Happy Sunday! As you read this, I might be touring the Ben & Jerry’s Factory with Andy and my sister, Becky. Or maybe we’re strolling the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington. Since we’re taking an impromptu trip to Vermont, I thought I’d share the weekend I spent with both of my sisters here back in September. Because why not feature gorgeous fall foliage in New England right as everyone is outdoors enjoying Memorial Day barbecues?
My sister, Sue, and I drove up to Vermont from Albany on a Saturday morning and met Becky at King Arthur Flour.
We hadn’t seen Becky in a few months, so it was fun and hectic to meet there, catching up and taking in the bakers’ mecca at the same time. Lunch in the cafe was delicious, of course:
From there, we headed northwest to Montpelier. Oh, what a cute and tiny city!
After much deliberation, the three of us decided to eat at The Skinny Pancake— such a great choice! I’d go back here again in a hearbeat– nearly everything is locally sourced and they have a mouth-watering array of both sweet and savory crepes on the menu. We ordered French fries and split three different savory crepes for dinner, then came back an hour later for dessert!
Montpelier is the capital of Vermont, but it’s really a completely walkable large town. I was happy to find some street art worth noting:
The next day, we hung out in nearby Stowe: exploring town, walking the Stowe Recreation Path, checking out the farmer’s market and eating a fantastic lunch at the Green Mountain Inn. It was sort of gray and foggy when we got there, but eventually the sun came out a bit and I managed to get a few pretty foliage shots 🙂
It was a quick one-night trip (yay for AirBnB!), but so, so nice. The three of us hadn’t spent this much time together since we were kids!
Have you ever been to either Montpelier or Stowe? It’s so funny how Vermont is only a couple hours away, but it really does have a beauty and personality all its own. And I love that since Becky moved up there last summer, I have more motivation to get to know more of the Green Mountain State!
If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes. –Mark Twain
Like, like, love vicariously enjoying your sister time!
Haha I can’t believe it too me so long to recap it! I promised Becky that our fastest-visit-ever yesterday would be featured much sooner 😉
Looks like such a great time you had there this past fall. Can’t wait to see what adventures you all get into this go ’round.
Don’t you just love quick spontaneous trips? In fact, we’re leaving to go on one in just a bit – mountains, waterfalls, and water play here we come! 🙂
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Oh yes, I like that each time we did totally different things- and there’s no shortage of activities and sites so I’m already looking forward to the next VT trip! And the fact that it was spontaneous made it all the more exciting!
Love this! We got to Vermont pretty regularly, but we have never been to Ben and Jerry’s or Cabot’s or King Arthur. There’s a culinary school up there too, I think, tied to a spa…a win-win. 🙂 Fall in New England is so beautiful. You have captured it perfectly.
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Going to food-related destinations is so much fun, haha. I think Cabot is a good goal for next time! Thanks Kelly 🙂
Ah, I love Vermont. I’ve never been to these two cities for some reason! I love Burlington, though. We live about 30-40 minutes from Brattleboro and then about 2-3 hours from the Northeast Kingdom. Next time we’ll go west more! Ben & Jerry’s tour is my dream.
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I’ve heard Bratteleboro is really cool! Every time we passed a Moose Crossing sign, I thought of you 🙂
I love Vermont!
We were in Stowe years ago for a friends wedding and we fell in love. We loved Burlington. I could see myself teaching at a small school there with a lovely stone cottage to come home to. Just perfect.
There is a place to eat in Burlington that has the best pancakes. It is small and inside an old train car in downtown Burlington. I wish I could remember the name of it. I loved that place.
This post brought back some good memories.
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Oh I wonder what the name of that pancake place is! I’ll have to find out for next time we visit Burlington 🙂
Glad you liked the post, Hata! Yes, I love the greenery up there, the rolling hills and the old barns and stone cottages. It’s quite easy to fall in love with.
Lovely pictures! My favorites are the food ones 🙂 Yum!
Thank you, Kimberly. I loved all of the food!
Vermont looks absolutely lovely! I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.
Thanks Alison! We had a day trip to Vermont that was exhausting but fun and I think I’m still recovering 😉
I love Vermont and New England. It’s such a beautiful area of the country, especially in fall.
It really is! I’m glad I’ve been exploring more new areas lately. More to come soon!
I hope you enjoyed your trip to Ben & Jerry’s 🙂 I love a great FALL post! Fall is my favorite season; the crisp air, colorful leaves, football, and pumpkin pie.
Your pictures/memories are beautiful & delicious!
Now, I’m missing fall….
I won’t get fall this year *or* the rest of my time here 🙁
We moved from Chicagoland to South Carolina; we’ve been told there isn’t a Fall Time here. So, please, by all means post your fall here, I’ll visit!
Yes, B&J’s was fun! I think I’ll devote a whole post to it, since I’ve got a few things to say 🙂
Thanks for your sweet words! I love fall, too- but I’m currently in conflict about whether or not I love it visually more than spring. Spring is glorious! Sorry to hear that about your new home, but on the bright side, you get a longer growing season and lots of produce available sooner/more often than further north!
This sounds amazing. I’ve been wanting to go up to Vermont as its been years since I visited. I just need to replicate your weekend 🙂
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There are lots of options, don’t feel pressure to do everything I did! 😉 I definitely recommend Burlington- posts on that coming soon!