Driving Route near Calais

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Driving Route near Calais

Postby sharan » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:27 am

Good morning all,
I am trying to map out a route that includes the back roads around Woodbury, Cabot, Maple Corner etc. I have heard y'all talk about them in years past but I don't really know which ones are the best for great foliage. I have also heard Phil talk about Tebbets Rd but I'm not sure where that is. I am using the DeLorme atlas. A good starting point for me would be the intersection of 232 and Rt 2 as we plan to visit the Owl's Head Overlook. I know we won't know until nearer to October what the foliage will be like in that area. My plan for that area is October 8th. I would just like to wind back and forth on those back roads and see all there is to see! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby ctyanky » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:38 am

Sharan: the areas you are choosing: Calais, Adamant, Maple Corners, Woodbury, etc. are amazing places to drive around. I have been through there with Charles (ixl), bm and Phil in different foliage years. If you look on your map, you will notice numerous criss-crossing back roads that can get very confusing so I would recommend having a set plan in place so you don't lose out on the gorgeous scenery the roads offer by trying to figure you way around the areas. Cabot is great! Some roads I would highly recommend driving are Cabot Plains Road and Cloud Brook Road. They are very clear on the map and quite drivable with incredible longs views and rows of maple trees. Another road is Ducharme. I "think" it is in Cabot.

I will get out my Jimapco this evening and get some more back roads in the Calais area for you to find that are awesome. Carol (abby) and I are staying in Marshfield (near Plainfield) for a weekend just before you get out there on the 8th so we will definitely update you on the foliage there.

Last season, Charles took me on a ride through back roads around some beautiful lakes and ponds in Woodbury and Adamant. You can spend days in that area! I can't wait to go back there and explore during my trip there this season!

Tebbets Road is great and there is a barn built over the road that is fun to photograph. There is an adorable country store in Maple Corners that you should stop at! Maple Corners is sweet, that's all I can say about it!

Stay tuned.... I'll be back with more. Hopefully Phil or someone can do a route for you as well. CT

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby ctyanky » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:49 am

P.S. To get to Tebbetts Road, look on your map and find route 14. Turn left on Maple Road (intersects with Foster), then Dog Pond Road and then to Tebbetts. Sorry forgot to mention that.... it can get confusing as Maple Road may not show up on your Delorme but it does on my Jimapco........

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby sharan » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:25 pm

Thank you CTANKY! I am glad you clarified Tebbetts Road.. My Delorme Atlas shows a short road that runs north of Ducharme road and I didn't really think that was the same one. I am considering ordering a Jimapco.
I have Cabot Plains Rd on my list. Do you know if there is an apple orchard on that road?
I have already warned Abby that I may have lots of questions to get ready for our upcoming trip. We have been to Vermont and New Hampshire five times in the last 11 years and I have always relied on info from this forum and have never been steered wrong!

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby ctyanky » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:47 pm

Dear Sharan: You are quite welcome! First, I need to make a correction in my post. Cloud Brook Road is in Barnet, not Cabot. That's why I wanted to check my Jimapco when I got home this evening. I've been on so many back roads over the years, I get confused! Phil and bm have the roads down pat so they are ultimately the best resources! :wink:

Garland Hill Road in Barnet, along with Cloud Brook, are back road winners in my book. A couple of years ago, bm and I did a day trip and Al Utzig followed us. We were all in awe of the long views of these roads so I hope that if you are in the area during your trip, you can take these roads. I plan on taking Carol there the first weekend in October.

Anyways, back to your Calais post. One year Phil and I took County Road out of East Montpelier thru Calais and Woodbury all the way up to route 14. It was divine. You can stop at Morse Farm in East Montpelier for a maple cremee too! You are so close to Worcester too and route 12 which should be gorgeous. The Worcester Range is one of my favorite drives in Vermont!

http://www.morsefarm.com/

There is an orchard in Cabot, Burtt's Orchards, http://www.burttsappleorchard.com and it was a fun stop for Charles and I (even in the rain!).

As I mentioned, Charles took me on a "pond photography adventure" in Woodbury but I can't remember the name of them. Most of the dirt roads leading to them were very navigable, but he also took me on some scary, sketchy roads which I won't recommend! :roll:

If you have any more questions, just ask. Hopefully some others will chime in here about these beautiful areas in Vermont. I think the Jimapco would help you a great deal by the way.

P.S. You are correct, the short Tebbetts Road off Ducharme is not the one where we all have been to see the barn over the road.

CT

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby abby » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:36 pm

CT:
You amaze me. You are such a wealth of knowledge here. This site is so ridiculously good. I really hope more folks join in.
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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby sharan » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 am

Yes, its the "scary, sketchy roads" I am afraid we will end up on! I see all those ponds in the area around North Calais. I won't attempt those. Is there a covered bridge and old schoolhouse along Cabot Plains Rd? And is there a fire tower somewhere near Lake Elmore?
CT, I agree that you are a wealth of knowledge. Abby, you are also and many others. I would still be driving on paved main roads if it weren't for all the info on this site!

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby bm » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:31 am

Cabot Plains Road for sure!
A good drive from 2/232 would be as follows:
Take Route 2 east to just west of Joe's Pond in West Danville.
Turn LEFT onto West Shore Road. Follow this road until you turn...
LEFT onto Cabot Plains Road. You will be brought to an amazing long view.
Follow Cabot Plains Road until it ends at Route 215. Take LEFT onto 215
Visit the Cabot Creamery visitors center and fill up on cheese samples!
Take 215 south approx 1 mile and turn RIGHT onto Ducharme Road.
Keep following straight - will eventually turn into Max Gray Road. This will bring you down to Route 14 south of East Calais.
You will go by the Grand View Winery on Max Gray Road - stop in! http://www.grandviewwinery.com/
This is the apple orchard on Cabot Plains Road: http://www.burttsappleorchard.com/

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby Utah Baker » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:37 am

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Cabot plains road is a must, here is a photo I took in 2010, I think Carol posted a similar one from last year. Beautiful area.

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby Utah Baker » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:46 am

For some reason I have to touch the photo to view the whole image on my tablet, if others are having trouble viewing it. Or click on image.
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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby Utah Baker » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:53 am

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Another from Cabot Hills Plain road.

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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby ixl » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:58 am

Last year I drove all over this general area. There are a bunch of images in a gallery on my website and I include descriptions of all the images and roughly where they were taken. It should give you some nice ideas.

Not sure I could really provide a route map as again, I criss-crossed everywhere.

If there's a specific image in there with a description that doesn't make clear where it was taken, tell me what it is and I can provide you a more detailed location.
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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby Andy » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:23 pm

Howdy Folks: A couple years back we set up a "Sticky" thread for Great Driving Routes. If we keep these topics in that thread, all this valuable information will be much easier to find and will, hopefully, give us a pretty comprehensive "one-stop" shopping thread for these routes. Thanks
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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby abby » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:13 pm

Janice: Lovely images from Cabot Plains Road. Thanks for sharing them. Yes, last year I got to the Foster Covered bridge but the distant mountains and hillsides were socked in with fog. Hoping for better weather conditions when I visit there this Fall!

MMVT: Great idea to po put a link to this post onto the sticky post. I think the sticky posts are great, and agree with Andy that a post like this belongs there. But on the other hand, posts like this get people "talking" and sparks new discussions so what you did was the best of both worlds and I thik it's great what you did, so thank you for that!! We need posts with discussions!!

Charles: OMG Charles, I just revisited your slideshow from last year. Although I have already seen it several times, looking at it right now was like the first time seeing it. It is beautiful and you shuld be very very proud of the work you did last year. I do have one question for you. Please give me some more information on the Dolloff Ponds. I've never heard of them. Your images were beautiful and I'm wondering how to get there so some directions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!
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Re: Driving Route near Calais

Postby sharan » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:13 am

Thank you Utah Baker and IXL for the beautiful pictures. :) Cabot Plains Road is for sure on my agenda. And I hope we can drive the Stannard Mt. Rd this year also.
I think I read somewhere about Cabot Rd from Cabot to Woodbury. Anybody have any info on that road?



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