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Vermont: Autumn in Vermont

An October 2000 trip to Vermont by kylebarber

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Quote: Recollections from my recent weekend watching the colors change in Vermont.

Vermont: Autumn in Vermont

Overview

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Driving along the smaller roads in the northern part of the state, seeing field after field of yellow, orange and red trees bursting with color. For someone who grew up in Seattle, where the seasons don't really change that much, it was a shock to see such an abundance of wild autumnal colors.

Quick Tips:

Go with someone you love. I found it all achingly romantic and unfortunately had no one to share it with. Another option is to come planning to purchase some real estate, so that you can quickly snag a local to cozy up with on cold nights.

Best Way To Get Around:

I rented a car for the weekend to travel to and from the many towns of Vermont.

Phineas Swann

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Hotel

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When I decided to spend a weekend watching the changing autumn colors in Vermont at the last minute, I had a difficult time finding a bed and breakfast that offered a good deal. But some thorough investigating on the Internet turned up the name of this wonderful inn near the northern border of the state. For me it was an extra bonus that the bed and breakfast was gay owned and operated. My room, while the smallest and humblest of the six offered, was quite cozy and felt very lived in and cared for. The best part of the stay was the large breakfast served the next morning. This was no bagels and coffee on the run and out you go operation. The innkeepers made home cured bacon, raspberry french ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Phineas Swann
195 Main Street
Montgomery Center, Vermont 05471
(802) 326-4306

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Housed in an old fashioned 1953 Worcester Lunch Car, Libby's Blue Line Diner is a trip back in time. The food is classic American comfort food items, served in a simple manner and with generous portions. The service was quick and efficient, and the food was definitely a step up from Denny's fare. My dessert pie, however, was just adequate; I don't know why I always hold out hope for good pie at diners when I seem to be regularly disappointed wherever I go throughout the country. Locals seem to enjoy this place too, and there was a sizeable crowd waiting to be seated when I first arrived for dinner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Kilgore's General Store

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Attraction

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Located just off Route 118 in the town of Montgomery Center, Kilgore's General Store offers visitors a chance to step back in time and see what old Vermont might have been like before ski resorts and ice cream empires. The old wooden building creaks underneath your feet and smells like your grandmother's den. A wide selection of Vermont related items area are available for sale, or you can grab a healthy sized sandwich on fresh baked bread to go from the marble-topped old fashioned ice cream soda fountain, which dates all the way back to 1929.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Route 58

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When I headed up to Vermont to witness the changing colors of autumn, I wasn't sure exactly where to head. The change in season was apparent everywhere, but the beautiful bursts of bright red and gold color were not so prevalent along many of the small roads I traveled. But following the recommendation of a local I met at Kilgore's General Store in Montgomery Center, I set out to the nearby Route 58. Right from the beginning this small road abandoned paved asphalt for dirt and gravel, and I began to wonder if I should have rented a sports utility vehicle. But it was easy enough to manage in second gear, and the wonderful display of foliage surrounding and covering the road was awe-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Ben and Jerry's Factory

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Attraction | "Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory"

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You can't really call this a "cultural tour," but I was hard pressed to choose an appropriate category for this factory tour. While my primary purpose in visiting Vermont was to enjoy the changing colors of autumn, I had to make a stop at Ben & Jerry's being the ice cream glutton that I am. The tour was disappointing for a few reasons. First and foremost, there wasn't much to see. They started off showing a videotape heralding all of Ben & Jerry's financial and environmentally friendly accomplishments. Then we saw some packaging machinery in action, followed by the samples. It was pretty short and simple, especially after waiting two hours to begin the fifteen minute tour. There's not much to d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 1, 2000

Ben and Jerry's Factory
Route 100 North I-89 Exit 10
Waterbury, Vermont
(802) 882-1240