A Weekend Getaway To Vermont

Quechee Gorge Village-Photo credit: www.cityprofile.com

 

The itinerary entailed a two day, two night sight seeing in Vermont. We left Rhode Island around 8:00am and arrived at our first pit stop just a little over 10:30am. Located in the Quechee Gorge Village of Queche Vermont-right off route 4 in White River Junction off Interstate-89,  lies the Cabot Quechee Store. The Cabot Quechee Store has a diverse selection of candy bars, cheese, maple syrup, wines from local vineyards.  Adjacent to the right of the Cabot Quiche Store is the Vermont Antiques Mall. Within the nostalgic Quechee Gorge Village, is The Quechee Diner, The Lucky Elephant-fine Asian imports, Vermont Spirits Distilling Co., Yankee Candle and many more quaint stores. If you’re looking for something to do with the family!? you can visit the Vermont Train and Toy Museum & Gift store, or even go for a ride on their miniature passenger train, or carousel. Quechee Gorge Village is a reminder of “the good old days”, when every product you bought read made in America.

 

After a quick visit to the Quechee Gorge Village, we started heading west, on US-4. About 7.4 miles later-we had arrive in the town of Woodstock Vermont. A quint and charming town of country life, small mom and pop stores, and endless acres of green farmland. We made our second pit stop at Sugarbush Farm  in the town of Woodstock. Sugarbush Farm, known for their waxed cheeses and pure organic Vermont Maple Syrup, is every “cheese lovers paradise”-1975 the Boston Globe. The Farm has been a family owned business for over seventy years, and continues to strive. As we entered the commercial style farm house built in 1865,  we were greeted with a warm friendly welcome from Ralph. Ralph, whose part of the Sugarbush Farm family-kindly escorted us around. We participated in making their famous waxed cheese, and also got to see the process of tapping trees, and how maple syrup is transformed from it. Ralph answered a few of our questions, and we had a fun game of trivia facts quiz.

 

 

Farmhouse Pottery-Photo credit: Denny Debole with www.stonewashmagazine.com

 

 

A few miles down the road, and a mouth full of Sugarbush Farm cheeses, we had arrived at an Inn, in Woodstock. The next morning after breakfast, we checked-out of the Inn to begin our journey East on I-89 towards Stowe Vermont. After a quick scenic ride through Woodstock, a visit to the Farmhouse Pottery, where we learned about potter making in the clay studio, and of course a delightful tour at the world famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream factory in Waterbury, we were ready to start heading on US-4 E. Before we knew it, it was time for Lunch. We stopped to get a bite to eat at Worthy Burger, in South Royalton- a town in Windsor County Vermont. Windsor County Vermont was chartered on November 23, 1769, and re-chartered by the Independent Republic of Vermont on December 20, 1781-the 1780 Royalton Raid was the last major British raid of the American War of Independence in New England. –History of South Royalton. Worthy Burger, a red barn-style eatery, adjacent to an old railroad track-serves farm fresh firewood burgers and a 18 tap sought after artisanal craft beers from microbreweries across New England. Although it was my second trip to Worthy Burger, I left feeling statisfied as I did the first time I visited.

 

 

South Royalton,Worthy Burger,Ben & Jerry’s:Photo credit: www.greatamericancountry.com/Denny Debole with Stonewash Magazine/greatamericancountry.com

 

 

Exhausted after a morning of driving, and a few quick stops, we were eager to arrive and check-into  Mountain Road Resort in Stowe.  The Mountain Road Resort is an upscale-style Resort located in Stowe Vermont with impeccable service and outstanding reviews. The exterior of the Resort reminded me of a summer day on Cape Cod. While the interior keeps its rich quintessentially New England country feel with a touch of modern flair. The smell of warm Birch logs burning in the fireplace of the main lobby greets you as you enter. The large windows in the reception area, allows you to view the beautiful outdoor patio area, and breathtaking views of greenery and mountain tops. The Mountain Road Resort amenities are endless! Besides your typical amenities, the Resort has not one, but two swiming pools-indoor and out, and an outdoor tennis court, a massage spa, bike-cycle rentals on the premises, and so much more! And few miles from the Resort, are ski slopes, hiking trails, Golf Park, and Vermont Ski Museum.

Once we had settled into our room, we decided to go out and do more sight seeing before sunset. We stopped by at a eatery called Station 10, in downtown Morrisville Vermont for some tasty prime rib special and a few gulp of Heady Topper beer. It was getting late, so we called it a night and got some zzzz. The next morning, after breakfast, with nothing left on our itinerary it was time to start heading back to Rhode Island.

 

The Mountain Road Resort-Photo credit: courtesy of trip advisor.com/The Mountain Road Resort property manager

 

 

A Weekend Getaway To Vermont

 

 

We arrived in Massachusetts around 3:00pm, and decided to make one last pit stop in Bolton Massachusetts. We visited the Nashoba Valley Winery, and we decided to purchase a bottle of their “2015 Holiday Spiced Cranberry-Apple Wine, we figured it would pair nicely with the Sugarbush Farm cheese we got for Christmas Eve.

Witten by Denny Debole-Edited by R.Stenberg

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: www.nashobavalleywinery

A Weekend Getaway To Vermont

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