Bob and I had planned to attend a Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally in Interlochen MI from August 4 through August 7. We were notified on July 23 that the cabin we reserved in Michigan was not habitable. It was filled with smoke and water, when another cabin, attached to ours, was consumed by fire. I took the fire as an omen…do not go to Michigan. So, we made plans to vacation in New Hampshire instead. We visited Bob’s sister and explored the White Mountains region.
Our New Hampshire vacation began on July 30. We departed our home in Warren en route Bennington, VT a little after 6:30 am.
Around 9:00 am we made a bathroom stop at a rest area just before Corning, NY. Free coffee / tea / hot chocolate and various snacks were available under a canopy set up by a local high school senior class. I saw hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, too, so it appeared that the kiosk would be there through lunch. We picked up coffee and tea and Grandma’s oatmeal raisin cookies, which we shared. Donations were accepted. We contributed to their donation jar.
We stopped for lunch at the Worcester Rest Area (NY). It was a bit chilly sitting at picnic table. My hoodie would have felt good, but I forgot to bring it.
Our picnic lunch included Bumble Bee tuna and chicken snacks to go that included crackers, a fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie, Cajun Trail Mix and beverage of choice. I saw what I considered an odd sign at the rest area.
We encountered the most traffic on Rt. 7E in Troy, NY. It was slow going for several miles. We arrived at the Best Western Bennington in Bennington, VT around 1:50 pm.
Our hotel room was on the second floor, poolside, Room 169.
Our hotel room was spacious. As you entered our room from the outside, you walked into an entry of sorts. The bathroom was straight ahead; our bedroom was to the left. Furnishings included two queen beds, separated by a nightstand; a love seat, coffee table; a desk and chair; dresser with flat screen TV; refrigerator and microwave.
As we have driven through Bennington on past trips to visit with Bob’s sister, we were aware that the Bennington Battle Monument is one of Bennington’s attractions. I thought the monument might be visible from our hotel. So I went for a walk around the hotel and through the shopping center located behind the hotel.
Later in the afternoon we drove to the Bennington Battle Monument. We have visited the monument at least two times before during earlier trips to New Hampshire.
This 306-foot stone monument is dedicated to the Battle of Bennington that took place during the Revolutionary War in 1777. Visitors may ride an elevator to the top of the Bennington Battle Monument for panoramic views of the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In past visits the monument was closed for the season, and we were not able to go inside the monument. For the first time we were able to ride the monument elevator to the observation deck, which is located 200 feet from the ground. See those narrow vertical openings about 3/4 up from the monument base? That is the location of the observation deck. There were views to the south, north, east and west. Poster size photographs on the wall opposite the view highlighted points of interest.
Points of interest looking south included the Old First Church, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Mount Greylock-Taconic Range. Mount Greylock (3,491 feet) is the highest point in Massachusetts.
Points of interest looking east included Bald Mountain and Willow Park.
I was disappointed by the view, as you could only see through four narrow openings at each compass point. Only two of the four openings were unhindered by glass. I am glad that it cost only $5.00 each for the elevator ride.
Returning to ground level we walked around the monument grounds.
Seth Warner was the commander of the Green Mountain Boys who helped defeat the British forces in the Second Engagement of the Battle of Bennington.
General John Stark and 1,400 New Hampshire men were involved in the Battle of Bennington. This large granite boulder with its bronze tablet honors those men. The bronze state portrays General Stark in a heroic pose, stepping forward with an outstretched arm pointing towards the approaching British.
We saw our first moose, while at the Bennington Battle Monument.
Benny was the first of several painted moose that we saw, while in Bennington.
Leaving the Bennington Battle Monument, we drove to Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant for dinner. Bob’s sister recommended the restaurant as a comment on one of my Facebook posts. Bob ordered a blackened chicken salad; I ordered fish & chips. Both meals were excellent, as was the ambiance and service.
From the restaurant we returned to our hotel, stopping briefly at the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.
Upon returning to our hotel, we walked across the street to the Dairy Bar for dessert.
The moose statues first began to appear in 2005, during Bennington’s Moosefest. In addition to Moosefest 2005, I found references on the Internet to a Moosefest 2009.
This blog post concludes Day 1 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.