Last Day in Vermont – Manchester

It dawned on me today that I hadn’t sat down with the photos from the last day of our trip to create the final installment of trip blog.  Sorry about that – hope you weren’t on the edge of your seat waiting.

img_6255 Since we had an early evening flight out, we didn’t have a full day to spend in Vermont.  Looking ahead at art galleries and other activities, Manchester made the most sense for a Sunday, it was only a couple hours to the airport, and offered some unique experiences.

img_6262The first was the drive in and seeing the fog (clouds) rolling off the mountains.  It reminded me of the Smokies.  We’d been down these roads before on the way to Bennington, but not in the morning.

We arrived in Manchester which is all it’s written to be – very upscale shopping, and an impeccably maintained downtown area.  Doing a little research uncovered Manchester is one of the primary ski destinations for other New Englanders (persons who hail from New England – would that be New English?). Skiing in Manchester is like Huskers to Nebraska – even the elementary kids have ski lessons courtesy of the schools.

We stopped in Manchester Hot Glass first.  The owner/artist, Andrew, was there to greet us – a very authentic person who creates beautiful glass work.  If you’re there at the right time, he also teaches glass blowing classes.

After, we went over to Epoch, which is a cooperative gallery of Vermont artists and artisans.  The work there ranged from fine art to fine craft and all was exceptional.

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img_6267We finished our trip to Manchester and Vermont with a self-guided tour of Hildene.  Hildene was worth the drive to Manchester, and we certainly could have spent more time exploring the grounds, but it was chilly, and there was a plane waiting for us.

Many original furnishings and other artifacts are throughout the home:

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A view out of Mary Todd Lincoln’s room overlooking the formal garden – imagine how beautiful it is during warmer months!

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A restored Pullman car, open to view on the inside as well:

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There were certainly places and spaces we didn’t get to in our short trip, which leaves us plenty of opportunity to return.  In fact, I had about a half dozen hiking paths listed on our possible to-do’s, so we’ll have to plan a trip during a warmer season so we can climb to the top of some of those green mountains.

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