a night at loon {and four tickets to the ice castle!}.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


we spent a night up at loon mountain this weekend (at the mountain club on loon which is a fabulous place to spend the night if i do say so myself--right at the base of the gondola!).  it's so nice to get away from your typical routine, if only for a night.  i sometimes get a bit stir crazy in the winter time, a common cry of stay at home mothers (probably everybody, actually) i'm sure, so to pack it in and head north for a bit was a nice, albeit short, vacation.  new sights, new surroundings, new air.  

we visited the ice castle which was sort of mind-blowing.  basically it's a castle made of icicles (you don't say!) and enormous... blocks of ice?  i can't even fathom how the building process starts let alone is completed but there you have it.  tunnels, a roof, and rooms of ice. and at night it's lit up with various colors which is really quite cool.  not to mention there was someone dressed up as elsa walking around to complete the whole scenario.  a pretty cool thing to see, and time-sensitive too.  this one's gonna be around for about one more month!   

the following day, william, lindsey, and steve went skiing.  it's been four years since any of them have skiied so it was nice for them to get on the slopes.  parker and i rode a train (a little one that takes you between parking lots -- he was quite excited about this as you can imagine), had breakfast together (a buffet!  all the berries he could ever want!), and stood at the base of the mountain dodging skiiers zooming past and trying to find the rest of our people so i could watch them ski.  like looking for a needle in a haystack, i never got to spot them, but they had a great day and so did we.  this was my first time at loon, and i really liked it.  fires going inside the lodge, people drinking beer and eating popcorn before noon, hat head and mittens all askew, there is a certain laissez faire aspect to the day in the life of a skiier that i found refreshing (generally i'm of the "skiing is soooo expensive" mindset which is boring and unoriginal).  

GIVEAWAY: in case you live near any of the three ice castle locations, i've got four tickets up for grabs today.  the three locations are: breckenridge, colorado + midway, utah + lincoln, new hampshire.  

if you want to enter, just be sure to leave your email address WITH your comment below.  (in other words, if you don't leave your email address, i'll assume you're not entering the giveaway but just commenting as normal!)  

giveaway closed.  alyssa is the winner.  thanks for entering!

49 comments:

  1. Wow!! I haven't been to Loon Mountain in ages (Mainer here!) and had NO idea this amazingness was there. Thanks for sharing!! Akennie@gmail.com

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  2. oh MAN! this is so neat :) emilyhavibaker@gmail.com

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  3. How how fun! I would love to go to the midway ice castle! Emily_furse@hotmail.com

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  4. I mean. Shoot. I wanna go to an ice castle. alexandria.hubbard@gmail.com

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  5. This is so cool! My baby and I are also going a little stir-crazy cooped up inside. What a great idea! cecilia.jou@gmail.com

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  6. Skiing is expensive but, it's so much fun! I could definitely live the life of a ski bunny for sure... so laid back, for the most part, all about having fun... it's a good time all around! & that ice cave... How cool!!

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  7. I looooooove Loon! Even went to a few Soulfest concerts there back in the day, ha! Anyways, I have heard great things about the ice castle and would love to try it out. ethomson83@gmail.com

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  8. i absolutely love your blog. your story. your writing. the down-to-earth, real-life talk is so refreshing. i, too, get in a winter funk.

    we live in utah, and the midway tickets would be amazing! i'm pretty sure my toddler would sing, "let it go!" at the top of her lungs - the.whole.time.

    ack.alyssarae@gmail.com

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  9. We're going to loon this weekend for the first time. Cannot wait to just relax and ski...my little guy isn't big enough to hit the slopes yet, but I'm eagerly anticipating a wobbly little skier when he is ready. kelsey.j.welch@gmail.com

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  10. National Geographic called and they want their photos back.

    I can't believe I used to live so close to one in college. Midway! I obviously had my priorities wrong. hmph.

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  11. I was just in breckenridge, but we didn't get to go to the ice castle… we're headed back in a few weeks, so I'd love to check it out. jenn_nash (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. PS. Ski school for Parker next year? I think I will start Hollis next year...he will be 3.

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  13. My parents were just up at Loon Mountain and the ice castle over the holidays. So gorgeous and neat! I'd love to go!
    safarisandsunsets@gmail.com

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  14. Those are gorgeous pictures....what a neat place!

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  15. Ice Castles look amaaaaaazing! We live near the midway ice castles and would love to go :)
    janellebriggs33@gmail.com

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  16. Love this giveaway - would you please enter me? Mollymellinger@yahoo.com.

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  17. I'd love to see the ice castle in Breckenridge.thanks!! lena.l.giacomini@gmail.com

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  18. This looks like an awesome opportunity, and what awesome pictures. amber.fastnacht@gmail.com

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  19. I would love to get out of the house for the day !!! Worcester here !!

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  20. Forgot my email :( kaybel324@yahoo.com

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  21. That would be great! I'm by the midway, UT one. bolton.lindsay@gmail.com

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  22. That would be so awesome! Our son would love it! andrea.hooper6@gmail.com

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  23. Yes, please! We'd love a Valentine's Day getaway to the NH ice castles! eliselindsey2000@yahoo.com

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  24. I live 30 minutes away from the Midway ice castles, but haven't gone yet! I would love to go! carltontori@gmail.com

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  25. I'd love an excuse to visit New Hampshire! heather.oatis@gmail.com

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  26. We live in Concord and I've been dying to take my little girl to see the castles! She would love it! amay.huntington@gmail.com

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  27. love new adventures and I am not far from breck [aka breckenridge]. would love a reason to go for a day. plus it would give my husband an excuse to spend a morning on the slopes, while I look forward to a date at the ice castle later in the day. email is ksteinbugl@gmail.com

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  28. Would love to visit the ice castles in NH - I had never heard of them before, but it sounds great! bevcfamily@gmail.com

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  29. I've always wanted to go see the castles, and since I live near Midway this giveaway would be perfect! Thanks so much! caitlinadelekinney@gmail.com

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  30. Former Newbury girl living in Tennessee (always love your Plum Island photos) -my older kids go to school in Utah so the Midway one would be perfect! maryannepesci@gmail.com

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  31. i live in utah! i have been DYING to go to ice castles but have been so busy (my wedding is on saturday!) but i am DEFINITELY planning on going when i get home from my honeymoon!
    laurenofthedoxey.blogspot.com
    lotfortyeight@gmail.com

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  32. FUN!!!! I love this and being from CO, definitely appreciate the "ski-bum" lifestyle :) amandaquam@me.com

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  33. Ooo pick me pick me!! Haha we love Loon-actually, my husband asked me to officially be his girlfriend at the Woodstock Inn nine years ago this March :) We usually travel that way this time each year to celebrate. We're looking forward to the Ice Castles however I did not know that Elsa was there-that will be even more fun for us-er our kids!! hallipyeverafter@gmail.com

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  34. I would love to check it out in Breckinridge! Melon623@gmail.com

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  35. I would love to check it out in Breckinridge! Melon623@gmail.com

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  36. I could do the Breckenridge one! suebear210@hotmail.com

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  37. I was wondering what your ice insta of Parker was all about! So cool! lzea@scu.edu

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  38. This looks sooooooo cool!!
    Crossing my fingers!
    jackowski.victoria@gmail.com

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  39. I had no clue there were ice castles near here! I keep seeing them pop up on blogs and Instagram but I didn't even think to check around here. Would love to win tix to the NH location! :) sarahp12@hotmail.com

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  40. I live not far from the Midway castle and have wanted to go since I heard about it but have never gotten around to it. Heathermattice(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. i want to go to the ones in midway!!! --mallory

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  42. Wow I've always wanted to go there!! arielfuel@yahoo.com

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  43. Just discovered your great blog! Lovely words and images. Would love to win a trip to the ice castle in NH. We live in CT. Kristenwillenbrock@gmail.com ��

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  44. Would love a trip up to New Hampshire! It's a great way to get out of the city for a little bit :) rachaelyoungsalazar@gmail.com

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  45. I would love to see the ice castles in Midway, Utah! becky755(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I've been so anxious to see the ice castle at Loon! vetrikk@yahoo.com

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  47. Ah I would love to see the ice castles in Breck! youngmammatales@Yahoo.com

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  48. A trip to NH to see these sounds heavenly! :) oab22087@gmail.com

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  49. These pictures are incredible. The place looks so awesome!

    http://nystateofmind5.blogspot.com/

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