Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Babymoon" to New England

As a last effort to get out of dodge before junior arrives, Mark and I took off for Memorial Day weekend and went out to New England for a few days. We flew into Manchester, NH on Thursday evening and stayed overnight in Manchester. Friday we woke early and went to a famous diner that (for all you Food Network fans) was featured on "Diners,Drive-ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri. The Red Arrow Diner is a teeny place that has many regulars, not a lot of seats, frequented by Adam Sandler and makes their own Twinkies called "Dinah Fingers". Of course we tried one and they were better than Twinkies!

FRIDAY 5/23:
We left Manchester and headed Northwest towards Montpelier, VT. Part highway and part backroad driving allowed us to see quite a bit of Vermont backcountry. It was so beautiful and green, but there were definitely some run down homes that had been severely weathered by the cold, bitter winters. My mom turned us on to a company called the Bowl Mill and since it was kind of on our way we decided to make a stop there as well...Granville,VT here we come. http://bowlmill.com/ After talking to an older gentleman, he showed us how they make the bowls and explained that they have been making them that way for over 150 years. Pretty incredible. We packed the bowls up and got on the road for a much anticipated icy treat!

Another 45 mins on the road lead us to Waterbury, VT where we found the headquarters of Ben and Jerry's ice cream! This pregnant woman's dream! And we were just in time for the next tour of the factory. If you are ever up in the area definitely go for a visit! It is very kid oriented, quick and delicious. We were able to taste Cinnamon Bun, good but only a small dose please! After a stop at the Flavor graveyard (where the flavors that have been discontinued are buried) we got some ice cream for the road and headed to Montpelier,VT.
We checked into the hotel and headed into town to see what the capitol had to offer us. A great recommendation for dinner allowed us to eat a fabulous meal made by culinary students at the NECI Main Street Grill. http://www.necidining.com/main-street-grill Those kids can cook! First time we had ever had Calamari Buffalo style, delicious! And a virgin mojito can be very delicious!! Maybe even my drink for the summer!

Stay tuned for the rest of the vacation pics and updates. Just a small time out for now. Hope you all had a great Memorial day weekend!

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