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Jul 13, 2014 - von Trapp Family Lodge (Sound of Music)

After a day of touring with the Full-timer chapter, we took off to visit one more place. Even though the day was foggy, chilly and rainy we went off to find the place known as the von Trapp Lodge. In the early 1940's, the von Trapp family toured the United States as the Trapp Family Singers & eventually settled in Stowe, Vermont on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas which reminded them so much of their beloved Austria. After fleeing Austria in 1938, the family bought a farm amid the mountains of Stowe, Vermont in 1942. By the...

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Oct 8, 2013 - Vermont 2013 - Day 3

It's raining today. Not that lovely, drizzly type of rain you see in the movies. This is flat-out downpour, windy, hydroplaning on the highway type of rain. Nevertheless, we are traveling to Stowe. We have heard it is a quaint community with lots of local Vermont wares, plus the Ben & Jerry's Plant is there - yummm! We arrived in Stowe ready for lunch only to find the Lunchinette closed. We asked a local for a recommendation, which took us back over the freeway to Arvad's Grill & Pub. The menu looked good, but the food was not. If you are...

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Oct 4, 2013 - Another day in Stowe, VT

We decided to get out and about today. In downtown Stowe, there is a 5 1/2 mile foot and bike trail that goes west from downtown up into the nearby mountain. The trail follows a river with many beautiful views. We parked just outside of town and walked the trail for a while. The canopy of turning trees over the trail and views of the river below were beautiful. Later on we found one of Vermont's covered bridges in Stowe. You should see the house directly across the street from the bridge. Sheesh!

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Oct 2, 2013 - Stranded in Paradise

Today we drove a whopping 38 miles to our next campground in Stowe, VT. We made a decision to stop here while parked on the shoulder of the road 1.5 miles south of the campground. Our thought was Stowe, VT was a touristy area with many things to do for a couple of days. We turned around and pulled into Gold Brook Campground where we paid for a couple of nights camping (the camp host was a real grouch, but that's another story). As I backed into our campsite, the trailer made this awful screeching noise from the right side of the trailer. I...

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Sep 12, 2013 - to Stowe VT; 20/272

130912-Thu-74980-Today we went to Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream sample was great, and then to the Alchemist, where the beer sample was also great, both in Waterbury VT. We drove 99 miles. It was all back roads. I only drove about 40 mph. We are in camp now and it is raining. Pouring! The road we took was definitely a corvette road.

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Jun 4, 2013 - Day Two With Lucky and Joe

Another great day yesterday. We picked up Lucky and Joe at their place around 9:00, and took off for Smuggler's. First stop, a bakery we had heard about....TRAGEDY...closed on Monday. Undaunted, we drove on. Half an hour of scenic driving and we saw another possibility. Turned out to be a great spot. They grind their own coffee beans and had great goodies to go with the coffee. The owner had pictures of his daughter on the counter. She had just finished eight years as a Marine and done three deployments. Now she is at Penn State getting a...

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May 19, 2013 - Saturday and Sunday in Vermont

Wow...have we been busy. Saturday morning we left early, and drove to Essex Junction where we found a nice bakery and had breakfast. Then we just drove around trying to get a feel for what was where. At one time we realized we were not far from Stowe, so off we went. On our way we passed the Alchemist Brewery. Stopped in to see what it was about (and hoping that it was all about drinking their beer). Anyway, I got a beer but there was a bunch of rowdy women there, and rowdy women put old Pathfinder off his feed...so I was ready to leave....

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Oct 17, 2012 - Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont, is a tourist-oriented town. We're here in between the summer crowd and the winter crowd. Stowehof lodge is a quirky Alpine lodge originally built in the 1940s. We sampled various other tourist offerings in the area today. At the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works, we met Elliott Morse, brother of the owner, who was our tour guide. We agreed he could have a second career as a standup comic. He told us that maple syrup can be collected only a few weeks each year. Because their family needed some other means of income, they tried...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont

We covered quite a few miles today and ooh'd and aah'd at the colors in the foliage. From Massachusetts we drove on up to New Hampshire, where Vince navigated right to the state capitol building. Some of the group scattered to get quick looks at the capitol. I was drawn to a beautiful maple across the street that was resplendent in its fall wardrobe, with brightly colored mums at its base. Then we moved on into Vermont and up to Stowe. At the Stowehof Inn we found the elevator to be out of service so some of our travelers had to be...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Cider, ice cream and cheese--eating our way through the heart of VErmont

September 13, 2012-Today we are ride-sharing, which means that we take our own cars or trucks but try to limit the number by sharing the ride. We joined Ernie and Sheila, who also have a 5th wheel, in their truck for the ride share. We began at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which features a working cider press with a tour and cider donuts. They were really good. From there we went to a glass-blowing demonstration at a local glass shop. Then we went down to Ben & Jerry’s factory in Colbyville (about 4 miles from our park) to take a tour of the...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Getting the essence of Vermont

September 12, 2012- We had a bus tour today in the area around Montpelier. We started at Morse Farms maple sugarworks where we had an introductory lecture (more like stand up comedy of the dry Vermont slow-talking humor) from the owner Burr Morse. He used a slide show to explain to us how they collect the sap from the maple trees (they used to use buckets, now they use plastic lines and a vacuum to suck it out—“Nobody has proved it hurt the trees-yet.”), then we went over to the gift shop/sampling area for some maple syrup samples. We had...

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Sep 11, 2012 - The tour officially starts

September 11, 2012- Susan and I got a slow start today. Around 10:00 we finally got moving and headed up to Smuggler’s Notch . This was a narrow area up in the Green Mountains above Stowe where the ski areas are. We looked over the area, then came back down and stopped for lunch at Pie Casso. This was a pizza place that Susan had spotted on the way up the hill. It looked to be fairly new with a modern stainless steel and maple look to it. We had one of the best pizzas we have had in a long time—the tomatoes were as if they had just been...

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