Surprise Trip to Niagara Falls

This post covers 13 hours of driving and 3 days of activities!

We had a quick stay in Syracuse at a Super 8 that was booked through Hotwire. I must say that I was pretty concerned about the hotel because it was $57. Turns out it was surprisingly nice and clean. We had a great night’s sleep, and the boys were ready for another long drive.


We headed on our way to Stowe, VT. We may have been getting a little stir-crazy in the car.


BONUS SURPRISE FOR US – Niagara Falls was close to our route from Columbus, OH to Syracuse, NY, and I had no idea. We planned this trip on such short notice that I haven’t had time to plan way points. We were so stoked because we both have wanted to visit there.

TIP – Make sure when booking your dinner reservations at N-Falls, you should check the country of the restaurant. We didn’t bring our passports and booked an awesome restaurant in good old Canada. Obviously, we didn’t eat there.

Our next fun activity was taking a Brunch Cruise on Lake George. The boys loved looking over the edge, and it was a great break between Syracuse and Stowe. This is one of my fav pics from the boat:


Dre was really excited to meet the captain and both of the boys loved the water:

Finally we arrived in Vermont and have been having a blast exploring! On the docket today was a tour at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream headquarters:

We went to a Maple Tree Farm and learned how sap is extracted from a tree. The sap comes out clear like water and the trees only produce sap for 2-6 weeks in the Spring! Also, the flavor of the sap changes as the weeks go on, starting with a light taste and growing to a much heavier, rich taste.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.


Finally we stopped at an Apple Cider Mill and had some warm cider and donuts while sitting on the swinging table bench. The weather has been fantastic, and the boys are having a blast.


We have one day left in good old VT, then we will be heading to Boston!

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