I realized last night that I never downloaded the pics from my camera that I took while tooling around VT & NH.
On Friday, with an entire day to scope out the area, I decided to head over to Woodstock (no, not that Woodstock) and go to this outdoor book fair they had going on all weekend.
Vintage and second-hand books? Yes, please! The town was not far - maybe about a 25 min ride from the inn.
I mean, honestly. These old buildings are just gorgeous.
The above pic I took in the town library where they were having the rare book sale. I thought it was super cool, espeically since it's crafty & such. Here I am, 7 hours from home, and I find something done with mixed media in the least likely of places! I don't even know what it was doing there! Just chillin, I guess, on that bodyform. Whatevs. Cool, nonetheless ;-)
This, I think, was an inn. Well, a large inn...but I think it was called the Woodstock Inn. It's hidden behind those pretty trees, but you can still get an idea of how big it is. And it was a beautiful building. I felt so touristy taking pics in this quaint little town, so I tried not to whip out my camera too often, which is why this is the only pic of this building that I took.
This is a little shop along the main street in Woodstock. Suspended over the river. So cool. So peaceful.
This was just a little cafe that I walked past on my way to the local coffee shop, and I loved the flower boxes and the umbrella tables.
That's all I have of lovely Woodstock, VT. Oh, and Bookstock wasn't as thrilling as I wanted it to be. I'd hoped to snag some Nancy Drew books in the original printed text, but I didn't see one Nancy Drew in any of the places they were having the book sale. Oh well. I'll just have to keep my eye out at antique shops & such.
After I was done with Woodstock, I decided to go to the Shaker Museum in Enfield, NH. This was...interesting. I don't really know what I expected when I went here, since I knew absolutely zero about the Shakers going into it, but I still figured I'd stop by since I wasn't far.
The surrounding area is beautiful - the museum is right on the river - and must be stunning in the fall when the leaves change. I didn't take any pictures of the building, since you had to call ahead to ask permission to take pics, which i didn't know, so I just took the tour. There are no longer Shakers there - in fact, there are only 3 remaining Shakers in the entire country, & they're in Maine - the property was sold to the La Salette order of Catholic missionaries, who owned it until the 1970's. So, there's a beautiful Catholic chapel on the premesis, which is a far cry from the very plain Shaker building.
Belinda Karls-Nace, of Blue Ribbon Designs, taught a cross stitch class here last fall, and designed a teaching piece specifically for this location. To read more about her teaching experience (and I believe she was able to take some pretty great pics), go to her blog posts about it here and here.
That's it for today! My little side trips through VT & NH before heading to my wonderful baking class at KAF!!!