We drove off the main hwy on the 100 the majority of the way through some cute little towns with waterfront Inns, B&B's and gorgeous lakes. The trees were similar to New York state but there were more with fall colored leaves. It was literally like driving through a Thomas Kinkade painting.
We imagined what it would be like to live and grow up there. Going out to the lake in the spring and summer, staying inside next to the fire in the winters, shopping in the small little towns for local food. It got us dreaming of our future for sure! It was so beautiful.
When we officially entered Vermont, we first stopped at the welcome center because we passed the Vermont state sign too fast for me to get a picture of it. The center was beautiful and the man working there was very friendly! It was the most welcome we've felt from a "welcome center" in over 20 states.
Inside we saw glass cases filled with Vermont history and pamphlets advertising where to find the best maple syrup and cheese.
The Bennington Battle Monument historical site was directly behind the center.
We chatted with the man who worked there about our trip and the best places to check out in Vermont. He even said we could sleep in their parking lot if we needed to. So nice! It was still early and we were on our way to get dinner so we kept moving.
My friend had recommended we eat at Worthy Kitchen which was in a small little town in a nice area that was super old and historical. Like 1732 or something.
The food was incredible. I got a burger with Vermont meat and cheese it was all farm to table. And Chris got fried chicken with asparagus and sweet potato purée. Good local beer too!
We didn't have a place to stay that night so we asked the people at the restaurant what they thought we should do. They said that there were a few pull offs up ahead that people typically sleep on. We drove by them and the spots were not safe enough for us. We kept going and found a little shopping center with a big parking lot and a tavern still open. Unsure if we should sleep there or not based on the amount of cops driving by so we hung out in the car for awhile because we weren't tired yet and watched Netflix.
I had to pee right when we decided that we were going to try and sleep so we went inside the tavern. It turned out to be a family owned tavern with a diner attached and a few of the staff members (family) were there drinking and hanging out. Everyone was very nice. Chris got a beer while I used the restroom. Told them all our story and how we were unsure where we could sleep that night and they told us we could sleep in the back of their restaurant and we wouldn't be bothered and if we slept in front the cops could see us. We were so grateful for their kindness! So we pulled the truck around the back of the restaurant and slept. Day 2 in Vermont up next!