We went to the Countryside and stayed in a schoolhouse

We stayed in the most charming renovated one-room schoolhouse, and it was our home base for exploring the surrounding waterfalls, mountains, and wide open fields. 

Climbing rocks, finding stones, looking at flowers, chasing after toads – there was so much to do and see.

Waking up to the fragrant smell of lilac in the air was something I could really get used to.

And real, home-made, fried-while-you-wait donuts were the icing on the... donut.

We had Friday night dinner on Main Street.

And Saturday morning breakfast at the diner. We'd been talking about "country pancakes" all week, so it was the first order of business on Saturday morning.

Lots to explore!

Saturday night dinner at Deer Mountain Inn.

And first thing the next morning we saw one in the flesh! 

Everywhere we went was at least 30 minutes away, so we did lots and lots of driving. At least it was always down quiet, curvy mountain roads with stone walls and maple tree canopies, or across wide open farmland with cows and horses. 

Alice spent all weekend asking "Where's my white horse? I want to ride him" and we'd say "I don't know, we have to find him!" So we promised we'd look for him at a proper farm.

No white horse, but lots of goslings, lambs, and chickens!






This baby lamb came over to make friends.