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VERMONTING

For Topnotch Resort and Spa.

Story by Julian Bialowas September 20th, 2014

TRADING A TENT FOR LUXURY LINENS.

If you have read even one of my previous Exposure stories you’re well aware that i’m not one to take a traditional vacation. I’m typically out trying to hike a ridiculous number of miles in a ridiculously short period of time on my weekends—and probably doing it with my buddy K-Frosty.

So I was excited for the change of pace when Topnotch Resort & Spa invited Jeff Frenette and I down to Vermont to shoot for them as I had never stepped foot in a resort before nor had I been to New England.

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I will admit that it didn’t take long for bottomless poolside drinks and luxury rooms to win me over—if only the backcountry campsites had bottle service to top off our flasks.

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE ALWAYS CALLING.

Even though we had no real reason to leave what could be summed up as heaven it naturally didn’t take long for us to go find some mountains. The amazing staff at Topnotch chauffeured us off to the trailhead of Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield.

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The views from the top did not disappoint.

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The peak tops out at at mere 4,393 feet. We even found the original (now damaged) marker placed by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey agency.

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More post-hike poolside drinks followed.

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Followed by more burgers and beers at The Roost restaurant at the resort.
(I wasn’t kidding when I said the place could be heaven.)

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SATURDAY MORNING

I started the day off by having the pool all to myself for some morning laps before breakfast at Flannel restaurant.

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Where I devoured quite possibly the best french toast i’ve ever had.

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TOPNOTCH STABLES

Next on our agenda was some trail riding at Topnotch stables.
(Shoutout to Luke’s mom, these horse photos are for you.)

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BERKLEE FEST

Right after our trailride we were rushed back to the resort to party at Berklee Fest, which is hosted by Topnotch every summer. Where the insanely talented artists from Berklee College of Music come to perform.

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My favourite artist of the day was definitely Great Caesar who put on a hell of a show. Post festival partying ensued.

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SUNDAY MORNING

Sunday morning consisted of much needed coffee (and mimosas) after the night’s shenanigans.

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BINGHAM FALLS

Followed by a hike down to Bingham falls for some cliff jumping in the river.

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It was an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to head back to Vermont. (To resort and camp it up) Huge thanks again to Carol, Ryan, Elena, and everyone else at Topnotch for hosting us.

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Footnote: Photos taken with an iPhone 5s and a 50mm lens from the 1960's mounted on a Nikon D610. All processed with VSCO.
Stowe, VT, United States