Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

This month started out with a bang. I spent the first weekend of the month hanging out with The American Dairy Association for the Dairy Council's Fall Dairy Tour and Food & Wine Festival. The getaway took place upstate New York, in part at Geneva on the Lake, a cozy hotel with staff members that are just as lovely as the grounds of the hotel.

Seriously. The sights we so serene and breathtaking, especially with Fall's colorful background.

The first part of the weekend was a dairy tour and it led me to a farm where I was talking all things cows. My outfit wasn't at all prepared for dairy farm life so I covered my Aldo riding boots in plastic and held on to my Philip Lim for Target bag for dear life! I refused to get them all muddy!

Before we got to the dairy farm, we headed to Cornell University to learn all about their dairy plant at which point we got to eat homemade frozen yogurt. At 10am. On a Saturday morning. Score! We also attended a session that was particularly exciting for me -- Creating a Smarter Lunchroom. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on this session since I think there were so many great takeaways, tips, and tricks in order to get our kids to eat healthier -- even when we're not around. In the meantime, check out their website or follow Smarter Lunchrooms on Twitter

The evening called for a wine and cheese pairings/tasting. A huge shout-out to Anthony Road Winery and Muranda Cheese Company for the getting me good and tipsy and ready for the 4-course gourmet meal that followed. Which included more wine, naturally.

It was such an informative weekend and I walked away from it all so full. Literally and Figuratively. I have so many ideas and strategies that I've already implemented for getting Aiden (as well as the students at my school) to make healthier eating choices. Look out for Part Two of this post where I'll be sharing the wealth.

{photo by American Dairy Association and Dairy Council via}
From meeting and chatting with some amazing women and bloggers (shout outs to Colleen, Jeannine, Serena, Lauren, and Kimberly) to touring the grounds of Geneva on the Lake to talking all things dairy, the weekend was pretty epic. Thanks so much to BML Public Relations and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council for a fantastic weekend!

{Disclaimer: Food, lodging, and travel expenses were provided by ADADC and BML Public Relations. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}


  1. What a great experience. This place sounds like it would be right up my alley, especially with all the great nature sights.


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