A weekend with friends is something we really enjoy & look forward to doing whenever we can figure out a date to get together & travel. It's rare, but a gem, when it does happen. This upcoming "long" weekend, we're traveling with another couple to Woodstock, NY to escape the hustle of the city and replace it with some much needed nature in the countryside. It's also a great way to experience a new space, see how a home in the country is designed & get inspired by new views, finishes & functions. We found a practical & cozy Airbnb (recommended by a childhood friend) in this quaint upstate town. Leading up to the long weekend, we've been emailing with our friends, curating a list of places to stay, explore, eat, drink & shop. I think we'd all like to believe we're pretty ready to tackle some goals & squeeze in a little relaxation too. The latter should hopefully outweigh the former.
To start, we'll walk you through what we did to prep for a weekend away & how I (personally) pack, which involves having our home look a certain way before I undergo planning this home away from home wardrobe. I'm a bit nutty.. FUN FACT: back in high school, my best friend, Aurora, & I used to write down what we wore daily to ensure we were not repeat offenders on the wardrobe front within 30 days. #truestory
Let's kick things off with the most important rule of thumb when traveling with others: Pick the friends who have similar taste in home design, activity, food, health & wellness to get the most out of your holiday! Propose a date around what the goals are for the weekend while you're scrolling the web so you find a destination aligned with the group's personal likings.
Research your desired destination & think about the timeline of your holiday. If you only have 3 days & 2 nights (like we do) don't go some place that has a long travel time. Make the most of the trip by being present at your destination over stressing to get there while giving the clock major side eye. This goes for any road trip or flight. This is why we invest our time in finding a cool spot to stay that is a space we can truly enjoy along with its surroundings.
This is where we're headed!
Once you've settled on a location, start digging through your Airbnb options (or hotels if that's your thing). We love collaborating with our friends on this & spend an absurd amount of time sending each other a collective of options highlighting the pros, cons & any local restaurants, shops, nature reserves & other activities that may sound appealing to all folks involved. And (of course) I spend an obscene amount of time analyzing the look and feel of the home, which is one of my most important goals when traveling, especially when it's frigid out and thus hanging by a roaring fire inside sounds about right! Pick a place close to things you enjoy (hiking, meditating, shopping, eating) and want to see or do. Find local family-owned restaurants & stores so you support the town you're visiting. There is no better feeling than supporting small business & that includes supporting the home owners of the Airbnb you're staying at. By this stage, you get the gist of where our heads are at. We try to pull an itinerary together, but definitely leave room for spontaneity (after all, that's where much of the magic happens).
As we inch closer to our weekend away, we keep an eye on the temperature & any potential storms coming. Jake & I like to know the environment we're going to, keeping climate in mind & the activities in which we plan to participate. Whether (pun intended) it’s a multi-layer or leg baring holiday, we want to have the right articles of clothing so we're comfortable & confident. We use 3 pillars for our home away from home wardrobes: activities, daywear & dinnerwear
Which leaves us with the actual packing piece, circling back to how I like our home to look while I pack. The Virgo in me wants order in everything I do.. I don't know about you guys, but I love a well made bed ahead so my surface area is tidy. On top of this crazy notion, we've gotten into the habit of doing a house sweep before we take off (i.e quick dusting, clean the countertops, load and run the dishwasher, throw away garbage + recycling & give away or toss any food in the fridge we know will go bad while we're away.) There's few things better than traveling, but in our eyes coming home to your sanctuary that's tidy & neat is the icing on the cake post-travels.
A simple thought process on what to pack:
Thinking through the needs of this upcoming weekend, I immediately know layers are a must. I personally prefer & love thinner layers that keep me warm without weighing me down (cue in: cashmere, alpaca & wool.) I have a pretty minimal wardrobe, following Marie Kondo's KonMari Method, & really love my short sleeve crew-neck tee's from Sutton Studio Cashmere. They're versatile, keep me insulated & most importantly, they're slim which is great for layering under my sweater that everyone actually sees.
For this trip, I'm packing three chunky sweaters (one of which I'll wear on the drive up) & three layered crew neck tee's , 1 pair of jeans, 3 pairs of undies, 2 pairs of thick wool socks, 1 pair of regular socks, pajama's, layering leggings (that fit beneath my jeans, just in case!), hiking boots & my toiletries. Always keep it light & smart, there's no need to overpack for a weekend getaway. That's the perk that comes with escaping for a short stint! All of this fits inside a shoulder bag or weekend bag.
We'll be sharing our favorite finds once we get back! What type of crazy things do you do leading up to holiday with friends or family?! We wanna know! Leave us a note in the comments so we know we're in this together xo