Foliage And Festivals

Foliage And Festivals

October is a beautiful time of year to visit Vermont.  The Green Mountains transform into a canvas of color, the crisp air carries the scent of apples and burning wood, and whatever town you may be traveling through, there’s probably a festival of some sort going on.

Our latest road trip brought us over Hogback Mountain (Marlboro), and through the back roads of Putney, where we were transported back to the time of Knights, Princesses, and Merlin, as Camelot comes alive at the annual Medieval Faire. (one of our Favorite events!)

We captured some of our favorite moments, along with some of mother nature’s breathtaking artwork.

 


 

There’s Gold in them there hills!

 

The mountains, sprinkled with color were a sight to behold…

At the top of Hogback, we stopped to watch as apples were pressed into fresh cider right before our eyes. cider

From there we traveled back roads to Putney where we found ourselves surrounded by Knights, Princesses, and even a Wizard or two at the annual Medieval Faire

There is so much creative fun happening here, it’s truly a magical experience for the entire family.

You’ll also find live music, great food at the Boars Head Tavern tent and plenty of activities including archery, wall climbing, life size chess, jousting, charm making, AND there’s even a craft table to make your own specialized wand or crown (or both!)

You will even be knighted by the King after completing the obstacle course, and if you like you can watch as a walking stick is hand carved before your eyes.

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We finished out the day with a drive to the lake off of route 9 West on the way out of Wilmington, where the natural beauty never disappoints.

 


One thing is for sure… Vermont… is so much more than snow.

Stay tuned for more hidden gems and best kept secrets as we continue our Fall Road Trip tour bringing you the best that Vermont has to offer.

 

Wilmington – a small town full of heart

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Beware when visiting this quaint little town… it’s known for making it’s way into the heart of all who visit, and remaining there forevermore.

In a valley surrounded by majestic Green Mountains, you’ll find the small village town of Wilmington. It’s main street alive with color, sidewalks sprinkled with unique shops and the smell from local eateries filling the air, Wilmington offers it’s visitors a welcoming energy that feels like home and makes you want to stay for a while

Today we’re taking you through the Historic Downtown District and sharing some of our favorite finds.


 

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re in town, the Crafts Inn is located right on main street (route 9) and the spacious rooms and beautiful surroundings will have you feeling rested, relaxed and coming back year after year.

As you make your way downtown, you may find your mouth watering as the scent of fresh baked goods and hand crafted deliousness wafts through the air.  Wilmington offers an array of restaruants, so whether you’re in the mood for Dot’s Chili, Anchor Seafood, Italian cuisine, or a vegetarian option, don’t worry whatever your taste, this town has it.

One of our all time favorites is Jezebels Eatery which offers handmade ice cream, home baked desserts, the best sandwiches in town, and on Friday & Saturday nights there is a special entree menu available that is out of this world. Jezebel’s dinner entrees are alive with flavor and will have your taste buds dancing with delight, offering a delicious selection of fresh made for you dinners including Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Citrus Salmon and Chicken & Waffles (Vermont Style).

 

Next door to Jezebel’s is the 1836 Country Store that offers a great selection of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, Handmade Chocolate Fudge and Vermont Cheddar Cheese and you can even grab some Vermont themed souveniers for your friends back home.

If you have questions, need directions, or would like more information about activities or events around the area, the Chamber Visitors Center is happy to help.

Wilmington also has a unique selection of boutiques and shops that offer everything from vintage jewelry, to handmade crafts from Vermont artisans. Jaspers Decor is a favorite, located just off main street, next to the pub and across from the local library.

If you’ve only passed through this area on your way to somewhere else, we highly recommend you schedule a stop the next time around, and if you’re looking to experience Vermont for the first time, a Weekend in Wilmington is a great way to begin your love affair with the Green Mountain State.

This little town has much to offer (this is just downtown!)  including lakes for Kayaking & Canoeing and endless hiking trails.  We visited the animals at Adam’s Farm and had so much fun, we’re going back next week to spend the entire day!

(we’ll be sharing our Adam’s Family Farm experience with you in a future blog post)

 

Stay tuned for more unique finds as we continue our fall road trip tour in search of Vermont’s hidden gems and best kept secrets!

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Antiques, Great Coffee & Maple Surprise

On our latest road trip, we traveled up scenic Route 5 North from Brattleboro to Westminster, and on our way out of town, we found a little gem for those who love to browse through antique shops and appreciating forget me nots, this is for you.millies

This gem is called -Millies” forget me not Antiques, and if you love browsing for hidden gems, this is for you.  You’ll find Millies at the end of Elliot Street in Brattleboro.

From there we made our way to Putney.

putneygeneralstoreOur next stop was at The Putney General Store, we stopped for coffee, and what we found was so much more. The Pierce Bros. Fogbuster coffee they had brewed was super fresh & piping hot, (if you’re a coffee lover like me that’s REALLY important) so this gem gets 5 coffee stars. After turning left to park at the general store, we continued up that road just to see what was up there, and what we found was a delightful surprise!  At the end of the road, tucked away at the end of a drive is a hidden gem filled with Maple.

hiddenspringsmapleHidden Springs Maple is packed FULL of every flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup that you could possibly imagine, they offer a vast selection of Maple goods that will have your mouth watering in no time, and the folks that operate it are super friendly.

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After satisfying our sweet tooth with maple, we continued up Route 5 North to Westminster, where we pulled over and made some new friends, rte5horseyfriends

and just up the road a piece, we discovered a delighful bounty of colorful blooms at Johnson’s Greenhouse. (GEM!) johnsonsgreenhouse

Stay tuned for more …as we continue our Fall Road Trip tour in search of Vermont’s hidden gems and best kept secrets.

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Green Mountains, Organic Gardening, Spiritual Connection & Personal Growth

Green Mountains, Organic Gardening, Spiritual Connection & Personal Growth

Traveling up scenic Route 100 from Wilmington all the way up to the Mad River Valley there is natural beauty, and there’s an abundance of it.   Turn your gaze in any direction and you will find beautiful mountains and country roads sprinkled with small town charm.  In Waitsfield,  we visited a certified organic farm that also features a wellness retreat like no other I’ve ever experienced, and this gem is definitely one of the areas best kept secrets.

I got to spend some time with owner/operator Amy Todisco and although our time together was brief, it was also powerful.  She taught me about organic gardening, we spent some time connecting with the horses, and visited a sacred watering hole that immediately filled me with a feeling of well being.  14188344_10209747131014917_5809745637445897654_o

 

I could literally FEEL my energy shifting as I took in my surroundings.

Natural beauty, organic meals, spiritual connection AND personal growth?  It was like hitting the jackpot!

The experience stayed with me long after I was back on the road, and it was one I knew I wanted to share with you, so I asked Amy to join me in an interview, where she shared the story behind doing what she does, and why she feels the Mad River Valley is the perfect place for her to do it.  CLICK HERE to listen in on our conversation.

 

 

 

Amy Todisco is a Green Living expert, she’s the author of “Organic Food On A Budget” the founder of “Green Living Now”, a professional organic gardner, and when she’s not doing that, she’s helping women from around the country experience life changing breakthroughs with her very unique Vermont wellness retreats.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AMY and all of her Amazing-ness. (you’ll be glad you did, she’s a GEM!)

 

 

Stay tuned for more as we continue our Fall Road Trip Tour bringing you more of Vermont’s hidden gems and best kept secrets!

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Brattleboro – A Gem in itself

Brattleboro… the one and only.

This Weekend we road tripped over the mountain to the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market on Route 9 on Saturday, and then on Sunday we made our way over to the Tiny House Festival happening downtown.  Each a unique experience with an abundance of gems.

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At the farmer’s market you’ll find apple cider, fruity jams, fresh cut flowers and a variety of organic fruits and vegetables from local farms.  You’ll also find beautiful pottery, hand crafted jewelry, natural skin care products, and some of the best food tents in town.

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The smell of deliciousness immediatly surrounds you as soon as you enter, and your senses will be engaged for your entire stay.

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And for those of you looking for a grown up cider… they’ve got you covered.

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On Sunday we ventured to the Tiny House Fest happening in the downtown area, and in addition to seeing some groovy tiny houses, we met some groovy people who made some groovy things like handpainted rugs, and jewelry made from recycled jeans.

This was a tiny house favorite.

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And the handpainted rugs were so amazingly beautiful and full of detail!

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It was a fun filled Weekend full of interesting people, creative expression and quality hand crafted groovy-ness.

Stay tuned for more as we continue our Fall Road Trip Tour bringing you more of Vermont’s hidden gems and best kept secrets!

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