Greenwich Diaspora: Destination Vermont

With Greenwich Public Schools and multiple private schools on winter break all week, traffic was light in town even before Storm Pax kept swept cars off the roads.

GFP spent a few days in Vermont, along with what felt like half of Greenwich. At times during the drive up Rt 22 to Rt 7 the stream of cars with Connecticut license plates felt like a Greenwich caravan.

Outside Williamstown an Audi with a row of Greenwich beach stickers overtook GFP’s station wagon, requiring some extra concentration on the concept of “getaway.”

Indeed, once in Vermont it’s easy to forget you’ve left town when your neighbor from home waves hello in the bread aisle at Shaws.  And lacking the anonymity that a typical vacation affords, it’s easy to feel conspicuous.

Still, Manchester is resplendent in a fresh coat of snow, icicles dangling from historic slate roofs and proud statues dedicated to the town’s founders.

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The Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont.
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Bennington County Courthouse on Main Street in Manchester.
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One of several gracious historic homes on Taconic Road in Manchester.
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Restored brick building on Main Street in Manchester.
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Up for Breakfast is a popular spot on Main Street in Manchester.
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The Equinox Opera House in Manchester is in danger of demolition as no buyer has come forward and no plan for restoration is in the works.
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The waterfall at the Kimball Grist Mill in Manchester.
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Bridge connecting the former “Malfunction Junction” to Main Street in Manchester.
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It’s always worth a detour to gawk at the massive Bennington Battle Monument from up close. The monument, constructed from blue-gray magnesium limestone, is 306 feet 4 and 1/2 inches tall and was completed and dedicated in 1891.
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Despite single digit temperatures in February, the blue sunny sky over Vermont’s mountains lifts spirits of even the most exhausted snow shoveler.

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