The Small Towns and Country Roads Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
15 in Vermont Vermont140 Miles
on June 1, 2007
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Suggested Route Itinerary: Highlighting small towns of Southern Vermont this ride will take you through several quaint little villages and through a covered bridge.
Driving through the hillsides of East Dover you will come to the town of South Newfane and through Williamsville and it's covered bridge onto Rt. 30 North. The scenic town of Newfane is your first drive through leading you to Townsend, there are several antiques dealers on this stretch of Rt. 30. In Townsend you will take Rt. 35 (to a left on Grafton Road to the town of Grafton) up through Grafton (where you will make a Left on 35 to Chester). The town of Grafton has a covered bridge and a small scale cheese factory, blacksmith shop and a sheep farming operation admission is free of charge. Chester Depot is a nice place to stop and have a coffee in Country Girl Diner on 103/11, sorry no Starbucks.
Driving through Ludlow and along the Black river is both scenic and exhilarating. Onwards to Rt. 100 south towards the Weston Country Store founded in 1945 dedicated to preserve Vermont's rural integrity, a great place to see the offerings of yester years. Then we drive south to Rt. 11 and west to Manchester where it would be fitting to stop for lunch at any of many restaurants including Mulligan's Restaurant offering a variety of good pub fare.
Manchester is also the home of "Hildene" the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Lincoln.
Picnic lunch might be an option here we could meet a group at Hildene or pack brown bag.
After lunch we head south on 7A towards Arlington home to the Norman Rockwell museum Admission $3 well worth a visit. Further south we have the town of Bennington where we would ride up to the Bennington Monument, where you may ride the elevator to the 200ft observation deck with fine lookouts. From Bennington we take Rt. 9 east through the hillsides over into Wilmington where those that want can walk the streets of Wilmington for some shop gawking and showing of our rides. The Gray Ghost Inn is only 7.5 miles from this town so if people have had enough they can ride home to relax by the pool.
Dinner would be served at the Gray Ghost Inn.
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