Monday, October 17, 2011

It was not easy getting out of the nice warm bed after being lulled to sleep by the wind last night in the cool New Hampshire Mountains. I love sleeping in the cold, but hate getting out of a nice toasty warm bed. But coffee and breakfast called, so up I got to a surprisingly toasty bath, complete with a heavenly bar of lavender scented soap. Breakfast was Tomato and Spinach Quiche and an english Muffin, Coffee and Juice. The food was good and the company better, I got to chat a bit with our crooners and that was fun, always gives some insight into the music. I wanted to take the back-road to Burlington today, so off we headed. I was concerned at reports of road closings due to the hurricane, and while there was some construction, however all the roads we tried were passable. The sun has peeked out at us off and on over the course of the day, making for some lovely scenery. We only saw one coveed bridge, and odly enough it was called the Fisher bridge! We stopped and created many a digital image.

Jodi, (I think I finally have her trained), spotted our lunch place, a little hole in the wall called the Bees Knees. It was one of those cute little places where the owner has taken an old brick building in a downtown area (though this was a decidedly small downtown area) and created an interesting environment with just the right touches, without destroying that old brick building feel. I had Corn Chowder and a Salad of field greens, cranberries, tomatoes, maple candied nuts, local goat cheese, and maple syrup vinaigrette. It was all delish! Jodi had her usual egg sandwich with her bacon “cremated” and they got it just right. The staff was friendly and it was a engaging place!

On the road to Stowe, we saw a house that was just a mess, we had to stop and take a few photos, there was a strange rock formation, trees hanging in a tree in the back and farm animals in the side yard. I had thought to stop at Stowe and it was lovely; but we did not stop until Jodi had another photo opportunity attack at a nice sudsy river. Outside of Stowe we stopped and purchased some Maple Syrup, I wanted some and after the Maple Syrup Vinaigrette, it was a necessity!

Burlington is another college town, and I was worried, but the Lang House B&B is placed in a quiet area near the downtown area. The view driving down main street was of Lake Champlain, which we agreed requires a look-see. After checking in and a short nap for Jodi, we went in search of sustenance. Church street is a pedestrian area of restaurants, shops and some tourist info. We settled on a French, which Jodi knew says she knew was in her future when the Lang House Hostess mentioned it. I long for this sort of establishment at home. Leuings has the traditional French brasserie feel and the menu made my decision challenging. I settled on the Roasted Cranberry & Red Currant Chicken Statler which is a Chicken Breast Stuffed with Cranberry & Red Currant Compote, Apple, with Vermont Smoke & Cure Bacon & Cabot Cheddar Risotto Served with Sautéed Baby Spinach for a mere$27 . Jodi had the Beef Bourguignon described as Beef Tips Braised in Red Wine, with Smoked Bacon, Pearl Onions, Carrots, Celery & Button Mushrooms, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Haricots Verts ( green Beans) and $25 I got the mushrooms! It was killer good, and we needed the uphill climb back to work of a couple of the calories prior to bed!

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