Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tales of the Traveling Tote #29



The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  Four times a year a group of 10 bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We also offer a fabulous MacKenzie-Childs giveaway on one of the 10 posts each quarter.  We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!  To read about how it all began, go HERE

Here's my tale:

September in the Adirondack Mountains

Once again we rented the Antler House for a week in Jay, NY:

Every night was spent by the campfire eating S'Mores!

We took hikes along the Ausable River:

We drove up the back side of Whiteface Mountain:

We returned at the end of the month to see the foliage and stayed at the Saranac Waterfront Lodge:

We visited lake Lake Placid again....
...and Saranac and Tupper Lake regions!

What a fun party I went to for all of us Mackenzie-Childs collectors!  The home was filled with pumpkins galore, lots of good food and drink, and fabulous people!  Paul Carmen Photography took some fantastic photos, including one of three of the Tales of the Traveling Tote Instagrammers.....

What a fun group of people and "two hosts with the mosts":

October in Massachusetts

In October we traveled to Massachusetts and stayed in the Berkshires at the historic Red Lion Inn

You can read more about the Inn HERE

Cape Cod

We then left for Plymouth and Cape Cod - MY HAPPY PLACE!

The weather was gorgeous!  We visited Grays Beach in W. Yarmouth, and walked on the "Boardwalk to Nowhere".  A month later the Nor'Easter knocked out the boardwalk and sadly, it needs a lot of repair.

We shopped in Falmouth Center and enjoyed a stop at Falmouth Heights Beach:

Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards
This is a yearly event for us, visiting the #1 Apple Orchard in the US - Picking apples, tasting the new vodkas and bourbons in the Tasting Room, lunch in the cafe and a hayride!

Pennsylvania and Ohio

At the end of the month we traveled to Erie, Pennsylvania and Ohio to spend Halloween with our two Grandsons.

We shopped in Erie, returned to the Wharf for a sunset dinner and stayed at the Wyndham Hotel:

Halloween fun with family was lots of fun!

Callan was a little dinosaur and his brother Carter was a blow-up dinosaur!

Our great niece and great nephew joined Callan and Carter and their friends for a fun night of 

November in New York
Au Chocolate is a yearly "shop local" event that I attend in Baldwinsville, NY.  My friend Gloria and I shop-hopped and this year Miller's Crossing was a new shop for us to visit.  Our favorite was Two Twisted Sisters/Olives Eatery, as always:

I also enjoyed a day in Aurora with 9 friends, shopping and touring the farm house....

...and lunching at the Aurora Inn was delish:

It's been a busy fall, but after last year, it felt great to spend time with family and friends!

The best part of November was the arrival of two new family members:

Our great nephew, Aiden:

Our 4th grandson, Anthony:

Life is good!
Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season!

MacKenzie-Childs Giveaway:

Visit my other friends to see where they have been - and leave a comment on Deb's page for a chance to win the Highbanks Mug!

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box YOU ARE HERE 

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Wow, you have had a busy busy Fall Patti! All of your adventures sound so fun, and I'm so glad you got to spend so much time with family, and also your fellow MKC loving family! The party must have been amazing! Those babies are such a blessing...Thanks so much for being our inspired leader~

  2. You have been one busy girl this fall Patti! I need to follow you around to all the amazing places you've visited. Beautiful fall color in the mountains and lakes and your fun beach trip. I always love meeting up with fellow bloggers and Instagram friends and you sure had fun doing that. I think the best part of your autumn was the two new additions to your family, precious. Have a wonderful holiday season Patti.

  3. I wanna come up there and be your friend!!! You go to the neatest places and see such beautiful country. I wanna come do “North” things!!!
    I’ll even get a McKenzie tote!!!!

  4. Wow, you and John are one traveling couple! I love seeing all the beauty of the eastern US in the fall. Looks like you had some amazing trips. Congratulations on the new little grandson. He is adorable.
    Happy December!

  5. You are definitely the most well-traveled of the people I know, Patti! I remember while in the midst of moving how I felt like fall was just a blip. Your Saranac and Tupper Lakes trip really looked fabulous. Congratulations on the newest grandson. He's a handsome dude, and looks like his older brother! Wishing you good health through all your travels. Happy December!

  6. I want to be you when I grow up. Your trips all look fantastic, and the fall foliage photo is gorgeous! Your family is growing: You are truly blessed, My Friend! :D I love seeing all the baby photos. I' hopeful that one day I will be a grandmother!
    I want to hear more about why Cape Cod is your Happy Place. I've never been, but I'd love to go! :D

  7. Patti, you have been so busy. How fun to travel to different destinations. Love seeing the photos. Beautiful scenery. Cape Cod looks fabulous. I always look forward to seeing the fabulous photos from your trip to Aurora. Congrats on the newest additions to the family. They are so sweet and precious. I love the names. Happy Holidays Patti.

  8. I want to be Patti when I grow up! Your book of life leaves me wanting to turn each page and travel along with you. Your adventures are as whimsical as every piece of MacKenzie child’s. Stay youthful and keep us traveling with your sisterhood of the totes and more! Xo Rabbit 🐇 Rabbit 🐰

  9. Miss Kenzie has had a wonderful year getting out and about! Congrats on your sweet grandson! I hope you and your family have a lovely December.

  10. You've made some wonderful memories, Patti. Merry Christmas!