“I wonder if leaves feel lonely when they see their neighbors falling?” –John Muir
Day 4: Burlington, VT
No significant drive time
On Saturday morning I woke up and headed downtown fairly early. I had a massage appointment scheduled at 11:15am at Cynthea’s Spa and I wanted to grab something to eat beforehand. I stopped at a Bruegger’s Bagels across Church Street from the spa and had a delicious bagel breakfast sandwich and some coffee. After my massage (which was oh-so-needed after driving 3 days) I really got to explore Burlington like I had wanted to. I had a late lunch at the Red Onion Café (food was okay but bread was tough for me to eat), I walked down to the marina and watched snow fall across Lake Champlain over in New York State, walked up and down the marketplace on Church Street several times, checked out the local Farmer’s Market, and did some shopping at the University of Vermont store. For dinner I had the Lumberjack ($11) at Skinny Pancake—they specialize in savory and sweet crepes! Mine had Vermont ham, Cabot Cheddar, and local apples in it—I decided to go pure Vermont, and I ate very last bite of it!
I had a ticket for a paranormal ghost tour at 7pm with Queen City Ghost Walks—it was fun and very interesting! I love learning the history of places and ghost stories are always a great way to do it—makes it all the more interesting.
After walking 15K steps (that good feeling after my massage didn’t last long!) I was exhausted and ready for sleep.
Day 5: Burlington, VT to Nottingham, NH
Drive Time: 4 hours, 12 mins (with detour stops)
After I checked out of the hotel I made a stop at the Vermont Gift Barn in South Burlington to pick up all my souvenirs. I put together two baskets full of homemade Vermont goodies including jams, chocolates, maple syrup, and pancake mix along with a couple ornaments. They also have a huge selection of locally made pottery and other wares—it’s a great place to stop for those things that the people you left at home will treasure!
I wanted to make another stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, VT because the first time I was there I bought a candle for my mom (Fall Festival scent) and she went CRAZY over it and burned it within a couple of months, lol, so I wanted to get her a few more. Just like at the Vermont Gift Barn I bought things for my souvenir gift baskets—and, of course, I HAD to pick up some of the BEST hot apple cider and cider donuts in Vermont (well, as far as I’m concerned…. I’m sure someone will tell me otherwise)!
After I left Cold Hollow it started to snow and I certainly cannot resist a drive through a snowy Vermont….. it was like a dream come true. So, instead of heading south for the interstate I went north towards Stowe.
I passed through Stowe and headed towards Johnson, VT because I bought some delicious maple syrup from Marvin’s Country Store—Butternut Mountain Farm the first time I was up there. I stocked up this time as well, hopefully it’s enough to last us until I can get back again.
The foliage in Vermont was a little past peak, which kind of sucked—too far north, I think. Plus I heard a couple of people mention that the colors weren’t as spectacular as they usually are (my luck). However—by the time I made it to my rental house in Nottingham, NH I was blown away once again at the beauty of the landscape.
First—let me breakdown my rental cabin because it was crazy awesome.
Lodging: This rental cabin from HomeAway.com that sat on Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham, NH
Total Price: $700 for 7 nights
Thoughts: Let me share my review on HomeAway’s site:
“What a beautiful lake house! I was fortunate enough to spend my vacation at this adorable little cottage during peak fall foliage this year. What a charmer! Though I’ll freely admit to not spending a lot of daytime hours there- there’s SO MUCH to see in New England and so little time to get it all in, lol- it was the perfect place to come “home” to every night and enjoy the fire and a glass of wine. I loved waking up to the fog rolling across the lake, and the quiet! It was so peaceful there- wish I could have another week just for that!
The cottage is in a great location- central to a lot of the things I wanted to see. An hour outside of Salem, MA; three hours from Burlington, VT; maybe an hour and a half or so from Boston, MA. Mount Washington is doable, so is Portland, ME.
Everything I needed was provided in the cottage and I didn’t have problems of any kind. One thing that I don’t remember reading about, and didn’t anticipate ahead of time, were the steps from the car landing down to the cottage, there are a lot of them! I was okay with it but if you have problems with stairs it’s something to consider. I had a heavy piece of luggage I was using (3 weeks on the road) and I ended up not packing it down them and instead just grabbing a set of clothes each night as I returned to the cottage for the next day.
Overall HIGHLY recommend this place- when I return to New England I’d love to look into renting it again!”
I’ve now used HomeAway several times for rentals and **knocks on wood** I’ve had a wonderful experience with each one. Stephan, the homeowner, was awesome to work with and he allowed me to break the total down into 4 smaller payments that were spread out over several months to make it financially easier on me. It’s just so damn cute and cozy and had everything I needed. Here are a few more pictures that I took of the place. I mean, really…. you CANNOT beat that view.