A few days in Québec

In the heart of Charlevoix of Québec lies the most enchanting escape of cabins known as Repère Boréal. Last month I had the opportunity to spend a few days in this small community and experience everything the region has to offer. It was such a relaxing and rewarding trip! Jonathan, one of the owners of these small dwellings, was such an amazing host, and made sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. 

Our first night, we stayed in one of the "Shiship" cabins, which in another life were shipping containers! Now, they serve as a cozier purpose, and with one side made entirely of glass, they also give the effect of being part of the surrounding boreal forest. Another favorite aspect of our cabin was its view, as the community is situated above the Saint Lawrence River. It made for some incredible sunrises and sunsets! Also loved how close we were to the Spa Zone, definitely took advantage of the sauna and hot tubs! 

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Our following night, we nestled deeper into the woods in one of the "Maikan" cabins. A bit smaller than their Shiship counterparts, but this place completely took my breath away. The windows on these cabins actually continue on to become part of the ceiling, creating a panoramic view of the neighboring trees. It was truly a magical experience, to be able to cozy up by that window and stargaze the hours away. Bonus : there was a fire pit right outside the window! Definitely added to the cozy factor. 

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Jonathan was also kind enough to offer nearby attractions, including the ferry to nearby L'isle-aux-Coudres and my personal favorite : dog sledding!! This was definitely a highlight of our trip, it was so incredible to take control of our sled and bond with all the huskies (there were over ONE HUNDRED of them!!). On the way back, we also stopped by Montmorency Falls outside of Quebec City and explored around Jacques-Cartier National Park. I've already made plans to head back to this area again next Fall - it's such a unique landscape! It was with heavy hearts that we had to head back to the border (for reference, Montreal is a quick 2.5 hour drive from our cabin in the Adks, and Quebec City is a little less than 5), already dreaming of my next escape up North! 

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Thank you to Repère Boréal for hosting me during my stay in Québec, and to Woolrich for keeping me cozy in flannels and parkas! 

xo

J.

Woolrich in the Southwest

Hi guys!

If you've been following along with my Instagram feed recently, you'll know V and I just got back from an epic road trip through the Southwest! With New York's endless winter, a bit of sunshine was more than welcome for the both of us. For this trip, I had the opportunity to partner up with Woolrich again, and bring along some pieces from their new Spring line. 

 

Southern California

The first stop on our trip took us from Arizona through Southern California. We were both craving some warmer weather, and the desert and coastline are just where we found it. The wind still chilled the air a bit, so we were happy to have some cozy flannels to snuggle up into. A new favorite of mine is the Alaskan Boyfriend Tunic Shirt. It's 100% wool and kept me warm through the colder days of this trip! V has the men's version of this, the Alaskan Washable Wool shirt, and with the easy snap buttons, it made for such an effortless layer. He also brought along the Expedition Chamois Shirt, which was the perfect weight (and color!) for the Spring-like weather we experienced down South. My go-to layer for the transitional weather is the Pemberton Boyfriend Tunic. I've brought it along on a few adventures before this one, and it's still a favorite! Since I knew this trip would be my only excuse to wear short sleeves for the foreseeable future, I also brought along the Carabelle Seersucker Shirt. It's incredibly lightweight and has such an easy feminine shape, perfect for Summer. 

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Northern California

Once we started the journey North, the weather turned and the snowflakes started to fall. I never fail to pack a Woolrich blanket for the road, and this trip was no exception. To compliment the landscapes of our adventures, we brought along the Southwestern Vintage Jacquard Wool Blanket. Like my other Woolrich blankets, it's incredibly soft and very warm. But it was the pattern that sold me! It looked right at home against the red rocks and mountains. As the temperature dipped, we found ourselves grabbing our heavier coats. With a flannel and wool base layer, I kept the windchill at bay in my John Rich & Bros. Over Parka, while V stuck with his John Rich & Bros. Arctic Parka. I have to admit, on the colder nights I was definitely trying to steal his parka! There's a reason that my own Arctic Parkas are in constant rotation during the Winter months - you can't beat how warm they are! 

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Utah

With heavy hearts (and frozen toes), we started our journey back east to our final destination of the trip : Bryce Canyon. This national park has been on my must-visit list for quite some time, and seeing it covered in snow was just the cherry on top. Again, we bundled up in our parkas while we explored, but after a bit, the sun was so warm that we were able to run on the trails with just our flannels! It was so refreshing to get a taste of warm weather, that now it has us scheming up adventures for the months ahead. Thank you to Woolrich for letting us bring some of that Summertime feeling on the road with us! 

xo

J.

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This post is in partnership with Woolrich