Monday, September 13, 2010

Weekend in Vermont

View from the Barn
(Doorway to Heaven)
The Barn

Stanford Seed Co
Milk Cow by Warren Kimble
(Shelburne Farms Museum)

Wooden Doors  
My husband and I took a trip to Vermont over the long Labor Day weekend.  Vermont is verdant, pastoral, full of farms, barns and black and white cows.  There were so many highlights, here are a few Vermont visiting tips:
  1. If you like shopping and art and want to see where some very literary and wealthy   Vermonters live (like John Irving) go to Manchester Village.  The Southern VermontArts College is a phenomenal place as well.  The outlets in the village are housed in archi-tecturally simpatico style in keeping with the original architecture of the area.  Beautiful place!
  2. The most bustling city in the state is Burlington.  On the shores of Lake Champlaign, Burlington is home to seven colleges, has an incredible night life and shopping district,and is a well planned and aesthetically pleasing city.  Also named one of the Top 10Cities To Live by Sperling this year.  Major city treasure is the Shelburne Farm and Museum, donated and funded by a wealthy woman mid-20th century.  Current majorshowing is the Ansel Adams  Ed Burtynsky "Landscapes" show.  It was fantastic.
  3. Stowe, home to the Trapp Family Lodge, the great and famous Mt. Mansfield and other ski mountains, is nestled in the Green Mountains.  Surrounding area is forested state parks, a
    beautiful drive in and out.  Lots of fantastic restaurants to choose from.  We had a marvelous
    Thai meal.   I do not recommend the Green Mountain Inn.  It was $200 per
    for a "standard" room and that room needed major upgrading.  We were particularly galled by
    the old window unit A/C which maintained an uncomfortable 75+ degrees during the hot &
    humid Labor Day weekend.  We definitely won't stay there again. 
(all photos by Cole Scott Photography)

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13 comments:

DJan said...

I was absolutely knocked out by that first picture, it's an amazing shot. They are all good, I'm heading over the Cole Scott's website! Thanks for the pictures and the recommendation of where to visit in Vermont.

Alan Burnett said...

Fabulous collection of images - and some very welcome tips too. It might be a year or so before we get chance to make a worthwhile visit, but we shall come.

willow said...

Marvelous photos! Makes me want to head to Vermont right now!

dutchbaby said...

Each and every image is gorgeous. The lighting - my goodness!

Brian Miller said...

that first picture looks like a dream....great shots...love the last of the doors as well...sounds like a great trip...

Marguerite said...

Spectacular photos and beautiful place! What a lovely weekend you had! liseeke

Grandmother said...

Got to know the treasures of Vermont when I lived in Maine. A little known under-appreciated but marvelous treasure.

Kate Hanley said...

As a native Vermonter, I loved this post! I was just in Vermont myself this past weekend visiting first my mother and then a college friend. You certainly picked out some of the best places to visit. Don't forget Echo at the Burlington Waterfront, a great place to take kids.

Pat Tillett said...

Great post and photos. The first one is most certainly a "doorway to heaven." It's an amazing view!

Barbara and Nancy said...

i really enjoyed hearing about your trip to Vermont. That doorway to heaven photograph is absolutely gorgeous. almost makes me a believer.

Nancy said...

I really want to visit Vermont! It is high on my bucket list - but I'll pass on the Green Mountain Inn.

jeannette said...

You took some beautiful pics!
sorry you had an uncomfortable stay at the inn.

Susan said...

Gorgeous pictures! Especially the first one. I love Vermont and we've been to Burlington twice. Even took the ferry from the New York side. Wow, was that breezy! I guess if we visit again, we'll be looking for campgrounds. :)