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Norwich, Vermont is perched among glorious hills, scenery to send you into a “wow” state – the beauty is unending. Less than three hours drive by car north of Boston will find you heading on Interstate Route 91 and then Route 5 toward Norwich and its many offerings. The beautiful Ledyard Bridge connects a neighboring town in New Hampshire, Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.

Norwich was formerly the home of the well-known Norwich University, until a devastating fire destroyed the campus in 1866. At that time, the university was relocated north to the town of Northfield, another beautiful Vermont town.

With a population of less than three-thousand and five hundred, the town is host to a segment of the Appalachian Trail as it passes south to east through Hartford, Vermont and on to Hanover, New Hampshire. The town center is Norman Rockwell beautiful.

On Route 5, The King Athur Flour Company is located – they sell every baking product you could imagine, plus homemade breads and cakes and a cafe in which to have a wonderful, wholesome sandwich or soup, all while taking in the surrounding beauty and quaintness of the place itself. We always make a King Arthur run when on our way to Quechee to deliver my primitive paintings for sale. Prepare to drool over the many wonderful selections of scone mixes, which are every bit as delicious as the ones we enjoyed for three years in England. They have numerous other baking products available also – we’ve tested many of them and everything comes out as if completely homemade. I’m not an employee of King Arthur – just a fan.

If you are heading toward Vermont soon, especially in April, head on up to Monpelier, the capital, for their fabulous poetry event. Store windows feature poems on posters, a wonderful treat for your eyes and soul, and some good exercise as well.

Vermont is a spectacular state – visit there often :>)

Virginia Young, http://www.southshorewriter.com

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Just a few hours north of Boston, about two-thirds of the way up into the state of Vermont, the capital, Montpelier, waits for you to explore it’s glorious offerings.

The month of April is a must-see. If you love poetry, or even if you think you might not, find yourself in Montpelier to roam the streets and read the poster-sized poems displayed in the store front windows, two-hundred and fifty of them. What a fantastic treat – I can’t wait.

With a population of just 8,000, Montpelier is the home of The Vermont College of Fine Arts and three bookstores. That information alone tells us that this vibrant city is filled with culture as well as charm.

I haven’t been to Montpelier in several years, but this April will find me there taking the time to read as many of those poems as I possibly can and to breathe in the refreshing air of the surrounding hills. Quaint homes, farms and history are draped among the gorgeous terrain – there is something there for everyone. Let’s go !

Virginia Young – southshorewriter.com

As a child, I had a friend who often entertained her cousin from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. We lived in Massachusetts. I recall that the cousin’s name was Andrea, but her last name escapes me. As kids, we enjoyed one another’s company very much.

Driving home from Mystic, Connecticut last week, we went through East Greenwich and I decided I’d like to see the town rather than simply drive through. What I found was a wonderfully picturesque Historic District, a town hall in a Federal-Georgian style ( used for many years as a courthouse ), wealthy homes and modest, quaint homes dotting the serene countryside and harbor area.

Located in the center of the state, East Greenwich was founded in 1677, named for the town of Greenwich, England. In the year 1686, the name of the town was changed to Dedford, then reverted back to its original name in 1689 – good choice.

With approximately 13,000 residents as of the 2010 census, and the former home of TV star Debra Messing, the town is a little gem offering its residents and visitors serene beauty. There are wonderful places to dine within the town’s main street as well as at Greenwich Cove where an after-dinner stroll would definitely be in order.

East Greenwich is worth taking the time to stop and enjoy. There’s something magnetic about the community, almost as if modern times have taken a back seat to the treasured old buildings and homes exhibiting the charm of years gone by.

Virginia Young – author of I Call Your Name, a romantic suspense set on Martha’s Vineyard. Available through bookstores, Kindle, Amazon and Mainly Murder Press.

I’ve written about the attributes of Boston before, but this time, it’s to urge you there for the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Also, the lights and decorations around the city are fantastic – Boston Public Garden and its neighbors have prepared to welcome you to this historic and beautiful place.

Treat yourself to Boston – have a coffee or tea and shop – thrill your senses as you take in the splendor of Christmas.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Virginia Young – author of I Call Your Name and other novels.
http://www.southshorewriter.com

If you’re thinking about a day trip for a great breakfast, shopping at places such as Marshall’s, TJMAXX, antiques shops, book stores and toy shops, Amherst is a great destination. Just about an hour and a half north of Boston, the area is draped in magnificent hills and nicely tended-to roads. It is from Amherst, at an ASPCA yard sale, we became family to our two wonderful rabbits, Henry and Gracie.

For a trip down memory lane and excellent, old-fashioned fare, you won’t want to miss Joey’s Diner – it is on a corner of route 101a and a seconadary road. The place is built on two levels and deocrated in everything fifties, from juke boxes to chrome everything, and children’s ride-in cars are suspended from the ceilings. Every delicious bite offers an invitation to look around.

From: Virginia Young, author of I Call Your Name and By A Thread.
wwwsouthshorewriter.com

Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit means “beautiful place by the sea,” an Abenaki language’s description of the small Maine coastal town. With rolling waves, sandy shores, and quaint homes, there are endless places to stroll or simply sit to absorb the glorious scenery.

With a population of under fifteen hundred, according to the 2010 census, summer welcomes many more to the numerous hotels, cafes, restaurants and antique and gift shops. Known for its art colony, Ogunquit offers opportunities for paint on canvas to mimic the brilliant views.

Located just north of Boston with about an hour and a half drive, Ogunquit is near to both Portland and Biddeford. Settled in 1641, the area has something for every age level – we go there often, enjoying the variations of color with each season.

Please check out my latest novels, I Call Your Name, a suspense set on Martha’s Vineyard through Mainly Murder Press, and By A Thread, a literary novel set in a closed community, available through Riverhaven Books, or Kindle for either novel.