As we traveled north on route #100, our first stop was in Weston ~ at the Vermont Country Store.
It has been in business since 1946 and seems to have everything from soup to nuts;
they pride themselves in still seeking out items to sell that one cannot find just anywhere.
Different sections of the store are actually like a museum.
Clayton liked the car exhibited on the grounds.
I so loved the stark white trunks of the birch trees intermingled with all the stunning foliage.
After jutting west on route #4 to route #7, we headed north again and stopped at the New England Maple Museum.
For some reason, it surprised me to learn that Native Americans were actually the first
to discover how to turn maple sap into maple syrup.
I guess in my ignorance, I assumed early European settlers figured it out.
It was interesting to learn about the whole history of American maple-syrup making.
Throughout our time in Vermont, we saw several churches with steeples that looked similar to this.
After asking my Vermont friend about them, she explained that many churches had either lost the top part
of their steeples in storms or had never gotten enough funds to complete their steeples in the first place ~ interesting ~
We arrived in Middlebury in mid-afternoon and promptly took a nap.
We didn’t need lunch after that ample breakfast.
Upon advice from my friend’s daughter, we dined at Fire and Ice that evening;
“They serve anything you might want, she said.” ~ quite the understatement! :)
When we walked into the lobby, I was stunned by the decor ~ quite beautiful.
We were seated in the absolutely gorgeous “library”.
They had no idea how special that was for me since I worked in our local library for 24 years.
It was difficult to not pluck books off the shelf to examine.
This was the salad bar room ~ over 55 items, including a half dozen kinds of bread, scrumptious hummus,
marinated mushrooms, artichokes, shrimp cocktail, sushi, fruit and a few things I didn’t recognize.
The salad bar was all we ordered ~ it included a cup of clam chowder and then carrot cake
for dessert ~ that was way more than we needed. Whew!
Other rooms were labeled things like, “Lake” or “Tearoom” or “College”.
Oh, how our sons and grandsons would have enjoyed seeing the “Lake” room.
The ceiling of the copper dome room was quite impressive.
~ light fixture in the pub section ~
They said we were welcome to stroll through the place and to take pictures ~ didn’t have to tell me twice!
~ beautiful sunset on our first evening in Vermont ~
Many more pics from our trip to come ~ stay tuned!
“The trees of the LORD are full of sap; . . . which He hath planted.”