The Doors of Stowe, Vt

Driving north from Boston to Burlington, Vermont, we turned off the Interstate 89 to check out Stowe on a grey, damp, early Spring day. 


It’s March, so shoulder season between skiing and summer. We were treated to a quiet but inviting short walk around the town. 


I loved the effect of the paint wearing off the bricks here. 


Whoa!  Look at the size of the doorway on this church!


I was particularly interested to note that the local elementary school is next door to the town library & arts centre, which in turn, is next to a museum – a school museum. I was touched by message this sends. Teaching an appreciation for history, art and reading. 

Nicely done, Stowe!

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors

Doors of Shelburne FarmsĀ 

Even though it was technically closed for the season (no admission charged šŸ˜€), we managed a good walk on the grounds of Shelburne Farms yesterday.


This is a charitable education organization, with a campus that is a 1400 acre working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont. 

 
This magnificent farm barn houses, among other things, the cheesemaking facility, offices  … 


And a bakery, which was open! (Yes, we bought one of those warm from the oven loaves) … and … through these doors…


A school!! A kindergarten to Grade 8 school!  


Imagine being a kid who gets to go to school IN A BARN!!  Or his teacher! I think that would be my dream teaching job. 


This farm barn is just magnificent!




Just past the barn, the trail took us through the woods. We went past a sugar shack – the doors shut – all ready and waiting for the late winter maple sugaring season. 



A little further along, we came across the Coach House.



Here, the door was open, inviting us in to view an interesting art exhibition. 

Then it was on to the Inn. It appears that the main house of the original estate is now the Inn and Restsurant. It was closed for the season, but tempting for another time. 



I might have to come back again sometime. In season. 

Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors 

Doors of Woodstock, Vermont

This was a happy discovery. A brief walk to stretch our legs during a recent brief (and speedy!) road trip through Vermont, introduced us to the very charming town of Woodstock. 

Here are just a few of the pretty doorways we wandered past. 






Seeing double!


There was a book sale at the public library. I didn’t get to, but I was dying to look inside this building. I have a soft spot for libraries. 


But after reading the sandwhich board, we could not resist checking this shop out. (Marketing works šŸ˜‰).


And I must admit, it was (or is) quite possibly the coolest.  It certainly offers a very wide variety of quality products – everything outdoor gear and clothing to local cheese to children’s books to groceries to trendy pet accessories to beer and wine to salt & pepper shakers.  A very modern general store. 


This stone building had an open door policy. 

It was a quick stop and a fleeting visit, but I reckon we’ll be back.

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Secret Door


Is there really a door in there? 

I walked passed this hidden door 6 times before I noticed it. Six times along the sidewalk, brushing the privet hedge. I am now alert to doorways (thanks to Norm!) and was appreciating the variety of doors on this street in Burlington, VT when this one called out to me. 

Suddenly I noticed an opening in the hedge … And I had to have a closer look …


Yes!  That’s a door.  Complete with mail slot.  

How intriguing!! 

Road Trip Fun


Let’s take a road trip – just for the FUN of it!! Boston to Burlington. 

One the highlights of summer has to be the “road trip”. When I was a kid, all our vacations were road trips – usually while hauling a camper trailer. 

This week, I’m off with hubby on one of his business trips. And we decided, much to my delight, to make it into a little road adventure, by adding a road component to the commute. This road trip begins with plane ride (… Well, actually we did drive from home to the airport, so …).


Landing in Boston.


Picking up rental car. This was our second choice – the car assigned to us was sopping wet inside. Ewww!  Someone must have left the window down during  the car wash, or something. It was squishy!


Through the tunnel, and …

… Over the bridge.


Enduring an 8-lane highway into New Hampshire. Note the white knuckles!


This was a little easier. North through New Hampshire via I89 to Lebanon.  


We stopped at an information centre in White River Jct to pick up a road map. Road maps are old school, I know.  But I like them! Here, we saw a railway museum display. 


We carried on along the #4 Highway, west to the very pretty town of Woodstock. We stretched our legs and had a little look around.  This place might require another visit!


And found one of New England’s famous covered bridges in Woodstock. 


The #4 Highway took us to Killington (major ski resort) at the southern tip of the Green Mountain National Forest and then to Rutland, where we turned north along the #7 Highway . We had intended to drive through the Green Mountains, but somehow we missed that turn off. My driver does not like to retrace steps. 


That’s okay. The mountain views were pretty.


There were loads and loads (and loads!) of antique shops along the route.


It’s farm country.

Including many solar farms – large and small.  You can’t see it in this photo, but there were hundreds of solar panels at the solar farm. The photo was snapped while we whizzed by.  My driver doesn’t care to stop, either, apparently. 


But the sky brightened from time to time and I convinced said driver to take a wee break from the highway and skirt the shores of Lake Champlain.


We were rewarded with our own little covered bridge which we got to drive through.

All that “no stopping” and “no retracing” paid off. We arrived in Burlington in plenty of time to have walk (that was a long drive!!), and sit on a patio for dinner as the setting sun warmed the bricks of this lovely building across the street.

I see a glass of wine in our future … Or maybe a local cider. Yup!  Cider it is!

Cheers!