Chester Journals

Anniversary in Vermont

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A June 2007 trip to Chester by zabelle

Hildene Photo, Manchester, Vermont More Photos
Quote: We were looking for a quiet romantic getaway, and Chester fit the bill perfectly.

Anniversary in Vermont

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Overview

Dresses from yesteryear Photo, Chester, Vermont
Quote:
Chester Vermont is one of those pretty little Vermont towns that we usually just pass through on our way north. For our 39th wedding anniversary we decided to make it our base. Chester is a small town, there is no way around that. In many ways it is the quintessential New England Village. It has the obligatory town green with pretty houses and a church or two surrounding it. To find out what new in Chester visit Chester.Of course the downside of staying in a village of three thousand people is the lack of anything very substantial to do. Depending on the season there are many ways to entertain your...Read More

Inn Victoria Vermont Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel | "Inn Victoria"

Inn Victoria Vermont Bed and Breakfast Photo, Chester, Vermont
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We were looking for a Romantic getaway and I checked out B&B's that are located in Chester. The Inn Victoria caught my eye. They have a very nice website that gives you a very good idea of what to expect and I have to say that our stay exceed my expectations in every way. Our hostess Julie was there to greet us and not only did she recognize my name but she remembered that it was our anniversary. We felt like old acquaintances immediately as we discussed England and some of the areas we both knew. Small world, we agreed. Our room, the Princess Beatrice, is the least expensive of their rooms. I know, it’s our anniversary, why was I economizing? Ah well, this is one place where even ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2007

Inn Victoria Vermont Bed and Breakfast
321 Main Street
Chester, Vermont 05143
(802) 875-4288

Fullerton Inn

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Restaurant

Fullerton Inn Photo, Chester, Vermont
Quote:
We wanted someplace a little special to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We asked Julie our hostess at Inn Victoria for a suggestion. She recommended the Fullerton Inn and since all we had to do was walk out the door and walk down the street to get there we thought it sounded like a great idea.The Inn has a very historic look and a wonderful presence opposite the town green. There is free parking right along the green if you are not staying within walking distance. As you walk up you will notice the large front porch where you have the option of taking your meal or there are dining rooms inside. We opted to eat inside for no good reason except that the porch was quite full of people and we w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2007

Fullerton Inn
On the Green
Chester, Vermont
(802) 875-2444

Williams River Cafe

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Restaurant

Tart Tatin Photo, Chester, Vermont
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Formerly known as Raspberries and Thyme this has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Vermont, so when we found out that it had changed owners and had a new menu and name, we were apprehensive. As we walked in the front door, we realized that cosmetically not much has changed except that the spinning dessert case was nowhere to be seen. What was somewhat disconcerting was that we were ignored for over five minutes as we waited to be seated. The waitress was very busy serving on the porch, she never saw us but someone came out from the kitchen, looked at us and went back into the kitchen. He never acknowledged that we were there or said anything like "The waitress will be right with you". I f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2007

Chelsea Royal Diner

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Restaurant | "Royal Chelsea Diner"

Chelsea Royal Diner Photo,
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Route 9 is a scenic Vermont road that runs east to west along southern Vermont. We had arrived on Interstate 91 and headed west toward Manchester. As we were leaving Brattleboro we realized that we were hungry and we needed to find somewhere for lunch. It wasn’t long before we came across the green and white building with the giant ice cream cones in front. Now if that doesn’t get your attention nothing will.Be warned, the entrance is in the rear. We are notoriously bad at finding the entrance to buildings and we parked on the side. There are several other doors that look like they probably were the entrance at one time but they are not used now. Once we had gotten in we were instantly overwhe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2007

Chelsea Royal Diner
487 Western Ave Route 9
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
(802) 254-8399

Shopping in Chester

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Story/Tip

Hopewell's Book Store Photo, Chester, Vermont
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Stone House Antiques CenterRoute 103Chester, VT I have always stopped at the Stone House Antiques center in Chester ever since it opened. You never know what you are going to find. It is a multi dealer shop with mostly open displays. This isn’t a high end antiques store, it is more about country collectibles and kitchen chachkees than serious art however it is no less enjoyable to poke around. There are two separate buildings and one of the buildings has seen more incarnations than the other. Beyond just antiques it has crafts, local Vermont products and by the time you go just about anything else is possible. I rarely leave here without having found something that I can...Read More

Hildene

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Story/Tip

Hildene Photo, Manchester, Vermont
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Robert Lincoln, the only surviving son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln built Hildene in Manchester, Vermont in 1905 as a summer home. He had visited the area in the 1860s with his mother and his brother Tad and had found the surroundings very attractive. He purchased 500 acres of land and had his house built in the Greek Revival style. At the time it cost $63,000. The house remained in the Lincoln family until 1975 and in 1978 it was purchased by the Friends of Hildene who set about restoring the property. There are no surviving descendants of Abraham Lincoln which I found very sad.Normally a visit would begin at the Visitor Center which is in the old carriage barn. When we vi...Read More
The family plot Photo,
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I have been on a quest during the last couple of years to visit as many presidential sites as possible. When we visited Vermont in April we tried to visit but the site was not open. They are open from late May to mid-October. We visited the weekend of June 9/10 and little did we know that this was the weekend where admission is free. This saved us $15. Admission is $7.50 for adults, children 6-14 $2, and a family pass is $20. There is plenty of free parking.Begin you visit at the visitor center. There is a film to watch, which is on a loop, to introduce you to our thirtieth president as well as a small museum with changing exhibits. What we saw were pictures and stories about his parents and g...Read More
Dining room Photo,
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Originally built as a tavern in about 1830 the Wilder House was the home of Calvin Coolidge’s Mother Victoria Josephine Moor and it was there that she married the future president’s father in 1868. Her sister and her husband lived here while Calvin was growing up. It was turned into a coffee shop in 1956 and today it is painted the same color mustard yellow that it was in 1923 when Calvin became the president of the United States.There is no tour of the house and I suppose that is because there is nothing of a family house left to it. We walked in through the front door which takes you by the kitchen and through to the dining area. Were we welcomed and told to pick a table. When we arrived the...Read More

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zabelle
Portland, Connecticut