Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vermont is for Mothers pt. 2

Leaf-peepin' at its finest

Heading from the Vermont Country Store to Manchester is one heckuva fall drive. The town of Manchester, from what I saw, was filled with outlets, cute little shops, a fancy, schmancy ORVIS etc. Let me put it this way...according to their website, they are THE Vermont experience... so close your eyes, imagine Vermont, and you are probably picturing Manchester...only, with a Gap Outlet .

The highlight for me is the Northshire Bookstore. I always heard about them from their underwriting spots on WAMC, but didn't know what I was missing. It's like The Book House on maple syrup flavored steroids. Overall, a really great independent bookstore... lots of cool books, stationery, unique gift items, nice cafe and a second floor dedicated to the kiddos. Check out their website for their literary events or their blog.

Get it??? Nothing IS written in stone. Wah, wah, wah.
(Right before the entrance to the bookshop)

Final stop before home found us at The Village Peddler and Bearatorium in East Arlington. It's a cute little shop filled with teddy bears and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (AAACK!) I got some homemade fudge (Almond Joy and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip... because sometimes you feel like a nut etc..) and enjoyed it all the way to the car. Look here for some chocolate math. Random.

Holy Carp! That's a chocolate bear!

So basically, the purpose of these two posts was to say: Quick! You have to go to Vermont now, before it gets too cold and annoying. (Can you tell I'm not a skiier?)


  1. Northshire is awesome, and they have good food as well. Soup, salad, sandwich, that type of thing but done really well.

    Sorry but I do have one quibble...Manchester is representative of Hollywood VT, real VT is grittier, less pretentious and way more humble.

    But it's a great place to shop :) I love the J.Crew outlet and the last time I drove through I spotted a Theory outlet that looks good.


  2. Thanks for the comment Jenniefer.

    Ha... the Manchester as THE Vermont experience was said tongue in cheek. My thought has always been that if you have to bill yourself as THE ultimate experience, you probably aren't. It was a cute place though ;-)


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