Coast to Coast to Coast travel blog

Billings Farm is a pretty setting

Billings Farm is a working dairy

She was really friendly

Billings Farm Museum showed life in the 1800's

Wasp's Cafe

Wasp's Cafe - this is the whole place!

Woodstock church - home of a bell made by Paul Revere

Bell made by Paul Revere

One of Vermont's many covered bridges

Signs of fall

This area is already past peak

Still some color left

A lovely setting

Note the spot of sunshine! It was mostly overcast again today.

Someone has some raking to do!

Make your own peanut butter!

President Calvin Coolidge was born here July 4, 1872.

Church Calvin Coolidge attended church here

Amazing ceiling in the church. It is Carpenter Gothic style.

A mouse trap used by Calvin Coolidge's mother.

These bales of hay look like marshmallows

They make delicious maple syrup here

Interesting style

This place was amazing

Interior of the Vermont Country Store

There was stuff everywhere

Someone liked the rocking chairs

A magnificent bedroom suite

Mrs Bryant's dress from 1867

Ludlow, VT. Our tour includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Not all areas are in their prime at the same time so our tour director always has lots of other activities for us. Today we went to Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, not the famous Woodstock of NY but a very pretty village in VT instead. The farm, once owned by one of the Rockefellers, is an operating dairy farm. We were able to get up close and personal with some of the cows. The museum showed life in the 1800’s. Cool. The best part, however, were the pumpkin and maple walnut ice creams. Then we wandered through the village of Woodstock. We ate at tiny little Wasp’s Café where the locals eat. There are 12 stools at the counter – no tables. We struck up a conversation with a very friendly undertaker. He had figured out we were tourists. He said the name tags and cameras were pretty big clues. Next,a visit to Plymouth Notch to the home of President Coolidge. At the cheese factory on the grounds we were able to taste cheese aged 2 months, 13 months and 2 years. There is definitely a difference! We were treated to ice cream here, too. Their specialty was maple flavor. From there we went to Green Mountain Sugar House. When we walked in, we were given a small cup of maple syrup for us to sip. Was it ever delicious! Everyone was soon exclaiming that their noses were sticky from trying to lick out every last drop. Green Mountain made quite a few sales from those samples. To top off the day we went to Weston. On the way our tour director passed out wine which is quite a challenge to pour on a moving bus! We went to the Vermont Country Store – same as the catalog. They have so much stuff in there that we had a ball making discoveries. Several people commented that they were seeing items they had not seen for 50 years. There were, of course, some samples of fudge, cookies, crackers and jams. Then we walked next door to the Bryant House for the usual huge supper. The house,built in 1927,opened as a restaurant in 1957. It has an unusual feature. The Bryant's purchased a beautiful bedroom suite they had seen at the U.S. Centennial in 1876. They paid $900. It is still in the house and it is magnificent. Think about what $900 in 1876 is worth today!

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