Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Traveling Tote #29 and a Giveaway

Welcome to the autumn and holiday edition of the tales of the traveling tote. Where have I taken my tote, and why? Three years ago, a group of us started planning a trip to Colorado for 2021. It was a special trip to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of our hiking club. We do much more than hiking, and have had many adventures since I joined in 1993. Most of us are now in our 60's (and beyond).  
Miss Aurora knows half the fun is in the planning.  
We stayed in Estes Park which is just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. Each of us had our own cabin (some shared with another couple). We were supposed to have two friends staying in our cabin, but they had to cancel at the last minute. 
Ten of our group went to Utah after leaving Colorado. I had to get back to work and will save Utah for a retirement trip. 
We went in early October and got very lucky with the beautiful weather. It did snow one day, and then the Trail Ridge Road closed the day after we used it, but otherwise it was certainly "Colorful Colorado".
We spent the majority of the week hiking to lakes and waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park, but did squeeze in three really nice dinners and visited the Stanley Hotel that was made famous by "The Shining". We walked around Estes Lakes one day to do a little shopping and to take photos. 
I always enjoy getting together with my "Scoots" group in the Adirondacks. We rented a cabin, and my dear friend Paula offered to be chef for the weekend. All we had to do was chip in for groceries. 

Are you ready for some MacKenzie-Childs fun now? 
The day before Thanksgiving was gorgeous, and Miss Aurora and I had a few hours to head to MacKenzie-Childs where we toured the farmhouse and shopped at the outlet.
It's always a special treat to visit the farmhouse, especially around Christmas to see the decor. The pastel parlor is hand-painted, and fireplace mantel is stunning. 
Just a sampling of rooms in the farmhouse. 

~Fish Hall (school of majolica fish swimming down the stairwell--it's hard to get a good photo so I didn't)

~Pure Sunshine (the walls are decorated with hand-painted dots and a floral decal is placed on top. The room also features the Dixon Road Bed which was inspired by landscapes surrounding the farm)
 
~Courtly Check Room (the entire space is hand-painted)

~Game Room (Dressmakers Floor Lamp)

~Second Floor Sitting Room (only two secretaries were ever made by the company and one is in this room)

~Rose Petal Suite (features the Cakewalk Bed and the Toulouse Goose Table)

~Morning Suite (Rattan Bed with roosters crowing on the four posters)

~Laundry Hall (this sunny sunny space has a beautiful rack of antique linens) I am drawn to this area each time we visit (see below)

The kitchen features handmade Honeymoon patterned tiles. 
This is the dining room in the farmhouse with a view of Cayuga Lake, and it features the Grandolier Chandelier and the Diorama Dining Table. They change the table settings for seasonal celebrations. 

I only bought an ornament at The Outlet at MacKenzie-Childs since I didn't find anything else unique that day. I took a million photos so if you have any questions about a specific room in the farmhouse, I probably have photos of it. LOL

*******DON'T MISS OUT ON THE GIVEAWAY******
Just leave a comment on my blog, and you will be entered in the drawing on December 5.

See what the other "travelers" have been up to.  

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths (you are here)
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De MonetThe Sketchy Reader


Thanks for stopping by!
Deb
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

32 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful and exciting trip out west - your photos are beautiful. Aurora is always a fun visit, especially when the Farmhouse is all decked out for the holidays! Happy Travels

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  2. I wish you guys would do things..LOLOLOL.
    Fun and fun you have your group..s
    60's? Not you :)
    I would love to visit MC in Aurora.. for sure.
    That mug's adorbs.

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  3. Your trip was so wonderful, Debbie! The Farmhouse must be a treat to visit! I’d be oohing and ahhing throughout each room. ❤️

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    1. I hope you will visit me some day LOL, and I will take you to the farmhouse! I will enter you in the giveaway.

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  4. What an amazing trip for you and Joe, such beautiful scenery in the west. Deb, I wish I could join you in a shopping trip to the Mac-Kenzie Childs outlet. I have always wanted to visit the farmhouse during the holidays, that would be so special. Love seeing all the pics of you and Joe and he looks very much at home getting into the Christmas spirt. Have a wonderful holiday season..........

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  5. The trip to Colorado with hiking friends had to be so much fun, what beautiful scenery and such a fabulous place to hike! I can't imagine just being able to pop into Aurora for a little shopping, the house must be so amazing in person because from your photos I can tell there is so much detail and things to see! It's so nice that your husband enjoys MacKenzie-Childs as much as you do, what a great guy! Here we are in December already, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season Deb!
    Jenna

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  6. Debbie, this may be my favorite post of yours ever! The joy of Colorado experienced with your hiking friends has to be a memory of a lifetime. Experiencing Estes Park is amazing. I have fond childhood memories of this magical place.
    Then all these images of the Farm House decorated for the holidays. As you well know, it too, is a favorite place for me. Oh, the memories these photos spark. Pure joy!
    Happy December, Debbie!

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  7. You girls always just have the most fun!! I really need to visit some of the places y’all go!! Or steal away with y’all!!! Heheheheh

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    1. Ha ha, we do try to have fun!! I will enter you in the giveaway :-)

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  8. Debbie, your trip to Colorado and the photos share here and on Facebook were just fantastic. I enjoyed them all, as well as your Scoots trip. You will love any trip you plan to Utah, guarantee! I really like how you described the rooms in the farmhouse. It helps bring the decor to better appreciation to read the descriptions and see your photos. Thank you.
    Happy December, my friend.

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  9. Interesting and wonderful blog, really enjoyed
    Phyllis

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  10. Debbie you and Joe never let grass grow under your feet...ha ha. Your trip to Colorado was amazing. The photos are fabulous. I have never been. Love how you planned. The Aurora Farmhouse is gorgeous. So many room with treasures. Love seeing the photos! It is truly magical at Christmas. Happy Holidays Deb.

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  11. I love seeing your photos from Estes Park because Trip spent time there every summer during his childhood. Your photos are fantastic! I especially like everything you shared from MacKenzie-Childs. I haven't been in ten years. It's been way too long! I enjoyed reading about your favorites, too. I would love to see the secretary! Is the outlet shop worth the trip (from Alabama)?

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  12. Your trip looks wonderful, and I'd surely love to visit that MK Outlet and farmhouse! Please do enter me in your nice giveaway, and have a lovely December and a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

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    1. Hi Joy, and thanks for stopping by! I will enter you in the giveaway, and post the winner tonight.

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  13. What a winterland the table scape is. It would be such a grand event to dine with that scene. The whole amount of pictures have capture what is warm and inviting about the season.

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    1. The table scape was one of my favorites, and I love the new snow men! I will enter you in the giveaway drawing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Debbie, thank you for sharing your photos with us. They are so amazing that I feel like I am there with you.

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    1. Thank you Mary! I will enter you in the giveaway drawing.

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  15. Love all the pictures of the MC Farmhouse. I dream of being able to see it in person some day but your photos gave me a dream vacation virtual style which is the thing right now, ha. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Barbara, I hope you can visit some day!! Out of all the places I have visited, this was one of my favorites. I will enter you in the giveaway drawing.

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  16. Ohhhhh what travels you and Miss Aurora take! Just the most beautiful pictures, and I just love reliving the farmhouse! I want to live there🖤🤍🖤

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    1. Thank you Crystal!! If you live there, I will visit you often :-)

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  17. thanks for hosting this fall party!

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    1. You are most welcome! I will enter you in the giveaway drawing.

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  18. Leslie:
    Colorado is such a beautiful place. Your photos are lovely.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Leslie!! This was our first trip to CO, and I am looking for to returning. It's so beautiful! I have entered you in the giveaway drawing.

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  19. this is the first time visiting your blog ... loved all the pictures and didn't know about the MC house! thanks for sharing and happy holidays, Katie {kwyatt8419 @ aol. com}

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    1. Welcome Katie! If you ever have a chance to visit the MC house, you are in for a real treat. I have seen it at least 20 times over the years, and it's decorated differently each time I go. I have entered you in the giveaway.

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  20. Dearest Deb, I loved this tour. The MC house is absolutely on my bucket list. I’m with you, I too was drawn to the Laundry Hall. I think it’s the light. The legs on that table are stunning and I love the linens. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Best,
    Susan

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  21. I loved looking at all of your trip photos, Debbie! Colorado is truly a specular place if you can get over your fear of driving off a a mountain - LOL. Your are so lucky to live near the MacKensie Childs barn! What a beautiful place!

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