This weekend was jam-packed: Will's parents and brothers came out to visit from Chicago, and we had so much we wanted to show them in the quick weekend. They arrived Friday night, we went to dinner in town, and then headed to Campion Rink (about a mile from campus) to watch the A-team kick off the business school hockey tournament going on this weekend. It was an amazing game/perfect introduction to the Tuck community: the student turnout was huge and Tuck came back from two goals down to win the game 3-2. After, my parents-in-law headed to bed, and we headed to Murphy's (where else) to celebrate the amazing win.
Saturday, Will had a B-team hockey game out in Woodstock, VT, so we spent the morning there (it's about 30 minutes away). We windowshopped, grabbed lunch, checked out snow sculptures on the town green, walked under the covered bridge there, and sat by the fire in the Woodstock Inn. After cheering at his hockey game we headed back to Hanover to meet up with his other brother who flew in Saturday, and then headed promptly to Tuck to show everybody Tuck's campus.
Saturday night was dinner at the Simon Pearce Restaurant, in Quechee, VT - one of my favorite spots in the area. We perused all the glass and pottery pieces in the store, watched the glass-blowers work downstairs, and then enjoyed a delicious meal and great wine.
Yesterday we had a perfect Sunday brunch at Lou's Bakery in downtown Hanover. Will's brothers bought Tuck/Dartmouth swag at the Co-Op (although the student-run TuckStuff is the place to go for the most Tuck gear). We walked through the historic yet recently renovated Hanover Inn. We checked out Dartmouth's Art District (comprising the "Hop" (Hopkins Center), the "Hood" (Hood Museum of Art) and the Black Family Visual Arts Center). We spent the afternoon playing some pickup pond hockey on Occom pond (the Dartmouth Outing Club rents skates and sticks) before refreshing ourselves with coffee, tea, and baked treats at King Arthur Flour, about 5 minutes away, just over the bridge in Norwich, VT. Last night we caught much of the Oscars on DVR, and my in-laws even got to see me play in the Women's Tripod semi-finals!
By the end of the weekend they were all saying they wished they'd get snowed in here. There is just so much to do, and so much of it is outdoors and organic and beautiful. It was really a perfect weekend. And to think, we thought we'd have time to go skiing at Killington with them, or at least squeeze in a little winter hike! We'll have to save those things for their next visit :)