The first weekend in October ago Kay and I went to Vermont for a three days. We decided to stay in Stowe, renting a cabin from a place called Cabin in the Woods, and driving over to Burlington for the afternoon on Sunday. Monday we would drive back.
The drive up was really nice. It was a little cloudy but we still got a good taste of the fall foliage. I plotted a scenic route, driving along Route 7 and Route 100 to get a taste of the beautiful orange and golden leaves along the highways in the Green Mountains. There was one town, either Rutland, Vermont or around it, which had some interesting artwork alongside the streets. We saw moose, panthers, and other exotic animals carved as statues. (You can click any of the pictures on this page to enlarge them.)
We arrived at Cabin in the Woods around 2pm, after a five hour drive up. We stayed in a small and quaint cabin, perfect since it was just us and Kay’s dog Brindle. We actually could have fit two more people in bunk-beds in the 2nd bedroom, and another person or two on the pull-out couch.
We then drove around Stowe checking out the town, and eating delicious burgers and fries at The Blue Donkey. Many reviews on Yelp mentioned a long wait, and they were exactly right. It took about 25 minutes to receive our meal. The food was really good though.
Afterwards we attended Oktoberfest, which was kind of a let down. I can see locals finding it exciting to meet up with friends and family, but for us it was just a venue to grab a beer and watch people dressed in German clothes perform music. It was all inside a huge tent, with a few vendors trying to sell some goods.
Sunday was fun. We drove a half hour over to Burlington. For breakfast we ate at the Skinny Pancake. The line was out the door, which to us was a good sign. The menu looked so enticing we couldn’t decide what to get so we ordered 4 different crepes and a side of cheese fries. (We’re pigs, I know!) We almost finished everything. I would say 3 of our plates were completely finished.
Afterwards we went to the Church Street market, which reminded me a lot of the Santa Monica Promenade in LA. The great part is that there were still a lot of local stores selling Maple Syrup, hand-made wooden kitchen supplies, local mustard, and more. The promenade in Los Angeles has gone almost completely to big chain stores.
As we finished the strip it started to drizzle so we went back to the car. Randomly we started looking up spas on Yelp to book massages, and luckily found a place back in Stowe. We did stop by the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shop, which was more like a store with a small informational museum attached. No big deal.
Back in Stowe we enjoyed a relaxing couple’s massage, to which Kay got to enjoy a dip in the jacuzzi and a Himalayan Mineral shower after. Completely beat, we decided to grab pizza and wine and head back to the cabin to relax some more.
Monday was an exciting day. We stopped by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill which had a huge gift shop with tons of goodies. From apple cider and sauce to salsas, mustard, syrup and more. We easily dropped one hundred bucks in there, if not more. We even got to watch part of the process of making the cider.
We followed that with stops in a cheese store, chocolate store, and last but not least the Ben and Jerry’s factory. As we walked in two parents were having a problem with their child and gave us their tour tickets for free. The tour was about 30 minutes and pretty interesting. We got to take a look inside the plant and sample a flavor in trial. Afterwards we visited the “Flavor Graveyard” where some flavors go to die, grabbed some ice cream at the shop, and departed for New York.
Overall it was a fun trip. I wish the clouds kept their distance some more so I could take some better pictures, but I’m glad we went nonetheless. Between this trip to Vermont and one to the White Mountains in New Hampshire last fall, I’m designating the first two weekends in October as the prime time to take a vacation each year. I love the fall colors.
You can find the full photo album here.