Welcome to Vermont!

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Where the views are incredible,

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the hiking is phenomenal,

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the the good times are always flowin’,

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Though it seems like months ago, we recently hit the Long Trail to camp up in Plymouth, VT at the Calvin Coolidge State Park. This is hands down the best campground in Vermont, with fun lean-to sites and incredible views of Killington off to the east. Last year our camping trip was totally rained out but we fared much better this year. After setting up camp and fitting in a hike before sunset, we lit up the campfire and enjoyed the evening.

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campfire breakfast, complete with a jug of maple syrup

Next day was action packed (though I had vowed to ‘not make plans’, it turned into a real busy day!), starting out with a trip to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead.

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new visitor center in the mountains

I’m a historical nerd junkie so I think it is so cool to roam around the village where Calvin was born. It has been kept fairly close to its original state.

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village country store

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Coolidge’s farm equipment & horse buggy storage barn

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the one road through the center of the village

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touring the American Cheese Museum

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The Plymouth Cheese Company is a resurrengence of the original cheese factory here at the Homestead, with all new types of artisan cheese being produced by young farmer cooperatives and a new generation of cheesemakers.

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Next we headed south to Weston to visit one of the truly greatest places on earth, the Vermont Country Store. They really have everything, from old handmade toys to HABA products, a penny candy area to old tyme food products. It is an awesome place to peruse.

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this man needs his candy consumption seriously controlled

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checking out the Scale Museum; yes, a museum full of weigh scales

Later in the day it was time to relax at the Camp Plymouth campground which is right along a small lake, great for swimming, bbq-ing, and generally chillin’. They were voted ‘Best Park of the Year’ in 2011, I think because of how they bounced back after the Hurricane Damage. This is where we would’ve stayed as an alternate campsite when we came up prior to the Hurricane last year and thank goodness we didn’t stay. They had amazing images of the campground immediately following the Hurricane and how badly the site was washed away in the 6+’ rains. We would’ve drowned, no joke.  I swam for a long time in the lake; the water was perfect and I’m a fish so I didn’t want to leave, but I had a friend to meet! My friend Tracy from law school lives near by so we met up at the Long Trail Brewery for some sampling.

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No literally, we tried the sampler.

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While this is an adorable picture of us, we were warned by the employees inside that a giant T-Storm and possibly threatening winds were headed our way so we had to boogie out of there and back to our campsite.

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We made it back just in time to cook most of dinner before the skies let loose and the major T-storms rolled in. Normal people would be scared by this, but I swear in coming to Coolidge probably over two dozen times in my life, I have almost always experienced a major downpour on at least one of the evenings there (also: Hurricane Bob my family was there; that was pretty rough). It is pretty incredibly to watch lightening striking the ski trails and towers along the Killington ridgeline. So we rolled with it, tossing back a few Long Trails and watching the campfire compete with the rain. It was great.

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It was difficult for me to leave honestly. I loved living in VT and would move back in a minute if the right opportunity came up. I just can’t get enough of the laid back vibe, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. I’ll be back soon VT!