Autumn in Vermont

From the time I was a child, I dreamed of experiencing autumn in New England. This vision was influenced by film and literature, specifically Baby Boom, Little Women, Mermaids, Hocus Pocus, Walden, and Gilmore Girls.   I imagined being enveloped in a world of oranges, golds, and reds dotted with colonial architecture and white picket fences.  The wait was over as this year my mom and I embarked on a 2,500-mile road trip, beginning in SC and traveling throughout each New England state.  

We spent our first full day touring Vermont.  We started at the Massachusetts border, drove up to Rutland, and, around dusk, made our way to Concord, NH for the night.  As evidenced below, I fell in love with Bennington, VT.  So, without further ado, I share with you some of my favorite moments from The Green Mountain State:

View from Bennington Monument looking south.

View from Bennington Monument looking south.

View from Bennington Monument looking west.

View from Bennington Monument looking west.

Below is a gallery of photographs taken near/in the First Congregational Church of Bennington.  Across the street stands the Walloomsac Inn.  The images I've gathered are from an addition to the building.  The original portion of the structure dates back to 1771.  It served as a tavern and inn for centuries, hosting such visitors as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.  It is now a private residence and rumored to be haunted.  It's curious that this menacing structure neighbors such a luminous one.  (Roll over images to read captions)

Autumn leaves.  I love the crunch, the smell, and the color.  I wish we had a color change in the Lowcountry...

Autumn leaves.  I love the crunch, the smell, and the color.  I wish we had a color change in the Lowcountry...

 
Farm reflections on a rustic road in VT.

Farm reflections on a rustic road in VT.

 
A farm along Route 7 in Vermont.

A farm along Route 7 in Vermont.

Recommendations:

  • Bennington, VT (obviously) including First Congregational Church of Bennington, Bennington Monument & gift shop, and Bennington Potters
  • Turning off onto rustic roads to enjoy the countryside
  • The Barley House Restaurant in Concord, NH---their curry beer battered fish 'n chips are delicious!

My other two favorites: Maine & Massachusetts...coming soon!