Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vermont or Bust: Day 4

Apples.....Apples......and more apples. Today we went to Shelburne Orchards. It's a beautiful orchard that's been around since the 1950's. They harvest over 80 acres of apple trees, of which 10 acres are organic. Many of the trees are almost 100 years old. We both filled a 5 lb. bad of apples, the Gala variety, and bought some yummy apple cider donuts. Jules wanted some of their Ginger Jack, orchard bottled ginger apple nectar, but just our luck they weren't bottling it until the next day. :(

Next on our agenda, the Church Street Marketplace. This strip is in downtown Burlington. It's basically an entire street blocked off to cars. There are lots of shops and restaraunts and plenty of things to do. It's a lot like the 16th St. Mall in Denver if anyone has ever been there. We shopped and shopped and shopped. Mom and Brittany......we decided not to get you a thing. :) LOL. Just some highlights from this strip was Lake Champlain Chocolates, Danforth Pewters, Tradewinds jewelry store, Global Pathways jewelry and so on and so on.
Then the rain began, our first rain since we've been in Vermont, and boy did it rain. We ran to The Vermont Pub Brewery to have some lunch and escape the deluge. I had one of the best burgers i've ever had and Jules had the Pulled Pork Pie. This dish consisted of pulled pork on the bottom, with corn on top of that and then mashed potatoes to top it all off. Then it was sprinkled with cheese and baked. It might sound kind of gross, but it was really really good. Then we split a piece of cheesecake made with fresh Vermont cream and topped with a little drizzle of fresh caramel. Yummy.
After lunch we stopped into this store called Bennington Potters North. This was a very cool store that had lots of pottery and candles and unique gifts of all kinds.
Unfortunately they had rich folk prices.....translation.... no gifts for anyone from here.

We went down to the waterside and spent some time at the pier on Lake Champlain. It's beautiful there and the rain stopped and the sun was setting. It made for some great pictures and great place to wind down after the day.

After the sun went down we headed up the mountain for our night's stay in Jeffersonville. We stayed at the Smuggler's Notch Inn. This Inn has been around since 1790. It's a little 11 room place and if you get the chance to go one day we highly recommend it. They have a bakery downstairs and we can honestly say that the best breakfast we've had on our trip has been at that bakery.

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