It’s time for another sale roundup!! Presidents’ Day Weekend is about to begin and we are shopping until we drop. These sales from our favorite retailers cover everything from spring styles to home refresh essentials to favorite beauty brands. See our list of Presidents’ Day Weekend sales below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Shop the Sales

Abercrombie & Fitch: Shop 15% off almost everything

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids: Get 30% off almost everything

Academy Sports + Outdoors: Get up to 50% off tons of items!

Adidas: Take up to 65% off with code BIGSALE – don’t forget to sign into your account (it’s free to join) to grab free shipping!

Aerie: Take 25-70% off almost everything, BOGO FREE bikini tops & bottoms, and shop 30-50% off leggings

Aeropostale: Shop 60% off sitewide, plus BOGO FREE jeans and shorts

Amazon: Tons of sales on a variety of items

Anthropologie: Get an extra 40% off sale!!

Ashley Homestore: Shop bedroom deals starting at $59.99, dining room deals starting at $89.99 and living room deals starting at $139.99

Backcountry: Save big with prices up to 60% off!

Bath & Body Works: Shop buy 3, get 3 free on full-size body, skin, and hair care; $14.95 3-wick candles; 5/$27 hand soaps; plus more daily deals!!

BaubleBar: Shop styles up to 80% off

Beauty Brands: Shop 20% off select luxury shampoo & conditioner liters; and take 15% off your regular-priced purchase with code 20685

Bed Bath & Beyond: Shop up to 70% off tons of items!!

Belk: Shop up to 40% off select brands and up to 70% off winter styles

Best Buy: Shop sales on electronics, appliances, and more!

Carter’s: Shop 50% off thousands of styles!!

Cheryl’s Cookies: Enjoy up to 40% off select sweet treats

Columbia: Take an extra 20% off sale styles

DSW: Get $10 off $49, $20 off $99, and $60 off $199 with code SWEETDEAL

Erin Condren: Get up to 50% off 2024 planners and 4/$15 accessories

Express: Grab 40% off everything!!

Fabletics: Shop 80% off everything for VIP’s

Forever 21: Get 50% off everything!!

Francesca’s: Shop 40% off sitewide!

Gap: Get 50% off jeans, tees, sweats, and more!

Gap Factory: Shop 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off

Harry & David: Take up to 40% off select items

Hollister: Get 30% off spring styles and an extra 20% off select styles

Home Depot: Shop deals on all things home and outdoors!

Hot Topic: Take 20% off sitewide

ILoveDooney: Get up to 70% off select styles

IT Cosmetics: Shop up to 50% off must-haves and gift sets and an extra 14% off select items!

JCPenney: Get up to 60% off doorbusters and up to 70% off select mattresses and furniture with code FUTON

J. Crew: Take 30% off your purchase and up to an extra 50% off sale styles with code SHOPNOW

J. Crew Factory: Get 50% off everything!

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off your purchase with code BLOOM30

Kirkland’s: Get up to 75% off sitewide plus an extra 25% off with code PRESIDENTS

Kohl’s: Shop up to 40% off active gear for the family, 25% off floorcare, 60% off apparel from Carter’s, and up to 70% off clearance

Levi’s: Get 30% off sitewide!

Loft: Take 40% off full-priced styles

Macy’s: Get 15-60% off home updates, up to 40% off select name brands in fashion, and an extra 10-15% off select sale styles with code REFRESH, plus so much more – free shipping at $25+

Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale with code EXTRAEXTRA

Michael Kors: Enjoy up to 30% off sale with code EXTRASALE

Nike: Grab up to 40% off select styles

Nordstrom: Shop up to 50% off during the Winter Sale!!

Nordstrom Rack: Take an extra 40% off select items!

Old Navy: Shop new arrivals from $6, select styles for 30% off, and up to 75% off clearance!

OshKosh B’gosh: Take 50% off thousands of styles!!

Pink Lily Boutique: Get 40% off select jeans and sweaters with code OOTD

Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids: Shop up to 50% off!

Rack Room Shoes: Shop BOGO 50% off select styles plus get $15 off $99 with code USA

Reebok: Get 50% off with code OHYEAH

Rugs USA: Take an extra 20% off everything with code USA

Sephora: Shop up to 50% off on top beauty brands

Society 6: Get 40% off flash deals and 20% off everything else!!

Soma: Get 25% off select dresses, 5/$39 panties, and BOGO 50% off select bras

Sperry: Shop up to 60% off select styles

Steve Madden: Grab 25% off with code TREAT

Target: Shop 20% off jeans, tees, and shoes for all; 20% off select bedding and bath items; up to 40% off furniture; and more! (RedCard Holders can grab an additional 5% off your order + free shipping – no minimum)

The Children’s Place: Take an extra 20% off everything with code PRESDAY20 and 80% off clearance, PLUS always free shipping!

Tilly’s: Get up to 30% off sitewide!

Under Armour: Get 40% off UA outlet with code FEB40

Vince Camuto: Take an extra 30% off sales styles for up to 65% off with code EXTRA30

Vera Bradley: Score 25% off your entire purchase!

Walmart: Shop rollbacks on thousands of items – extra low prices on electronics, toys, home, apparel, and more!

Wayfair: Get up to 70% off during the Presidents’ Day Clearance!

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It’s time for another sale roundup!! Presidents’ Day Weekend is about to begin and we are shopping until we drop. These sales from our favorite retailers cover everything from spring styles to home refresh essentials to favorite beauty brands. See our list of Presidents’ Day Weekend sales below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Shop the Sales

Abercrombie & Fitch: Shop 15% off almost everything

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids: Get 30% off almost everything

Academy Sports + Outdoors: Get up to 50% off tons of items!

Adidas: Take up to 65% off with code BIGSALE – don’t forget to sign into your account (it’s free to join) to grab free shipping!

Aerie: Take 25-70% off almost everything, BOGO FREE bikini tops & bottoms, and shop 30-50% off leggings

Aeropostale: Shop 60% off sitewide, plus BOGO FREE jeans and shorts

Amazon: Tons of sales on a variety of items

Anthropologie: Get an extra 40% off sale!!

Ashley Homestore: Shop bedroom deals starting at $59.99, dining room deals starting at $89.99 and living room deals starting at $139.99

Backcountry: Save big with prices up to 60% off!

Bath & Body Works: Shop buy 3, get 3 free on full-size body, skin, and hair care; $14.95 3-wick candles; 5/$27 hand soaps; plus more daily deals!!

BaubleBar: Shop styles up to 80% off

Beauty Brands: Shop 20% off select luxury shampoo & conditioner liters; and take 15% off your regular-priced purchase with code 20685

Bed Bath & Beyond: Shop up to 70% off tons of items!!

Belk: Shop up to 40% off select brands and up to 70% off winter styles

Best Buy: Shop sales on electronics, appliances, and more!

Carter’s: Shop 50% off thousands of styles!!

Cheryl’s Cookies: Enjoy up to 40% off select sweet treats

Columbia: Take an extra 20% off sale styles

DSW: Get $10 off $49, $20 off $99, and $60 off $199 with code SWEETDEAL

Erin Condren: Get up to 50% off 2024 planners and 4/$15 accessories

Express: Grab 40% off everything!!

Fabletics: Shop 80% off everything for VIP’s

Forever 21: Get 50% off everything!!

Francesca’s: Shop 40% off sitewide!

Gap: Get 50% off jeans, tees, sweats, and more!

Gap Factory: Shop 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off

Harry & David: Take up to 40% off select items

Hollister: Get 30% off spring styles and an extra 20% off select styles

Home Depot: Shop deals on all things home and outdoors!

Hot Topic: Take 20% off sitewide

ILoveDooney: Get up to 70% off select styles

IT Cosmetics: Shop up to 50% off must-haves and gift sets and an extra 14% off select items!

JCPenney: Get up to 60% off doorbusters and up to 70% off select mattresses and furniture with code FUTON

J. Crew: Take 30% off your purchase and up to an extra 50% off sale styles with code SHOPNOW

J. Crew Factory: Get 50% off everything!

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off your purchase with code BLOOM30

Kirkland’s: Get up to 75% off sitewide plus an extra 25% off with code PRESIDENTS

Kohl’s: Shop up to 40% off active gear for the family, 25% off floorcare, 60% off apparel from Carter’s, and up to 70% off clearance

Levi’s: Get 30% off sitewide!

Loft: Take 40% off full-priced styles

Macy’s: Get 15-60% off home updates, up to 40% off select name brands in fashion, and an extra 10-15% off select sale styles with code REFRESH, plus so much more – free shipping at $25+

Madewell: Get an extra 30% off sale with code EXTRAEXTRA

Michael Kors: Enjoy up to 30% off sale with code EXTRASALE

Nike: Grab up to 40% off select styles

Nordstrom: Shop up to 50% off during the Winter Sale!!

Nordstrom Rack: Take an extra 40% off select items!

Old Navy: Shop new arrivals from $6, select styles for 30% off, and up to 75% off clearance!

OshKosh B’gosh: Take 50% off thousands of styles!!

Pink Lily Boutique: Get 40% off select jeans and sweaters with code OOTD

Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids: Shop up to 50% off!

Rack Room Shoes: Shop BOGO 50% off select styles plus get $15 off $99 with code USA

Reebok: Get 50% off with code OHYEAH

Rugs USA: Take an extra 20% off everything with code USA

Sephora: Shop up to 50% off on top beauty brands

Society 6: Get 40% off flash deals and 20% off everything else!!

Soma: Get 25% off select dresses, 5/$39 panties, and BOGO 50% off select bras

Sperry: Shop up to 60% off select styles

Steve Madden: Grab 25% off with code TREAT

Target: Shop 20% off jeans, tees, and shoes for all; 20% off select bedding and bath items; up to 40% off furniture; and more! (RedCard Holders can grab an additional 5% off your order + free shipping – no minimum)

The Children’s Place: Take an extra 20% off everything with code PRESDAY20 and 80% off clearance, PLUS always free shipping!

Tilly’s: Get up to 30% off sitewide!

Under Armour: Get 40% off UA outlet with code FEB40

Vince Camuto: Take an extra 30% off sales styles for up to 65% off with code EXTRA30

Vera Bradley: Score 25% off your entire purchase!

Walmart: Shop rollbacks on thousands of items – extra low prices on electronics, toys, home, apparel, and more!

Wayfair: Get up to 70% off during the Presidents’ Day Clearance!

Activewear is so great because you don’t even have to be a workout fanatic to enjoy it! Putting on a pair of nice leggings with a comfy sports bra and stylish workout top is a great way to feel cozy while looking like you’re not a slouch! No one will know if you just came from a two-hour gym sesh or a two-hour Netflix binge, and that’s a beautiful thing. This active gear from Athleta is buttery soft and so stinkin’ cute, you’ll want to live in it! See our activewear from Athleta roundup below.

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This white sports bra with blue-green leggings feels like spring! Hit the gym in ultimate style AND comfort with this look.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Jacket

For chillier days or your post-workout smoothie, throw on this light zip-up jacket with ruching detail.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tee

Who doesn’t love a good old tee-and-leggings combo?? You can rock this look for your fitness class or a day of getting things done!

Sports Bra | Leggings

All black everything! This slimming shade looks classic in the simple sports bra and leggings pairing.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

I love green and black together, and this tank and leggings set with a slim-fit jacket is versatile and fashion-forward.

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If bright white is more your vibe, swap out the black jacket for this super cozy white hoodie version.

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And if it’s one of those glorious warmer spring days, don the tank and leggings set alone and get out for a bike ride or refreshing walk.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tunic Top

These deep purple flare leggings paired with a matching tunic top is such a cozy look. The top has an open back so if you pair it with a pretty sports bra (like below), it makes for a great spring outfit!

Sports Bra | Leggings

A pink and purple is reminiscent of all those gorgeous flowers that will be blooming soon! This soft, feminine combo is the perfect balance of spring and winter.

Sports Bra | Leggings

Here comes the sun!! Bring on the bright yellow for those days of warm sunshine!

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tank

A gray tank with your yellow leggings and sports bra set is a more conservative look for the gym, or for those days you have to run errands after your workout.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Pullover

And if it’s still bit chilly out but you want to embody our vital life source, grab your yellow set and then throw on this beige pullover which is super cute and also very comfy.

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Activewear is so great because you don’t even have to be a workout fanatic to enjoy it! Putting on a pair of nice leggings with a comfy sports bra and stylish workout top is a great way to feel cozy while looking like you’re not a slouch! No one will know if you just came from a two-hour gym sesh or a two-hour Netflix binge, and that’s a beautiful thing. This active gear from Athleta is buttery soft and so stinkin’ cute, you’ll want to live in it! See our activewear from Athleta roundup below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Sports Bra | Leggings

This white sports bra with blue-green leggings feels like spring! Hit the gym in ultimate style AND comfort with this look.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Jacket

For chillier days or your post-workout smoothie, throw on this light zip-up jacket with ruching detail.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tee

Who doesn’t love a good old tee-and-leggings combo?? You can rock this look for your fitness class or a day of getting things done!

Sports Bra | Leggings

All black everything! This slimming shade looks classic in the simple sports bra and leggings pairing.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

I love green and black together, and this tank and leggings set with a slim-fit jacket is versatile and fashion-forward.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket

If bright white is more your vibe, swap out the black jacket for this super cozy white hoodie version.

Tank | Leggings

And if it’s one of those glorious warmer spring days, don the tank and leggings set alone and get out for a bike ride or refreshing walk.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tunic Top

These deep purple flare leggings paired with a matching tunic top is such a cozy look. The top has an open back so if you pair it with a pretty sports bra (like below), it makes for a great spring outfit!

Sports Bra | Leggings

A pink and purple is reminiscent of all those gorgeous flowers that will be blooming soon! This soft, feminine combo is the perfect balance of spring and winter.

Sports Bra | Leggings

Here comes the sun!! Bring on the bright yellow for those days of warm sunshine!

Sports Bra | Leggings | Tank

A gray tank with your yellow leggings and sports bra set is a more conservative look for the gym, or for those days you have to run errands after your workout.

Sports Bra | Leggings | Pullover

And if it’s still bit chilly out but you want to embody our vital life source, grab your yellow set and then throw on this beige pullover which is super cute and also very comfy.

We’re in the longggg days of winter and if you’re like us, you’re doing the countdown to spring and warm weather. If you’re really lucky, you might even have a pretty awesome vacation planned for the near future. For those lucky ducks, getting a few new pieces to rock on your trip always adds to the excitement! These vacation looks from Old Navy will spice up your vacay wardrobe without breaking the bank (because trips can be expensive, we know). See our inspiration below.

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This pretty in pink look is perfect for a day at the beach!! Grab your lightest linen clothes, a one-piece suit that’s great for swimming, and your sun hat, then throw on your flip flops and fill your tote with your beach day essentials, and get ready to enjoy a day in the sun and surf!

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This sunny look is great for a day out exploring! Put on your brightest bathing suit, throw on a gorgeous floral dress and woven sandals to add some style, and then grab your jean jacket and sun hat….you’re ready for adventure!

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This cozy vacay look is perfect for those days when you just want to relax, and maybe do a bit of walking around. A tee with jean shorts over a stylish yet comfy bathing suit is ideal for any situation, and your pullover and glitter flip flops can carry you from day to night.

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This breezy vacation look is great for a morning at the pool followed by a nice lunch out on the town! This floral-print bathing suit looks great paired with a leaf-print coverup when you’re lounging by the pool, then put on a simple tank with striped linen pants and your espadrille sandals for your lunch date!

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A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

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Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!

A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!

A weekend away, especially during the fall in the northeast, is a great opportunity to explore a new area, get in touch with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family! Krista had a family wedding to attend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (which is on the northeastern side of the state about an hour and a half from Burlington Airport and about a 7ish hour drive from where she’s located in NJ) last weekend, and it just happened to also fall on the week of her 9th wedding anniversary, so she and her husband RSVP’d yes and made a nice little trip out of it! They left on Thursday and came back home Monday, so that gave them three solid days in VT. See her recap of the fun-filled weekend below.

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Since it was my husband’s cousin’s wedding, the whole family was also going (siblings, spouses, and in-laws), and we decided to get a house and stay together. We found the most perfect house in Lyndonville, VT, about a 15-minute drive from where the wedding was held, and honestly, I would recommend this house to anyone with a larger group. It comfortably held 8 adults and it was only a 5-minute ride to a gas station and grocery store…and it sat on 70 acres of beautiful Vermont land. This is the listing of the house we stayed in. The views were just breathtaking!  

As we all arrived on Thursday evening, we got settled in and went to sleep. We woke to a beautiful fall day on Friday morning, and we wanted to cross some Vermont bucket list items off our list since it was supposed to rain for the next two days. 

Our first stop was apple picking – we found this pick-your-own apple orchard on the way to our next planned spot and decided to try it out. On the way, we got to see some more amazing views…we even pulled over to snag some pics because we just couldn’t get over how pretty everything was! We also soon learned that a lot of roads are actually dirt roads and not paved – this helps cars get better traction when it snows. Needless to say, our car desperately needs a car wash!

After our quick photo session, we arrived at Burtt’s Apple Farm! It had rows and rows of apples and pumpkins to pick, plus a small farm stand to grab their fresh homemade apple cider donuts (one of the best I ever had!), and the absolute best fresh apple cider! They sold it as a slushie or warmed up! We got one of each and when I tell you I could drink it day, I really could! After our snacks, we got to picking out our apples. Between the 8 of us, we picked enough apples to serve a small army – but they had so many kinds and they all looked so good!

Next on our bucket list was the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, Vermont! We drove through the town of Stowe and it was the cutest town! Between the cute shops and some more stunning views, I wish we had more time to explore the town. But we wanted to get in our planned places before the impending weather, so on to the brewery we went! My husband has been obsessed with this beer “Heady Topper” from this brewery and it’s really hard to get here in NJ – and if you do find it, it is so overpriced! Once we arrived, I saw the draw of the place! It had such a cool look, delicious beer, plus a great sandwich food truck right on their property! Between my husband, myself, and our family, we got to try a good amount and I see why he’s been talking about this place since we decided to go to Vermont! I really enjoyed the “Light Pilsner” and the “Sterk Wit” beers, and I very much enjoyed my brisket sandwich from their sandwich cart!

After my husband loaded up on his beer, we set off for our next stop – the Cabot Creamery store in Waterbury Center! It was a cheese lover’s dream! All the samples you want plus all the cheese and jams your heart wants to purchase!

After we filled up on all the samples and bought more cheese and jams than we could carry, we set out for our next adventure – the original Ben and Jerry’s factory and shop! I was so excited for this and apparently everyone else was too! Throughout the day, we couldn’t believe the lack of cars on the roads ’til we started our route to Ben and Jerry’s, because apparently everyone who was visiting VT was also visiting the factory this day – the traffic to just turn into the grounds was absurd! I even debated skipping it because of how impatient we were all getting, but decided the ice cream was worth it…that is until I saw the line! But we figured since we sat in the traffic and walked all the way from the farthest parking lot, we might as well wait out the line for our ice cream. They do offer a factory tour and we would have been interested in taking it if we had more time or were staying closer. After the long wait, we finally got our ice cream, and I’m not sure if it was the traffic, the long wait, or just the long day altogether, but I expected a little more out of our Ben and Jerry’s visit – and in the end it was just a lot for ice cream and a cool looking building. After this we had to head back to the house – since we were about an hour and a half away – and get ready for the meet and greet of the wedding!

Saturday morning rolled around, and the skies stayed overcast but clear of rain unlike we had originally thought, so we decided to hop in the car and take a drive to Dog Chapel, a place that was on my mother-in-law’s bucket list. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! It was built in 2000 as a place for peace, love, and remembrance. It is filled to the ceiling with notes to and pictures of peoples’ beloved pets who have passed. It is now a living piece of art, ever-changing as more and more people pin their pets to these beautiful chapel walls. After parking and taking in the breathtaking views, you walk up the hill to the chapel and are immediately surrounded by happy pets and their owners running around soaking up the mountain air. Once you walk into this beautiful chapel, you are almost overwhelmed by the amount of notes and pictures of these passed-on furry family members. It actually brought tears to my eyes seeing all these beautiful animals and made me really miss mine! Once you’ve taken your walk around the chapel, you can start on the many trails that lead all around and are shared with all of just the happiest of dogs. Once we walked around and got in some of the trails, we had to sadly leave all the pups and head back to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Alerin Barn which was just beautiful! Once you parked, they had a tractor hayride bring you up the hill to the reception where my husband’s cousin and her fiancé exchanged their beautifully written vows, and the reception was to follow in a gorgeous barn! Unfortunately, the owner of the venue recently sold the property, so after this wedding it will be turned into a horse farm. But I am glad I got to see this place because it was by far one of the best wedding venues I’ve been to! I wore a magenta one-shoulder dress with western-style booties which were both perfect for the weather and the outdoorsy wedding.

Sunday morning, we awoke once again to cloudy weather, but the rain was not in sight, so we decided to venture out in the Vermont wilderness and explore the woods of Lyndonville! After our hike through the woods and collecting all the leaves, and even soaking our feet in a brook, we decided to go have the perfect indoor fall day. With all the apples we picked, we decided to try this recipe for apple pie.

While it was baking, we decided to play some family card games and then it was Sunday football time. We also found these soup seasoned packets when we were at Cabot and decided to make that for dinner – and wow was it good soup! We all cozied up by the fire and watched the games while we munched on our cheese from Cabot, drank our cider from Burtt’s, ate our soup, sipped our beer from the Alchemist, and enjoyed our pie! The best part was once it got dark out, the clouds had cleared and the stars were shining, and to our luck, we caught a meteor shower! I saw about 6 shooting stars – it was really the perfect ending to our trip! 

Some tips I would use on my next Vermont trip:

  • There is a lot of dirt and a lot of hills and rocks – don’t be me and choose cute shoes – wear the sneakers.
  • There are also a lot of dirt roads, with no lights, so drive carefully and be prepared – your car will end up getting dirty.
  • The fall foliage is beautiful, but don’t expect to see all those bright colors on Instagram – they are filtered, but it’s still totally worth the drive to see in reality!
  • Visit Stowe if you’re in Vermont. I wish we had more time there.
  • It’s very country, so pay attention to your gas because they aren’t gas stations everywhere!
  • GO, go to Vermont! It’s one of the most beautiful states, the people were all so nice, and it’s just so chill!