Lately, it seems as if I need a passport to leave New York. So, a few weekends ago a friend and I hopped into the car for a North East weekend getaway.
Our intent was to visit a craft and antique fair in New Hampshire, close to the Vermont border, so we ended up staying in Pilton, NH the first night. We had an extraordinarily long drive in Friday night traffic, compounded by state police blockades. FYI – driving in the direction of a manhunt for two escaped murders from prison – not the best idea.
The next day we drove to the craft fair, which was in the middle of nowhere. When we finally found it we noticed it was rather small. In fact, it was on a small bridge that spanned a river and only had crafts and food. Not what we had hoped for, so we took a few photos and sped off toward Vermont. Along the way we shopped at a few antique stores, which was more along the lines of what we had envisioned for the trip.
As we drove across the bridge into Brattleboro, VT– we spotted the Whetstone Station Brewery and decided to stop. They have great pub food and some healthy choices, including veg options. We sat on the roof deck that overlooks the river. It was a nice place to unwind. Afterward, we did a little shopping and then tried to find a hotel. Since we didn’t know where we were going to end up we didn’t book a hotel for the night. Thinking how busy could it be…
We called and stopped by at least five places before one of the hotel representatives directed us to the Riverside Hotel in West Chesterfield, NH. The hotel is only about a ten-minute drive to downtown Brattleboro. It was wonderful — and situated next to the river with gorgeous views from the rooms.
After checking in, we headed to Main Street in Brattleboro. We stopped at Mocha Joes for coffee; the Maple Latte is the best. After a little caffeine we settled on Thai Bamboo — really flavorful food and great ambiance. We had a wine break at a local spot and called it a night.
The next day we got up early and went for breakfast at the Superfresh Cafe. They have vegan, vegetarian and raw choices. I had a breakfast burrito, my non-vegetarian friend had a veggie bowl and she also loved their brownie-esk bar. After breakfast, we wandered the shops and then hit the road.
On the drive to NY, we stopped at a few more antique stores. My favorite – Freight House Antiques and Restaurant in Erving, MA. Two stories full of hidden gems and sit down at the restaurant counter for food and some coffee.
Looking forward to my next east coast adventure.