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Road Trip from NYC to Vermont after Christmas 2010

Road Trip from NYC to Vermont after Christmas 2010

Nov 9th, 2010, 06:06 AM
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Road Trip from NYC to Vermont after Christmas 2010

We are heading from NYC to North Vermont - allowing 2 days to get there and then travelling back to Boston - 2 days journey.
Any ideas on where to stay or see, bearing in mind - it's Christmas season, cold and not brilliant! We're a family of 4 - adults and 2 x17 year olds, from London, UK
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Nov 9th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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How long will you spend in Vermont? You might want to use the days you are alloting to the trip north to your time in Vermont. Do yo have reservatons for Vermont. The week after Christmas until New Year's is a major tourist season there.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 09:15 AM
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we are staying with friends in Vermont for about 3-4 days only. It's a short holiday I know, but I wanted to see a bit of New England from NYC to Vermont and then on to Boston - are we mad and will it be terribly white!?
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Nov 9th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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Click on my name and you will find a report on a recent trip to the Northeast, which actually should have been named NYC and the Hudson Valley. I think that Hyde Park and Olana would be your main points of interest while going to Vermont.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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Presumably your friends in Vermont will show you around. But just in case: Bennington has a nice museum, Lincoln's son's house in Manchester is worth a visit, route 30 going from Manchester to Brattleboro passes through some nice old towns (Townshend, Newfane), and I would include a side trip to Grafton.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Since you said Northern Vermont, I assume you'll be in Burlington, Stowe, or Newport?
Hopefully, there will be snow for you. It's a beautiful part of the world and you'll be glad that you made the trip.
We always go straight through but you could also spend some time in Southern. Vermont as Michael suggests.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 06:03 AM
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No, definitely not mad LOL. Where exactly in northern Vermont will you be heading to? Your final destination might help in deciding which route to take north.

Generally speaking, from NYC to northern Vermont, there are a few "standard" routes:

* Straight up I-87 through NY State, then heading east into VT when appropriate. IMO, this route is best in bad weather! Also, it would enable you to visit the Hudson Valley as Michael suggested. (Roosevelt homes, Hudson School vistas, cute towns, Woodbury Commons outlet shopping - but not *New England* of course.) As a more scenic alternate, you could likewise head north on the Taconic Parkway on the other side of the Hudson from the interstate; an old-school, winding parkway where trucks (lorries?) aren't allowed.

* Across and up through CT to I-91, then north into VT from there. This also is a fairly good route in inclement weather, though of course interstates by their nature are less scenic. You'd pass through the Berkshires and Northampton, MA (cute college town); into Brattleboro, VT in the southeastern corner of the state; and then on to the classic quaint towns of VT.

* A bit of a combination of the two, heading north in NY then across to Bennington and Manchester, VT (known as much for its outlet shopping as anything else) in the southwestern corner. Continue up through the small towns as Michael indicated. (Route 30 does go through some nice places but FYI ends up looping back south to Brattleboro, so you'll want to veer off it at some point!) The Vermont General Store is an institution; you could visit it off Route 100 in Weston... http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/p.../Visit-Us.html

It might help to know a bit more about what you'd like to see: covered bridges and falling down barns? Antiques shopping? Outlets? Maple syrup?
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