I'm near so many wonderful spots including Lake Willoughby, route 114, Shadow Lake, Lake Memphremagog (never been before!!!), Burke Mountain (taking the lift ride up the mountain ), Hill Farmstead Brewery and so much more! I intend to soak it all in for this first weekend and I couldn't be happier. I feel so relieved to have my four lodgings secured, and now I can concentrate on meeting my SOV friends and all the new folks I met in Vermont the last two years, and to spice up my daily itinerary to include as much fun and adventure as possible!
If there are any must do, must see places in the area please let me know! I'll be in this prime location for a few nights before heading to my Peacham stay on 9/30!
I can now concentrate on finding lots of activities for the following week when I am in beautiful Peacham! Love being busy 24/7! CT
Fall Dog Party 2019
Saint Johnsbury, VT
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
It’s the most beautiful time of the year in New England, and it’s time once again to celebrate the season at Dog Mountain’s annual Fall Dog Party presented by Stephen Huneck Gallery and Friends of Dog Mountain! We hope you can take the time to grab your camera, hop in the car, and take the scenic ride to leaf-romping, four-legged fun and smiles at Dog Mountain. Your dogs will thank you with many wags of their tail and wet kisses.
The Fall Dog Party is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.
I recently saw a post on a Vermont based instagram about the Weston Priory and it jogged my memory of a past desire to visit there someday. I would love to take a “time out” from my usual whirlwind foliage itinerary and listen to the chants and tour the facility. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone who has stopped by or who spent a retreat there. The website is so beautiful! It beckons one to come and see what it is all about. Has anyone been? I need to look at my schedule thus far and see if I'll be near Weston during this year's fall visit, or just come up for the day! CT
Once again, I have been trying to hike Nichols Ledge for years and either the weather did not cooperate, I was not near the area during my fall excursion or my hiking partner could not make it! As I am in Peacham for a week this year, I am going to try my best to go. A few years ago, the Cabot Fall Foliage Festival led a hike to the ledge as part of their festival. I think this year, they are not physically sponsoring it but it is part of their "recommended tour". I hope to meet up with a hiking buddy to see what all the rave reviews are about! I found a past link of this foliage forum for the directions. I'm wondering what the reality of the hike is, moderate or moderate/difficult because there are different takes on it depending on your skill level. I'm participating this weekend in my state's trail weekend led by Connecticut Forest and Park Association to continue to get in shape! I reallllly want to do this hike as I heard the unobstructed views rival that of Owls Head in the Groton State Forest. I loved my two hikes at Owls Head, the views at the top were stellar!
Directions from previous post led by hike leader:
"The ledge is actually in the Town of Woodbury, very close to where the town lines of Cabot, Walden, Hardwick and Woodbury come together. To reach the ledges you must climb a rather steep and unforgiving trail, which is not to be attempted by timid, frail, or sedentary types. The beginning of the trail tends to be pretty wet, and you should wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, and it’s helpful to carry a walking stick. Once at the top, please be very careful because the drop is sheer and there are no railings or safeguards. DO NOT BRING CHILDREN HERE UNLESS YOU CAN KEEP A FIRM HAND ON THEM AT ALL TIMES, ESPECIALLY AT THE TOP NEAR THE LEDGES. The view from the top is well worth the trouble to get there. You’ll see breath-taking views to the south and west, and miles of unbroken forest.
To reach Nichol’s Ledge, take the South Walden Road at the north end of Main Street (Rt. 215) past the recreation field to Houston Hill Road on your left. Follow this road to Coit’s Pond Road, turn right for a little over a mile. You’ll see small Coit’s Pond on your left, and then you’ll come to a “wide spot in the road,” also on the left and directly opposite a “backwards driveway.” Park in the wide spot and you’ll see the trail heading down into the woods."
Please note: Nichols Ledge (amongst others) are closed until August 1, 2019 to protect nesting peregrine falcons, unless further updated by Vermont Fish & Wildlife. See recent press release below.
https://vtdigger.org/2019/05/13/cliff-t ... egrines-2/
I'm trying to get my nerve up to even post this as a possibility to add to my bucket list! I consider myself to be fairly adventurous and I realllllly want to try this. But...………. it looks a bit scary, thrilling and enchanting at the same time. I think I might back out the last minute, who knows. "If" I did try it, I am sure I would be so glad to have completed this ride. Watch the video! Everyone looks so happy and calm. I want this to be me!
(If you notice that my signature on all my initial posts contains the words "....if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns" by George Eliot, I think this is the closest I will ever come! I noticed the raven soaring at the beginning and end of the video. This ride is calling to me...…….
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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As I write this, we are in the midst of a brutal heat wave in New England and my thoughts are once again drifting to cool weather and autumn in Vermont! This spa has been on my mind every time I go to Vermont and have a rainy day to ponder what I am going to do. Not that I want a rainy day, but this seems so divine! A nice way to chill out from my hectic and 24/7 itinerary!
I am especially interested in the VERMONT MAPLE SUGAR BODY SMOOTHIE! Doesn't that sound like the perfect way to spend an inclement day in Vermont? I decided to put this on my bucket list because it is always on my back up plans in case it rains, or I have spare time on my hands. I'm trying to curb the shopping habit a bit (except for stocking up on maple syrup), so this might be the perfect alternative!
Stay cool during this heat wave! It better not happen in September!!!!
2103 Herrick Rd. Derby, Vermont
Someone messaged me about this lavender farm in Derby and my friends from West Charleston and I are going to try to fit it in when I am in the NEK my first weekend! I love their Instagram account and we hope to go after my ride at DnD Stables and before our Clyde River canoe trip! Looks like a must needed peaceful stop during what is appearing to be a very active Vermont foliage itinerary!