Vermont is known for its scenic routes. There are a lot of them, but the most popular seems to be Vermont Route 100. It's a rural two-lane road crossing the heart of the state. In this post we will take you along for a last countryside drive before we head into New York City. The day started fairly early in Burlington, where we had spent the night before. It was around 9 o'clock in the morning when we left the hotel and rain immediately greeted us. I was a bit sad since it had hindered us the previous day from really exploring, but as it would soon turn out, the rain would be the least of our problems as the day wore on...
Warren Covered BridgeThe first of many little stops on this day was the small town of Warren. We had visited a covered bridge in the previous post, but this one was actually open for cars. The town of Warren is pretty idyllic, but without much to do. We simply stopped for the covered bridge and moved on.
Driving Vermont Route 100The road is the main thoroughfare for some of Vermont's most well-known resort towns, including Wilmington, Ludlow, Killington, Warren, and Stowe. As such, many of Vermont's ski resorts are located either directly on, or in proximity to it. Vermont Route 100 is a popular tourist route during the fall (for foliage) and winter (for skiing), and can be heavily trafficked during those seasons, but it wasn't on the day we drove it. Despite this, the road retains a rural feel through most of the towns it traverses and is relatively free of development, except for some of the areas around the ski resorts.
Coffee Break in RochesterAs we were driving in the (light) rain, the drive became monotonic so we needed a bit of a break. We stopped in Rochester another small town in Vermont for coffee. By accident we discovered a wonderful bistro called Rochester Cafe. We had some breakfast sandwiches and coffee for a great price I must say, and then moved on with the drive towards Woodstock.
Lost in VermontNow for the heart stopping part (well at least for us it was). As I have mentioned in part one of this travel series, our GPS had the tendencies to use short cuts, find ways between two main roads and get us "there" quickly. So we didn't think anything when it said that we should turn from the main road, onto a dirt road. It said that in one minute we would connect with another road and all of us thought that that would be another main road. But we were mistaken.
Entering WoodstockWe made it out of the woods to the main road, and after 20 minutes entered Woodstock. This is a perfect little town. Everything is cute and well maintained. The rain subsided for a moment and we could walk around and explore. The Billings Farm and Museum is a local tourist attraction. The land and farmhouse were owned by Laurance Rockefeller and his wife Mary French Rockefeller. The farm and museum include an operating dairy farm and a restored 1890 farm house. After (unfortunately a bad) lunch in the Mountain Creamery we headed outside.
Dusk in ManchesterThe last bit of road trip was upon us as we entered Manchester, Vermont around 5 in the evening. Dusk was settling in and we did some last minute shopping in the excellent Manchester Outlet stores. They have factory stores here, like Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and many others. After a long day we needed a break and some food. We went into town and had pizza (which was really good), and went to sleep early.
We had a great time in these small towns of New England, and saw a lot. But it was time to head out to the big city. The next day saw us driving to New York City. We spend 5 days there and each of them was filled with exciting events. We would return to road tripping in the small towns after that, so this is not the last you will see of small New England towns. Next post is all about us arriving and visiting the Big Apple. :)
End of Part Seven
To be continued...