A Winter Weekend in New Hampshire & Vermont

This Winter, I was invited to spend a weekend in New Hampshire with a few friends.  I was pretty excited. I think the last time I actually visited New Hampshire was about six years ago, so off we went to New Hampshire. It was a beautiful weekend, and what I would consider typical New England: it snowed, and oh so beautifully! It was picture perfect winter weather! I took the opportunity to go outside in the morning and take a few pictures of the property the cabin was on. I just love the way they came out.

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Shaker Farm Bed and Breakfast – Enfield, NH

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Our next trip that weekend was to Vermont. I’ve always loved Vermont and really don’t get to go there as much as I would like. I feel that there is so much to explore that I just don’t know about, and that was the case when we were on our way to Woodstock and I discovered Quechee Gorge. How did I not know about this amazing place???  I’m going to share a few photos of it, BUT pictures just do not do it justice, that’s all I have to say about that!  Maybe one day I will visit again and take a picture from below looking up at the bridge, but for now, I’m happy I got to capture this amazing view! It was HIGH. Really high! Just incredible.

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As we continued on, we stopped in the historic district of Taftsville, and I took a few shots at the Taftsville Covered Bridge, which is definitely worth a stop if you’re going into Woodstock.

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Taftsville Country Store

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Our next stop was a location I have wanted to visit for a really long time, and as we drove into the town of Woodstock, I was in awe by how cool it looked. I think I was expecting something different, but what I found around me really fed my appetite for finding a new shooting location that was historically and architecturally rich. I didn’t have very much time to take photos because we were on a bit of a time crunch, but I did make the most of it, taking a stroll along the Green, capturing both sides of Middle Bridge, and finally seeing the gorgeous Woodstock Inn.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I do! Maybe Winter will finally decide to leave us with some Spring weather in the upcoming weeks and I can share with you some beautiful New England Spring scenery!!

Places Mentioned In This Blog Post

Middle Bridge | Woodstock, VT – Across the green from the Woodstock Inn

| Quechee, Vermont along US route 4

Shaker Farm Bed & Breakfast | 597 NH-4A, Enfield, NH 03748

Taftsville Country Store | 2706 E Woodstock Rd, Taftsville, VT, 05073

Taftsville Covered Bridge | Located across from the Taftsville Country Store

Woodstock Inn | 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

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Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour | Waterbury, VT

It was a cold, dreary, snowy day in Waterbury, VT when my husband, our two friends, and I visited Ben & Jerry’s, but I was ready to visit the colorful factory and get my Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fix!

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I have to say, the tour guide was great, very chipper, and really seemed to enjoy his job, BUT, who wouldn’t love their job if they got to bring home pints of ice cream each night!

 

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The $4 tour starts with a trip to the Ben & Jerry’s theater where you set your eyes on a six minute movie on the history of the delicious ice cream brand.

At the end of the movie, you are led to the production room where your guide shows you how they make the ice cream through his commentary and a video on TV, which is much like watching an episode of Unwrapped (this is the one part of the tour where you aren’t allowed to use a camera, as per the guide).

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The last stop on this tour finds you in the flavor room where an old school fridge hosts a library of the new flavors that have come out that year. If you have questions, I suggest you bring them with you, they will answer a bunch of them for you!

My recommendation?  Try to take the tour on a day they are making ice cream. They weren’t on the day we were there, and I feel like my experience would have been a lot different if the production room was operating.

If you’re not one for tours, it’s still a neat place to bring your family so you can see the brightly designed buildings and rooms, visit the gift shop, and sit down for a scoop of their famous ice cream.  I am a little upset that I didn’t find out about the Umiak Snowshoe & Ice Cream Too Tour until after my visit, but I’m not sure that everybody that was with me would have agreed to snowshoeing through a graveyard… I on the other hand want to snowshoe! Oh well, there’s always next time 🙂

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Fun fact: did you know that Ben & Jerry’s is Non-GMO, fair trade? I didn’t!

By the way, kids 12 and under are free and you get a sample at the end of your tour, and the samples probably won’t make it into a pint, so savor each bite! If you like it, you can fill out a form and put it in a suggestion box to ask for it to be released in a pint. What flavor was there the day I was visitng? Caramel Root Beer… very interesting.  I’m not a root beer fan, but it was still pretty good!

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Ben & Jerry’s | 1281 Waterbury Stowe Road | Waterbury, VT 05676

Alpacas & Llamas in New England

The first time I saw a llama was on TV.  The Today Show was doing a segment on working vacations, and working with llamas was the topic of the day.  I was so intrigued. It wasn’t until I met my husband when I finally saw a llama in person. We were driving around one day, and noticed a few at a home in the next town. I was so attached. I had him drive me by there numerous times over the years; they just fascinated me.

Then I found out about alpacas, and I really fell in love. I had to have one, although, I still have yet to get one. My husband and I did go visit New England Alpacas in Killingworth, CT to learn more about them back in 2011. I wanted to make sure that I had enough property for alpacas when we bought a house, just in case I did decide to buy a few.  Maybe in the future I will have alpacas, but for now, it’s just me, my husband, and the cat!

If you’re curious as to the differences between an alpaca and a llama, you can find some details here.

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Are you interested in spending a day with an alpaca or llama?  There are a few options for you here in New England.

Connecticut

New England Alpacas hosts their Holiday Alpaca Open Farm Days on November 28th and 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14 Bethke Road, Killingworth, CT 06419.  They let you meet the alpacs, take pictures, and learn about fiber.  There is also a store you can visit where you can purchase their homemade yarns.  You can find more information about their upcoming events here.

Rowanwood Farm in Newtown, CT hosts llama walks, weather permitting.  For more information, you can visit their website.

Country Quilt Llama Farm in Cornwall, CT also has llama walks.  Information on their program can be found here.

Vermont

Northern Vermont Llama Co in Waterville, VT where you can hike with a llama in the Green Mountains.  Click here for more information.

If you’ve ever gone on a llama hike and would like to share your experience or recommend a hike or farm visit, please comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

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