Day 3/5 – Stowe At Christmas is like “Opening A Christmas Card”!
The legendary Bing Crosby enjoyed a White Christmas in Vermont and the tourists have been flocking here ever since.
Stowe at Christmas is Like Opening A Christmas Card!
We could not have asked for more ideal “Christmas tour” weather – yes, the air was frigid BUT since over 90 inches of snow has already fallen in Stowe, it was truly a winter wonderland.
Stowe combines a classic 200 year old village with the beauty of Mt Mansfield, Vermonts highest peak.
The “Trapp Family Lodge” attracts guests from all over World, mainly because of the family history and the movie “Sound of Music”. The lodge was our home for 2 nights. Its atmosphere is homey, its layout a bit of a maze so it takes a while to get your bearings, its location is isolated and that adds to its rustic charm. The mountain views looking outward from the lodge are amazing.
I arranged for my passengers to meet and chat with “Sam Von Trapp”. He is Grandson of Maria. As a “surprise souvenir” I purchased the “Maria” biography for my passengers and Sam graciously signed them.
The cuisine at the lodge and their nearby brewery was delicious and well presented. In fact all of our meals in Vermont were excellent.
We visited some of the local culinary attractions – cheese shops, pewter operation, spirits shop, made-in-Vermont stores and of course Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Over 750,000 visit Ben and Jerry’s every year making it one of the top 3 attractions along with a store that attracts thousands because they want to taste their freshly made hot apple cider donuts.
There was time to take pictures at the base of one of Stowe’s beautiful Ski Hills.
Strolling along Stowe’s Main Stree, decorated with twinkling lights put us all in the Christmas spirit.
On our way home our “surprise” luncheon was at Quebec’s top sugar shack. We were transported to this complex in the middle of a forest by horse and wagon. This was a tour highlight for many. A traditional québécois family style feast and live entertainment added to this wonderful experience.
We spent one night in Kingston, ON at the Delta which is rated the best in the city.
There were a couple more highlights as we traveled home – pie for everyone at the Big Apple attraction and an exceptional farewell luncheon at one of the finest culinary establishments in Toronto – the elegant, Old Mill. One of my passengers recalled dining here with an agricultural group 66 years ago!
All in all I don’t think one could have asked for more beautiful Christmas Journey.
We returned home to green grass and no snow which certainly doesn’t look like a Christmas card but we can cherish our wonderful wintery memories from picturesque Stowe, Vermont.