Post by madeline on Jul 3, 2016 10:35:18 GMT -5
We’re in Stowe, Vermont. We left Big Moose after breakfast on Thursday and got to Middlebury, VT a little after 1 and ate lunch at a place called Rosie’s. The Green Mountains are very scenic because there aren’t any big cities, just forests, farms and quaint little towns. We checked in at the Green Mountain Inn a little after 4. Lee and Julia have adjoining rooms in the main inn and the rooms are both beautifully decorated in Colonial style. The rest of us are staying in the Goat Loft Apartment, which is also decorated in Colonial style, but the bedrooms in the apartment are very bland. The lobby and dining room are also decorated like an old Colonial inn and the fireplace and wing chairs, which are shown in one of the pictures that Lee posted before our trip, look like those in the Old House on DS, like Kitty said in one of her comments. We had dinner at the hotel dining room, The Whip Bar & Grill. We had calamari and Prince Edward Island mussels for appetizers and Steak au Poivre with mushroom cognac sauce. We were tired from driving and went to bed early.
On Friday morning, we had breakfast at The Main Street Dining Room, which is also attached to the inn. Then we dropped off some things at the dry cleaner’s and drove south to Cuttingsville. It was a beautiful day, overcast and looking like it was going to rain. We met the lady from the historical society at 1 and she showed us through Laurel Hall, the haunted house built by John Bowman. After his wife and daughter died, he spent the rest of his life mourning for them and built the mausoleum across the road with a statue of himself kneeling outside the door. Lee, Julia and I had been there before, but Catherine and Kate hadn’t and they wanted to see it. There are some legends about the house, but some of them aren't true. It was said that Bowman had dinner prepared every evening and set out on the table with a place set for his dead wife, but the historical society lady said that wasn’t true, although he did do a lot of strange things. People hear things in the house, like a woman laughing, when no one else is there. Everyone says the woman is Jennie Bowman, his dead wife, but he didn't build the house until after she died. Bowman didn’t live in the house year round, it was his summer house and he did a lot of entertaining, so he must have gotten over his grief at some point. The woman haunting the house could be a former guest, or maybe a former lover. The house is in the Queen Anne style and has a square, central tower, but it also has some odd Elizabethan decoration on the exterior. The outside is impressive, but nothing like the interior, which has huge halls, pillars, a grand staircase with two big stained glass windows on the second floor landing and hand painted murals. The mausoleum is just as impressive, with statues, mirrors, fluted columns, statues of his dead wife and daughters and beautiful tile designs on the floor. We spent at least 2 hours in Cuttingsville and then drove back to Stowe. It was still cloudy and threatening to rain.
We got back to Stowe around 6, changed, and walked across the street to Harrison’s Restaurant. The menu there was basically the same as the one here at the inn, so we ordered Prince Edward Island mussels and calamari again, but instead of Steak au Poivre, we had filet mignon with rosemary potatoes. Afterwards, we came back and played cards and talked while Dark Shadows DVDs played on the TV.
Yesterday, we had eggs benedict in the dining room and went to our appointed spa day at Snowflake Mountain Resort & Spa. We had the usual manis/pedis, massages, facials, make-up, etc., which lasted from 11 until around 3:30. Julia and Lee were finished about a 30 to 40 minutes before the best of us because they don't use nail polish and we had to wait for our nails and toes to dry. The makeup girls were a little shocked when we showed them our DS character photos so that they would know how to make up our eyes because in the 60s, eye make-up was different from today. We told them about the Dark Shadows Festival and they assumed we were on our way to the Festival. After we left the spa, we came back to the inn and dressed for dinner at the Trapp Family Lodge, which is about a 10 minute drive from the inn. We all love German food, so we had weiner schnitzel, spaetzel and Trapp Family Lodge Brut. It was my turn to drive, so I had only 2 glasses at dinner, but we bought two bottles at the brewery to bring back to the inn.
This morning is sunny, not Dark Shadows weather, and we had brunch at the inn. Julia had pancakes, but the rest of us had eggs benedict again because the syrup up here is runny and gets the pancakes all soggy. It’s not like the cane syrup we have down South. This afternoon we’re going to drive to Montpelier, the capital of Vermont, which is about 30 minutes away, and visit Green Mount Cemetery, which is haunted, and then drive around and look at the old houses and other buildings.