Relatives are coming!
What to do?
A recent visit from a family member I had only previously known on Facebook has made me realize how many of my road trips are designed to highlight the best of the Upper Valley, or New England, to those who come to visit.
As a non-native myself, I appreciated all the tips my colleagues and new friends shared with me when I first moved to New England many years ago. Some of these places are still favorites, Quechee Gorge and a tour of Dartmouth are always good choices. Some, like Mr. Puttz Mini Golf in Bradford are long gone.
Because this visit was from one who came all the way from South Africa, I felt compelled to reflect a little more on what I appreciate most about living in our community. With limited time, and weather that was just a tad rainy, we also had to be flexible.
One piece of advice I always share with visitors is to bring comfortable shoes, because you never know if you will have the opportunity to walk on trails through the woods, spend a day shopping in Woodstock, or hit the seashore, if you plan to go further afield.
On our first day together, I hosted a dinner at our home. This is a great opportunity to learn what your guest wants to do or see on their visit. Mentioning different places and asking what they are interested in can help you decide where to go in the days ahead.
Due to the weather, I opted to take one day to show off our state capital, Montpelier. Driving north on 89 is beautiful anytime of the year, even when it is gray. Fueling up for breakfast at the Wayside before coming into town was a fun way to begin our day. The Vermont History Museum is a wonderful way for folks to learn about our history, and there are enough changing exhibits that even though I have been many times before, I still enjoy it.
After poking around the shops, we had a refreshing break at the Three Penny Taproom before we shopped a bit more. To add variety to the trip home I opted to drive the back way on Route 14, a lovely road that yielded a few patches of snow in places, and a glimpse of some of the farms that dot our landscape.One of the best things about a day trip like Montpelier is you can take your time, knowing that you only have an hour’s drive or less to get home. I highly recommend this road trip for your guests whenever they come.
Visiting season is upon us. Do you have special places you like to go? Share your ideas with me, and I will continue my favorite places to go with guests in the coming weeks.