Last week, we had our first honest-to-goodness book event. And boy, did we feel spoiled. Not only did we discover that Amtrak has loads more legroom than the Long Island Rail Road (so that's why you're so expensive, Amtrak!), we got to spend our entire day in a magical place called Terrain. If you love gardening, food, beautiful things, and ridiculously nice people, then you absolutely must hasten to this sprawling Philadelphia haven. Seriously, it's worth planning a vacation around. After a couple of happy hours spent dishing about campfires, signing books, and passing out well-received samples of our Indoor S'mores (recipe coming soon!), we changed our train ticket so we could squeeze in some shopping. We brought home all kinds of booty, but above are a few of our favorite high-stylin', camp-worthy items we ferried back to Brooklyn. Tell us these wouldn't make a perfect gift, perhaps with a copy of our book? Included:
1. A nifty firestarter kit with everything needed to set a blaze in a hurry (tucked into a cool glass beaker that we will eventually repurpose as a spice jar).
2. A dogwood-scented soy and beeswax candle, for those stuck-at-home days when you want life to smell of rugged adventure. Quick fact: rugged pioneers used to brush their teeth with wild dogwood branches.
3. Farmaesthetics Tansynella Bug Screene, a natural insect repellant with a fragrance redolent of eucalyptus. We can't wait to dab a little behind our ears on our next hike.
4. A pretty, rustic-looking box of matches, because why not light a fire with flair? Also, the longer length buys you an extra moment before that match fizzles out and scorches your fingertips.
We had such a great time at Terrain that we're already planning our next event there, an evening of camping-inspired food and drink at their cafe in October. Think fireside mugs of steaming, spiked cider and bowls of hearty stew. Stay tuned!