Today was mostly a driving day, through the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and down to the southern coast of Connecticut – but what a beautiful drive! It’s no surprise why rich New Yorkers like Martha Stewart want to live up here.We started the day in Bennington, VT with a visit to the huge monument commemorating the Revolution’s Battle of Bennington. Turns out the battle was actually fought a bit west of here in New York, but they were fighting over storage houses actually in Bennington. It was a decisive battle that eventually led to the defeat of Gen. Burgoyne. We also popped our heads into the Covered Bridge Museum and the Old Bennington Cemetery, where poet Robert Frost is buried. His epitaph says “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world”. His poem, “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening” has always been one of my favorites.
The round barn in the Hancock Shaker Village
Then we headed south through the beautiful Berkshires. The Green Mountains of Vermont just get a little smoother and lower all through Mass. and Conn., but the fall color is just as vivid. We stopped at the Shaker Village in Hancock for a few minutes, and at a nice covered bridge in Sheffield, but for the most part we drove straight through.
We arrived in New Haven, CT about 5pm and drove by Yale University – fantastic old buildings. We ended up in Branford for the night, which sets us up nicely for a trip up the coast and into Rhode Island on Monday. We got some take-out and watched “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” in the room.