One of the benefits of my daytime employment is perks. I earned a trip to Vermont, which I took with Laura. We stayed at the Silas Griffith Inn, in Danby VT. We stayed for 2 nights, which is not my style. On vacations, I usually show up and go home. People laugh about that…so this was a long trip for me. Lately, I have been learning that it usually takes about 3 days for me to unwind, so I have been trying to extend my trips. I worry that if I unwind too much, I might not want to come home.
We drove North in the dark of night into Vermont and made our way through Bennington. We continued on Rt.7 when we noticed fewer and fewer lights. It’s like we were heading into absolute nothing. We saw signs for Danby coming up in only a few miles and began to worry. There was nothing out here…how can there be a bed and breakfast? We finally got into Danby and it was pretty much a little one road town. Up on the hill to our left was the Silas Griffith Inn. We went in to meet the most personable people. After chatting for a while, we headed into Rutland for some sushi. We had a good dinner and headed back to the inn. Luckily, we had the pick of the inn because there was only one couple there. We had the biggest room in the house…Silas’ room. The next morning, we were delighted to see the most perfect weather we could’ve asked for. It was about 40 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.
The inn offered great places to sit and think…
I immediately began to unwind and forget about the world. Vermont has a unique characteristic about it…the silence. If you need to get away, Vermont is a great place to go. Stress slides off you. If you live in a very busy place like NYC or LA, this will take some getting used to, but give it a chance. We ate our breakfast and walked around the grounds a bit. I couldn’t remember the last time I walked through a field. It kind of made me think about what the heck I was turning into if I hadn’t walked through grass in years.
We really didn’t have any plans for the day but heard that Killington and Woodstock were nice places to go…so off we went.
We drove North through Rutland and made our way to Killington. We made a right into the area where people party for weeks at a time. Since it was early in the season, there weren’t too many people around. I saw a little road that went into an area with lots of Hemlocks and cabins. We pulled in that road and stopped for a few pictures at a small stream…
Then, we continued to head towards the mountains. There are a few there that make up “Killington.”
Since there was some snow on the summits of the mountains, there were some lifts open.
After taking a ride through the area and stopping in some lodges, we headed out towards Woodstock. I pictured some little town like all the rest. Main Street, etc… On the way towards Woodstock, we stopped at a Vermont mall. This was basically a barn type building with a cluster of small stores inside…a food store, art gallery, etc… We purchased some wine, syrup (of course) and some ROCK CANDY!!! When was the last time you had rock candy?
By the way, who takes better pictures than me? I didn’t think so…
We made our way into Woodstock and were pretty surprised. This town is extremely inviting and VERY clean. It is the epitome of the quintessential Vermont town. Notice how there are no ugly thick black wires hanging of the sidewalks and roads? Hmmm, there’s an idea. I have always wondered why every town doesn’t do that, but no, they have far too many excuses.
We walked around for quite a bit in the peace of Woodstock. There were people just strolling around, looking in windows. It reminded me so much of when I was a kid walking home from school on an Autumn day. I would get bored and sit on the side of the road or climb a tree. It sounds strange, but that was the pace of this place and it seemed like you could do those types of things. We popped in a few stores and went in a coffee house to get some coffee. Then, we made our way down a small trail to sit at the side of a river that ran through town.
There were a few unique items on the sidewalk meant for tourists like us…
One thing that really impressed us was the quality of the condition of the older homes in the area. Woodstock definitely has some money. I think the last time I looked, there were about 2 houses for sale in this market.
Lastly, as it started getting darker, we walked across the town’s covered bridge. Of course, it was in great shape. We hung out for a while looking at a field downstream. I was very temped to walk down there to take a nap. Man, this place was relaxing.
So, Woodstock Vermont makes its place to the top of our list for great towns in America to visit!
PS – Ya ever wonder what it would be like to live in Vermont? C’mon, we all have had that dream once or twice…or just to walk to your mailbox in the Autumn. It’s so simple…