Where did the summer go?
We’ve had such a mild summer here in Boston (not too many super hot days), that I sort of can’t believe August is long gone and we are well into September. The other day I was walking around Harvard Square when I noticed that some of the leaves are already starting to turn orange. Is fall foliage coming early this year?
The leaves indeed seem to be changing faster this year. According to the Smoky Mountains fall foliage map, we are already well into peak season in Northern Vermont and New Hampshire. By October 1, Boston will be well into its peak season (which is really early compared to past years). It makes me feel like I need to hurry up and plan a leaf peeping trip before it’s too late.
Vermont is beautiful, rustic, authentic, and restorative. Though I’ve lived in Boston for over twenty years, I never visited Vermont until very, very recently. Once I came I couldn’t believe how much I’ve missed.
There is so much to explore! The craft beer culture is out of this world, the cheeses are top notch, and scenery really relaxes and restores the soul.
Vermont has a ton of preserved covered bridges (over a hundred!). According to Richard Allen, the author of Covered Bridges of the Northeast,
“Vermont is justly famous for her covered bridges. No other state has built and still possesses so many of the old timbered crossings in so small an area.”
In August, I had a chance to visit Vermont. More specifically, a couple friends and I drove up with Woodstock, Vermont to experience the exquisite food at The Lincoln Inn & Restaurant at the Covered Bridge. Executive Chef Jevgenija Saromova, originally from Latvia, trained at Michelin-starred restaurants all across Europe before coming to Vermont to open The Lincoln Inn & Restaurant with her partner Mara Mehlman. The Lincoln Inn offers several multi-course tasting menus that fuse traditional French techniques with local Vermont ingredients. I will devote a whole separate post to the exquisite tasting menu we enjoyed there!
For now, here’s a preview of how we spent our weekend in Vermont.