Re: Any Vermont Waneeans out there?
Glad MccJeff knew where Starksville VT is... even google maps is clueless.
Starksboro maybe? Thats up by the area I know... stop by the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. ( From Starksboro take 116south, 17 east and 100 to the factory) Then take rt 100 to Stowe. Scenic beauty and the Trapp Family Lodge. (Yes, The Sound of Music folks) Then take rt 108 north to the Mt Mansfield toll road to the summit, and get as high as you can in Vermont. From here you can look down on the valley I grew up in, on the Cambridge side.
Continue on Rt 108 north, and you go through Smugglers' notch. Its a pretty cool 'notch' in the mountains that Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys used to smuggle goods from Canada to the troops in NY. As you go down the north side of the notch, Smugglers' notch ski area is right there. Across from the main entrance to Smuggs is Stella Notte (http://www.stellanotte.com/
) with food to savor, and views to match. Some FINE dining.
When you finish there, follow Rt 108 into the town of Jeffersonville.(you pass my Mom's old house!) now *right* when you get into the main town, you will see the liquor store. next to that is Hanleys, with smoked VT cheddar, bacon and pepperoni that is NOT to be missed
. I warn you, once you try their cheddar all other smoked cheddar will pale in comparison. I drool as I type this.
Leaving Jeffersonville, get on to rt15 to Cambridge. about 3 miles. Going through cambridge, you will see where rt15 goes up a hill, and 104 goes straight. Right there is the Boyden Farm ( http://www.boydenvalley.com/
) the food for sale there is great, and the blueberry wine is fantastic. Not syrupy and sweet, it is a fine dessert wine. It may not be out, so PM me if you are headed there and i will give you my name to 'drop' for a bottle. I used to play in the barns that now make up the banquet hall and winery.
Now if you have managed to to all this in the day, take rt 15 back to Essex, hit 2a and I89, and get to the Burlington Waterfront for the sunset Jeff mentioned. They took the railroad yards we used to party in and made it a BEAUTIFUL park. Battery Park is right by there, and up on a hill. Better view IMO. (Used to be the 'Battery of guns' protecting the Burlington Harbor there) Lots of fine dining in Btown also, I would recommend Carburs, but it appears they are gone. VT Pub and Brewery rocks also, and happens to be across the street from where Ben and Jerry's started. (The gas station is LONG gone)
Now if you are NOT in Starksboro, this trip may not apply. Brought back some memories for me, however.