Scenic Vermont Backroads Through Mountain Villages and Towns
Weston Priory, Weston, Vt.
Article and photos, unless otherwise noted, by Eric Hurwitz. Article
created on 10/10/18.
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Mother Nature was more
than generous when it came to forming the innate beautiful scenery that
graces Vermont -- and with mankind following through quite nicely with
its quaint villages, country stores and beautiful churches and homes.
recently took a trip to southern Vermont and was awed by my visits
through Putney, Dummerston, Newfane, Townshend, Jamaica, Londonderry,
Weston, Dover and Wilmington. Weston was definitely my favorite town
with the presence of a beautiful town common, the Vermont Country
Store, the quaint Weston Village Store, a stunning gristmill and
waterfall, the look of the stately Weston Playhouse and a nice
concentration of old, well maintained homes and municipal buildings. It
also seemed like more of a "community" as I saw some great neighborly
interaction on the town common as well as activities for the kids, on
given day. While I wasn't quite as impressed with Brattleboro, it's a
lot nicer "developed" town than what I see in many other areas of New
England with several interesting shops and some neat-looking cafes and
restaurants. Although I prefer inland New England towns like
Bennington, Vt., Lexington, Mass., Concord, Mass., North Conway, N.H.,
and Bethel, Maine, Brattleboro is, nevertheless, definitely worth a
Here are some pictures I took along the backroads, villages and towns
in Vermont, paying close attention to the elements that make this state
so special and unique:
Store is famous and lives up to its reputation as a premier country
store in Vermont with rustic charm and lots of hard-to-find
merchandise. I bought some delicious homemade fudge here!
Vermont's oldest professional theater.
A classic Vermont
covered bridge in Dummerston.
I saw virtually
hundreds of cars parked along Route 30 in Dummerston and proceeded to
discover the West River with swimming and hiking opportunities. Where
are all the people? I have no idea, only saw a few!
A classic Vermont scene in
Gazebo and church scene in
downtown, picture perfect Townshend.
Traveling Route 100
between Jamaica and Londonderry.
A 100-mile view of
Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts from Hogback Mountain in
had a great fresh
roasted turkey sandwich with homemade stuffing and cheese at the Putney
Diner in Putney, Vt. Friendly staff and townsfolk here helped
make my visit that much better! What a classic diner -- nothing fancy,
read that the Putney
General Store was destroyed by fire a few years back. So nice to see it
built back up and serve as an integral part of this beautiful, sleepy
Downtown Brattleboro, Vt.
Nice place, great job of revitalization, look forward to more
meaningful community restoration.
New! Here are
some recent Vermont photos taken during road trips through Burlington,
Stowe, Woodstock and Middlebury.
Woodstock Inn in Woodstock is one of Vermont's grandest places to stay.
The Weston Priory in Weston, Vt., is
a place of reflection and scenic beauty. It comprises a community of
Hapgood State Forest in Peru, Vt., is
a wonderful place to go camping.
Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.
has an idyllic Vermont setting.
The sunsets at Waterfront Park in
Burlington are nothing short of spectacular!
What's Vermont without a general
store? Shaw's is one's of Vermont's best and located in the beautiful
community of Stowe.
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