Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Moving this from reply to post...

Jon-Marc; the Bennington Museum is in southern Vermont and as I drove by when I left, had signs out for a Rembrandt exhibit. I was running too late to stop, but have visited it before and seen it's wonderful collection. Art, history, a bit of everything.

If cityscape interests you, Burlington is awfully nice, especially the downtown area and waterfront. Sailing cruises, kayak or sailboat rental, a public beach, lots of cool stuff going on especially in the summer months. Shelburne is a beautiful place, and has the Shelburne Museum

To the northeast there is St. Johnsbury, a gorgeous "old city" with the Fairbanks Museum, and the St. Johnsbury Atheneum (a library and art gallery contributed by another Fairbanks decendant). (My wife is descended from the Fairbanks family, so I've been to the museum many times now; it's a beautiful building and a wonderful natural history museum, along with other collections of Vermont history. The Atheneum building is stunning in it's own right, and the paintings in the gallery have just been restored and are glorious!)

There are lots of "touristy" things to do as well, from touring Ben and Jerry's (free samples of what they're making) to riding the Alpine Slide at Stowe. I promise you that no matter where you drive in the Green Mountains, it will be one of the most beautiful places you've ever seen.

If you plan on being outside in the late afternoon, some kind of insect repellant is advisable, they've a pretty good crop of mosquitoes this year from all the rain!

:o)

alan

7 comments:

CrackerLilo said...

Free Ben and Jerry's tastings?!?! What else do you need? :-)

puhpaul said...

Ben and Jerry's! I recommend the Vermonty Python. I bought a pint of it on Friday, it was delicious.

alan said...

The tour costs a few dollars, then they give you samples of whatever they're making that day. I haven't been for 4 years now; the last time I was with my two older grandkids, along with a lot of other family members.

Ben and Jerry's free movie screenings are in their 29th year this year as well, downtown in Burlington (bring your own lawn chair, lol).

When we rolled through Bennington on the way out last Saturday there were artists painting on the sidewalks, like you see in the movies of Paris; I've been to the museum and the battle monument there (Revolutionary War victory that netted a lot of the weapons we fought the rest of the war with when the British dropped them as they fled the battlefield), but would love to spend a day or two just poking around town there! As we were leaving we both saw a store that was signed simply "Old Books" and my wife commented on how glad she was that we were already running late...

:o)

alan

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I had no idea there were so many great museums there.

Patricia said...

it sounds wonderful. i've always wanted to go in the fall. your descriptions make me want to get the atlas out!

Jon-Marc said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I will use them this weekend and let you know what I think (If we go, which is still up in the air at this point)

cherish said...

Sounds like there are a lot of great places to visit.