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Trip Report Leaf Peeping with Ira

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Hi all,

We went up to New England to view the changing of the leaves from Oct 1 - 12.

We had a lovely time, thanks to those Fodorites who helped us with our itinerary.

Here is the first part of my trip report.
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We flew from ATL to Burlington BVT nonstop on Delta. We traveled by car through VT, NH, a bit of ME, some of MA and a bit of NY.

Leaves were anywhere from just before to just after peak.

Accommodations ranged from pleasant to luxurious. Food from good to very good.

We drove about 1900 miles in 11 days. Gas ranged from $2.22 to $2.54 in NE. NY was about 20 cts/gal more expensive. Our car (Nissan 3) got about 30 mpg.

Hotels and B&Bs

We stayed at the Middlebury Inn (www.middleburyinn.com) in Middlebury, VT - a very pleasant, friendly and accommodating hotel on the main square. For no particular reason, I asked if they gave discounts to AARP members. Lucky us – we got 10% off the room bill.

We had a small, but pleasant and comfortable, room on the 1st floor in the main building. There is an elevator, but it is not self-service.

Breakfast was from a buffet of scrambled eggs, various freshly baked goods – scones and cinnamon rolls were VVG – cereals, fruits, jams, jellies and some odd kind of Northren grits called “oatmeal”. An outstanding part of breakfast was wild blueberries – YUM.

The Inn also serves afternoon tea (included in the price) – scones, muffins, cookies, cakes and choices of juices, teas and coffee.

The Inn has a pleasant restaurant/lounge.

One can sit in a rocker on the porch and watch the world go by.

In New Hampshire we stayed at the Bernerhof Inn in Glen (http://bernerhofinn.com). Lovely people, very friendly and helpful staff. Our room was the GoldenWood, which is the one just above the canopy on the Inn’s website. Very large, nicely appointed, with windows facing in 3 directions. We could have invited another couple to share the bed.

There is a different breakfast each morning: typically a cup of fresh fruit, a fresh baked muffin, eggs of some sort, pancakes or waffles or French toast, maple syrup, jams and jellies, juices, teas and coffee – all served at your table.

Miss June, the innkeeper, makes breakfast. She is also a very lovely person and is quite ready to help with anything that you might wish.

The Inn also has a bar, lounge and restaurant.

We chose the 1896 House - Brookside (www.1896house.com) just outside Williamstown for our MA base. This is an old motel, that has been recently refurbished. The rooms are not large, but comfy and appeal to those who like old-fashioned quaintness. It should be noted that some of the motels we saw in New England had cabins so small that my Lady Wife was sure that they had privies in the back.

Breakfast was the “large continental” buffet in the refurbished barn: three kinds of bread, bagels and English muffins for toasting – cold cereals and milk, hot cereal from packages, coffee cake or muffins, hard boiled eggs, fruit, yoghurt, coffee or tea.

The 1896 House has a babbling brook (Brookside) and a duck pond (Pondside). Both are quite pleasant and conducive to sitting quietly and letting the cares of the world fade away.

There is a family restaurant on near the Brookside (the barn) and a more upscale restaurant (Le Jardin) near the Pondside.

The last night of our visit we stayed at the Boathouse B&B (http://www.boathousebb.com) in Bolton Landing, NY. This is an old home built right on the waters of Lake George. We stayed in the Ciara room – not large, but we were very comfortable. The accommodations range from delux to very luxurious.

Breakfast is prepared fresh each day by Patti, the innkeeper, and is served family style in the Great Room. The day we were there, we had a glass of freshly squeezed juice, cup of bananas in almond cream, baked French toast (cream cheese and fruits baked in), sausages, homemade plum granita, coffee cake and tea or coffee.

Patti and Joe are both very pleasant and helpful people.

Guests are offered (for a fee) a ride on the Lake in their 33’ Hackercraft sport boat – a real treat if the weather is warm.

The Middlebury Inn had the best cost/benefit ratio. The Bernerhof Inn had the most friendly and accommodating people. The Boathouse was our luxury splurge. The 1896 House was very pleasant.

We would stay at each of them again.

((I))

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