Mile 1103.5: Shelburne Falls

Trip Start Mar 05, 2006
Trip End Mar 11, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Friday, March 10, 2006

Mile 1103.5 3/9 8:32 pm 39 degrees F

Since this appears to be a heavy tourist area in the region, it seems that there are no reasonably cheap lodgings. The area at the visitor's center looked very safe and easily accessible to where I need to go tomorrow. The roll came onto a "family" location for once, so it was very interesting to see how I would deal with activities that don't necessarily cater to my tastes. Gould's Sugar House was a good breakfast place and it felt characteristic for the place. I've done the maple syrup tour before in Quebec and over there, it's a lifestyle, as is here. However, I felt that Shelburne didn't necessarily rely on the maple syrup trail for all of their visitors. The place I visited in Quebec really did rely on people to come for the maple sugar just because it was in the middle of nowhere. The food at Gould's was delicious, but a bit overpriced. To some, it may be heaven and it's the only way to have pancakes. To me, it was nothing too special. I loved the charm and the hospitality that the dining room gave, but the food itself was just fresh pancakes with homemade maple syrup. I guess I just expected more. I really wish I could've said more - even about Shelburne Falls in general. I liked the flower bridge a lot, it was an amazing sight. I even liked the quirky shops in the downtown area. The glacial potholes were neat and I wish I could've walked among them. However, I cannot say that as a whole, Shelburne Falls was the best it could be. It seemed that there was a bid hodgepodge of everything and it made a nice location, but as a whole, I can't say that I was impressed with the place. It really made me reflect on what makes a nice quaint little tourist attraction. Shelburne was nice, but it really lacked a cohesive story and more than a little bit of everything. Maybe it could simply be that I've grown up near these types of towns and I know more about it than I should. I can say that it's a great respite from the city-life and it's probably a better vacation than what the shore can offer, but the Midwestis set up with millions of these places and I can't say that it was anything new to me. I can't say that I'm disappointed and that I regret going here, but I left wanting more. The highlight for me was stopping by at that Super 8 and listening to Ivette tell her whole story. She was so passionate, and I only came to inquire about a room (which I didn't rent anyway).

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