The trip from Ottawa to Woodstock was going to be a purposeful one with no expectations of stunning scenery along the way, but we did expect to see the Fall in full colour but it did not happen as expected this year.
The area was badly hit by the big storm ” Irene” and the Fall colours have just not happened as usual so the in your face Vermont red was very hard to find. But you make the most of what you have in front of you and despite my bung arm and foot we did just that.
We took a walk up town and dined at a fabulous Caribbean restaurant and wandered the streets the best I could o take in the ambience and charm of this 18th century village, there were plenty of early Halloween decorations underway and we were impressed by the quality of the Real Estate Agents Premises.
We stayed in a lovely B&B “The Inn at Woodstock” and the room was very spacious and had a very comfy bed so resting up was very easy but with old buildings you have to remember that they make noises and people with big feet tend to stomp around a bit, just like the guy above us, he finally went o bed around 1am !!!
We then spent the next few hours searching the myriad of back roads looking for the elusive red maples and stumbled across some interesting villages along the way, one notable one was “Skunk Hollow”. We found some lovely New England architecture at every turn and decided to turn it into a tour of buildings and here are a few of the best.
We dropped back into town to get some lunch and enjoyed the atmosphere of a Woodstock institution “Bentleys” and took in the hectic Columbus day long weekend crowds in our stride as we strolled the main street.
Luckily there was a trolley car that circled the town and we got a lift back to save my very sore foot from any more agony, time for ice and elevation.
We have seen some classic cars on our journey but nothing as good as the sensational 1948 Cadillac Coupe De Ville that was parked near Woodstock. It was perfectly restored with white leather interior and has to be one of the coolest cars I have ever seen.
We spotted another classic 60s convertible in Salem on our way to Rockport and another OL 55 Bel Air in Contoocook, yes that is a town.