Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I Left My Heart In White River Junction, Vermont

I know. That doesn't sound as romantic as "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" but nevertheless, that is where my heart lies.

I lived in Vermont for 5 years. Five wonderful years. Vermont and I are like chocolate and peanut butter. Like martinis and olives. Like Hugh Jackman and beards.

I love Vermont.


Here's a run-down of some stuff I did with my mom this past weekend.....

1. On the way up to Hanover, my mom and I stopped at Peter Christian's Tavern for lunch. It's an adorable spot in New London. Many moons ago, I was a teacher at Proctor Academy which is down the road in Andover, NH. I fell in love with New London. It is a sweet and charming town. Love it!

2. Mom and I arrived at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH (where Dartmouth College is located). The inn just had a huge renovation and was looking very modern inside, in spite of its still traditional facade. Folks like to hang out in the rockers and check out the Dartmouth Green. It's a lovely hotel.

Super cute mom!

3. Next up: King Arthur Flour! This is an amazing spot in Norwich, VT which houses a cafe, huge kitchen where you can take classes, and a wonderful shop. It's a cook's dream-come-true. My mom and I did some serious damage at this store. Yeeee hawwww! :^)

4. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at my very favorite general store in all of the universe....Dan and Whit's in Norwich, Vermont. Their logo is "If we don't have it, you don't need it." Hee hee! And this is crazy true. This store has EVERYTHING. It is insane. And awesome. And I miss it like crazy. :^(

5. In a pouring rainstorm, Mom and I headed over to Simon Pearce Restaurant for dinner. We got the premiere spot looking over the waterfall. Sweet! Unfortunately, the covered bridge is still under repairs after the horrible flooding problem they had this past spring. But Mom and I enjoyed sipping our glasses of wine while watching the beautiful falls.

6. The next morning we got a quick breakfast at King Arthur Cafe, and then headed over to my favorite shopping extravaganza EVER! The Quechee Gorge Antique Mall. OH MY GOD! Two stories of millions of antiques. Millions! Ga-zillions! IT IS FABULOUS! Glassware, old tools, linens, toys, jewelry, china. Holy Macarena. I could spend 15 straight hours in there and it just wouldn't be enough. One of my collections is antique planters: I have McCoy, Majolica, and lots of others. On this trip I found a S. Ballard Vermont planter, McCoy bulb dish which is very cool, another nice green pot, and a lovely Crown Staffordshire China basket-weave dish with sweet flowers on it. 


And then it was time to return home. Oh, Vermont, how I miss you! BOO HOO HOO!

I have a lot of stuff to do this week. Edits on Lumberjack--it's almost ready for publication. Yikes! And Natty is doing a 1980s dance number at camp on Thursday--to Madonna's Get Into The Groove. That should be....interesting. (I'll take pics!)

Hope everyone has a great week, 

(To order a tote bag, T-shirt or bumper sticker with the cute logo at the top of this post--The Greenest Place on Earth--head over to the Vermont Clothing Company!)


Unknown said...

Ah Penelope, sounds like a great time was had by you both ... I missed you - even if no one else did - LoL

I love Dan and Whit's logo "If we don't have it, you don't need it" that is excellent


Kate George/Bodacious Betty said...

Oh Penny, I wish I'd known you were here. I would have joined you at KAF and gotten a hug. I feel so fortunate to be living here still. Remember if you ever need a writing retreat we have a spare bedroom now that Callan is going off to Dartmouth.

Tales of Whimsy said...

My husband and I spent some time in Vermont during our honeymoon (we also went into Canada and to Niagara Falls). Vermont is totally awesome. And seriously isn't it some of the best fruit and cheese you've ever had?

Nona Raines said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip. You really made me want to visit Vermont!

Julia Barrett said...

Oh how fun! I haven't been to Vermont in ages. Last time it was to ski - haven't been in the summer.
No wonder your lumberjack lives there!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Tom! Thanks for missing me..hee hee! Dan and Whit's is a stupendous place. You would love it.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Kate! I am so jealous that you get to live there all year long....LUCKY! We spent the day looking at real estate listings when I got home. I'm dreaming of a little cottage....with a weenie dog in it.....;^)

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! Yes it does. We had a cheese tasting in Quechee before we left. So fun!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Nona...I highly recommend it. It's a gorgeous and peaceful trip.

Penny Watson said...

Hey Julia....yes, all my favorite things in one place. Vermont + beards + lumberjacks + gardens + plaid shirts. Perfection!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I LOVE that antique mall!! We used to live an hour away from there, and went there for an anniversary weekend once.

Heidenkind said...

Your mom is so cute! I've never been even close to Vermont but you make it sound awesome. :)

Lindsay said...

You have a very cute mom! Happy to hear that you had such a fun time. I know what you mean about Vermont, mine is Missoula Montana where I spent 4 1/2 wonderful years going to the University of Montana. Always great to visit old haunts!

Penny Watson said...

HMCW....They added some new shops onto the mall, too, which are cute. And they were having a flea market outside and a farmer's market. That place rocks!

Penny Watson said...

Tasha....I hope I look like my mom when I'm older! She has gorgeous silvery white hair...lots of it.

I highly recommend Vermont if you're ever looking for a sweet, old-fashioned place to visit.

Penny Watson said...

Lindsay....my hubby is obsessed with Montana. He thinks it's heaven on earth.