Summer 2018

New Horizons, New Friend and New England May 2018 Part One: Vermont

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series USA Road trips

After a long flight delay, I finally checked in the hotel in Burlington, Vermont at 3:15 am in the morning where my new friend and fellow travel writer, Jo, was waiting up for me. We spent the first day exploring the city, starting off with a historic cruise on Lake Champlain. Of course, we had to try the Vermont Pub & Brewery, the oldest brewpub in the city. Burlington is a charming city, with parking really available at the waterfront and a friendly shuttle making stops even when you flag it down along the way.

After a most interesting day at the Shelburne Museum with its most interesting collections of art and Americana, including diverse objects such as hat boxes, we enjoyed a pizza and beer at The Flatbread company, Burlington Hearth. Of course, we were looking for interesting subject matter!

The next day, we headed east to Stowe in the foothills of the Green Mountains. En route, we stopped at the original Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop for a quick tour and taste. How the dream of two youngsters turned into such a success, is certainly an inspiring story.

The tiny village of Stowe became internationally known when the famous Von Trapp family settled there. Theirs is a story of courage, determination, faith and hard work. The concert tours enabled them to survive financially after fleeing from their own country. It is quite moving to visit the Family Lodge and gravesite. Johannes and other young generation members also run an excellent ‘Bierhalle’ and restaurant on the property today.

Next, we were off to Arlington, where we had a most insightful visit to the Norman Rockwell Gallery in the adjoining Sugar Shack. On certain days, members of the Community who posed for his paintings years ago, meet visitors personally. We loved the nearby Manchester, a charming little town with a lot to offer. I had an interview with the PRO at the historic Equinox Golf Estate and Spa, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hildene, the family home built by Lincoln‘s only son to survive to adulthood.

We learned about the Green Mountain Boys, specifically Ethan Allen and his brother Ira. We stayed at the historic Ira Allen House, one of the oldest bed and breakfast inns in Vermont. One of the two charming hosts pulled out some piano duets and the two of us had a great time playing together. They went out of their way to make interesting breakfasts, using local and fresh products, and generally made our stay a real delight.

Our final day in Vermont took us past Bennington Museum where there is a unique collection of original paintings by Grandma Moses – simple depictions of rural life – and an informative display of the Battle of Vermont.

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