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Area attractions

Goal - Let Rally attendees know what to do and where to go.

Come back regularly!

[URL="http://www.wayoutwax.com/"][="Blue"]Way Out Wax[/][/URL]

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For 17 years we've been hand-crafting high quality candles in the Green Mountains of Northern Vermont and have set ourselves apart not only through our love affair with essential oils, but also by our aversion to all the chemical additives, fragrances and dyes that are so prevalent in the candle industry. "Clean. Pure. Natural." is not just a slogan. It's a way of life.

Location: Essex Junction, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 150 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 hours and 15 Minutes

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Here's one sure to be on everyone's list:

[="navy"][="6"]Hemmings Motor News[/][/]

From the street:

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Gardeners from around the world know that when you're in New England, Gardener’s Supply is a "must-see" destination. So if your travels take you to northern Vermont, we hope you’ll stop by for a visit. We love meeting our customers and talking with fellow gardeners, and it’s a great opportunity for you to "kick the tires" and see what's new.

In our Burlington store, you'll find products from our catalogs on display as well as hundreds of other gardening tools and accessories. We will be happy to show you around and help you choose the perfect trellis for your clematis, the ideal composter for your backyard or a terrific pair of gardening gloves.

Our year-round glass greenhouse is filled with a seasonal selection of orchids and other flowering exotics, houseplants, culinary herbs and more. During the growing season, our outdoor nursery area features Vermont-grown vegetable and flower seedlings, potted perennials, roses, fruit trees, ground covers, trees and shrubs.


[URL="http://www.gardeners.com/"][="Blue"]
Gardner's Supply Company[/][/URL]

Location:Burlington, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal:145 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes.

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Horse lovers will enjoy visiting the Morgan Horse Farm

For beer lovers there's Otter Creek Brewing

While there, be sure to visit Addison County's Shire Town, Middlebury, VT

And ride through the Middlebury College Campus a truely beautiful place.

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Michael,
Thank you for the GPS data. Does this place also have an address?
BJ

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Ausable Chasm near Lake Placid, NY

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Poet for Motorcyclists.

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[="3"]TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.[/]

About 15 minutes from the rally site is the resting place of Robert Frost. Frost was once the Poet Laureate of the United States. So, what's the connection to the riding community? RA riders search for the roads less traveled and it has made all the difference.

Location: Bennington, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 10 Miles
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

For more information about Robert Frost, [URL="http://www.frostfriends.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

Come back tomorrow for another great site very close to the rally area.

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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[="4"]The Bennington Battle Monument is 306 feet 4 and 1/2 inches tall; the cornerstone was laid in 1887, and the monument completed and dedicated in 1891. It is constructed from blue-grey magnesian limestone (known as Sandy Hill Dolomite from present-day Hudson Falls, New York), which is roughfaced with the exception of two horizontal bands near the observatory level. The base is 37 feet square and with a gradual diminishing curve rises upward 168 feet where the rock-faced stone changes to a smooth horizontal beltcourse of 8 feet; above this is a band of rock-faced stone punctuated by twenty, eleven-foot slotted openings at the observation level. From this level, now reached by an elevator, can be seen the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. Above the windows is an additional smooth beltcourse of 13 feet from which soars, uninterrupted but diminishing more rapidly, the final stone portion of 101 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches to the apex, which is surmounted by a bronze and gilt ten-point star adding the final 4 feet 6 inches to the Monument’s height. The points of the star are each 18 inches long and serve as a lightning rod for the monolith, the tallest structure in the State of Vermont. [/]

Location: Bennington, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal:10 Miles
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.historicvermont.org/bennington/"][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Vermont Teddy Bear Company Factory

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[="3"]TOUR INFORMATION
Tour Information: Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Factory Tour Admission: Adults: $2.00 Kids (12 and under): FREE

Tour Hours:
Summer season (June 1st - Oct. 31st)
Factory Tour Hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Our factory is open year round (7 days a week) except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day. We recommend planning to spend about 1:15 minutes on-site at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company factory.
Please keep this in mind about our tours:

  • Tours book up quickly during the summer season, and we cannot guarantee that the next tour will be available. Feel free to look around our Bear museum and fun bear shop until the next tour is available.
  • No production on the weekends or after 4:30 pm.- Production breaks for lunch from 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm.
  • Also, at times for unforeseen reason the factory staff may not be working along the tour route.
  • For groups of 10 or more people, see the Group Tour Information page.
  • Ice Cream Kiosk:
  • During the summer, an ice cream kiosk is also open, serving up fresh ice cream for you to enjoy outdoors at our picnic table area.
* For all other inquiries regarding our Factory Tour or Bear shop, please call 802-985-3001 (and press #2) or 800-829-BEAR. [/]

Location: Shelburne, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 136 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours and 54 Minutes

For more information about Vermont Teddy Bear [URL="http://www.vermontteddybear.com/"][="Blue"]Click Here[/][/URL]

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Ride to the sound of music


Remember "The Sound of Music?"

If the von Trapps though the area around Stowe looked a lot like Austria, who am I to argue? Come ride Vermont. Its not flat. Some cartographers have figured that Vermont is larger than Texas, if you could iron it out! Poke

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[="3"]The Story behind the Story - A long history of making people feel right at home. When the von Trapp family left Austria and first gazed on the sweeping mountain vistas of Stowe, Vermont, they knew immediately they had found their new home. And since then, the von Trapp family has invited families to join them in sharing the wonder of mountain living.[/]

Destination: Stowe, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal:150 Miles
Duration: Three Hours

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.trappfamily.com/"][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Barre

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[="3"]Central Vermont's largest municipality, Barre City is the Granite Center of the World. Stone workers from all over Europe created a patchwork of cultures which helped Barre to grow to the diverse municipality it is today.

Barre City is home for several of Central Vermont's finest attractions including the Barre Opera House, Hope Cemetery, the Socialist Labor Party Hall, Studio Place Arts, Vermont History Center, Vermont Granite Museum. In addition, there are several annual weekend festivals including the Green Mountain Motorhead Classic Car Spring Fling in early June, Homecoming weekend in July, the Northeast Fiddler's Association Contest and Festival in September, and Scary Barre: A Harvest Festival in October. And don't miss the Wednesday Summertime Farmers' Market and Wednesday Summertime Evening Concert Series. Check out our events calendar for the latest schedule.[/]

Location: Barre, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal:129 Miles
Estimated Time:[/B ]2 hrs 48 minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.ci.barre.vt.us/"][B][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Come North and ride App Gap (Rt17) from Bristol to Waitsfield.

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Bennington Pottery

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[="3"]The trademark of the current Bennington Potters is the solid New England-style pottery shapes that harken back to the very roots of local ceramics production," says Sheela Harden, the president and CEO of the pottery.

All the work is done by hand, and the on-site factory makes about 500 pottery dishes and other stoneware dinnerware, bakeware, and serving shapes a day, on a good day. Their "hands-on" approach to the pottery-making process is unique in today's manufacturing environment.

The potters who work in the factory have over 20 years of experience at their craft, and pride themselves on producing stoneware which involves a level of hand-craftmanship that few other potteries in the world have an interest in doing any longer. The pottery has clung to making historic designs even though that adds to it's cost - a problem that other companies have dealt with by simplifying their designs.

Set of 4 Trigger Stoneware Mugs"All of our pottery shapes have intricate features and complicated kiln firings," says Harden. "These are features that make our handmade pottery unique. We have continued to produce the largest and deepest stoneware bowls made in the U.S. - no one attempts to do what we do."

The potters have remained true to the vision of founder David Gil, who passed away suddenly in early 2002, at age 79. As cookie-cutter dinnerware and bakeware continue to saturate the marketplace, and retailers continue to diversify to the point that they all look like each other, the potters are increasingly seeing that people are looking for something original, something with substance.

Each piece of Bennington pottery is unique, the quality is superb, no two pieces are exactly alike, which is part of the secret to Bennington's success. From casual and everyday dinnerware to their more rustic Tavernware line, Bennington offers something for everyone. [/]

Location: Bennington, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 11 Miles
Estimated Time: 17 Minutes

For more information [URL="http://www.benningtonpotters.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Don't miss Ben and Jerry's

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[="3"]In 1977 lifelong friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from the Pennsylvania State University. On May 5, 1978, with a $12,000[2] investment the pair opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. In 1979, they marked their anniversary by holding the first-ever free cone day, now a nationwide annual celebration.

The founders were able to combine ice cream making with social activism by creating a three-part mission statement that considered profits as only one measure of success. Their mission statement has three parts: a Social Mission, a Product Mission, and an Economic Mission. Their Social Mission describes the company’s need to operate in a way that recognizes their influence on society, and the importance of improving the quality of life all over the world. Their Product Mission states that they will always strive to make the finest quality products, working to use natural, wholesome ingredients. It also states that they will advertise business mannerisms that respect the Earth. Their Economic mission describes their promise to operate their company on a “sustainable financial basis of profitable growth, increasing value for [their] stakeholders and expanding opportunities for development and career growth for [their] employees.”[3] "Underlying the mission of Ben & Jerry’s is the determination to seek new and creative ways of addressing all three parts, while holding a deep respect for individuals inside and outside the company and for the communities of which they are a part."[4]

In 1980, Ben and Jerry rented space in an old spool and bobbin mill on South Champlain Street in Burlington and began packing their ice cream in pints. In 1981, the first Ben & Jerry’s franchise opened on Route 7 in Shelburne, Vermont. In 1983, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was used to build “the world’s largest ice cream sundae” in St. Albans, Vermont; the sundae weighed 27,102 pounds. In 1984, Häagen-Dazs tried to limit distribution of Ben & Jerry’s in Boston, prompting Ben & Jerry’s to file suit against the parent company, Pillsbury, in its now famous “What’s the Doughboy Afraid Of?” campaign. In 1987, Häagen-Dazs again tried to enforce exclusive distribution, and Ben & Jerry’s filed its second lawsuit against the Pillsbury Company. In 1985, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation was established at the end of the year with a gift from Ben & Jerry's to fund community-oriented projects; it was then provided with 7.5% of the company’s annual pre-tax profits. In 1986, Ben & Jerry’s launched its “Cowmobile”, a modified mobile home used to distribute free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in a unique, cross-country “marketing drive”—driven and served by Ben and Jerry themselves. The “Cowmobile” burned to the ground outside of Cleveland four months later, but there were no injuries. Ben said it looked like “the world’s largest baked Alaska.” [/]

Location: Waterbury, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 142 Miles
Estimated Time:3 Hours

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.benjerry.com/company/"][="Blue"]click here!
[/][/URL]

Be sure to visit this website it is one of the most creative on the web! Hurray

For example; how many ice cream flavors are in the Ben and Jerry's inventory? For the answer[URL="http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/our-flavors/#"][="Blue"] MOOOOOOV here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Coopertown and [="blue"]The Baseball Hall of Fame[/] are a short ride away from the rally site. Visit it on the way to or from.

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Baseball Hall of Fame

Great Suggestion Mike:

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[="3"]With over 35,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the Hall of Fame's collection, each visitor can get a glimpse of what makes baseball special to them. The Museum which details the history of America's pastime, is split into three floors to highlight baseball's rich history. It is recommended visitors start on the second floor.[/]

Distance from Pownal:113 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours and Twenty Minutes

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Shelburne Museum - a Ride Worth Taking

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[="3"]Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages. [/]

Location: Shelburne, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 140 Miles
Estimated Time: Three Hours

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.shelburnemuseum.org/collections/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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BeemerBJ » wrote:
Michael,
Thank you for the GPS data. Does this place also have an address?
BJ

The owners of the Green Mountain energy park use a P.O. Box. I have not been to the site, but have been told it is the largest complex on route 7 heading south out of Pownal VT.

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Building is largest in Southern Vermont

The site is HUGE. Head out of Bennington toward Williamstown and it is a stadium sized building on the right hand side of the road. There is a small lake in front of the stadium which is now used for motorcycle racing in the winter.

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Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass.

While all the posts thus far have been in Vermont the RA attendee should not miss Massachusetts. On an irregular basis Massachusetts will be highlighted, especially the Berkshires. The Yankee Beemer Rally is a short ride from Pownal and is the very next weekend.

Setting a Distinct Standard Among New England Resorts
Discover everything you need to relax in our spacious 1, 2, and 3-bedroom lodging accommodations which are more spacious than other New England Resorts featuring personalized service and luxury in a distinct setting convenient to New York and Vermont.

The preferred choice of resorts in New England, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort offers easy access to everything the area has to offer, including:

  • Berkshire Museum
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Tanglewood Music Festival
  • Alpine Slide
  • Mass MoCA (museum of contemporary art)
  • Mountain Adventure Park
  • Kids Zone
  • Jiminy Peak Wind Turbine Tours
  • Summer Mountain Activities & Mountain Adventure Park featuring the Mountain Coaster. Only the second in the US and the only Mountain Coaster in the Northeast! The Mountain Coaster will operate all year round.
  • Shopping and dining in the Village Center and Country Inn
  • John Harvard’s Restaurant and Brewery
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor hot tub
  • Exercise room and game room
  • Free wireless Internet in the Country Inn lobby and Village Center

Location: Hancock, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 19 Miles
Estimated Time: 32 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.jiminypeak.com"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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PaulBach » wrote:
Great Suggestion Mike:

Distance from Pownal:113 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours and Twenty Minutes

I suggest that if you go to Cooperstown, you include a stop at Ommegang Brewery.

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While in Cooperstown ...

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Warm cellaring, Abbey Ale, open fermentation, Saison, Methode Champenoise.
Unfamiliar with these terms? Welcome to Belgian-style beers. We at Brewery Ommegang are convinced that this small European nation produces the world's most interesting and delicious beer. This is because in Belgium, brewing is regarded as an art form, where a broad range of ingredients and methods are employed to create an immense variety of styles and flavors.

Since 1997, Brewery Ommegang has been using those same ingredients and methods to produce five of Belgium's most beloved beer styles, right here in the USA! [/]

Location: Cooperstown
Distance from Pownal: 114
Estimated Time: 2 Hours & 10 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.ommegang.com/index.php?mcat=1&scat=0"][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

If you are coming from the South, stop here and wet your whistle.

Recommended by Maria V

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
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Shelburne Falls in Massachusetts

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[="3"]The Glacial Potholes
Shelburne Falls' "Swimming Holes"
Provide a Cool Blast from the Past

There's so much old-fashioned mystique to the notion of cooling off on a sticky, steamy New England day by taking a dip in a "swimming hole." But "old-fashioned" doesn't quite do justice in describing the Glacial Potholes, the glacier-carved swimming holes at the base of Salmon Falls in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

These natural outdoor "swimming pools" were several hundred million years in the making--how fascinating to contemplate the fact that the last Ice Age left behind an attraction to rival our modern, multi-million dollar water amusement parks. Well, okay, the Potholes may not hold quite the excitement of a high-speed log flume, but if you're looking to dip your toes into some cool water after a day of seeing the sights of Shelburne Falls or driving the 63-mile Mohawk Trail, you'll find the Glacial Potholes right in the heart of town at the end of Deerfield Avenue.

There are more than 50 potholes to explore, ranging in size from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter. This is one of the largest known concentrations of potholes and the location of the largest pothole on record, as well. There is no charge for access to the Potholes, and no "supervision" is provided, so be cautious when climbing on the rocks. Water levels may vary based on weather conditions, but you should be able to at least treat your feet to a cool submersing.

Also remember to bring your camera! The shadings in the ancient granite caused by the swirling of water and stones as the glacial age began to "melt down" are a picturesque geological sight.[/]

Location: Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts[="Blue"][/]
Distance from Pownal: 37 Miles
Estimated Time: 1 Hour*

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://gonewengland.about.com/lr/shelburne_falls_massachusetts/22559/1/"]click here[/URL]!

* What? One hour to go 37 miles? Right on - a lot like the Dragon but with more character and scenery!

Recommended by Peggy Ross

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Bring your camera - Bridge of Flowers


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[="3"]The Bridge of Flowers is open April 1 through late fall and is located off Route 2 on the Mohawk Trail in the beautiful village of Shelburne Falls. It spans the Deerfield River, connecting the lovely towns of Shelburne and Buckland. Once an abandoned trolley bridge, now a garden pathway, the Bridge has been cared for by the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club Bridge of Flowers Committee for 80 years. [/]

Destination: Shelburne, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 37 Miles
Duration: One Hour

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.shelburnefalls.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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If anyone wants to suggest a destination post it here or PM me. I will calculate the distance and add an information link!

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[="3"]Three's a Charm!

When you visit Vermont, be sure to put Cabot, maker of the World's Best Cheddar, on your list of things to see and do.

With three retail shops full of free nibbles and outstanding Vermont products - in Quechee, Waterbury/Stowe and the small hillside village of Cabot - we make it easy for you to savor a taste of this special state.

At our Visitors Center in Cabot, where we began in 1919, you can join a factory tour, watch talented cheese makers create our award-winning cheddars and enjoy plenty of samples - all in one of the most scenic spots in America. Our visitors say the drive alone is worth it!

Those en route to Stowe or Burlington, VT, can swing by the Cabot Annex in Waterbury, located only one mile off Rte. 89, between Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

It is a sampler's heaven, full of Cabot products and other Vermont specialty foods, including local micro-brews and wines. Champlain Chocolate and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters share the same roof with Cabot.

Our newest location is the Cabot Quechee Store, another hot spot for lots of free sampling and home to a wide array of original Vermont products. It's also the center for the Best of Vermont, our statewide partnership with some of Vermont's finest artisans.

Located in Quechee Gorge Village, there is plenty to see and do - from riding on a vintage mini-railway to browsing one of Vermont's largest antique emporiums.

Come visit Cabot!
Taste the best of Vermont.[/]

Location: Cabot, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 151
Estimated Time: 3 Hours Sixteen Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.cabotcheese.coop/pages/visit_us/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Visit Birthplace of Joseph Smith

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[="3"]Visit the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith, first prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and translator of the Book of Mormon.

Born in Sharon, Vermont, on 23 December 1805, Joseph Smith Jr. was destined for a life of greatness and hardship. As a young boy, he received a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. That event changed his life and the lives of millions of others. As a result of that experience, Joseph Smith was given other divine communications. He also received an ancient record and was commanded to translate it. The translation of that record is now called the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Joseph was called as a prophet and was instrumental in the restoration of priesthood authority and the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the time of his first vision, Joseph was persecuted for his beliefs. At age 38, Joseph Smith gave his life for the cause he believed in.

In memory of this great prophet, a granite monument was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The shaft was sculpted from a single granite block quarried in Barre, Vermont, and is one of the largest polished shafts in the world. It stands 38 1/2 feet tall, one foot for every year of the Prophet Joseph Smith's life. The shaft weighs 40 tons. A visitors' center is also located on the site and provides further information on the life of this exceptional man.[/]

Location: South Royalton, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 104 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours 22 Minutes

For more information about today's destination,[URL="http://www.lds.org/placestovisit/location/0,10634,1813-1-1-1,00.html"][="Blue"] click here[/][/URL]!

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[="3"]Quechee Gorge Village, located in the heart of the Quechee Gorge, was originally established in 1985 as a Woodsman Museum, Country Store, and Antique Mall. It has evolved into one of the premier shopping attractions in the state of Vermont, featuring antiques, collectibles, and craft dealers like Cabot Quechee Store, Danforth Pewter, The Vermont Toy & Train Museum, Route 4 Glassblowing Studio, The Farmers Diner, Vermont Country Iron, Andrews Furniture, Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry Art, Quechee Country Store, and more!
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Location: Quechee, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 106 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours & 25 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.quecheegorge.com/quechee-gorge-area.php"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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[="3"] The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. Inside our classic Victorian building, you'll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont's only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

When Franklin Fairbanks opened the doors to this Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont over a century ago, he invited all of New England to see beyond the horizon by bringing exquisite examples of natural science and beautiful artifacts from around the world to his home town. His "cabinet of curiosities" grew to include our National Historic Register building, a triumph of Victorian architecture, the cornerstone of St. Johnsbury's Victorian Main Street. Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.
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Location: St Johnsbury, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 170 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 Hours 11 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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[="3"]Visit and explore the journey of coffee from “Tree to Cup”. Learn about GMCR’s passion for coffee through our interactive visitor’s center then browse through our gift shop as you sample our carefully crafted coffee.

Your journey to distant lands begins in the heart of Vermont.

One step inside the historic Waterbury train station transports you to another world. A jewel of the Italianate Victorian style, the station has been lovingly restored to its 1875 glory. It still serves the Amtrak train that runs from St. Albans, Vermont to Washington, D.C. This is one stop on the line you won’t want to miss!

Within, you’ll find much more than a ticket-counter. This is the home of the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center, our interactive, “hands-on” exhibit and multimedia coffee experience.

  • Learn how coffee is grown, harvested, processed, and roasted
  • Sample coffees from around the world
  • Experience the “taste of place” that makes each coffee unique
  • Discover unique gifts and artisanal crafts from coffee-growing communities
After your self-guided tour, relax in the Green Mountain Coffee café and enjoy a cappuccino, latte, espresso or other coffee creation, custom-made for you.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offers more than 100 delicious coffee selections, including single-origin, estate, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified™, and flavored coffees. Take a bag (or two!) home with you when you go. (Or visit our online catalog at GreenMountainCoffee.com).[/]

Location: Waterbury, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 142
Estimated Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

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Part Three - Vermont Hat Trick



Shelburne Vineyard Winery & Tasting Room

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[="3"] Sip Vermont! Taste our wines; tour our state-of-the-art winery; picnic & stroll through our organic vineyard. Discover VT’s newest secret -how we make award – winning wines from Vermont grown grapes! $2 tasting includes souvenir wineglass. Open all year 11 – 5 daily. Shelburne Road near Shelburne Museum and Vermont Teddy Bear. [/]

Location: Shelburne, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 137 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 Hours

For more information about today's destination,[URL="www.shelburnevineyard.com"][="Blue"] click here[/][/URL]!
or call 802-985-8222

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About 1/2 mile north of the Shelburne Museum (a fabulous destination) is the Home of the World's Finest Ham Sandwich at Harrington's of Vermont. Not to be missed! Great gourmet shopping and they will ship UPS, so you wont have to pack the holiday ham in with the dainty underthings, ya know!

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Ham it up in Vermont

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[="3"]We planned to grab a lunch on the road on our way out to Shelburne Farms, and we searched high and low until we came across Harrington's. It's a little store with all kinds of gourmet foods, and they have a little deli in the back. They have about 5 tables also, so you can sit and eat your lunch. Hubby and I both got the veggie sandwich. You get to pick your bread and cheese, and then you get a choice of tomato chutney or hummus. We got one of each. We bought a bag of chips and some water, and had a quick lunch. It seems to be a popular lunch choice, and a line formed while we were eating. The sandwiches were good, and we were lucky to have found them, or we would have starved.[/]

For more information [URL="www.harringtonham.com"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

Location: Shelburne, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
[B]Distance: 125 Miles
Time:[/B] 2 Hours & 37 Minutes

5597 Shelburne Road.
Shelburne, [="Green"]Vermont[/] 05482
(802) 985-2000

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[="3"] There's no mistaking Western Massachusetts. There are the eclectic communities. There's the natural beauty. There's the seemingly endless array of fun activities. It's practically a world unto itself, yet it's still distinctively Massachusetts.

Remarkably, it's also a part of the state with something wonderful to offer in every one of its regions. Find family attractions in Greater Springfield. Enjoy the rural charm of Franklin County. Let the wonder of the Berkshires be your backdrop as you revel in diverse culture and sophisticated entertainment. Or take in the fall foliage along the Mohawk Trail—America's first scenic automobile route. No matter what your interests, Western Massachusetts is where memories are madeGet cultured at MASS MoCA, chat over Dinner at Café Latino at MASS MoCA. Have an artful rest at Porches at MASS MoCA.[/]

Thus far the places to visit have been mostly in Vermont. Vermont's major business is tourism and being a steward of the environment. But Western Massachusetts is a lot like Vermont; just as rural and just as unhurried.

Check out the link below and start surfing from there. You cannot possibly do it all but the choices are without equal in the USA.

Location: Western Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 5 Miles
Estimated Time: 10 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.massvacation.com/westernMass/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Another Guaranteed Not to Disappoint Hot Spot for the Rally is: "Man of Kent Tavern" on rte 7 in Hoosick NY just west of the intersection with rt. 22. A favorite watering hole of the imported beer cognescenti (that would be us!), they offer a great menu of soups, sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeses and whole grain breads. Wonderful, English pub-type atmosphere! It might be 15 minutes from the rally site, max. An absolute GEM! Google it for reviews.

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Lyman, how could you?

I was not going to say anything since this is the place nearest wife's summer home and we go there regularly. Don't want the place to get too well known and then the place will be loaded with biker dudes and there goes the hood.

But since Lyman let the cat out of the bag - here's the newspaper reviews:

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[="3"]11 user reviews have been submitted.
(Showing 1 through 5)

Christina Ellsworth on 11/16/2009
Rating: 4 Stars
How often have you been to this restaurant? A few times
How long have you wait for a table? No wait
Noise level: Normal conversation
Quality of food: Excellent
Quality of service: Excellent
Comments: My husband and I stopped for an early dinner this past Saturday night. We hadn't been in over a year and the food was still as amazing as remembered. They had a whole list of specials but we stuck with our favorites from past visits. Turkey wrap, which anything you order with turkey it's the real deal. And the middlesex sandwich. Grilled tomato, cheddar, chicken and portabello mushrooms it's the best! The beer selections are endless too. I would recommend this pub to anyone who likes a casual/homelike atmosphere and good homemade food.

Jess on 9/27/2009
Rating: 4 Stars
How often have you been to this restaurant? A few times
How long have you wait for a table? 5-15 min.
Noise level: Normal conversation
Quality of food: Excellent
Quality of service: Excellent
Comments: This is one of my favorite restaurant discoveries. It was recommended to me by a co-worker, and I have to say that the 30 minute drive from the outskirts of Troy was well worth it! The beer selection is fantastic (a blueberry selection being my favorite), and the food is far beyond the standard of what you would expect when you see the restaurant from the outside. If you go, make sure to keep your eyes peeled - it's an unexpected surprise on Route 7.

Joe Berardo on 2/6/2009
Rating: 4 Stars
How often have you been to this restaurant? A few times
How long have you wait for a table? No wait
Noise level: Normal conversation
Quality of food: Excellent
Quality of service: Excellent
Comments: i travel from NJ to my ski home in VT and I plan my travel time to make sure I can stop in and have a great meal. One of the best burgers I have ever had.

Chris Shaw on 6/13/2006
Rating: 4 Stars
How often have you been to this restaurant? A few times
How long have you wait for a table? No wait
Noise level: Normal conversation
Quality of food: Excellent
Quality of service: Excellent
Comments: Ok,...I've got to say that I've been fortunate to travel quite a bit for my work, and on the road I constantly look for spots like this. I can count on one hand, both here and abroad, any pub that is in a class with this one. Do yourself a huge favor, wait for a sunny afternoon, drive out for lunch, say hi to John, kick back and enjoy one of the best kept secrets in upstate NY!

jac on 2/6/2006
Rating: 4 Stars
How often have you been to this restaurant? First time
How long have you wait for a table? No wait
Noise level: Normal conversation
Quality of food: Excellent
Quality of service: Excellent
Comments: a very enjoyable place to dine A+ in my book[/]

But seriously - Lyman has it right on target. If you are traveling along Route 7 from Troy to Pownal, this is the place to stop and relax. Distance is 12.4 miles to the Rally site.



Location: Hoosick, New York
Distance from Pownal: 12 Miles
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

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Toulouse-Lautrec at a motorcycle rally? You bet!

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[="3"]Nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is both art museum and research center, welcoming visitors year-round to experience its outstanding collections of European and American art in an intimate setting of profound natural beauty. Surrounded by 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails, the Clark is home to exceptional examples of European and American painting and sculpture, master prints and drawings, English silver and porcelain, and early photographs. The museum is best known, however, for its extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings.

The Clark also houses one of the finest art reference libraries in the world, the Williams/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Continually promoting new approaches to understanding works of art, the Institute hosts public lectures and scholarly conferences, outdoor family festivals, concerts and films, and more.

About the Clark:
In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

A variety of special exhibitions is offered throughout the year, bringing together works from collections around the world and presenting them in intelligent, enlightening, and visually appealing installations. Recent exhibitions have included Dove/O'Keefe: Circles of Influence; Toulouse-Lautrec and Paris; Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly; The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings; Gainsborough, Constable, and Turner: The Manton Collection; Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love; and Remington Looking West.[/]

Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 5 Miles
Estimated Time: 10 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.clarkart.edu/about/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Lyman Spilled the Beans

Lyman let the cat out of the bag and told the world about the Man of Kent on Route 7. So today I'll tell you where to go and get tasty baked goods, perfect coffee and eye candy. Head for the Tunnel City Coffee Shop on South Street in Williamstown. It's within easy walking distance of the Clark Institute. So after spending some time with Toulouse-Lautrec wander over to South Street and enjoy both the scenery and the coffee.

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[="3"] Micro-Roasted in the Heart of the Berkshires

Tunnel City Coffee offers an ever-changing selection of 25 to 30 varieties of coffee beans each week, roasted in small batches with precision and care.

Know the Beans
Coffee is a plant! A seed or pit to a red, cherry-sized fruit that is harvested from a bush, coffee is an agricultural product with all sorts of natural complexities. Just like wine varies from region to region and vineyard to vineyard, different coffees have regional flavor characteristics and flavor variances from farm to farm.

We find growers and farms whose attention to detail during growing and milling produces the finest flavor. Our job is to sample and “cup” single origin coffees from around the globe and find the coffee that best represents the distinctive flavor characteristics of a given growing region. We test new beans and invent new custom blends all the time.

Understand the Roast
We roast in small batches to allow careful control, and develop precise profiles for each type of roast. During the roasting process, coffee beans develop caramelized sugars and oils that ultimately give coffee flavor. Oxygen is the enemy of roasted beans; over time, oxygen breaks down and dries out the roasted beans, resulting in a loss of taste. Freshness equals flavor, and we have the freshest coffee in the Northern Berkshires.

A Passion for Coffee?
Our coffee is micro-roasted at our North Adams roasting facility at the historic Heritage State Park. We will ship your coffee to you within 12 hours of roasting it, or if you prefer, you can pick up freshly roasted coffee from our Williamstown café. All of our coffee has a roast date and you can always ask about the most recent roast. [/]

Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 5 Miles
Estimated Time: 10 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.tunnelcitycoffee.com/history.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Fly fishing Heaven!

Not to change the subject of cool places to eat, improve your art appreciation, or sip the most recently brewed "Jo", BUT, do you know you'll be in flyfishing heaven when you're at the rally? The Hoosac River runs behind the rally site, locally notorious for big, moody brown trout. Then there's the Battenkill River, made famous by The Orvis Company-the oldest rodmakers in America- which runs south from Manchester to Arlington, VT, where it flows west, and eventually into the Hudson. Fun to fish under the covered bridge in West Arlington near Artist, Norman Rockwell's home. (The photo-op is great, but the river gets pounded pretty hard right there. Better to fish downstream. Route 313 follows the river, so there's plenty of access points. Better still is the "trophy stretch" just over the NY border...fly-caught (only) trout between 6" and 12" must be released and only 1 fish over 15" can be kept. Challenging, but damn exciting if you hook "Moby D."! Other productive trout rivers near the rally are the Walloomsac River in No. Bennington, (20 minutes north, and the Mettowee River in Pawlet (about an hour north from Pownal.)
Pack a little travel rod and reel in your kit (or buy one @ Orvis in Manchester [URL="http://www.orvis.com"/URL] and weave another really satisfying activity into your rally experience!

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lyman50 » wrote:
... do you know you'll be in flyfishing heaven when you're at the rally? ...

Some great info here, thank you. Just looked over my pack rods and realized that all of them are 4-piece and will not fit even in the large topcase of the RT. Since my wife won't want to hold the rod for the entire trip I may "have to shop" for a 6 piece. I fished the Battenkill probably 35 years ago. Looking forward to another visit to Orvis and some of the other streams you mentioned. Thanks again.
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Fishing at the rally

dancogan » wrote:
Looking forward to another visit to Orvis

Remember, Dan, Orvis is the place where they don't give you any change back!

I haven't seen a decent 6-piece rod in years. Hardy made one years ago but it cast for doo-doo...too heavy and too many ferrules. With the newest generation of graphite there's probably something out there. Tell you what IS incredible is the new Orvis Helios series. I just cast a 4-piece 9wt. rod that weighs about 1 5/8 oz.! It will shoot the entire line with a single-haul backcast. Orvis will let you rig and cast any rod at the practice pond. Check out the Orvis Outlet sale barn next door, they sometimes have discontinued models. Otherwise, their Orvis Days sales events are about the only time to get a price break. This year's Orvis Days tent sales are Memorial Day weekend and August 13-15. So you"ve got a choice...come to the rally early, or stay late!

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Group Tour Information, 2009–2010
Norman Rockwell Museum in historic Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is one of the most popular New England destinations for groups. The Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Highlights include enduring favorites from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers and the powerful Four Freedoms paintings.

Continually changing, the galleries present an illustrated chronicle of American life and our nation’s ideals of tolerance, kindness, democracy, and freedom, as illuminated by Rockwell’s wisdom and gentle humor. The Museum also features lively special exhibitions of works by American illustrators past and present.

A visit to Norman Rockwell Museum is an enriching and memorable experience for groups. Enjoy our 10 large galleries, gift shop, and beautiful 36-acre campus featuring Rockwell’s original studio, as well as sculptures by his son Peter Rockwell.


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Location: Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 39 Miles
Estimated Time: 1 Hour 9 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.nrm.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Think I'll wander over to [URL="http://www.manchestervermont.net/"][="Blue"]Manchester[/][/URL] for that sale. Orvis brings its sales item down drastically for the event. Have seen items for 75% off.

Destination: Manchester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance: 36 Miles
Duration: 45 Minutes

WARNING: If you are traveling with a partner who loves outlets and bargain shopping:

  • Take away the credit cards
  • Stake said person to the ground
  • Point them to New York

On the other hand, there is a great Ben and Jerry's store in Manchester.

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Wander over the border to New York

[URL="http://www.motorcycleroads.com/routes/NorthEast/NY/NY_index.htm"][="Blue"]New York Motorcycle Roads and Trips[/][/URL] <-Click Here

For a [URL="http://www.motorcycleroads.com/index.htm"][="Blue"]National Map [/][/URL]<- Click Here

New York Tourism geographically divides New York State into the following regions:

  1. Adirondacks
  2. Capital District– Saratoga Springs
  3. Catskills
  4. Chautauqua & Allegheny
  5. Finger Lakes
  6. Hudson River
  7. Leatherstocking (Central)_
  8. Niagara and the St. Lawrence
  9. New York City

1. Start your search for all things New York State at the official [URL="http://www.empire.state.ny.us/"][="Blue"]Empire State Website[/][/URL] ([url]http://www.empire.state.ny.us/)[/url] which then directs the visitor to: Tourism, Big Biz, Small Biz, High Tech and Film.

2. The Adirondacks. I live on the very edge of this old Mt. Range which has been the home of two winter Olympics. Visit this website to [URL="http://visitadirondacks.com/"][="Blue"]start your Adirondacks planning[/][/URL]: http://visitadirondacks.com/ For an [URL="http://visitadirondacks.com/tourism_video/"][="Blue"]aerial tour[/][/URL] <- Click there. Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains is home to [URL="http://www.tourexpo.com/"][="Blue"]Americade[/][/URL], the largest touring rally in the world. Americade always offers more activities than any other rally. June 1 - 6, 2009.

3. Albany is Capital of New York and just up the Hudson is [URL="http://www.saratoga.org/"][="Blue"]Saratoga Springs[/][/URL] the summer center of horse racing for the world. This central location is a logical encampment with rail, highway, air and water connections to the rest of the Empire State. [URL="http://www.roundthebend.com/capital/"][="Blue"]Start your Albany planning here:
[/][/URL] http://www.roundthebend.com/capital/

4. The Catskills. Home of [URL="http://w2usn.webng.com/Color%20Catskills/"][="Blue"]Color in the Catskills[/][/URL] - the MOA's premier regional riding rendezvous. A world of natural beauty awaits you in the region of wide-open spaces, mountains, lakes and rivers. Antiques, canoeing, rock climbing, concerts and golf await you. [URL="http://www.visitthecatskills.com/"][="Blue"]Start your Catskills planning here[/][/URL]:
http://www.visitthecatskills.com/

5. Chautauqua & Allegheny. This quiet corner of NY might be easily overlooked by any but the most discriminating traveler. You won't have any trouble finding the Chautauqua/Allegheny region on your map of New York State - it's as far west as you can go! [URL="http://www.tourchautauqua.com/"][="Blue"]Start your Chautauqua & Allegheny planning here:
[/][/URL] http://www.tourchautauqua.com/

6. The Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes is the home to one of the best BMW rallies. The rally is popular due to superb planning and to the numerous opportunities for sightseeing. For more information about The [URL="http://www.fingerlakesbmw.org/rally/index.php"][="Blue"]Finger Lakes Rally[/][/URL], click here. Don’t miss The Glen Curtis Museum. If your dream vacation is watching the sun set over hills across the lake from your cottage window, or observing wildlife from a cabin in the woods, you can do it in the Finger Lakes. [URL="http://www.fingerlakes.org/"][="Blue"]Start your Finger Lakes planning here [/][/URL]:
http://www.fingerlakes.org/

7. The Hudson River Valley. America’s first unique school of artists were inspired by the scenery in this valley. Watch Snoopy fight the Red Baron, visit the home of FDR, West Point or join the airheads at the world famous Annual Airheads at the [URL="http://www.oldrhinebeck.org/"][="Blue"]Aerodrome[/][/URL]. [URL="http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/"][="Blue"]Start your Hudson River planning here[/][/URL]
http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/

8. The Leatherstocking District. Leather-stocking, NY named for the unique leather leggings worn by frontiersmen and made famous by James Fenimore Cooper, this region is the geographic heartland of the state. If you are a baseball fan head for [URL="http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/"][="Blue"]The Baseball Hall of Fame[/][/URL].
[URL="http://www.newyorkstatedestinations.com/leatherstocking/"][="Blue"]Start your Leatherstocking planning here[/][/URL]:
http://www.newyorkstatedestinations.com/leatherstocking/

9. The St. Lawrence River System. One of the few truly international areas in New York State, the Thousand Islands ~ Seaway Region is one of NY’s most popular vacation spots. Actually this river drains all the Great Lakes so it is not too much of a stretch to include
[URL="http://www.visitdetroit.com/"][="Blue"]Detroit[/][/URL],
[URL="http://www.city.niagarafalls.on.ca/index2.asp"][="Blue"]Niagara Falls[/][/URL],
[URL="http://www.torontotourism.com/visitor"][="Blue"]Toronto[/][/URL],
[URL="http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/B2C/00/default.asp"][="Blue"]Montreal[/][/URL] and
[URL="http://www.quebecregion.com/"][="Blue"]Quebec City[/][/URL]. [URL="http://www.visit1000islands.com/"][="Blue"]
Start your St. Lawrence planning here: [/][/URL]
http://www.visit1000islands.com/

Saving the best for last?
10. New York City or the Big Apple or Gotham home to the BIG Gig In Gotham is the Nation’s largest City. No one website can do it justice but the rules say, only website. So start with the newspaper that has all the news fit to print, The New York Times. [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/nyregion/thecity/index.html"][="Blue"]Start your Big Apple planning here[/][/URL]:
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/nyregion/thecity/index.html

Check out this fancy [URL="http://www.nysegov.com/map-NY.cfm"][="Blue"]interactive map[/][/URL]

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Vermont Ski Museum


WTF?
That's a historical photo of Stowe Vermont where the ski museum is located.

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The objective of the Curatorial Program is to utilize the resources belonging and accessible to the Vermont Ski Museum to create visually stimulating, historically in-depth exhibits that fulfill the mission to Collect, Preserve and Celebrate Vermont’s Skiing History. The two main resources available to the Museum are its collections and the community. The Museum staff and Board take their responsibility of holding the collection in public trust very seriously. Outlined below are reasons you should consider donating your old ski equipment, clothing, brochures, art work, or other memorabilia to the Vermont Ski Museum.

The VSM’s entire collection is divided into seven areas: ski equipment, ski clothing, mechanical equipment, Vermont Ski Area/Ski Vermont items, 10th Mountain Division, fine art, and related Library and Archival materials. Most of the material dates from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The Museum visualizes developing an integrated electronic information system that will ultimately connect visitors, both physical and virtual, to collections and exhibits. One component is the continued restoration and digital reformatting of precious historical Vermont ski films. Another is to continue to collect oral histories from athletes, pioneers, and contributors, and to make these resources available in a format usable by the Museum and the general public.

Through a generous grant of one of the Museum’s early sponsors, sophisticated analogue and digital film equipment has been acquired by the Museum. This equipment has allowed the Museum to make oral histories an important part of exhibit development and programming. The Museum continues to produce a 10 minute film about the annual Hall of Fame Inductees and to collect oral histories at the Featured Ski Area Memory Night. [/]

There must be some skiers in the motorcycle community. Even if you do not ski, Stowe, Vermont is a worthy destination from Pownal. Stowe is 150 miles distant which makes it a worthy day trip. The journey has great scenery along the way and a scenic destination with a lot to see.

Location: Stowe, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 150 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 Hours & 15 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="www.vermontskimuseum.org"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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You want to camp in Vermont?

To get your very own PDF for camping in Vermont, [URL="http://www.campvermont.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

[="3"]It's FREE![/] Hurray

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Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Any Hoop Fans Out There?


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[="3"]Since 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has honored and celebrated the game’s greatest moments and brightest stars. On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, we look back as the greatest shrine to the greatest game fulfills its steadfast promise to be the world’s finest sports museum.[/]


The Bird, The Bird, The Bird is the word.

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[="3"]The HBO Sports® documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, will debut Saturday, March 6 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Please join us at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, March 5 at 2:00PM and Saturday, March 6 at 11:00AM to be among the first to see this groundbreaking film that details the upbringing, origins, behind-the-scenes stories and the ultimate respect and friendship of basketball’s fiercest rivals, Hall of Famers, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

From the award winning HBO Sports’ documentary group, Liev Schreiber narrates the history of the competition between Los Angeles Lakers immortal “Magic” Johnson and Boston Celtics great Larry Bird, which began 30 years ago when they led their Midwest universities to the 1979 NCAA Championship game, through a decade of dominance, when each player won three NBA MVP awards apiece and a combined eight NBA championships. This HBO exclusive presentation also examines the different cultures that helped shape them and contributed to their unique styles, as well as exploring their unlikely friendship.

Free to view with admission to the museum, visitors will be treated to preview screenings before the premiere on HBO. Screenings will be held on Friday, March 5 at 2PM & Saturday, March 6 at 11AM[/].

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 79 Miles
Estimated Time: 2 Hours

The above is the slab route to Springfield, Massachusetts via the Massachusetts Turnpike. If you leave early in the morning for Springfield, you could wander home the scenic route. It is possible to avoid paying tolls on the Turnpike. To learn how, [URL="http://www.zug.com/pranks/turnpike/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.hoophall.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

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Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Do pigs dance &amp; an early ride map.

I'm off to Max's season opening barbecue in Brunswick tomorrow. So this gets posted tonight. Curtis Barbecue is the destination but be sure to visit the [URL="http://www.curtisbbqvt.com/"][="Blue"]website[/][/URL] since it has so many wonderful pictures. Lyman Foss knows Vermont better than the Census Bureau and he highly recommends this destination as one of the best to "pig" out on barbecue in the whole state of Vermont.


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[="3"]Bring your family and friends and enjoy our park like atmosphere, or you can watch and chat with Curtis as he prepares his famous BBQ. There's also a playground around back for supervised children, and dogs on a leash are always welcome.[/]


[="3"]MENU

RIBS

Full Slab $25.95
Half Slab $13.95
Medium $10.95
Small $6.95
Pork Stuffed Potato $7.95

CHICKEN

Half Chicken $7.95
Breast and Wing $4.00
Leg and Thigh $4.00
Combo* $10.95
(1/4 chicken and small rib)
Chicken Stuffed Potato$7.95

SIDES

Baked Potato with Butter $2.95
(Each additional topping $ .50)
Sour Cream; Chives; Vermont Cheddar Cheese;
Bacon Bits; Mushrooms; BBQ Sauce
Loaded Potato (includes all) $5.95

Small: $1.95 Large: $2.95
Potato Salad
Coleslaw
Macaroni Salad
3- Bean Salad
Veggie of the Day

Baked Beans sm. $2.75 lg. $3.50
Sweet Yams sm. $2.75 lg. $3.50
Fresh Corn on the Cob $2.00
Corn Muffin $1.95
Potato Chips $1.00
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Location: Chester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 62 Miles
Estimated Time: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.curtisbbqvt.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

908 Route 103 S
(802) 875-6999

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Pownal - Gateway to New England

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So How Do We Get There?

Bennington ~ Putney Ride
(Loop of about 120 miles)

From Pownal proceed on Route 7 to Bennington and then take Rt 9 east over the mountains toward Wilmington. There are lots of picture-perfect places along the way, so bring your camera.

Continue on Rt 9 east toward Brattleboro. In Brattleboro, make a left (north) onto Rt 5 to Putney. Stop for lunch at Curtis BBQ, or stop into the Putney Diner for the best blueberry pancakes in Vermont!

When you’re done eating, turn around and go back south on Rt 5 for three or four miles and make a right onto the East-West Road, heading toward Dummerston (this road is twisty, so watch for tight corners).

When you get to Rt 30, make a right (north) and head toward Newfane, where you’ll find a beautiful historic town green. Continue north on Rt 30 until you reach Manchester Center (Rt 30 will merge with Rt 100 for a portion of this). In Manchester Center, make a left (south) onto Rt 7A and follow this back to Bennington and follow Route 7 back to Pownal.

Many thanks to the folks at the Bennington Bash.

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Pownal - Gateway to New England

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...


Dragon, what dragon?

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[="3"]Browse through these pages and you will soon discover an area rich in history. The Mohawk Trail is the first scenic road in New England. It officially opened on October 22, 1914. With 63 miles of unsurpassed splendor and 50,000 acres of state parks and forests, it's an excellent vacation choice for fun and adventure for all ages during any season. Spend your vacation in the Mohawk Trail region ... search for [URL="http://www.mohawktrail.com/accommodations.html"][="Blue"]places to stay[/][/URL], [URL="http://www.mohawktrail.com/dining.html"][="Blue"]places to eat[/][/URL] and [URL="http://www.mohawktrail.com/shopping.html"][="Blue"]great shopping alternatives![/][/URL][/]

Location: Start in Grafton, NY
Distance from Pownal: 17 Miles
Estimated Time: 24 Minutes


Dragon? Down South? Naaaah!

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.mohawktrail.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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FREE food samples at Cider Mill

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[="3"] The Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of the top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England. We are also one of the very few that press year-round. The Mill has become one of the top tourist attractions in Vermont because our operation is open to public viewing. Come and see cider that's still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920's. We are open year-round, 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (8:00 am to 7:00 pm during the summer months). We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

After you have seen cider made, it's time to wander through the large Retail store and check out many of the specialty foods we have to offer. Bring your appetite, since you can sample plenty of jellies, mustards, applesauce, fudge, and other goodies.

In the Summer, watch real bees make honey in our honey corner (don't worry, they're behind glass). Honeybees play a big part in the apple world, as they are responsible for pollenating the orchards each spring while they are in bloom to ensure a "well set" crop.

You may be lured by an overwhelming aroma to The Donut Counter, where you can sink your teeth into our legendary cider donuts. These donuts were featured in Gourmet Magazine, as one of the top four donuts in the country. They go great with a big cup of fresh Vermont-made Coffee. We sell many fresh mouth-watering baked goods from our natural ingredient bakery right in the store, including apple pies, pumpkin rolls, maple cream cheese pockets, apple-cheddar squares, and many others.[/]

Location: Waterbury Center, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 144 Miles
Estimated Time: 3 Hours

For more information about today's destination, [URL="http://www.coldhollow.com/aboutus.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL]!

Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Call 800-3-APPLES

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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