Burlington, Hippie central!

Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
Trip End Aug 01, 2011

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Visited the waterfront in Burlington

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today's adventure was a trip to Burlington, a 45 minute drive from Stowe.  In the morning, we make a pit stop in Waterbury, home of Ben and Jerry's, the two hippies of ice cream fame!  That was fun nevertheless, as we met a neat guy who escaped New York City after Sept. 11th who retreated to the mountains of Stowe to help his friend make pizzas outside of Ben and Jerry's. It turns out, he has a vineyard and sells his grapes to a local vineyard.  He's living his dream in the country and never looked back.  I talked to him for awhile while Luca made his own Ben and Jerry's tie dyed T-shirt!  All this happened outside the factory.  We did tour the factory, which is a must do while visiting the Stowe area, and sampled some ice cream, which all the kids loved!  Waterbury is just south of Stowe and right on the way along route 100.  Route 100 also has the Cider Mill Factory, where the make apple cider doughnuts (not as good as the ones made right here in downtown West Palm at the Green market!). There's also the Cabot Farms shop where the cheese is made, the glass blowing guy, and the maple syrup place to name a few stops along the way.  Anyway, we made it to Burlington and both Juergen and I weren't too impressed.  First of all, what really ruined everything was the overabundance of homeless people/bums, hippies, and generally dirt- baggy looking individuals just milling around.  I don't know what it is about college towns, but this was no exception when I say that in addition to the ill- clothed college kids,  it was also full of nefarious looking characters who overtook the town and made it someplace I wouldn't want to spend much time in. The town itself was O.K. I suppose. The main street had some neat shops which offered lots of high- end crafty types of things and some trendy looking restaurants and pubs. The University was decent enough, as we did manage to see some it while we rode the free trolly/bus which is available to get around town,  but I wouldn't really go out of my way to visit Burlington again.  The waterfront was lackluster and in need of something to see or do....other than a boardwalk stretching along Lake Champlain.  We were happy to return to the countryside in Stowe....back to our little, yuppy haven and the beautiful mountains and fields!
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