Williamstown Massachusetts

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Williamstown Massachusetts is a small, pretty college town on the Massachusetts/Vermont/New York border. The town itself is lovely with its two block long commercial street (Spring Street) old buildings, school campus…but little else We decided to stay in Williamstown for 2 nights. For us, this was not a good decision. Part of it is the [Read more …]

Bennington Vermont

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Driving from Woodstock Vermont to Bennington Vermont can be relatively boring (from Route 4, down Route 7), or very scenic. We took the scenic route, down the lovely Route 100 through Plymouth (the birthplace, homestead and now Historical Park of President Calvin Coolidge), a number of quaint and pretty towns (including Ludlow and especially Weston, [Read more …]

Tracing the Vermont Cheese Trail

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Vermont cheese. What’s not to love. From Sugarbush Farms’ long-aged cheddars, to Vermont Creamery’s Bonne Bouche aged, ash-ripened goat cheese, to Jasper Hill’s Harbison soft bloomy rind and Bayley Hazen Blue cheeses. We discovered many Vermont cheeses from our many trips to Vermont, from restaurant cheese plates, and from friends. This blog explores some of [Read more …]

Great Hikes near Woodstock Vermont

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Columbus Day weekend usually turns out to be the prime time for foliage in Central Vermont. Tourists from all over the world descend on places like Woodstock Vermont to enjoy the foliage and outdoor activities. Peak foliage, however, is subject to the vagaries of nature. Since you have to make reservations well in advance during [Read more …]

Eating Around Woodstock Vermont

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We have been to Woodstock Vermont many, many times as it is one of our favorite New England places to visit. We spent 5 nights in Woodstock on this trip whioch gave us sufficient time to revisit our favorite restaurants as well as explore new ones. The Prince and Pauper Each time we visit Woodstock, [Read more …]

Woodstock Vermont: The Quintessential Vermont Town

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Woodstock Vermont is our favorite Vermont town. When we lived in Boston, we would visit at least once per year. Why? Why not? First is the postcard-perfect town. We love: Its many outdoor activities including hiking or just walking around town; Lovely scenery, especially fall foliage when Mother Nature and our schedules mess properly, which [Read more …]

Shelburne Vermont

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Shelburne Vermont Museum Shelburne Vermont is just south of Burlington Vermont. It is home to the Shelburne Museum Shelbourne Farm and a handful of other sites, plus lovely views across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. Shelburne Museum The Shelburne Museum is a 45-acre, open-air museum consists of about 45, relocated 19th-century New England buildings [Read more …]

Burlington Vermont

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Burlington Vermont: Capital of the Northeast Kingdom Burlington Vermont, the 42,000-person city is the state’s capital, largest city and its largest college town (University of Vermont) and technology hub. Like many well-to-do college/tourist towns, is home to a number of clubs and hip restaurants, and being Vermont, of creameries and microbreweries. The Europeans first settled [Read more …]

Salem Massachusetts

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Salem Massachusetts One can love Salem Massachusetts for the simple beauty of its historic, 17th-century, clapboard, pitched-roof houses, its 18th- and 19th-century brick ship captain and merchant mansions and its initiative of turning the disadvantages of poor agricultural land and rugged, deep, rocky shoreline into a seafaring powerhouse that was the fifth largest, and of [Read more …]

Other Maine towns

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Maine is filled with beautiful small towns….especially those by the coast. Here are just a few of them. Rockport Maine Rockport Maine is a small, harbor-front town with a lovely harbor. Its roughly 10-building “downtown” consists of a handful of well-regarded restaurants, a spa, a hair stylist, a photography gallery and little else. Pretty to [Read more …]