Day 2: Concord NH, Sharon/Montpelier/Northfield VT

Trip Start May 13, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Today I woke up, opened the curtains, and saw what I had been hoping wouldn't happen.........RAIN. And it wasn't just a little bit of rain, it was pouring and looked like it had no intentions of stopping. So, I turned on the weather channel to see how the rest of my trip was going to turn out. It was supposed to rain until Thursday morning....GREAT! It's only Monday!! I decided that I didn't want to spend the "Maine" part of my trip in the rain, since I really wanted to go to Acadia National Park and I wanted the weather to be perfect. So I made a change of plans. I decided to drive to Vermont and leave Maine for Thursday and Friday.

So I packed up the car and drove from Kittery, Maine towards Burlington, VT. I went through New Hampshire and stopped in Concord to see the state capitol building. Then I took Hwy 89 up to Vermont. I stopped at a couple of small towns along the way (Sharon, Royalton, Northfield, and Richmond) and also stopped at the capitol, Montpelier. I LOVE the small towns of Vermont! They are so cute and they always have great architecture. In Northfield, they had 4 different covered bridges that I got to see. They kind of look like the scary bridges in Sleepy Hollow! On the way to Montpelier, I stopped in Waterbury to see the Ben & Jerry's Factory. It was too bad that I couldn't take the tour because they were closing up for the day. Maybe another day! When I got to Montpelier, I got out and walked around for a bit. They have a nice court house and a huge state capitol building.

When I got to Burlington, I stopped at Lake Champlain first. So beautiful here! They have a riverfront walking path and a restaurant right on the lake. I drove over near downtown Burlington and parked near Church Street, which is a pedestrian-only street. It has a lot of restaurants and shops. The people here are a little weird and since the University of VT is here, there are a ton of college kids. I saw quite a few homeless people and even one kid asked me for money so they could take the bus home. I definitely wasn't impressed by Burlington. The small towns of Vermont are a whole lot better and they are what would come to mind when you think of New England. Lake Champlain was nice, but I probably wouldn't make another trip out here. I left here and drove by to see the Magic Hat Brewery. Then I made my way out of Burlington towards Connecticut. I wanted to stop by more cute little Vermont towns but the rain had caught up with me, so I just made my way down 91 South which took me straight through Springfield, MA and then into Windsor Locks, CT where I stayed the night.
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