Monday, June 14, 2010

Vermont Summers

I love summer. Don't you? Even though I love to travel to other countries, there's really no where else I want to go in summer other than my own backyard of Vermont. You may not live in Vermont, but I hope you feel the same about whatever little part of the world you've chosen to make home.

Here's a little bit from my Vermont summer thus far.

We spent Memorial day up at South Pond, which A Cup of Jo, had just mentioned in her blog a short time ago.

Did you know that if you forget your corkscrew, you can open a bottle of wine with just a towel and a tree?

I love just driving around and looking at the rolling hills, farms, and scenery.

Our town always has Gallery Walk on the first Friday of every month, with music, food, and all the art galleries and shops open late.

This month, there were many special events for the Strolling of the Heifers weekend - including a bread bake-off. I couldn't resist snapping a picture of these delicious looking loaves.

A few photos from the parade: 

The Dairy Festival .. it's more like the 'anything and everything' festival.

This past weekend we went antiquing (one of my favorite things). One shop had an entire
car inside.

We stopped at a little chocolate and candy store in Bennington, VT. These are called Vermonsters.
You can't really tell from the photo, but they are quite large!

We also stopped at the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, where they had these beautiful lilies.

Many towns in Vermont paint various animals and have them around town. I love the Bennington Moose!

We drove just over the border to the Cambridge Antiques Center in Cambridge, NY. One of my favorite antique shops. If you're ever in the area, check in out. I found this lovely sink that could work for my new laundry room, but the shop that owned this wasn't open for some reason. We found many other treasures to fill the car though so this wouldn't have fit anyway. Maybe if its there next time...

This past weekend all the state parks and historic sites were free as part of Vermont Days. On Sunday we went to the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth Notch, VT. The tiny town is virtually untouched since the time he lived there.

His father owned the general store here and Calvin helped build these counters. He was born in a tiny
apartment in the back of the store.

We also went to the Vermont Country Store, one of my favorite places. There are two locations. We actually stopped at the one in Rockingham in the morning for a coffee and then stopped at the Weston store on our way home.

Mrs. Orton who helped start the store with her husband just recently passed away at the age of 99. The business is still in the family and Lyman Ortan was in the store while we we were there helping to do some practical little thing. There is a wonderful story in the NY Times about her life.

Here are just a few other random photos taken along our drive.

To see more photos, check out my June album.

What's your favorite summer thing about the place you live?


Lady Grey said...

I can totally relate to that... Vermont has very similar weather to Montreal, and in the summer there is no where else I'd rather be!
Beautiful pictures, darlin'!

(ps: you should enter my little contest I'm having over on my blog!)

meliss said...

ok, so i need to move there just so i can taste a Vermonster.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I've never been to Vermont but it looks and sounds amazing. Happy Summer to you!


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