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Meadowlark Inn

Our biggest regret of our trip was not spending more time at the marvelous Meadowlark Inn, an 1870’s farmhouse high on a hill above Brattleboro. Conversations with innkeepers Lucia Osiecki and Deborah Jones were delightful and their breakfasts were imaginative and delicious. Click on the link for more about Deb & Lucia, the breakfasts, and the rooms.

 

It seems a lot of people only stop for 1 night (a big mistake IMO), so we were able to peek into all of the rooms when empty. A lot of thought went into their decoration and furnishing. Someone did a fine job of  creating individual baths for each in what had been a one-bath home. My mom had a ground floor room in the converted coach house while I was upstairs in the main house.

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Rainbow was nice touch but it was a bit cold for an overnight in the tee-pee.

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Newfane

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newfane courthouse(Photos from Web)

Many Vermonters told us that they think Newfane has the nicest village green in the state. Someone said it looks like one of those classic miniature Christmas villages sold by Lemax or Dept. 51, with the courthouse, church, meeting hall and a bed & breakfast neatly arranged around a green. The weather wasn’t cooperative while we were there, and I thought I’d find better photos on the web than I could take myself. I did, but not one showing the whole effect. Perhaps the many trees got in the way. The local market was neat, too. It’s been operating in that location since 1825.

South Again to Grafton

Grafton was delightful. It remains both a pretty and a busy little town thanks to the Windham Foundation, established in 1963 “to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries whose operations contribute to these endeavors.

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GtavernThe Old Tavern is one of the oldest continuously operating inns in the U.S.

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East to Chester

Chester was sprawling in comparison to most of the towns we visited. The old main street was also full of ornate Victorian buildings.  That little patch of green on the far left is the village green. It was only about 10′ wide but ran the length of the main street, parallel to the two-lane highway.

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This Victorian is available as a rental for $1800 per week during ski season

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Country Roads

Between Weston & Chester

When the stripes down the middle of the road disappear, one begins wondering about the reliability of the GPS unit. (Almost 10 years ago, Microsoft Streets & Trips insisted the best route for our Model A tour was a park service gravel road over Mt. Rainier.) This road, between Weston and Chester, turned out to be fine.

By-passing Ludlow

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Thanks to the GPS, we accidentally by-passed Ludlow while heading south towards Weston and our ultimate destination, Brattleboro. Before we realized what had happened, we were well beyond the town, and returning wasn’t option. I thought I’d mention it anyway because the Black River Academy Museum has some good video tours of a home circa 1850 and the main street about 1899. Their on-line historic district map allows you to click on various buildings, see a vintage photo,and read about its history. A few other Vermont & New Hampshire towns had similar walking tour brochures as detailed, but this is the only one I found also posted on-line.

South to Weston

Traveling south from Woodstock, our first stop was Weston, Vermont, home of the Vermont Country Store catalog. The store itself now occupies a number of interconnected buildings and was crammed full of shoppers and an eclectic assortment of items made in Vermont, old-fashioned toys, knick-knacks, clothing, kitchen gadgets,  and brands from the past (like Adams chewing gum, Mosser glassware and Bosco syrup).

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