The drive to and from Stowe takes about 3.5 hours each way. But Vermont being as awesome as it is, we had plenty of cool places to stop and break up the driving. Come along, won’t you?
On our way we just so happened to stop for lunch at the Simon Pearce restaurant. At first we weren’t going to stop (it was only 11:30AM) but I was glad we did. The wait when we left was crazy long. And the food was delicious.
Stopping here ended up being one of the highlights of the day because Simon Pearce is a well known pottery and glass blowing company, and have their factories on site.
You could talk to the glass blowers while they worked. It was completely mesmerizing.
Simon Pearce is also situated on a river and they produce hydroelectric power with a turbine inside their mill. Hydroelectricity powers much of their restaurant. You could go to the bottom floor and see the turbine and then go outside and look at the falls. It was stunning.
After lunch we drove to the Long Trail Brewing Company.
The tour was self guided, and thusly not my favorite, but it was cool to see a brewery set up like theirs.
We opted for the sampler of beers. Only $6, not too bad!
The Sampler Guide was really comprehensive. and informative Harvest was my favorite.
We passed the Quechee Gorge on the way up to Stowe. The scenic overlook off the highway was beautiful.
The Von Trapp Lodge was the last stop before we got to our hotel. We heard it had a brewery so we had to stop. Turns out they have a brewery…and a meat and cheese plate.
Our hotel: the Stowe Mountain Lodge
Enormous and lovely lobby
Our awesome room. The bathtub was huge!
The view from our balcony: Day and Night
We splurged on room service for breakfast. It was so delicious!
On Sunday we headed back to MA. What an awesome adventure we had!