, Expensive Version HERE, Less Expensive HERE, Less than $100- HERE)
A couple of weekends ago I had the most delightful opportunity to spend a day with Annaliese from Southern Belle in Training. (If you don't read of her blog - head on over and start reading it today- you can find it HERE!) It is always so fun to meet up with other bloggers and it was honestly one of the most lovely days. After church we ate lunch and then drove down to the Vermont Country Store for the afternoon. Annaliese is delightful. She was so much fun to hang out with and I can't wait to meet up with her again soon and share more about our adventure to the Vermont Country Store next week! Today I was excited to share with y'all this early fall outfit that I have practically lived in while the weather has been warmer. I love the black and white with the green jacket! 

Do y'all have any fun plans for this weekend? I am so excited for this weekend- I am meeting up with one of the dearest people in my life!! SO fun!! Happy Friday friends! I hope you have a wonderful day and don't forget to check out Annaliese's blog HERE!

All of the pictures for this post were taken by Annaliese- thank you so much friend for snapping such wonderful memories of our day!