I will probably come up Sunday to Southern VT either the SW or SE corner. Have a ball!
Sunday we'll be heading down to Historic Deerfield Mass. Been wanting to go there for a long time. Then a day in Salem for a little Halloween fun before flying out from Boston to Nashville to spend a week with my son & family. My wonderful Autumn adventure,I am blessed!
Deerfield, wow. I go almost every other year. I bet you will find the Old Burying Ground the best part. It is small but full of settlers graves with incredible stone façades and period markings at the top of the stones. You can do a bit of research when you get home about what the drawings mean. Your walking tour would demand at least 2 hours of your time because of the museum. Make sure you walk behind Deerfield Academy - a gem in itself - to all the old historic homes! They will have all their fall décor out! Walk to the end near the ball park. When you exit the Old Deerfield site, check the houses on your left for their well known autumn displays of pumpkins and gourds! It is a phot op town to say the least. You will be captivated by the town's preservation of the historic homes' front doors! This is one of MA's prime sites and I know you will love it! Salem, another "treat"! The House of Seven Gables my favorite. Wait till you go there! I will keep the rest a secret!
There are a couple of incredible country stores chock full of autumn everything on the main road just outside the cutoff to Old Deerfield. Have a ball there!
Route 9 should be at peak now and I think you should go for it. Woodford through Searsburg will be the hot spot. The reservoir on the right is very low. Sad! You may hit congestion in Wilmington BUT stop here! The transformation of the town from the effects of Irene are mind blowing. See my post on my visit. If you are hungry, stop at Dots Restaurant and you will love it! Across from the restaurant is the new architecturally designed rock pathway near the river. It's a must see. I'll include my post here so you don't have to search for it. There are TONS of very cool shops, may be hard to resist!
Anyways, route 9 is long until you get to Bratt to pick up 91 south. I somewhat waiver between 9 and 2 - the color into Williamstown is gorgeous but 9 is hot right now and I think you will save some time on it to get to Deerfield. The cool thing on Route 7 in Benn is the Apple Barn and I just planned a trip for a coworker and they loved it. Then in Pownal, there is a pumpkin farm and they have all the pumpkins on the hill saying VERMONT. What a place! Guess you will have to save it for next year.
In summary, take 9 for the peak in the areas mentioned in the highlands. This is Charles' territory (ixl). I think this is the way to go, so to speak! Also, the new welcome center in Benn at the new 279 overpass is awesome, although kind of a crazy construction and a bit confusing. Inside is amazing! Just a thought!
Let me know what you think about 9 vs 2. One is VT and one is MA and they both have a lot to offer in terms of color, views, etc. I just can't wait to hear about Old Deerfield. I've been four or five times and never tire of it! CT
Stayed around Smugglers, Jeffersonville and Stowe today exploring the resort and the back roads. Absolutely gorgeous color here still, leaves starting to dance infront of us in the breeze. The dark skies and rain made the colors deepen, almost jewel like. The hillside at the Stowe Gondola was absolutely radiant. So impressed with how long the colors have held.
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