Crossroads Farm, Post Mills VT

Let's Go On a Roadtrip

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Lisa Ladd

A very local one.

I love road trips.  Big ones, small ones, and those I dream about too.  There is something so wonderful about getting outside of your routine, and experiencing a new place, or revisiting an old favorite. 

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Here in the Upper Valley, we truly have many opportunities to explore.  Unlike in my home state, I can visit five states in the time it takes to go end to end down the coast of California.  And each of our states is so unique!  With our natural border of the Connecticut River, it seems like New Hampshire and Vermont would be similar, but our landscapes are quite different even close to home. This past weekend, thanks to too much to do and wet weather, I stuck close to home and hit a few favorites in between some much needed rainfall. 

My first stop was Crossroads Farm in Post Mills, Vermont not too far from my home.  I am very fond of farm stands, and farmer’s markets.  They give me an opportunity to shop at the source and support our local economy.  And they are a great excuse to have a mini-road trip.  With the foliage still quite vivid, it is well worth visiting some of our local farms to stock up on apples, squash and pumpkins.  Vital Communities has a guide of local farms to help you find local produce and plants in your area. 

The river at the head of the Mystery Trail, Union Village Dam Recreation Area

After coming home with our apples and pumpkins I decided to take my dog for a walk in another Upper Valley treasure.  The Union Village Dam is a large recreation area created by the Army Corps of Engineers. Although the park is “closed” you can easily still walk the trails from any number of access points in Thetford or Union Village.  Take Exit 14 off I-91 and take a left on 113, going towards Thetford Center.  At the base of the long hill you will see a big blue house on the left, and a dirt road called Buzzell Bridge. Drive down and park in the parking area.  Although the park is closed to traffic, you can walk or ride your bike along the road, and even explore the Mystery Trail. Many snowshoe or ski the park in the winter.  From October to December it is advisable to wear bright clothing, as some hunting takes place in the park. 

So, are you ready for a road trip?  Do you have your road trip playlist favorites? Cue Ray Charles or Willie Nelson if you are driving in my car.  Stay tuned, next week I’ll share some favorite haunts to extend your Halloween! (Hit the road Jack. . .)



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