Winter Bucket List


It wasn’t too long ago that I was writing my Autumn Bucket List, but seeing at the leaves are gone and the snow is here, I’m ready to move on.  I’ve had many winters where all I want to do/have done is stay cozy and read.  This year, however, I’m feeling more adventurous.

Olde Mystic Village. Mystic, CT

Olde Mystic Village. Mystic, CT

One. Mystic Lantern Light Tour

Last year Coors and I tried to sign up fo the party too late.  The Mystic Lantern Light Tours sells out fast.  After enjoying myself so much at their Halloween Night Tour, my expectations are set high.  Seeing the Seaport all lit up with in all it’s Colonial charm is super nostalgic.  Not sure if it’s just New England kids who feel this way, but if my life were a memoir I’d want Charles Dickens writing the holiday portions.


Two. Seasonal Beers

Luckily, Shebeen always serves it’s incredible Cannoli Beer, but there are pleny more out there that I can’t wait to try.  I guess I don’t really need to say more, I share plenty of beer love on here.

Yes it is #sweaterweather

Yes it is #sweaterweather

Three. Cozy Clothes

My work from home goals are within reach.  We are so close.  I never quite understood the sweater with pajama pants looks, but as I look towards creating a schedule for myself and not wanting to turn into a cave person, I’m beginning to get it.  Plus the sweaters from Primark as are soft and comfy I want to live my life in them.


Four. Cozy Book Reading

There will be days that prove too cold to venture outside, there will be snow that prevent plans.  In that case, I’m more than prepared with a stocked bookcase and a large order of candles through several school fundraisers.  The person who decided school kids and charities would sell Yankee Candle is a genius.  I will never say no.

If your bookcase isn’t as stocked you should check out:

Bennet’s Book in Deep River

The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot (Rory Gilmore would live here)

The Book Barn in Niantic

The Brick Walk Bookshop in West Hartford


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Five. Winterfest in Hartford

I definitely keep mentioning how I want to spend time expl6oring the captial city, but life has been getting in the way and closer breweries becoming more tempting.  Hopefully PK and I can make it to Winterfest this time around!

One day I will own this house

One day I will own this house

Six. Antique/Old Houses

Stars Hollow is not a real place, but the closest you can come to feeling like you are there is wandering the beautiful main street all done up for the season and touring colonial homes.  I wasn’t kidding about the whole Dickens holiday thing.  My heaven may be living in a colonial house perpetually stuck in December (with a bar-maybe a home brewery in the barn?).  Connecticut has no shortage of colonial charm.  The houses of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, and Silas Deane are all memorable trip this time of

Seven. Holiday Treats

Enough said.  I usually end up bring the baked good to Christmas and like to try out different recipes every year.  Here are a few I recently saved from Pinterest:

Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen (CT blogger!)

Peppermint Mocha Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Mint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies from Mom on Timeout


Eight. Winter Farmer’s Markets

There are a suprising amount of Winter Farmers Markets in Connecticut.  It’s a great way to continue supporting our local growers.  Head over to the Farmers Market Trail website!


Nine. Winter Craft Fairs

So many options for this category!

Brookfield Craft Center’s Holiday Craft Sale & Exhibit

New Haven’s 47th Annual Celebration of American Crafts

Redding’s Second Annual Artisan Fair

Simsbury’s Holiday Market and Village

Mystic Museum of Art’s Holiday Gift Show

Farmington Valley Arts Center’s Candlelight Holiday Studio Stroll

I think you get the idea.  You can check the Connecticut Visit website for many more events.

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Ten. Outdoor Activities

A pair of winter hiking boots sound like my next purchase.  I’m ready to hit the snowy trails.  The trails from warmer months are completely transformed into a completely different world.  Tubing isn’t a bad option either.  I’ve already saved this article on Eight Must Try Winter Activities in Connecticut.

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  • Reply Stephie @ A Cup of Creative

    All of this sounds so good! And your part of the world looks so beautiful at this time of year! My winter bucket list includes mulled everything, black and white films and lots and lots of buffet type finger food! Stephie xx

    December 6, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Reply Kate Maccio

      Ohhh all of those plans sound lovely too! I love New England but I’ll forever be jealous of those of you in Old England 😉

      December 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Haley D. Williams

    Thanks for the shout out, Kate! Happy baking 🙂

    December 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Marianthi || breathsndreams

    That`s such an inspiring bucket list Kate!! Holiday treats… you got me!! 🙂 Marianthi, xo

    December 8, 2016 at 7:56 am
    • Reply Kate Maccio

      Thanks Marianthi! Definitely a great time of year, especially for treats 😉

      December 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

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