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.
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.
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.
We 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:
A view out of Mary Todd Lincoln’s room overlooking the formal garden – imagine how beautiful it is during warmer months!
A restored Pullman car, open to view on the inside as well:
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.