It may come as a surprise that I have never stepped foot in Vermont. It’s kind of silly, really, since it’s so close to the New York state border, and I went to college in Albany, NY, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. And then there’s obviously the whole crunchy granola girl who lives within me and aches to be among her people.
This past Saturday, my friend picked me up and we made our way to Bennington to get away from the bright lights and big city. It was the perfect fall day for a drive and we watched the sunset orange, crisp apple red, and gold leaves sway in the breeze. We got a bit lost on our way to the bed and breakfast and pulled in to a small dirt road. “You here for the puppies?” someone asked. We weren’t but there was no way we could say no. Though I still hurt from losing my faithful companion Linus just a few weeks ago, I found great comfort in holding a sweet, week-old warm puppy to the heart. Sadly we had to leave them all behind and continued our journey.
We stayed at Meadowood Farm, a very affordable and adorable bed and breakfast, and one I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to this particular part of Vermont. Clifford and Donna are gracious hosts and made our stay as enjoyable as possible. They have three dogs of their own and were extremely helpful with restaurant suggestions and things to do around town. Also, that breakfast spread was one of the best I’ve ever had: scones, poached pears, eggs cooked any which way we liked (I had a mushroom and spinach omelette and even got to pick the eggs that morning!), coffee, and fresh orange juice.
In a brief 24-hour stay, Karen and I accomplished quite a bit. We went for a nice walk around a lake, stopped in many local antique stores, and took in the sweet Vermont air, a treat for two girls just out of New York. My favorite part of the trip was when we went horseback riding (a first for us both). I was assigned to Sunshine, a sweet horse with a terrible case of ADD, but I couldn’t help but laugh because it seemed perfect we were paired together. I don’t like to always do as I’m told either. We ended our trip by nearly getting lost in a corn maze (the largest on the east coast and in the shape of the Wizard of Oz!).
And I even found some time to do a bit of this:
All in all, it was a fantastic getaway and one that did wonders for the mind, body, and soul. I can’t wait to return.
I was not compensated for this post and all opinions herein are entirely my own. I just think you should all check out this adorable B&B next time you are in the area!