THE BEST OF VERMONT; Scenic Drives, Viewpoints, Ponds, Lakes, Streams, Bridges and Buildings

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jaspal
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Postby jaspal » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:01 pm

Hi,

The chicken pie supper was awesome. Just back from it.

I would like to thank Susan who suggested the Richmond Church Supper.

It was a great experience, especially to be on the same table with the locals and hearing from them.

We had a 95 year beautiful lady on the same table as ours - it was great to talk to her. She has been coming to this Church for the last 40 years!!

The others at the table were equally good and they were happy to learn that we travelled 5000 miles from Oman (Middle East) to be in VT.

Learnt that the women cook the supper and is being served by the men.

Vermonters are great people and this is one of the forums which lets you be -- 'Arrive a tourist, go back a local'.

Cheers and thanks to All.

If anyone happens to visit the Middle East or India, would be happy to help.

Jaspal
Cheers
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Postby mmvt » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:12 pm

Jaspal-
It sounds like you have had a GREAT VT experience. Am very glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself and were able to meet many wonderful, local people.
There is something 'in the air' here that brings out the very best in people. Safe travels to you and your family when you return home to Oman!

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Postby ctyanky » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:46 pm

Jaspal: I found what you wrote about your supper experience very endearing. I am glad you were able to thoroughly enjoy Vermont and meet some wonderful folks who live there. I have always found Vermonters to be very welcoming and helpful and extremely proud of their state.

You have been a great contributor to the forum and I hope you return to Vermont again in the future.

Have a safe trip back to Oman. If you have any more adventures please be sure to post before you leave!
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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

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Postby Andy » Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:24 pm

Jaspal: I'll chime in. Glad you found Vermont such a welcoming place. I truly believe most of America is like that, but embarrassingly for some of us, it isn't always so. Please come back and please keep in touch with the forum!

Thanks, too for all the kind remarks. When I first joined here, I, too found it to be an amazing forum, really like no other I have ever visited.

Best regards,
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Postby faxmachineanthem » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:29 pm

From_the_NEK,
My wife and I took your central NEK driving loop and it was _incredible_. Thank you so much-- that had to be a lot of work for you to put that together. Pudding Hill Rd, Darling Hill Rd, Hinton Hill Rd... amazing. I will say that next time I would skip Wheeler Mtn Rd. We had an SUV so it wasn't a problem, but it was long and ROUGH enough that it got a little tiring. But the whole route was the absolute highlight of our week and I got some of my favorite shots on it. Thanks again!

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Postby From_the_NEK » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:03 am

Glad I could help! :D

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Mountain Road (Rte 108) Attractions /from Stowe

Postby Aspen » Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:15 pm

Highly recommend anyone visiting Stowe, Vermont or vicinity to drive
Mountain Road (Rte 108)
From Stowe, Route 108 heads Northwest

Just outside the village of Stowe on Rte 108 is
the Von Trapp Lodge (Van Trapp Family that inspired "The Sound of Music" used to live in this area.)
Beautiful mountain and meadow scenes.
Nice bakery nearby lodge.
To get to Von Trapp Lodge grounds,
take Rte 108 NW, make a left onto Luce Hill Road then another left onto Trapp Hill Road

Route 108, left onto Brook Road, will take you to a covered bridge
There is a parking area just before the Covered bridge

Near the Red Barn Shops from Route 108 to Brook Road,
there is a portion of the paved, 5.5 mile Stowe Recreation Path for walking, jogging biking, and baby strollers. This recreational path parallels Route 108
(The 5.5 Recreation path actually begins in Stowe behind Community Church and ends at Brook Road. May get on and off this recreational path at different places. Need not walk, jog nor ride entire 5.5 miles)

Seven miles NW from the village of Stowe, on Route 108,
a toll road or gondola will go up most of the way to Mt. Mansfield. Need to walk final short distance to summit if desired.
Toll road is open late May through mid-October, weather permitting.
Toll Road is a scenic drive. Summit provides a 360 degree view.
Gondola operates mid-June through mid-October, weather permitting.

Off Route 108 not far from the Toll Road, there is a waterfall
Keep a lookout for signs guiding to the waterfalls. Referring to the Waterfalls thread on this Fall Foliage Forum, the name of this waterfall is Bingham Falls . Check the Waterfalls Thread for description of this waterfall.

Route 108, Smuggler's Notch....a MUST SEE and experience
Warning: Travel trailers are not recommended for driving through Smuggler's Notch. Witnessed someone ignoring posted warning signs. Trailer got badly damaged from force through a tight curve.
Do not miss drive through Smuggler's Notch. Some parking areas (fill fast) for those who want to get out for photography sessions or hike up rocks to Smuggler's Cave.

Route 108 has many lodgings, restaurants and businesses. This is a Route which offers plenty to see and do at various times of the year!
Pick up one of Stowe's free "placemat" maps at the visitors' center, or some businesses' entrance pamphlet racks. It's a wonderful map that outlines alot of local things to see and do.
There are "placemat" maps of many of Vermont towns. Ask local for the placemat maps. Very helpful and informative.

Assure you, Vermont's Route 108 will be a Route worth traveling! Enjoy!

Aspen
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Day Trip Nearby Route 4, Route 100, Route 100A

Postby Andy » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:23 am

REPOST FROM ASPEN:

A nice day trip may begin nearby Routes, 4, 100 South and 100A.

From Route 4, drive to the Killington Ski area.
Colorful foliage in late September and early October may be experienced in this beautiful area. Along Killington ski area drive, look for an assortment of Hay Bale Art in front of businesses.

A K1 gondola (fee) takes visitors up from Killington Base Lodge to the Peak Restaurant. Some may enjoy taking lunches along. Just below the summit is a nature trail that leads to the Killington Peak.
Return to Route 4 then pick up Route 100 South
Drive to 100A, Plymouth, Vermont to the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Open daily through mid-October
Admission fee
Plymouth Notch is a small village of 1920 era buildings which are open to the public. Allocate at least an hour or more for this historical homestead tour. There's lots of historical and educational readings with the displays. President Coolidge's gravesite is not on the grounds where the historical buildings are located. The cemetery is down a road which is across Route 100A Inquire at Visitor's Center if directions are needed.

Following visit to the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, return to
Route 100 South. Head towards Ludlow. Approximately 4 miles North of Ludlow is the Green Mountain Sugar House.
Open Nine to six. Treat yourself to a Vermont maple creamee. It's a soft swirl ice cream which has a pleasant maple flavor.

Should time permit, venture farther south on route 100 to Weston where The Vermont Country Store and Weston Village Store are located.
The entire length of Route 100 is very scenic. Route 100 has something for everyone. Plan your day and drive according to your interests.

In the areas mentioned you should have a wonderful day trip!

Aspen

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Stowe: Popular Driving Routes

Postby Aspen » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:16 pm

GoStowe has some invaluable travel information related to visiting the Stowe area of Vermont.
Among an assortment of information are eleven planned, popular driving routes.
Go to this website: http://www.gostowe.com
Upon opening the Stowe homepage,
Click on the Stowe Foliage Central box
On the Foliage Central page, scroll down to end to
Scenic Drives
Title of drive, Length/milage of drive, directions and color ratings are provided for the eleven drives.
Printouts may be made of directions for the eleven drives/routes.
When in or nearby Stowe, enjoy driving some of these popular routes.
Thanks GoStowe!

Aspen
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Postby abby » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:37 pm

Thanks for the link Aspen. Makes me realize how much more of VT I still have to see.
I did notice one of the routes highlights Craftsbury Common and the Montgomerty Covered Bridges. I just want to add that Craftsbury Common is a beautiful quintessential New England village common that has a lot of photographic possibilites. It's worth the trip.
I found some of the covered bridges in Montgomery were fun to view, but photographically speaking, some of them are not "photogenic." I think my favorite of the Montgomery bridges to photograph is the Comstock Bridge. But, like I said, it's still a "fun" drive to take and it's really neat to see so many different covered bridges.
Carol

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Postby Andy » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:14 am

I found some of the covered bridges in Montgomery were fun to view, but photographically speaking, some of them are not "photogenic." I think my favorite of the Montgomery bridges to photograph is the Comstock Bridge. But, like I said, it's still a "fun" drive to take and it's really neat to see so many different covered bridges.
Carol


I'll second this. The more "photogenic" bridges in the North, in my view, are in Waterville. I do think the Longley Bridge on this route has some promise, though. There is a little trail just off the main road (left as you turn onto the gravel road to proceed through the bridge), which is narrow and slippery, but leads to a nice view which, when conditions are right, yields a very nice reflection:

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Brush Hill Drive

Postby Aspen » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:31 am

Hi Carol It's so good to once again link up with "regulars" and welcome new participants to Vermont's Foliage Forum.
Certainly agree with you, as long as Vermont is on our blessed Earth, there will always be something awaiting us to enjoy. We may even revisit past places and repeat drives for things we missed. Even driving a road once taken, a rare opportunity to come upon a moose walking across the road in front of you is so special! Among the GoStowe list of scenic drives, I was amused with the beautiful pictures of a canopy of trees associated with the Brush Hill Drive right outside the town of Stowe. We were in that specific area at Moss Glen Falls, walking a trail, climbing rocks to reach the Moss Glen Falls Overlook then relaxing afterwards over lunch on rocks by the babbling stream; yet somehow missed that awesome photo op of the canopy of trees!?? This Forum is so informative and the sharing of authentic information is so valuable when we never know exactly when or where we will find the foliage or peak colors. Folks, new to this Foliage Forum, there are two Moss Glen Falls in Vermont. One is in this Brush Hill area approximately three miles North of Stowe Village.
The other Moss Glen Falls is directly off Route 100 in Ganville
Aspen

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Postby ctyanky » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:27 pm

Aspen, I've really enjoyed reading what you have written. Very nice! I've been on that website many times and printed out all those routes last year.

I've been to the Moss Glen Falls in Granville a few times, but I can't remember if I went to the ones in Stowe. Gets confusing after awhile with all these bridges and waterfalls!

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Postby pwt54 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:28 pm

Ther are rebuilding route 12 between Elmore and Worcester right now. I'm not sure if they will be done by foliage season. It shouldn't be a problem and you won't get seasick driving the road anymore. :D

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Postby pwt54 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:30 pm

I should mention that they have finished rebuilding the Creamery Bridge off the West Hill Road in Montgomery. You can now drive through the bridge and out to the Hill West Road.



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