Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall 2017 New England - Day 2

Not moving very fast, Sharon and I eventually got dressed and out for the morning. We walked the length of the Church Street Marketplace. The Church Street Marketplace Vermont Roadside Historic Marker is here. With very few places open, we eventually settled on a coffee and some scones at Uncommon Grounds. Jack is actually for a franchise of the same company on the Georgetown campus.

From there, we wandered down to the waterfront. The plan for the morning was a cruise on Lake Champlain on the Spirit of Ethan Allan. This exceed my expectations. The weather was nice. We got a great view of the city and the surrounding area. They did a nice job providing an overview, facts and history of the lakes and the area.

After a quick stop at the hotel, we had lunch at American Flatbread. We had a couple of lunch specials with the Evolution Salad and a couple of mini-flatbreads. We enjoyed sampling a number of beers from the Zero Gravity local brewery. During lunch, Sharon said "I could definitely live here."

With a late check out from the hotel, we walked back through the Church Street Marketplace. Although everything was closed when we walked through looking for breakfast, the area was crowded with people having lunch. Sharon made a quick stop in Macy's and then we headed back to pack up the room.

Leaving Burlington, we headed to Stowe. We are going to work our way east over the next couple of days. Parking in Stowe, we walked through the main part of town and then down to the Stowe Recreational Trail. We walked about two and a half miles out and back including parts of the Quiet Path.

We headed next to the Von Trapp Lodge. For the second time during the day, my expectations were exceeded. Given that we had taken a four hour Sound of Music tour last summer in Salzburg, it was a natural to stop at the lodge. I was impressed by the setting and the outside of the building. Sharon and I sat outside and enjoyed a couple of adult beverages.

Trying to get to Montpelier before dark, we continued east. We are spending one night at the Inn at Montpelier. We are staying in room one.

We finished the night with dinner at Kismet. We had a great meal of oysters, seared beef, halibut and polenta fries. Sharon judged the meal better than the first night!

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