Subject: Vermont historic attractions
Clare, try the Bennington Museum in Bennington--among other things, a huge collection of Grandma Moses paintings, memorabilia, and a recreation of her studio.

Also Hildene, the mansion built by Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln and lived in until recently by direct descendent heirs. Now it is open to the public with superb furnishings, an interesting tour, and beautiful gardens and grounds overlooking the whole valley to other mountain ranges. This is on historic RTE. 7 just south of Manchester.

Diners -- We have great fun trying the many old stainless steel diners in Vermont--great charm and often quite funky. The Blue Benn in Bennington is known for its vegetarian entrees. There is one in Manchester and one in Chester (where we once encountered a large group of black leather-jacketed motorcyclists -- all emblazoned with Riding for Jesus -- so, again, some fascinating conversations).

Superb food along a rushing, tumbling stream with waterfalls -- MISTRAL, in the renovated old tollgate lodge on the original road from Manchester over Bromley Mountain. An exquisite dining experience.

The Trapp Family (of The Sound of Music) Lodge near Stowe is in an incredibly beautiful setting in the mountains--well worth a mid-day lunch stop there on a clear day. Enjoy! Pat