Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hidden Gems

This area of Vermont is a hotspot of things to do and see, we just had no idea. We knew we wanted to visit the Vermont Country Store, famous for a huge variety of goods. The weather today was cold, windy with a possibility of rain so we decided it was a shopping and laundry day.
Our Inn owners, Edie and Chuck told us about the Rockefeller Mansion in Woodstock and the Billings Farm, so off we went.

Lawrence Rockefeller became the third owner of the Mansion after marrying Mary Billings, whose father, Frederick Billings was the second owner. The mansion is spectacular and has lots of interesting history. It was dedicated as a registered national historic landmark in 1967 by Lady Bird Johnson.
Across the street is the Billings Farm where lots of activities were going on for everyone in the family.

It was fun to see all the activities but we had to move on to the Vermont Country Store.  We had about a 45 minute drive to get there and could not believe our eyes when we finally arrived. There were hundreds of people crowded in the store. It was an assault on our senses. I think it is because of the Columbus Day weekend but it was overwhelming. We looked around and left, I think a few purchases were made but not many.

We then headed to our new Inn and were so pleasantly surprised to see how beautiful it is. We had a wonderful dinner and are ready to hike again tomorrow.

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