We were up and out the door by 7:00 am and into town for breakfast at the South Street Cafe (excellent breakfast sandwiches). Before leaving Bennington, we made a quick stop to see the windows of Sacred Heart Francis de Sales church. A congregation was just gathering for mass and one member told us this is one of the largest churches without internal pillars. It is simply beautiful. Gothic by design but warm and welcoming inside. For all photos, see Gallery/World Windows.
Then off we went on the roller coaster ride up and down and around the lush hills of Vermont’s Green Mountains toward North Conway, NH. The road in many places followed steep and fast flowing mountain streams. We saw three or four covered bridges along the way in quaint towns all with majestic mountain backdrops. This is a place we can definitely see ourselves returning someday perhaps in the fall.
Finally we arrived in North Conway and found our hotel, the Old Red Inn. We stayed here once 27 years ago when Ryan was 3 and Sarah was 1 on a trip home from visiting Monica’s sister Marg and husband Gary in Toronto. It is still just as we remembered… homey little cottages with 60’s decor, propane fireplace, floral wall paper, pine wanescotting… absolutely perfect for our final night of this journey.
After some outlet mall shopping, we had a delicious Mexican dinner at Fiesta Jalisco and then retired to our cottage for a glass or wine and some blogging. As I write this, we’ve got the windows open for the fresh mountain air, the sun is dappling through the trees and the birds are singing all around the Inn. Peaceful and happy, both of us are just a little sad that tomorrow we head for home but are also anxious to return to family and friends. On the positive side, now that we are leaving the States the Canadian dollar should start to climb for the rest of you.
Here are the photo highlights of day 35 – Through the Green Mountains to North Conway NH