Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Boston in the Fall

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Hi, welcome back to our North trip. 

Oh beautiful Vermont. But to stay in order I will start with Boston. Sunday morning I woke up with a raging sore throat. We began our drive to Vermont after Pennsylvania and a stock up on Airborne, Dayquil and a gossip magazine to take my mind off. But this was a fire that would not be quenched and I was feeling pretty bad by the time the afternoon came around. Nonetheless I decided just to swallow less and we arrived in Windsor, Vermont and to Jonathan and Kara's house up on a mountain. The hills were alive with the colors of fall.





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The next morning we planned on spending a day walking around Boston. When I woke up in their cold mountain house the fire in my throat had spread and I felt kind of like I'd been hit by a truck. But I rallied and headed out with everyone to drive to the train station.

Kara had to work and so Jonathan's friend Kieran (our unofficial tour guide who grew up around here), Jonathan, Witt and I set off. 





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 I don't think it's a true remedy but I will say that to beat a cold you can try walking around briskly for 6 hours in the chilly air and eating a diet consisting of raw oysters on the shell, clam chowder and falafals with pickled cucumber and garlic sauce. 






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We didn't want to do any of the touristy things, just wanted to walk around and eat some oysters and check out the streets. I can't say that Boston is my favorite city in the US. I am so lucky to have gotten a taste of a few beautiful cities in the world in Europe and America. As far as Boston, I had fun walking the shops of Newbury Street and eating at Union Oyster House, which has been there since the 1700's (also, I saw the Cheers bar, just wanted to throw that out there because I thought that was pretty exciting). Otherwise, I think being in the hills of Vermont, Maine and everything that was to come was much better than Boston on our trip.





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Maybe it was a cure, but the next day I woke up feeling 100x better and so ready to head out to Burlington, Vermont and everything in between that fine city like Montpellier, the capitol. Oh my goodness. If yesterday was gloomy and stainless steel cold, Vermont was warm and colorful and so much Autumn alive I could hardly stand it. 





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We started out by Jonathan taking us to the King Author flour head quarters which was super cool. You could watch them making bread and pastry and I had a delicious croissant and coffee as well as bought a big bag of whole wheat pastry flour, freshly ground. Yes please!






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Montpellier was also nice, a little downtown with quaint nooks and crannys and bookstores and bridges.





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We had a delicious snack of Moroccan curry spinach and mushroom roll ups from the local Co-op.






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We then headed to the Alchemist Brewery, Jonathan's favorite beer. The hoppiest beer in the north east and delicious too.





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Then we headed to an apple cider mill in Newbury, Vermont where we found some vintage cars and after that to the Calbot cheese factory where we sampled lots of amazing cheese.





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The apple cider was delicious and while the boys got apple cider doughnuts I bought a raw chocolate bar which was divine.







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It was time for Burlington, Vermont to check out the water and eat lunch.





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Witt's favorite part of course.





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We ate downtown at the Farm House, an amazing local eatery that only uses local organic produce and meat. It was the best burger I have had in a long time, with homemade pickle and fresh dressed greens. Yum.





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On the way we home we went by a water fall and a covered bridge in Vermont and took in the beautiful fall colors.






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Today we left Vermont and went into Maine, misty and sea water and lobster stew. But I will save that for another time.


To check out the rest of our trip click here:

Baby Let Me Follow You Down- Harper's Ferry

Boston in the Fall

Maine Squeeze- Massachusetts

Last Stop- Rhode Island




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