Hi there. Long time no see...:)
Well, my husband and I went on our country ride this past Sunday, up into central Vermont. I wanted to go all the way up into the Northeast Kingdom, but that would require an overnight and with no reservations anywhere, it wasn't such a good idea. Once upon a time we would have been a bit more adventurous and maybe slept in the van, but now now, it's just not comfortable enough.
Our first stop, although not very exciting, is a nice place. It's the first rest stop once you enter Vermont from Massachusetts. There's a beautiful building manned with really knowledgeable and friendly people to answer any questions you may have. I've been here before, but for some reason, I never noticed their gorgeous weathervane, perched way up on top of this massive barn-shaped structure. Isn't this cool? It took me a minute, but I finally recognized the "VT". Duuuh!
This is the first Vermont Country Store we encountered; the other is about 10 miles up the road. We meandered through this one checking out all the "old-time" stuff they carry, like old candies, old "health and beauty" products...remember "Sun In" for your hair? Or "Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific"?!
They also carry old-time toys...sock monkeys, Slinkies, kaleidoscopes, wooden toys, etc. Vermont cheddar cheese is a big seller, as is their clothing. It's just a cool place to walk through, but way too expensive for our taste! I did buy a big bag of balsam at a store across the street that I’ll use for making balsam pillows this winter. One sniff and I’m transported into the woods. :)
We finished the drive with a pretty good meal at a typical roadside diner. My father-in-law used to say that diners had the best food around; add to that the fact that the parking lot was filled with Vermont license plates, and we knew we’d found where the locals ate.
It was a good change of scenery for both of us, especially considering the year we’ve had. We’re both thinking that we need to do this more often, like we did way-back-when. Maybe next time it’ll be a night or two away. :)
PS~Remember how I said I was joining a hiking club? Well, my first hike is this coming Saturday. It’s more of a photo walk through a local reservoir area with the possibility of a short hike up to a summit, but I am so excited! Have camera, will hike. :D