I’m a city mouse. I used to visit a friend in New Hampshire and when my cell phone lost a signal as I turned onto her street, I’d break out in hives (ok… a little hyperbole, but you understand). Think of me as Eva Gabor in Green Acres. “Dahling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue.”
Except every now and then…
I love to drive north from where I live in Massachusetts and into the incredible beauty that is Vermont. It is so peaceful; so quintessentiallyNew England. I stop in Waterville and visit Ben and Jerry’s then head into Stow for the Cabot Cheese Annex and the Cold Hollow Cider mill. Montpelier, the smallest state capitol in the US, has two great used bookstores (one called Rivendell!), a New England Culinary Institute cafe and some wonderful shops. And then I head further into the North West Kingdom and the Burlington area.
By Vermont standards, I suppose Burlington is a city. There are shops, restaurants, lots of places to stay and with the University of Vermont in town, a lot of young energy. But it never feels big or too busy and it never losses that feel of Vermont. There are plenty of hand-made crafts stores, hiking and all natural based places. The buses have an attachment ment in the front that allow you to put your bicycle in it.
So, when I have a chance to get away from it all, Vermont is one of my first choices. It makes the perfect getaway. And my cell phone always works.
Where do you go to recharge?