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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

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When I think of Rutland, Vermont, I think of it being the far western region of the state, brushing against the state of New York.

I start at the eastern side of the state in my frequent travels to Quechee. My journey across Vermont begins at White River Junction, which is a border town to Vermont and New Hampshire. We travel route 4 from one side of the state to the other, with unrivaled scenery and wonderful shops along the way. Rutland is our reward before we head south on route 7 toward Bennington and eventually toward the Mass Pike and home.

Rutland has dual offerings in its quaint and historic homes and parks, yet it contains every store, restaurant, and entertainment you could imagine. It’s an understated and easily navigated city – there’s something there for everyone.

While it is a matter of about four hours to travel from the New Hampshire border to the New York line, the interests along the route may give you pause. Restaurants, cafes, gift shops and scenic views will taunt and tease you to stay. Do that, and then head out for Rutland. You’ll love it there.

We who live in New England are so fortunate. The varying landscapes are filled with options, everything from the majestic mountains to the rolling sea. Rutland offers a respite from saturating yourself in beauty – the city reminds visitors to remember that all are not tourists – the heart of the state is in places such as Rutland where people work and live. In many ways, the city is the financial backbone of the beautiful state of Vermont.

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The quintessential New England town, Woodstock, Vermont, nestled among mountains, rivers and meadows, must surely be one of the most photographed areas anywhere.

Settled in 1761 and named for a town in England, Woodstock grew as its industrial offerings became apparent. The Ottauquechee River ( the name means winding waters ) provided power; it snakes through the region and into the town’s picturesque center.

Walking through the quaint main street, there are shops with everything from handcrafts to toys and books, plus a variety of eating establishments for all ages and preferences. For a luxurious accommodation, the Woodstock Inn cannot be rivaled. It is historic and a graceful establishment in the center of town with the most wonderful old fireplace glowing in its lobby. The place is inviting with its hospitality and Colonial atmosphere.

All within walking distance, the array of interests are also blessed with a picturesque stone bridge, and beneath it, a babbling brook. Along one side of the brook is a bank with picnic benches – it’s a great place for a hot coffee or cider break in the cold, and a sneaky place to enjoy an ice cream cone in the summer. It feels like you’re hiding in that peaceful little spot.

One-hundred and forty miles north of Boston, one-hundred and ninety miles south of Montreal, Woodstock is centrally located in the state, just a few miles from the famed Killington ski area and the world-famous Quechee Gorge.

While Columbus Day Weekend (this year from October 12 to 14 ) is an incredible time in Vermont for wondrous foliage, that is the one time I would advise you to plan ahead if you want to visit Woodstock – the place is literally stuffed with visitors and accommodations are not there without advanced reservations. Autumn is definitely prime time in New England, but Woodstock is serenely beautiful at all times of the year. Christmas there is much like a painting – old-fashioned decorations and spirit dance in the streets. A major point of interest would be the covered bridges easily accessable by walking in town.

Selling my primitive paintings and novels in Quechee, I am there often and find the few more miles to Woodstock well worth the time in going there. I don’t think there’s a prettier route in the world than route 4 from White River Junction, New Hampshire to Rutland. After Rutland, a few miles to the west and you’re in the state of New York. The ride across Vermont takes a couple of hours, depending on how many stops you make. The entire area is a feast for your eyes.

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Nestled at the southwest corner of Vermont, neighboring Massachusetts and New York, Bennington has nicely settled itself into the craggy hills of the state. Traveling across route 2, then going north on route 7, the scenery is an absolute treat for the eyes. Farmland and forests, quaint homes and shops, are all there to greet the visitor.
Speckled with historic buildings and grand architecture, Bennington offers the Bennington Battle Monument, the fascinating Bennington Museum, and the prestigious Bennington College. There are also three covered bridges to take you over and around bubbling streams and rivers which have been used to power an assortment of mills.
The area is near to where the American painter, Grandma Moses, lived and loved painting her renditions of the simple life she had known in that beautiful part of this country. For several years, I sold my paintings, which were similiar to those of Grandma Moses, at a huge craft and antique center in the area. Now that I’m writing novels, I have every intention of setting one in this remarkable spot.
Every time I visit Bennington, which is usually once each year, I find myself mesmerized by the town center’s clock. It is a standing piece about ten or twelve feet high. It is old and accurate. It is also charming. The entire town is charming, and the scenery as you enter and leave, is simply magical.
While mentioning “magical”, I am elated to report that a Canadian publisher has offered me a contract for my young adult novel, Nocturnal. Another suspense novel is being released by Mainly Murder Press in August of 2013. This has been a great writing year for me – I’m very grateful for the faith these companies have in my style.
Thanks for stopping by my blog :>)

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