7/10/08

Road trip

My family and I are heading out on a much-needed lazy vacation. The basic itinerary is this: driving slowly and with plenty of stops for thrift shops, side-of-the-road food and tourist traps — leaving from Philadelphia towards Storm King Art Center; DIA Beacon and Hudson, NY; Hancock and Mount Lebanon Shaker villages; MASS MoCA; Burlington, Montpelier, Woodstock and Weston, Vermont. We'll be leaving Thursday morning. Any last-minute suggestions, warnings or other information about Vermont (places to go, things to do) would be greatly appreciated.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great vacation. Next year consider a long weekend in Portsmouth, NH. Stay in a vacation home in Kittery, Maine on the ocean. http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/7837.html
    We have great restaurants, thrift shops, parks and beaches. I live here and I pinch myself all the time -- It is so beautiful here. I'll have lots more suggestions for you and your family if you make the trip.

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  2. The Brimfield flea market is just a state away! And it is pretty darn great.

    http://www.brimfield.com/

    Brimfield is about two hours away from Massmoca, and about halfway in between the two is Northampton, MA... where you can get ice cream at Herrell's (amazing). Or lunch at the Woodstar (delicous). And coffee at Northampton Coffee (at times,the best coffee I have ever drank). And if you have even more time you could stop at the Eric Carle Picture Book museum in Amherst (one town over from Northampton). Granted, this a slight deviation in route plans... but well worth it!

    http://www.herrells.com/design/?int=1
    http://www.northamptoncoffee.com/index.html
    http://www.picturebookart.org/

    Brattleboro VT is a fun place as well. Close to the MA border, has a laid back, artsy vibe.

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  3. I agree with Angela- Northampton is a must stop sort of place, but be careful...you may end up wanting to move there! :) Also, the Miss Rockaway Armada show at MASS MoCA is amazing- see some photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hownowdesign/sets/72157605044732334/

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  4. Curtis BBQ, Putney VT.
    Off I-91 Exit 4.

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  5. or if you are travelling through midle of VT rather than eastern corridor, HNWilliams General Store in Dorset VT. a whole floor of carhartt and their older advertising items, boots, syrup, jerky...if they dont have it etc...
    http://www.vaics.org/vaics-dorset2.html

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  6. sounds amazing!!! have great time xo

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  7. Bennington vermont is rad - I went to college there and think about it often - North bennington is tiny and storybook and a little down at heel in the best ay and has a fun little lake you can swim in - also the bennington memorial is a weird obelisk that you can go to the top of and has weird revolutionary war diaromas, and the bennington museum is a v=crazy hodgepodge of glass and pottery and has a mini grandma moses museum attached...

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  8. I have a blog about Hudson, http://www.The12534.com, it has lots of links to everything local (scroll down on the right...)

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  9. PS: There is a Goodwill and a Salvation Army on Fairview Avenue/Route 9 north of town, and a flea market with the title "John Doe" in the 300 block of Hudson. They aren't linked on the blog, but they are easy to find.

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  10. Gotta make it to Hudson, NY for John Doe Books & Records . . . tons of shit just piled up everywhere. I went there for the first time this weekend, and found some amazing records, books, and VHS. A bunch of other old junk lying around too. Just find the dudes hanging around outside and one of them will just give you a price for your pile.

    http://www.freewebs.com/johndoerecords12534/

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  11. I grew up in Northampton and also think that it is a nice place to visit. Not sure if it is your kind of thing, but Smith College has lovely grounds, and a really nice greenhouse (both free). The town of Northampton has a great place for ice cream (Steve's or Herrel's I can't remember which they ended up with), and a good bakery with excellent bread and croissants (Normand).

    Watch out for speed traps on route 91 heading north from Northampton; the state police take great pleasure in giving tickets up there.

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  12. Best scone I have eaten outside of Scotland(read:real scones, soft, perfectly moist, yet crumbling, slightly sweet, plain obviously made with cream as scones should be) was at the bakery on the main drag of Brattleboro, VT. No idea the name of the shop, but worth finding.

    If you fancy a real scone, that is.

    Enjoy the vacation, it sounds wonderful...and when you get home, go see the lovely road trip film, The Go-Getter. Based on reading your blog for a year, I think you would like it.

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  13. if you really are going through Montpelier, then you should stop at the Farmer's Diner to eat. All the food (condiments too) are locally sorced. They make a damn fine burger.

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  14. See "The Egg" in Albany! (No toast necessary.) When you're in Hudson: visit the John Davis Gallery, it's on the main drag. The exhibit is very special, possibly magical. Also, there is a 4-story barn behind the gallery with a tall paper sculpture inside of it.

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  15. just got back from a trip to Montpelier... in terms of good eats, try Wayside Diner for breakfast (Vermont locals and eggs & toast for 99 cents), Kismet has the best brunch, and Langdon Street Cafe is also a great hang out with good food, live music, and free internet access. I also went to school in Northampton, and all the recommendations so far are spot on! Herrell's has the best ice cream (Mr. Herrell invented the "smoosh-in" method later made famous by ColdStone). Also check out the Smith College Museum of Art, it's a great place!

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  16. hit some of those same spots last year. Make a day visit to the Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz after you are done at Storm King.

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  17. Hope you have a great trip! The Woodstock area is lovely. You should stop into Gillingham's general store in the village, http://www.gillinghams.com/
    VINS science center in Quechee has wonderful birds of prey if you want to be outdoors http://www.vinsweb.org/
    And the Billings farm is great for kids and has some nice trails to walk on.

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  18. http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/07/bottle-shop-antiques.html

    Just saw this, thought of your trip. Think it's relatively close to Hudson.

    Hope you're enjoying your trip! I'm envious.

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  19. http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/07/bottle-shop-antiques.html

    Just saw this, thought of your trip. Think it's relatively close to Hudson.

    Hope you're enjoying your trip! I'm envious.

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