Quechee Gorge Village and Thrifting in Vermont

by Dagmar Bleasdale on September 27, 2014

Queechee diner, VermontQuechee Gorge Village and Other Fun in Vermont

Have you ever been to Vermont in the fall? If you haven’t, oh, you simply have to if you get the opportunity.

As I already mentioned in my Wordless Wednesday post, Landon and I drove up to Vermont for two days last week — maybe you followed along on Instagram.

I promised you the best pictures I took in a separate post, and here they are.

roadtrip to VermontWe took the scenic Taconic Parkway all the way to Albany. There was hardly anyone on the road, and the two hours went by fast because I so enjoyed our sweet loaner car, a 2015 Buick Regal GS, we got to try on this trip. I’m used to a bumpy ride in my old SUV, and this was such a smooth ride.

I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was along the way, and L enjoyed watching a movie on his little CD player.

After Albany, we took Route 7 and started to drive through the tall Vermont mountains.

Vermont mountainsThe leaves just started to turn, you could tell that it’s going to be even more beautiful in a week or two, but I had never seen foliage like this before.

Vermont Indian Summer The colors were simply amazing and the mountains are so tall, L was awed by them.

Vermont landscapeOf course I had to stop when I saw this sign:

antiques sign, VermontAnd this was a first for me, a tag sale with rifles and guns. Gulp. The guy — mountain man with a huge nose — just said: “You must not be from Vermont, huh?”

tag sale with rifflesWe got to the inn in Killington after a stop at a country store…

Buick Regal GS 2015…and just when the sun went down.

We got settled in, L’s friends found their spot, then we checked out the indoor pool L was excited about, ate snacks for dinner, and watched TV.

stuffed animals on hotel bed

The next day, we woke up to this view:

Inn of the Six Mountains, Killington, Vermont

Killington is a ski resort, population 811. I wonder how many hundreds of people come to ski there in the winter, overrunning the town.

mountains in Killington, Vermont

Buick Regal GS 2015

Killington, Vermont

We ate breakfast and L swam in the pool, and then we drove to Quechee Gorge Village.

roadside produce stand, Vermont

This place is amazing. It offers the biggest antique center in Vermont, a toy and train museum, a general store with a Cabot cheese store, a cute diner, and more.

Queechee Gorge Village general store, VermontQueechee Gorge Village Cabot shop, VermontQueechee toy museum, Vermont

Queechee Gorge Village antiques storeOn our second day we got up late again, checked out of the inn, and drove to Woodstock, VT.

It’s the town before Quechee, and it looked so quaint when we drove through it, I wanted to check it out.

Only, we never made it past the beginning of town.

I saw a sign for a thrift store and the rest is history.

thrift store in Woodstock, VTThis large building at the side of the main road has a weaving museum, a pizzeria, the thrift store, and there is a pottery and furniture manufacturer we didn’t get to check out.

thrift store in Woodstock, VermontBecause of this (cue the music):

thrift store in Woodstock, VTThe whole third floor of this old building is a thrift store — the most well-stocked, clean, and organized thrift store I have ever seen.

thrift store in Woodstock, VT

thrift store in Woodstock, VermontI spent over two hour looking through all the vintage treasures. I let L go and play arcade games downstairs a few times so he was happy, then he played in the rows of clothes, and I had just the best time and ended up with two boxes full of purchases, mostly china and linens.

It was a bummer, but we didn’t have time to check out Woodstock after that because we had 4+ hours of driving ahead of us to get back home.

road and skybarn in fron of Vermont mountains

Vermont landscape, blue sky and cloudsThe whole way home there was hardly anybody on the road again, which made for a really relaxing drive.

mountains, clouds and sky in VermontWe stopped at a diner for dinner…

Buick Regal GS 2015 instrumentssunset, road in Vermont…and made it home after 10pm. What a wonderful road trip and adventure with my little travel buddy.

Have you ever been to Vermont? Tell me about your favorite spot or memory!

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ARod September 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I’ve never been it looks stunning and such awesome places you got to check out. Thanks for sharing.

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