Last week Fred and I joined a bus tour from our local YWCA for some leaf peeping across New York and Vermont. We chose the perfect time. The natives said it was a week early and the best color in twenty years. How lucky can you get.
|Early Morning Sunrise|
|On Our Way|
The color change is determined by less sunlight and cooler temperatures. This is a brief explanation. We had wonderful weather and only experiencing rain on our last day on the road.
Day one we visited Holden Arboretum at Kirkland. Ohio. This a great place to come face to face with nature. We were given a guided tour by a naturalist.
We had a lunch stop, then journeyed on to Buffalo, NY for our nights stay. A lovely dinner had been planned for our first night out. It was a great evening and only got better. Many of you might remember Carol Eggress. She and her husband, Regg live in Buffalo and were able to join us for dinner. I grew up on the farm owned by her father, now our family farm. We spent time together in our youth. She was a classmate of Ron Bagley who was also traveling with us. So good to catch up with each other.
On day two we visited the Yaddo Estate in Saratoga NY, a working artists' community.
We watched the movie SOUND OF MUSIC on the bus to set the mood for our arrival at the Von Trapp Family Lodge. It was lovely, giving the feeling of being in Austria. I am sure this was why they chose this spot in Vermont. This was home for two nights. One of the Von Trapp children is still involved with the lodge. Baby Jonas is 75. The family plot is on the grounds where the family is buried. Maria, one of the children, lived to be 100.
|Von Trapp Family Lodge|
|Our Ball of Fire|
We visited a Maple Sugar Farm, Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, a tour of the State Capitol, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and Cabot Cheese. There are many dairies in Vermont. We had Sugar on Snow at the Maple Sugar Farm and told the process of tapping the trees and making the syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. We had lunch in the Capitol. There are no McDonalds in the capitol city. They don't allow large corporations in and by doing this there are no empty store fronts. Something to think about.
|Sugar on Snow|
|Vermont State Capital|
|Art Across from the Capital|
We visited the majestic Mount Mansfield in the Adirondacks where we rode a Gondola ride to the top. It was foggy at the top, but was a great view on the way down. A great picture opt.
Day four was the gilded age of the Vanderbilt's at there Shelburne Farms. There are three thousand acres along Lake Champlain. For that time, they had the largest barn in America that housed 300 horses. The barns roof was made of all copper.
|Copper Roof Barn|
We had lunch at Bob Newhart's Stratford Inn. If you are old enough to remember, it was the home of "The Bob Newhart Show". From there we walked off our lunch on The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. Along the trail were some of his poems posted, like "The Road Not Taken".
|The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail|
We arrived at The Summit Ski Lodge for the next two nights. Two giant St Bernards met us on our arrival along with a French Bulldog. Here they had a wonderful chef, so needless to say the food was excellent.
|Bales of Straw|
|Lincoln Family Home|
We shopped at the renowned "Vermont Country Store". They have a little bit of everything. Our last night we stayed at a lovely Marriott in Rochester, NY and enjoyed a lovely dinner at a quaint little restaurant.
Day seven we headed home. We experienced our first rain. Being we were traveling along Lake Erie, and the grape growing, wine producing country, we stopped at The Woodbury Winery. A little Sicilian woman, owner, explained the whole process, followed by wine tasting. Then it was time to shop for wine. From here it was time for lunch. We were in the Chautauqua area of New York. It was here that we had lunch at the beautiful White Inn.
This was a week of the best color that God had to display, the food could not have been better and our accommodations were lovely. Friendships were formed and expectations of the fall foliage were more than met.
|TV's Adam's Family Home|