Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 2 - Very Vermont

Recouping from the trip on this cool, autumn Friday. I've gotta say that was the best Day #1 of any cleanse I've ever had. I don't know if it was overdoing it the night before or just the time of year - post b-day/anniversary, pre-Holiday celebrations ... I love the fall. It feels right to start cleansing now. I didn't even have a craving yesterday ... It was a lovely, relaxing day and I feel great this morning. Starting my routine of detoxing teas, ginger and lots and lots of water.

I want to talk about our first stop on the New England tour. Vermont. The French explorer Jacques Cartier apparently discovered Vermont in 1535. The name - originally Verts Monts - literally means 'Green Mountains' in French. Only for our drive, the mountains weren't green - but aflame with yellow, orange and red. An early chill had brought down some of the leaves already, so the autumn colors were sprinkled with the silvery spires of bare tree branches. It was breathtaking, especially with the farms, villages and churches dotted here and there.

The roads themselves deserve special mention - the hubs said he's never had such a beautiful, challenging drive. It's one for the fellows at Top Gear, for sure. 

We stayed at the lovely Deerhill Inn in West Dover. It's a nice size inn - not too small or too large - perched on a mountain overlooking Mount Snow, a popular ski hill in the winter. It was quaintly and romantically decorated, without being tacky or cluttered. We stayed in the Evergreen Room with a balcony overlooking the mountains. The hubby had thought of everything - before we left, he packed a three-pack of those cute pink Henkell Trocken sparkling wine bottles. He grabbed a beer from the bar downstairs and I popped a pinkie and we sat out on the balcony to watch the sun set.

Dinner in the main restaurant was DELICIOUS. Their wine cellar has earned  "Wine Spectator's" coveted Award of Excellence for twelve years running and the wine list proved it. I had the Arctic Char with a nice New Zealand Sauv Blanc, the hubs enjoyed red with whatever he had. Don't remember. But the food was excellent - and the wine glasses were not chintzy. Always nice to see!

After dinner we took our drinks upstairs to the library and thumbed through their collection. It was cozy and relaxing. 

The thing about a driving trip is this: you really don't drink very much cuz, well, you usually can't drink IN a car. Most state troopers frown on that one. So I woke feeling rested and refreshed after a great sleep. We were ready to hit the road for that Top Gear drive which took us down towards spooky Salem ... 


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