Chiara and Katy and I wanted to recreate last year's trip to the Berkshires again this January – but with our SO's this time, too.
The six of us stayed in a modern, cozy Airbnb cabin Chiara found (use this link for $35 off your first trip). It fit all of us comfortably (Kristie and I volunteered to sleep in the twin beds since we've been together the longest, and neither of us can sleep anyway when someone else is touching any part of our bodies – romantic, right??) and was the perfect secluded spot for all of us to reconnect with each other.
I didn't take many pictures with my "real" camera – a creeping work-related carpal tunnel issue made it painful to hold for very long, and anyway, it was nice to just be together without documenting so much.
Going along with these random snapshots, here is a list of things we did:
- The cabin is pretty secluded, and there is a beautiful hiking trail behind the house. The six of us hiked for a little while on Sunday (although three – present company included – turned back before making it to a nature reserve area).
- There were charming cafe lights strung up in the backyard. Even though it was too cold to be outside for long, you could see them from the dining room at night.
- The couples all took turns cooking breakfast and dinner. The people who own this cabin have an amazing collection of cookbooks, and the smartest thing in their kitchen: a comfy leather sofa pushed to one wall. Despite all the space in the house, that's where we spent a lot of time, crowded together talking, laughing, cuddling, and drinking while we took turns cooking (and offering unsolicited advice about cooking).
- We drove 28 minutes to Great Barrington for a late lunch and a little shopping on Sunday.
- The cabin is actually just over the border into New York – so debate raged over the 72 hours we were there whether or not we were actually in the Berkshires.
- We completed a 500-piece puzzle and played countless games of Pounce (the boys, who'd never played before, did really well!), in addition to Egyptian Ratscrew and Bananagrams.
- A fire was almost constantly roaring in the living room fireplace. We read and talked and played and cooked and drank and looked at the stars and stayed up as late as we could. I think we're the luckiest.
Chiara's husband Mike took a picture of Katy, Chiara, and I during the hike that reminds me of last year's. I want one like this every year.