Checking off our Vermont list

LOCATION: South central Vermont, about 30 miles north of Brattleboro

CAMPGROUND: Winhall Brook Army Corps of Engineers. See previous description

WEATHER: Nice. Highs 80s

I use the book “1000 Places to Go Before You Die” to get ideas of places to visit as we travel. Today, we ticked off 3 places from the book!

First, we went in search of lunch. The townships here cover huge masses of land. I had found a restaurant online in the town that we are near. However, it turned out that it was about 15 miles away in a ski resort! We ended up at Stratton Mountain, home of snowboarding. It is like a small Aspen, with its own little Main Street and village. During the summer, the condos seemed mostly empty. We found one restaurant open for lunch. Afterwards, I looked at my book and realized it is listed. So, this was the first one that we checked off our list today.

Then to number 2 on the list….the quaint town of Manchester, VT. One of its grand hotels was a favorite among former US presidents. There are a lot of huge Victorian homes and hotels, including a summer home that Lincoln built but never visited as it was finished right before he was killed. The town is now very upscale and many of the older homes have been turned into posh shops like Armani, Kate Spade, etc.

Number 3 is the Orvis Fly Fishing company. It is a fly fisherman’s nirvana. In addition to the main store (huge), there is a fly fishing museum, fly fishing school, and an Orvis sales outlet store.

Back at the campground, we took a good hike in the woods, then cooled off with a dip in the mountain stream next to our Airstream. Heaven!

DINNER: Leftover North Carolina BBQ sandwich with a side of Mexican-style pinto beans. About time to go grocery shopping again…..

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