Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Looking around Vermont

Much of yesterday afternoon was spent in Vergennes. We walked much of the main street and visited a few shops. This is a neat area with some beautiful homes and buildings. 

Vergennes was the first city chartered in the state of Vermont and, according to Wikipedia, is the least populous city in the United States with a population of 2,588. 

We drove down to Falls Park.  This is right in Vergennes and so pretty. One could easily walk there if she doesn't have a sprained ankle.

We also stopped by BJ's Farm Supply, a small general store. The owners, Bob and Joan, are our hosts this week and we wanted to see their store. They carry a few grocery items including hormone-free, grass-fed beef and other meats.

We spent today in Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. Burlington is on Lake Champlain. Most of this beautiful day we were at the lakefront.

U.S. Coast Guard Building
Many trees and bushes were in bloom.
We enjoyed creemees - Ray's was maple; mine raspberry - then we had a picnic lunch. This was our view. In case you don't know (we didn't), a creemee is a soft serve ice cream cone.

We also walked most of Church Street where there are many shops and restaurants.
Church Street
On the way home we stopped by the Vermont Flannel Company. I enjoyed hearing their story.

Next stop was Mount Philo State Park. The gates aren't open yet to drive to the summit. Ray hiked the 2 mile round trip - lots of people were hiking up and coming down; the parking lot was full and busy. He said it was gorgeous. One can see both ranges - the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, the  Champlain Valley including Lake Champlain. I stayed back and did some knitting. I put in about 10,000 steps today and decided that was more than enough for my ankle.

We just got back from Basin Harbor where we watched the sunset. 

It is very interesting to see what the world might be like without the big box stores which Vermont doesn't allow. The commercial world here seems similar to the way we grew up - small entrepreneurs everywhere. There are lots of corner grocery stores and small markets/general stores. Amazingly, the prices are very similar to what we pay at home and everything we seem to need is very convenient.


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! No big box stores? I never knew that. I wonder how they determine big box or not but I would love that idea tho.

  2. I didn't know that Vermont doesn't allow big box stores. Like Lori, I wonder how they make the determination. Gorgeous photos ... thanks again for "taking us along" with you. I hope your ankle improves to where you can do more hiking with Ray.



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