Road Trip, New York, NY, Dickinson Hill Fire Tower, Vermont, VT, Rutland, Killington, Killington Ski Resort, Killington Peak, Hoppy TrAle, Rutland Beer Company, Killington Beer Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Billing Farm & Museum, Plymouth Artisanal Cheese, Sugarbush Farm, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, VINS Nature Center, Artisan Park, Harpoon Brewing Company
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
time : Feb 21, 2020 11:51 AM
duration : 3d 10h 23m
distance : 697.5 mi
total_ascent : 20492 ft
highest_point : 2238 ft
avg_speed : 28.0 mi/h
user_id : NomadHeeday
user_firstname : Heeday
user_lastname : Nakahashi
Total Distance Driven = 722.1
Friday, February 21
1) Dickinson Hill Fire Tower
Plowed snow blocked the parking space, and we couldn’t get to the tower.
2) Econo Lodge Rutland City near Hwy 7 (3/5 stars)
The room is relatively small, but clean and comes with a king-sized bed, heat, hot water, fridge, hair drier, iron, iron board and tv. Offers daily breakfast between 7 and 10. Suffices the basic needs for those who are on the budget and aren’t picky.
3) Hoppy Tr’Ale – Rutland Beer Company (4/5 stars)
Lively atmosphere w live music (solo acoustic guitar singer; mostly cover). Their brews were all solid and enjoyable... all above average, but nothing striking at the same time. Food is also pretty good and opens till pretty late for the local standard. Tasting notes available at Untapped.
Saturday, February 22
1) Killington Ski Resort
Dropping off Victoria
2) Billing Farm & Museum (5/5 Stars)
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3) Killington Ski Resort
Picking up Victoria
4) Hoppy TrAle – Killington Beer Company (3.75/5 Stars)
More like a brew pub inside a resort, but all of their brews I tasted were solid and enjoyable. Folly rock band was playing some tasty music to highlight the evening. Tasting notes available at Untapped.
5) Countryman's Pleasure (4.25/5 Stars)
A nice laid-back Austrian restaurant with pretty decors and old-school stoves. My vegetarian dish was rather small, but enjoyable.
Sunday, February 23
1) Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail
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2) Peak Lodge Elev. at 4,241’ (4/5 Stars)
Gondola-accessible sky-top restaurant and bar. Popular amongst the skiers and snowboarders; nearly impossible to get a table during the peak lunch hours, but the view from the restaurant bar was splendid.
3) Hoppy Tr’Ale – Long Trail Brewing Company (5/5 Stars)
Great food and drinks. Loved their IPAs and spurs in particular. Funky, creative and playful... top-notch brewery all around! Tasting notes available at Untapped.
Monday, February 24
1) Plymouth Artisanal Cheese (n/a)
The shopkeeper apparently called in sick, and with it, they were closed to the general public and I was initially turned down, but the cheese-makers at the production line kindly let me take out their cheeses. Too bad I couldn’t do any tasting before I narrowed down my choices or join the tour to learn about cheese production, but I’m looking forward to tasting my purchases nevertheless when I get home.
2) Sugarbush Farm (3.5/5)
Unlike Billings Farm & Museum, Sugarbush Farm doesn’t offer any interactive activities. Visitors, however, can taste their various cheeses and maple syrup and do a self-guided tour to meet the rabbits, goats and horses and maple syrup production barn for a short film. If you like to shop from the local producers, it’d make a good quick stop on your road trips.
3) Vermont Institute of Natural Science (a.k.a. VINS Nature Center) (n/a)
Decided to just wing their gift shop and picked up a cutie non-fiction owl story for Felix, but decided not to pay $16.50/adult admission when we learned that their trail system is pretty expansive. We will return next time when we have all day to thoroughly explore the park.
4) Artisan Park (5/5 stars)
A large complex with multiple vendors like a distillery, brewery restaurant, cheese shop and preservatives. Great stop along the road trip to taste Vermont-produced products. Picked up some more cheeses (this time after tasting), coffee-infused maple syrup (to make up for the same item Felix accidentally knocked over on the floor and shattered... although the storekeeper was nice enough to tell me not to worry about it when I offered to pay for it... so I counted-offered to at least buy another bottle... she still told me not to feel obligated to make up... such a sweet lady), multiple jars of delicious jams and ate late lunch while enjoying the flight at Harpoon Brewing Company. We ran out of time to visit the distillery and sculpture garden this time around, but will surely return next time we visit the area.