It’s not often we experience unseasonably 70-degree temperatures in Vermont in November. But when we do the neighborhood gathers around the fire pit with hospitality.

Unseasonably Warm in November, A Simple Neighborhood Gathering

Over the last two years, we invested and created this outdoor fire pit and patio conversation set in our front yard that overlooks the Green Mountains of Vermont.

You can read more about it and how we designed this space in the post, How to Design a Backyard Fire Pit Conversation Set.

How to Design a Backyard Fire Pit Conversation Set

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It’s quickly becoming the go-to place for gatherings in our neighborhood.

And I just love our neighborhood here in Vermont. It’s simply the best!

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When preparing for a gathering, I really like to keep things very simple so I can fully enjoy the conversation and cheer, being present with our friends.

Ahead of time,

We prepared this favorite Carne Asada Nacho Recipe as an appetizer.

A cheese platter similar to this one.

My husband made his favorite vegetable lasagna.

And our neighbor brought over a homemade beef stew.

All of which we enjoyed into the next day too.

Cheese board and platter

Paper plates, bowls, and cups were suitable for this evening’s neighborhood gathering, as the wind was pretty steady and we didn’t want anything blowing over and breaking.

And with the starting of our home’s interior painting in just 2 days’ time so many of our dishes and glasses were already put away.

Unseasonably Warm in November, A Neighborhood Gathering

A mason jar full of flowers from our neighbor’s flower garden is stunning next to the brilliant pink and orange sunset.

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Unseasonably Warm in November, A Neighborhood Gathering

I absolutely love having a gas fire pit now. You may also enjoy the Refreshing Weekend Junket Home to Vermont post.

It’s so easy to turn on and off, and the hidden propane tank inside is accessible to get in and out, making it a cinch to fill up without any underground lines being run.

The glass wind guard was a necessity for us, too, as we get really high winds up here in the mountains. And the wind guard protects the fire from blowing out.

Unseasonably Warm in November, A Neighborhood Gathering

The circular sectional is also an all-time favorite.

It’s super cozy and versatile.

The sectional pieces are all separate and can be moved around into a number of different positions.


The dogs had a wonderful time too, running around, enjoying treats, and playing with my little pumpkins from the stone steps…

Thanks for joining our little unseasonably warm neighborhood gathering at our home here in Vermont.

See you next time!

Unseasonably Warm in November, A Neighborhood Gathering

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Vermont.

Be sure also to check out our Home in Coastal Maine, where we spend summers and weekends when we are craving a walk on the beach or a visit with old friends.

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  1. Janet Mailloux says:

    Love the view & what a nice patio set! Curious – do you leave out in the winter & just cover?

    1. Thank you, Janet. This will be our first winter with the furniture and we will probably bring the cushions into the basement and just cover the rest, so yes:)

  2. So glad to get together with friends, looks like everyone had a great time. Ella was so cute with her pumpkin!

    1. We did Marlene, I know she loves those little pumpkins…

  3. What a fun gathering, Ann! You have created such a welcoming space for your neighborhood!

    1. Thanks so much Molly, we had such a fun evening.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    It looks like a ton of fun! And Ella was pretty darn happy too!

    1. We had such a nice time and I just can’t get over the weather we are having, just amazing!