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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Attention, Motorists! New England is closed.

Magnet #337 - Vermont State Capitol

So even though I just got back from London last month, I'm finding myself living vicariously through Goldengait's London blogposts. Yesterday, she started out with a plan, and was thwarted at every turn.

Ya'll know that I like to travel. With an itinerary. A fully packed, fully researched itinerary. And maps. Lots of maps.

Sometimes, even those don't help. But, always, when the wind takes you down the road, that's when the fun begins.

Take, for example, the New England weekender my roadtrip buddies and I did. That's how we found out that Montpelier, VT, is quite possibly the cutest state capital in the country. Seriously. We fell in love with this town. From the Corner Café with the old timers out front, to the used bookstore down the street, and the family maple syrup farm up the mountain to the sweetest capitol building ever.

It's seriously as cute as Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. And I've been there, so I know from cute. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

Of course, it didn't hurt that every other attraction we drove to...was CLOSED.

No joke. It became the running theme of the trip - everywhere we went, places were closed for the winter season. Dudes. We went in April!

And it wasn't just the attractions. We were navigating secondary roads, until we made the wrong turn, and the road ran out. The bridge was out - frozen over. Freaky.

A recap list of our trip. Of course, you'll be revisiting some of these sites in magnet form. Well, not the ones that were CLOSED.

Thursday (NY)
  • New York State Capitol: Missed Tour
  • Empire State Plaza
  • New York State Museum
  • Adirondacks
  • Martin Van Buren Historic Site: Missed Tour

Friday (NY/VT)
  • Lake Placid
  • Where’d You Get That Hat? hat shop
  • Winter Olympic Museum
  • Verizon Sports Complex
  • John Brown Historic Site: CLOSED
  • Ferry over Lake Champlain
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Shelburne Museum: CLOSED
  • Vermont Teddy Bear Company
  • Ethan Allan Homestead: CLOSED
  • Church Street Marketplace

Saturday (VT)
  • Montpelier
  • Corner Café
  • Vermont State House: Missed Tour
  • Vermont Historical Society
  • Walking Tours
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Rock of Ages Quarry
  • Floating Bridge: CLOSED
  • Maple Trees
  • Joseph Smith Memorial
  • Calvin Coolidge Historical Site: CLOSED
  • Bennington Monument

Sunday (MA)
  • Edith Wharton Estate: CLOSED
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Holstein Gallery
  • Olana: Missed Tour

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