Ahhh Vermont- We have arrived!

Trapp Lodge ver d ver e ver h ver m ver n ver o ver s ver t ver v ver w ver y ver z ver zz Ver B ver x…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….A weekend in Stowe, Vermont in the fall was much appreciated after the challenge of flying from Chicago to Burlington,Vt. What was supposed to be a short nonstop flight for our group turned into a much bigger challenge as our flight was canceled just before departure.  With creativity, perseverance and a little luck we were able to get out the next day to all arrive in Boston at the same time and enjoy a scenic motorcoach ride to Stowe.
 The fabulous Trapp lodge was expecting us and even kept the restaurant open late that night so we could enjoy their delicous food. This lodge was founded by the Von Trapp family from Salzburg,Austria and “Sound of Music” fame and family members still manage the beautiful properties which include the lodge, farm,brewery, condominiums and hiking and cross country ski areas. Don’t miss their movie ‘The Real Maria” featured in their downstairs movie room.
 Since we arrived at night, the next morning’s beautiful sunrise over the Green Mountains was even more spectacular.
After a hearty buffet breakfast we met John our colorful and knowledgeable local guide for the next two days. Our first stop was Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and we met brothers Elliot and the entertaining Burr Morse who showed us around the farm and explained the whole process. A taste of sugar on ice with homeade donut holes was a delicious start to the day.
 Then on to Barre,Vt and the famous Vermont granite stone quarries. A tour of one of the largest quarries and stone sculpture factories at Rock of Ages and a drive through Hope Cemetery was fascinating.
 A visit to downtown Stowe followed with a stop a Shaw’s, they have it all, and other interesting shops and eating establishments.
 The next day a short drive brought us to Burlington and a tour of legendary Shelburne Farms nestled along the shores of Lake Champlain. Founded by the Vanderbilt family over 100 years ago it is a model of sustainable farming with brown Swiss cows, cheese making, gardens and a center for the many event they host. Our final morning we stopped for the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory tour and Green Mountain Coffee at their visitor center in Waterbury on our way to the airport.
 Once again a great ending to a trip that started out pretty rocky. We missed some free time to relax and explore the spectacular grounds at the Trapp Lodge, but that’s another reason to come back!
John & Joan