An Early Mother's Day

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Lisa Ladd

Burlington Bound

Mother’s Day in our household is always a combination of celebrations.  My son was born the day before Mother’s Day and depending on the year, we have sometimes celebrated his birthday the same day.  Yesterday the planets were aligned, and we both found ourselves out of office on a random Thursday-what better way to take advantage of our free day then to spend it together? 

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After fueling up at the King Arthur Café we headed north. 89 North is one of my most beloved drives in New England.  The rolling hills that lead into the distinctive Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump never cease to thrill me.  Right now many of the trees are just beginning to leaf out, and purples and green hues as you roll down the highway are soothing hold promise of our summer to come.

The Shelburne Museum is a personal favorite of ours, and I had been trying to get there to see Backstage Pass Rock & Roll Photography. I was amazed at the flood of memories I had looking at these images.  Some are famous, but many are very intimate portraits of rock legends.  All of the major icons, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Elvis, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, the Jackson Five, and Janis Joplin to name a few.  I was thrilled to see a lovely portrait of David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, and early photos of U2 and an intimate picture of Chrissy Hynde and Ray Davies with their baby girl was also a favorite.  For those of a certain age, this exhibit is a must see, though it is only there for another week, unfortunately.  Beginning May 1st the museum is open daily and all of the buildings are open.  Much to our dismay, only two buildings were open yesterday, but it opened up other possibilities for our day in Burlington.

Continuing back towards town on Route 7, we stopped at Sierra Trading Post, a favorite source for quality outdoor/casual clothing at deeply discounted prices.  They also carry lots of outdoor gear and it has become a recent must- stop each time I visit Burlington.

Gardener’s Supply is a Vermont-owned company that has two locations in Burlington.  We chose to go to their main store in Williston.  They have a large nursery, a Garden of Eatin’ café and a clearance tent that is well worth checking out. 

Hanging out with a 20-something in a city is always an adventure.  Yesterday was no exception.  I was unaware of the whole Escape Room craze, but it turns out it is big, and that Burlington has one of these attractions in Williston. Escape Room 60 is about a mile away from Gardener’s supply, tucked into a little plaza next to a movie theater. A group of people are locked in a room and they are given 60 minutes to discover clues, solve puzzles and find the key that opens the room.  We were in a group of 9, with five kids ranging in age from 8-12 and their 2 moms.  Our Escape was called Pirate Plunder.  We quickly realized the kids were much savvier at discovering clues, and solving puzzles than the adults.  But, we all worked as a team and ultimately beat the clock.  We were thrilled to learn only 30 percent of the participants had solved this puzzle. 

All that problem solving made us hungry, and our final stop was the Vermont Tap House where we fueled up with some delicious wood-fired pizza for the lovely drive home. 

All in all, yesterday was a most perfect early Mother’s Day gift, to spend the day with my son, doing things we both enjoy, and trying something new too.


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