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Road Trip: The Campus at Yale and a Little Dining in New Haven

YaleThe main purpose of this road trip was to move our son into his apartment in New Haven, Connecticut as he began law school at Yale.  Along the way I have shared with you quaint old towns, wonderful inns, some fun shopping, delicious dining, and an assortment of not-to-be-missed scenery, but today’s post is just a bit different.  We left Vermont and drove back to New Haven to add the last few things to his apartment, and we toured the awe-inspiring campus at Yale, camera in hand. Today I want you to just soak in this amazing architecture.

Yale theatre

A large portion of the area near our son’s apartment is the campus at Yale.  It blends in with the city, or rather the city blends in with it.  It is often hard to tell where one starts and the other ends in this part of New Haven.

Yale 1With three children who have traveled across many states in determining where they want to attend school, we have seen our fair share of campuses, but it is safe to say that none are as impressive as Yale.  I thought Duke was close, (and it is beautiful) but after touring Yale, Duke comes in second.

Yale clock towerYale clock tower 2

As you can tell from these buildings, Yale is old – very old.  Its history began in the 1640s when colonial clergymen originated the idea for the school.  It was chartered in 1701 and named Yale College in 1718 after Elihu Yale, a Welsh merchant who donated money, books, and a portrait of King George I.  The Yale School of Medicine was chartered in 1810 and the Law School in 1824.

Yale 6The campus covers 310 acres, and its 260 buildings have architectural styles reflecting every major one that’s been designed in the last 300 years.  I know I should have been “hearing” some grand classical piece of music playing in my head as we strolled along looking at these buildings – something immensely academic, but what I was really hearing in my head was this…

Yes, the theme from Harry Potter.

Yale 2

Because to me, it looked straight out of Hogwarts (which technically, could be considered to be academic too.:))  If we had been there at night, I am sure the similarities would have been even stronger.

Yale campus

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Yale library

Just look at the frieze above this door into the law school.  While this one shows the students asleep and the professor engaged, at the other door into this building there is a matching one with the professor exhausted and the students engaged.:)

Yale doorwayWe went inside the Sterling Memorial library and stood in awe.  I can’t begin to imagine what it would take to recreate that kind of detail today.

Yale library interior

Yale interiorI even liked the bicycles outside it.:)

Yale bicycles

When you walk through Yale, you come out on the other side where there are shops bordering the campus. Across the street, you see this small park sandwiched between two busy roads.

New Haven parkOften times, a market with fresh produce is in the park area, and more places to shop are across that street.

Yale shopping

This is the view looking back from that side towards Yale.

New Haven Maison MathisThere is a wonderful restaurant there on the street level called Maison Mathis.

New Haven Maison Mathis exteriorOur son’s apartment and The Study Hotel (where we were staying) are on Chapel Street, so we spent most of our time on that side of the campus, but one day we happened to drive past Maison Mathis.  I loved the looks of it, did a little research, and on our last day in New Haven we had lunch there.

New Haven Maison Mathis interiorIt is owned by two Belgians, so it has a decidedly European vibe. Breakfast is served all day long, and they have some wonderful bakery items along with many other menu choices.

New Haven Maison Mathis menu

When we return, I want to try the Belgian waffle with chocolate.
New Haven Maison Mathis waffle menu

Here are a few of their salads and sandwiches.
New Haven Maison Mathis sandwiches

You take one of the water bottles there to your table self serve.

New Haven Maison Mathis water stationCute table and chairs!

New Haven Maison Mathis seatingAnd divine looking desserts!
(I should have ordered some to go.)

New Haven Maison Mathis dessertsHere is our son’s coffee and sandwich,

New Haven Maison Mathis sandwichand my ratatouille.  It had a good flavor, but I would have liked the veggies cooked a little less so that they were more firm.

New Haven Maison Mathis ratatouilleMy husband’s grilled salmon salad was very good.

New Haven Maison Mathis grilled salmon saladI mentioned that we stayed mostly on the Chapel Street side of the campus while we were in New Haven.  There are quite a few restaurant choices over there as well.  We tried out the vegetarian Claire’s Corner Copia one afternoon.  It has been in business serving vegan and organic foods since 1975.

New Haven Claires Corner

They serve great breakfasts, and Mexican dishes, pizzas, veggie burgers, and a number of other entrees.  I had the eggplant parmigiana, and it was quite tasty.  Here is a small portion of their menu.

part of Claires Corner Copia menu New

My favorite place to eat in New Haven was on Chapel Street – Shake Shack.  We ate there quite a few times – and at all hours of the night!  (It was about a 4 minute walk from our son’s apartment making it quite convenient.)

Shake Shack New

Take a look at all the goodies on the menu!

Shake Shack menu New Haven

I couldn’t resist those crinkle cut fries, milkshakes, and concretes.  It is a good thing there is not one in our area at home!

Shake Shack burger and

Are you hungry now?

I have one more place for you to see from New Haven in the next post – our son’s finished apartment. Remember..he wanted it “functional not decorated,” so do not expect a lot more than minimal.

I hope to see you back here soon.

Until next time…


Peggy - September 27, 2015 - 11:09 pm

Awesome architecture! It boggles my mind to think of the work and workmanship that went i
nto erecting theses beautiful structures. And, as usual, enjoy your road trip food blogging. Nothing is as much fun. What did we do before Yelp?

I agree. How in the world did anyone design those buildings way back when? Finding workers who could do that kind of craftsmanship today would be difficult I bet.
I do not know what I would do without Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Pinterest. We have had no internet service here for the last 10 days, and it has been HARD. I have had limited access in the evenings with the hotspot from a phone, so my computer use has been very limited the last couple of weeks. :(

Julie in Asheville - September 27, 2015 - 11:25 pm

Kelly, if you run out of things to do while newly retired, think about starting your own tour company. I particularly enjoy your emphasis on the food!
Too funny Julie! I don’t think I will EVER run out of things to do. I have been so busy, I wonder how in the world I had time to work before! I keep waiting for things to “slow down,” but it doesn’t seem like that is likely.

Donnamae - September 27, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Beautiful campus….love all that architecture! And yes…I am always hungry after these travel posts! 😉
Donnamae, you could spend an entire semester studying just the architecture at Yale. I’m sorry I am making you all hungry. There is only one more food post from the road trip. So maybe that won’t be too tempting for you! 😉

cindy hattersley - September 27, 2015 - 11:39 pm

I had forgotten how gorgeous that campus is. It has been quite a few years since we visited. Congrats to your son. Love that he wants his apartment “undecorated” translation “so it doesn’t look like mom did it!C!!
Cindy, it warrants another visit back for you. :) Your “interpretation” of our son’s message was right on target! Discussing hanging pictures on the wall even stressed him out. LOL

Sherry Myers - September 27, 2015 - 11:58 pm

You are right. I am from NC, and love the beautiful Duke campus, but I believe Yale has it beat. Oh, those ceilings. Loved the tour, and I think I need a midnight snack!
(Thank you for your response. Prayers for your request.)
When we first visited Duke with our son, I was so very impressed. I had never seen such amazing architecture in person. It is still worth a visit to that campus to view it, but Yale has even more and has so much more history.
Thank you for the prayers!

Rosemary - September 28, 2015 - 4:46 am

Hi Kelly! … My first time commenting! I m not sure how I found your blog but I feel very blessed that I did!! I feel it’s a cross between my favourite magazine and coffee with my best friends … It’s so friendly, welcoming and full of great information and advice. Well done, you must be so proud of what you’ve achieved.
I started following at a time when, due to ill health I was housebound and having just to chill and relax so I had time to go back and read from your first post … So each day instead of being bored and frustrated as well as in pain I had your blog as a cheerful distraction that transported me to parts of the US I hadn’t been to and to revisit parts I had … Yale, New Haven, Cape Cod. You gave me ideas on projects to do around the house, recipes and lots of information for future holidays! Thank you!! :)
Rosemary … in England
Rosemary, what a beautifully sweet comment. Thank YOU so much. :) I am happy that the blog was able to take you places and give you inspiration for things that were a distraction from your health problems. It sounds like you no longer have those issues, so I am glad for that (but please keep reading the posts! LOL) I have 3 or 4 more for the road trip and then we will be back in the land of decorating for fall around here. I hope you are having a great week!

Tricia - September 28, 2015 - 5:47 am

Thank you, Kelly, for showing us around Yale. Can only imagine being surrounded by such magnificent buildings while going to school. Just reading this makes me feel smarter! Enjoy reading about your food choices, too! Those burgers….yum!
You are quite welcome Tricia. I am happy to be your tour guide. :) When you are surrounded by that architecture, you can’t help but feel academic!

At Rivercrest Cottage - September 28, 2015 - 7:22 am

don’t know what’s more appealing, the food or the buildings. A lovely to look at post.
I am glad you found it appealing…all of it! (I’ll take the buildings in this case over the food. They were amazing.)

Karen - September 28, 2015 - 7:42 am

Beautiful tour of a beautiful campus, and my favorite part, your music selection, how fun!
Oh goodness…thank you Karen! The minute we set foot on that campus, Harry Potter was in my head (and our son agreed.) Glad you enjoyed the musical selection. :)

Jill - September 28, 2015 - 8:11 am

What a beautiful campus! Great architecture like that just makes me swoon. But I have to confess….while you’re thinking of Harry Potter, I’m thinking of Gilmore Girls. :)
Thanks for the tour!
Jill, that architecture is certainly swoon-worthy. :) Yes, Gilmore Girls would be another connection for Yale! I’ve read though that the filming of the Yale parts of it were on a special stage made of plaster in Burbank, California and at Pomona College (not sure where that is.)

Louvina - September 28, 2015 - 9:47 am

Mercy Me! What a GREAT post, Kelly!! I was so impressed with the buildings, shops and surroundings. It is hard to wrap my head around how long this school has been in existence. The one building reminded me of St. Patrick’s in NYC. Wonder have they done many restorations after all these years? Hope your son is settled into his studies and know he is ultra busy by now. Two things — never heard of “concretes” and doggy orders on a menu!! How delightful!! Thank you for all the effort and hard work put into your posts!:)
Louvina, thank you for your words of appreciation. :) It IS hard to wrap your head around how long Yale has been around…especially in our world of “here today..gone tomorrow.” It is nice to be around places of such permanence. I feel sure there have been many restorations over its long history. Concretes….yum yum!! And that was my first time seeing dog items on a menu too.
Have a good day!

Dawn - September 28, 2015 - 9:50 am


I was thinking Harry Potter too! I am the Literature teacher for fifth through eighth grade and my ring tone is Harry Potter (When Hedwig brings the mail)! I would have enjoyed looking at all of the architecture and eating those yummy foods! I would have had to try Claire’s for the simple reason that I was born in 1975! It looks delicious and fun! The Shake Shack looks so sweet! I love that it is open all hours of the night for those late night cravings! Yum and fun! Thanks for sharing! Take care.
Dawn, great minds think alike. :) I am going to have to check into having the Harry Potter ring tone. That is just great! Shake Shack came in very handy for us with our late suppers. It seemed that we did not want to take a break to eat until very late (and they were just so darn conveniently located to us.)

Mechelle - September 28, 2015 - 10:54 am

The music was a nice touch. Maybe it could be added more often?
And the Croques Madame….oh my.
Love adding music to the posts. It just requires a bit more time, but we shall see.
Yes, that Croques Madame sounded fabulous!

Garden, Home and Party - September 28, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Okay, that settles it, I am making a trip to New Haven a priority. I have seen parts of Yale years ago. It’s absolutely the most impressive U.S. college I’ve ever seen. Oxford, in England may rival it due to size and history, but not by much. I agree the Harry Potter theme is perfect…in fact (don’t judge) the opening notes of the fabulous John Williams tune is my mobile phone ringtone. :-)
I love the Maison Mathis menu and charm of the establishment. The word on Shake Shack (if its the same) is that they are expanding…I hope they bring one to California soon!
Great tour. I love all I’ve seen so far of New Haven.
It is so very impressive. The towers really make you feel small.
I love that the music is your ringtone!! That’s fun.
I have heard that Shake Shack is expanding.(Buy their stock!) But I do not know exactly where. It seems that they add local selections to their concrete mixes (like pecan pie in Georgia and blueberries in Maine.) If they go to California, I wonder what they would add in there?

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - September 28, 2015 - 12:24 pm

I love how you eat your way around cities. We’d make good travel partners.
Oh yes, on both counts! Love eating my way through cities!! (especially the desserts. :) )

kathy - September 28, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Wow, Kelly! This post is fabulous! What a gorgeous campus Yale is! You know exactly what angle to use in photographing places and foods! I feel like I was there and almost like I got to eat that cheeseburger! You must be so, so proud of your son! OMGoodness, you were in BHG and your son is at Yale! That is HUGE! My daughter and her husband just bought a 1920s house and I pinned the photograph of the bakery with the three lights, subway tiles and open shelving for ideas for their kitchen. Thanks for more inspiration! I am excited to see your son’s apartment soon!
Gosh, thanks for all your compliments Kathy! We are very proud of our son. :) How fun for your daughter! Our first home as newlyweds (a rental) was built in the 1920’s. Those homes have such charm! I am glad you could find ideas for her. I hope she has fun decorating it! :)

Gina - September 28, 2015 - 1:51 pm

What a beautiful campus!! You just can’t beat the detailed architecture of the older colleges. I’m sure you enjoyed walking around getting a feel for the place your son will be spending his next few years. :) What woman doesn’t love reading about all the cute cafes and eateries too! Yum, I would have loved the Shake Shack too!! I had never heard of “concretes” though, haha I “googled it. :) And yes, I am hungry. Off to find some lunch. Wish I had something like that grilled salmon salad. 😉
It was quite beautiful! Although I think the feeling I came away with was “overwhelmed” by the campus.
Shake Shack was worthy of several meals. :) We used to have a restaurant here that made concretes, but they closed a number of years ago. It was good to enjoy the cold treat there in New Haven during their “heat wave.”

Vicki - September 28, 2015 - 1:54 pm

So enjoying these posts, Kelly. I think my favorite place is that magnificent library. It just exudes a reverence for books and learning. I think I’d feel smarter just standing in there. :)
It does exude a reverence for anything academic. I know exactly what you mean about feeling smarter just being in there! :) It also makes one feel very small in such a huge space.

Ellen - September 28, 2015 - 5:59 pm

I have been enjoying your tour of this part of the country. You take great delight in torturing me with all this food, I can tell, when I am trying so hard to be good! Ah well — your lucky son, going to Yale Law School — he will be a fine lawyer someday, and you can congratulate yourselves on getting him launched. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing your children do well.
I’m sorry…I did not mean to torture you. :( I am glad you are trying to be good though. Our son is working hard at Yale, and it is challenging. Yes, there is definitely satisfaction in seeing our children succeed, but I will feel much better when I see him graduate (and he will too! LOL)

Arlene@Nanaland - September 28, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Oh my I think I gained five pounds just looking at all that food!! Yum. And I picked up a Cottage Home Christmas magazine today and while I was leafing through it there was your pretty house again!! I really liked the pictures in Cottage Home better than the ones in the other magazine…BHandG I believe? Any way…so glad to say I knew you before you were famous!! Congrats.
Oh dear! I hope we don’t gain weight by looking! (Because I look a lot!!)
I think you mean Southern Cottage magazine, right? The photographs in that article were done by Layla and Kevin Palmer from The Lettered Cottage about 4 years ago. I was so surprised to see this article come out this year! It was good to see an article that included the exterior for a change. The previous one they ran did not include some of the photos that they included this time. Kevin did a good job with the photography when they were here.

Julie @ Creating This Life - September 28, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Congratulations to your son! What a gorgeous place to go to school. Your pictures are beautiful. We spent the weekend in and around our son’s college campus in St. Louis. It’s such fun, isn’t it?
Thank you for your kind compliments Julie. College life is always exciting and fun for visitors (but a lot of work for the students!) I know you enjoyed visiting your son this weekend. :)

DiAnne - September 28, 2015 - 8:39 pm

I can’t wait to see what you have done with the son’s apartment.
The Yale campus is soooo beautiful! I wish your son the very best there and I know he must pinch himself to think he has such a wonderful opportunity in front of him.
The Shake Shack looks sooo good.
Remember our son’s apartment is only one room, so there is not a ton to show…and it’s a guy’s place at that. Yale’s architecture is amazing, isn’t it?! Thank you for the well wishes for our son. He is certainly being challenged there…100 hours of school and school work last week and not a lot of sleep (which is partly why he is coming down with a cold right now I think.) He could probably use something from Shake Shack to make him feel better. :)

Elaine - September 28, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Loved, loved. loved this post! Don’t know if you will think this good news or not :-) :-) BUT. . . there is a Shake Shack “near” you – it’s on Peachtree Road in Atlanta just south of the Paces Ferry intersection. Closer to your home than New Haven. You can thank me later! For now, I thank you for your blog – absolutely one of my favorites; I don’t miss an “edition”.
Thank you Elaine! I am happy that you loved loved loved it! :) Our son now at Yale graduated from Emory University, and he told me about there being a Shake Shack in Atlanta, but I was not sure of the exact location. Thank you for sharing that with me. (I think. LOL) The next time we go through Atlanta, I hope we can stop there. They are expanding locations, so perhaps we will all have one nearer to us soon.
Thank you for reading the blog!!!!

Debra - September 30, 2015 - 10:14 am

Those buildings are amazing. Quite the campus! Looks like it has a lot of wonderful eateries too. You had me drooling by the end of this post. Thanks for showing the menus Kelly, as I like to see what makes up the entries. Yum!! :)
It was an amazing campus. I love to read menus too, so I try to include them when I can. It helps to know what to expect when you go to a new restaurant. If you are near a Shake Shack, you should check them out. :)

Charissa - October 1, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Wow Yale is so pretty what great architecture!! and great photography skills. Your posts always make me so hungry;) lol I just try and think of ways to make the same thing at home YUM

Road Trip: Stowe and Waterbury Vermont

Stowe Visitor Center Stowe VTHappy Weekend!  Today we are beginning our drive south towards home, but that does not mean we are through wandering.  Goodness no!  We are exploring two towns in the beautiful state of Vermont before we take the highways back to New Haven, Connecticut.  Our first adventure leads us here…

Smugglers Notch State Park VTto Smugglers Notch State Park outside of Stowe.  If you want a sense of how it feels to drive through parts of the park, take a look at this video by Vermontology.

As we come back towards town, we spy this…

ski lift Stowe VT

In case you didn’t know, Stowe is a major winter destination with dozens of activities in the snow…especially skiing.  Some of their winter ski lifts operate in the summer to offer visitors a ride to the top for amazing views.  We did not take advantage of this because of our budget, and this was my biggest regret of the whole trip.:( If you go, be sure to include this in your activities.

Driving on into the town of Stowe, you find streets with charming shops.

Shaws General Store Stowe Vtshopping in Stowe VTAnd of course we have to go in the coffee shop.:)

Black Cap Coffee Stowe VTBlack Cap Coffee Cafe Stowe VTRight next door is the Butler House.

landscaping at Butler House Stowe VT

Butler House Stowe

Even the realty company has a pretty building!:)

realty Stowe VT

My favorite shop is Juniper, and it has just recently opened there.

JuniperDon’t you just love all the flowers?

Juniper entrance Stowe VTLocated down a little side street from Black Cap Coffee, Juniper carries cards, anything paper, and gifts.
I want you to come inside and see some of the goodies!

Juniper Stowe VT

Juniper shop Stowe VTJuniper paper goods Stowe VT

Juniper shop papergoods Stowe VTHere is a closer look at some of the cute items on that table there.:)

Juniper shop birthday itemsOur son purchases some postcards, and then it’s time to say goodbye to Juniper and to Stowe.
(But I want to be sure and visit it again when we return to Vermont for another trip.)

Juniper windowboxes Stowe VTWe get back in the car, and we are off to the next town, Waterbury.
But before we reach it, our son has us stop here.

Petes Greens Waterbury VTPete’s Greens is an organic farm, and this is one of their farmer’s markets.  It is near the Cabot Cheese Outlet, so you could do some serious eating in the area! (Our son is shopping for one of Pete’s t-shirts.)

Petes Greens interior Waterbury VTPetes Greens produce Waterbury VTPetes Greens truck Waterbury VTWe purchase a few items, and then continue on down the road to Waterbury.

Waterbury VT

brick buildings Waterbury VTWaterbury has a different feel to me, but maybe I’m just not seeing all of the town.  Stowe seems more family oriented, while Waterbury seems to be targeted to a younger crowd with a BIG emphasis on craft beer.

the Blue Stone Waterbury VTEven our lunch location is a brew pub.

Prohibition Pig Waterbury VTProhibition Pig

Prohibition Pig menu Waterbury VTHere is part of our lunch.
(Love that Coke in a bottle.:))

Prohibition Pig lunchAnd even though that part of town does not seem very family oriented, there is one part of Waterbury that most assuredly is

Ben and Jerrys Waterbury VTBen and Jerry’s.:)
Of course we have to make a stop there if we are in Waterbury!

Ben and Jerrys complex Waterbury VTBen and Jerrys menu Waterbury VTMy husband and I both have some kind of coffee flavor.  (They do not carry my favorite – Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.:()  My son has a chocolate something…??  Not sure about his.Ben and Jerrys ice creamIt is all delicious, and we torture our son by making him oblige the traditional tourist photo-op there.:)

Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream Waterbury VTAnd that is the sweet ending of the Vermont portion of the road trip.

The next leg of our adventure takes us back to the Study Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut. (Remember it?)  We’ll be looking around the city of New Haven and the campus of Yale in the next post (hopefully this weekend!)


And then you can finally see the before-and-after of our son’s apartment there early next week.:)
Stay tuned!

Until next time…


Sherry Myers - September 25, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Quaint Vermont..beautiful. Your return trip looks like it was as enjoyable as the beginning. And Coke in a bottle..true comfort food, not to mention the treat of Ben and Jerry’s. Believe it or not, one of my favorite photos was the last one..beautiful architecture..what would the cost of constucting that building be today? Looking forward to touring Yale. Thanks for inclulding the beautiful flowers along the way too.
Happy Weekend,

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 25, 2015 - 11:22 pm

Kelly, what a fun trip you all had! Quite a send off for your son and fun way to celebrate your retirement! I love stopping in little towns and checking our their shops and restaurants…and coffee shops, of course! Looking forward to the before and after of your son’s apartment. Warmly, Gracia

Tricia - September 26, 2015 - 12:19 am

Kelly, this is just too much fun. I love Vermont. Enjoying each stop you make and now I have to look up Juniper. Have been wondering if you would get to Ben and Jerry’s. Stopped there many times over the years, done the tour, and afterwards filled up on pints of ‘seconds’ ice cream in which one might discover far too many (?!) large pieces of a particular ingredient (Coffee Heath Bar is my favourite as well). Enjoy your weekend!

Vicki - September 26, 2015 - 12:56 am

What beautiful towns! Loved all of it!

Julie in Asheville - September 26, 2015 - 4:36 am

Love, love the posts this trip. The Northeast has always been a destination wish, especially Vermont. I just love the name. Also, ancient family members are from MA and Nantucket. Did you ever post pics of Nantucket, Kelly? Don’t think I’ll ever get there, but would love to hit Maine for some lobster at the end of July, festival time. Oh, well, if I’m not able to make it, your posts are the next best thing.

Cheri - September 26, 2015 - 8:28 am

I love the General Store, coffee shop and that red truck. Stowe looks like so quaint and I wish our town could look like that.

Lynne - September 26, 2015 - 8:53 am

Kelly, I have enjoyed these trips and pictures so much. This trip to New England is on my bucket list when my husband retires. Are these posts on your pinterest board? I need to remember these places when I get to go someday. Tks so much for sharing!

Garden, Home and Party - September 26, 2015 - 10:14 am

I was really impressed by the flowers. I would have guessed you visited in the spring from the look of all of the blooms. I can spend hours in little shops, especially a great card/stationary/gift shop.
I love coffee ice cream. I’ll have to look for that Ben & Jerry’s flavor…yummy.
This has been fun. Thank you.

mari1017 - September 26, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Kelly, this is just such a wonderful excursion for you all! My sister in NY is attempting to move up there as soon as she sells her house. Her youngest is a freshman at University of Vermont and loving it. They have been looking and praying for that opportunity to move to some land and a great house! From reading your post today I feel like was just up there with her :-)
Thanks for all the photos and suggestions – you do take such care with your posts and have a great eye for the details!

Gina - September 26, 2015 - 12:13 pm

What a fun road trip this has been! 😉 I love to stop in little towns like this and eat at local dives. The buildings are so cute and I would have loved Juniper too. I’m looking forward to the Yale tour. Love a college campus tour, especially older ones with so much history and great architecture. :)

Dawn - September 26, 2015 - 5:31 pm


This is quite a quaint road trip we are taking. I would have had to have bought at cute green and turquoise tea towel at Juniper. The best part of a road trip is usually the food. I would have loved the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stop. My daughter loves Ben and Jerry’s! Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Arlene@Nanaland - September 26, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Kelly, I am loving your trip!! Vermont is one of my favorite places. My brother in law lived in Bennington and we got to visit him there about ten years ago. New England is on my Bucket List!!

Robin - September 26, 2015 - 11:26 pm

Hi Kelly!

I love this post! Thank you for sharing your trip to Vermont with all of us. I have always wanted to visit the state. Juniper looks like my kind of store as well.

Kathy - September 27, 2015 - 6:43 pm

That was fun! I can’t wait to see what is next!

Charissa - October 1, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Gorgeous I love that you include so many links in your blog and that youtube video of the drive was so great It really make you feel like you were there. I loved getting to see all the veggies that was so beautiful Thanks again for all your hard work

christi in ma - October 6, 2015 - 11:28 am

I love going on your virtual road trips, Kelly.
Waterbury is a college town so it definitely has a different vibe from Stowe. It’s interesting that you picked that up in the summer when it probably is quieter than usual.

Road Trip: Edson Hill, an Inn in Stowe, Vermont

Adirondack chairs Edson Hill Stowe VT

Alright, we have the car packed and we’re headed to beautiful green Vermont today.  Our inn is in Stowe, but I want you to see a few of the…um…noteworthy (?) places we pass along the way there.  First up…we stop at a McDonalds in New Hampshire for a short break and a cup of coffee, and I just have to take a photo of this…

Yes, lobster rolls available in your local McDonalds’ drive thru.:)

Lobster rolls at McDonalds in NH

And even better, this McDonalds has a waterfront location on the banks of a flowing stream!
(New Hampshire knows how to do it right!)

streamside McDonalds

Our son had visited Vermont a number of years ago as the “chauffeur” for my in-laws on one of their road trips.  He is our “Vermont expert.”  So another stop along the way is this unique place he wants to visit in St. Johnsbury.

Dog Chapel Dog Mountain VT

The Dog Chapel…filled with the art of Stephen Huneck.  Apparently a large number of people come here with their pets.  Who knew?

After going to the dogs, (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. :)) we continue on, and our son directs us to another place of interest…Peacham – apparently the most picturesque town in the entire state of Vermont.  I am not sure I agree with that claim, but it is a tiny tiny little town (village?) where every house is white…

Peacham VT

and there is a red barn colored store with everything the residents need.  It appears to be a town that time has forgotten.

Peacham Store Peacham VT

We follow the directions from the woman’s voice on the GPS for miles and miles until we are on the outskirts of Stowe.  She then send us down some back roads until we see this sign…

Edson Hill entrance Stowe VT

We’re almost there.

We follow the country road a little further past Edson Hill’s horses…

horses in Stowe VT

past their beautiful pond…

pond at Edson Hill

and finally make the turn up the drive towards the manor house.

drive up to Edson Hill Stowe Vt

We pass a welcome sign…

Edson Hill welcome sign

some of their lush landscaping…

flower beds Edson Hill Stowe VT

and we have arrived.:)

Edson Hill Inn Stowe VT

In 1941 Edson Hill was built as a private retreat on 400 acres by Rhode Island native, Verner Reed, an heir to a Colorado mining fortune. It became an inn for the first time in 1953.  Much of that acreage has been sold off through the years, and it has changed hands a few times. In July 2014, the 24 room inn along with 38 acres was purchased by three Boston families, one of whom is a designer in the firm of Gathier Stacy – the group that redesigned the interiors of the inn this past year – taking it from its old look to a new fresh style while still retaining the charm of a Vermont country inn.  Its grand opening was in January of this year, and now it has a new general manager – Tom Petot, who greets me in his wood paneled office.

office Edson Hill Stowe VT

He explains a little about the layout of the inn and the availability of the living room as a common space for the use of all the inn’s guests.  (I think the living room is much more formal than the guest don’t run away if you are looking for the casual spaces.)

common space Edson Hill Stowe VT

common space in Edson Hill Stowe VT(The hallway is lighter and has more of the style I like.)

hallway Edson Hill Stowe VT

Mr. Petot also tells me the hours for breakfast, and then he opens the door and points up the hill to the location of our room.  I have reserved one of the renovated guestrooms that is not located in the manor house.  He offers to take us to our room, so I hop back in our car.  He hops in his SUV, and we follow him up the drive a bit.

The grounds at Edson Hill are so very peaceful.  Maine was fun but nonstop go go go.  Edson Hill is like a deep… breath… of … calm.

grounds Edson Hill

Our room is one of 3 or 4 in The Birch House.

sign Edson Hill building Stowe VT

This is the view out our door…
(Yes, you can be jealous.:))

adirondacks Edson Hill Stowe VTview Edson Hill Stowe VT

And this stack of firewood is right beside it.  :)

firewood Edson Hill Stowe VT

As if the grounds weren’t enough, when he opens the door to our room I decide…

I’m never leaving this place.

Edson Hill bedsEdson Hill room

Yes, there is a fireplace in the room…


and a desk that is a much nicer version of the one we have on the back porch.

desk Edson Hill Stowe VT

Mr. Petot asks if there is anything else we need, and then he is on his way to other guests.

We take a peek at the beautiful bathroom…

bathroom corner Edson Hill Stowe VT

with its unique art.

bathroom wire art Edson Hill Stowe VT

The bathroom has some wonderful lighting, heated floors,

bathroom vanity Edson Hill Stowe VT

and a fabulous walk in shower.

walk in shower Edson Hill Stowe VT

We have died and gone to Heaven.:) After unpacking, we relax a while outside on those Adirondacks, and then it is time to find a place for dinner.  Edson Hill has a highly rated restaurant and a tavern, but on this night, we just want to unwind at some place very casual. (Plus we haven’t made reservations at the onsite restaurant.)  After reading a number of reviews, we drive those winding country roads back towards Stowe and reach their #1 pizza place…Pie-casso. (Yes, pizza!)  It is delicious, and if you are in Stowe, you definitely should give them a try!

Piecasso pizza Stowe VT

After dinner, it is back to Edson Hill.  Being from hot hot Georgia and having some medical problems at the time that did a number on my “internal thermostat” I had requested the only room in the inn with air conditioning.  But even in the “heat wave” that is going on in the Northeast, we do not need it.  It is very cool in the evening, and of course, we have to check out that wonderful fireplace.

fireplace Edson Hill VT

With the crackling sound of the fire in the fireplace and the quiet of the place, it was one very peaceful and relaxing evening…truly my favorite night of the entire trip.

The next morning, we make the walk down the drive past some farm buildings to…

building Edson Hill Stowe VT

the restaurant in the manor house for breakfast.

restaurant Edson HillEdson Hill dining

The restaurant is beautiful, but we want to dine outside on the terrace.

terrace Edson Hill Stowe VT

The window boxes out there are gorgeous.

window boxes Edson Hill

As are their pots of plants.

pots Edson HillBut it is the view from our table that is the main reason we want to eat outside.

view from terrace Edson Hill

Can you imagine having breakfast here every day?!  It would be Heaven.:)

Our server this morning is wonderful.  (I wish I could remember her name to thank her here. Darn.)  She treks back and forth from inside to our table outside numerous times with such a lovely and professional attitude.  Breakfast at Edson Hill is not small plates…nor is it a help-yourself buffet.  You are served your breakfast like a meal at home…with the serving dishes on the table.  Our first course is a metal tub of hot muffins with butter.  The second course is yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, and then the big platter arrives. On that morning, we are served scrambled eggs, pan fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, and pancakes for the three of us.

breakfast Edson Hill Stowe VT

With all of that, we should not need another meal that day!  To burn off some of those calories, we decide to spend some time exploring the beautiful property.  So we follow the stone path…

stone path

past the kitchen garden…

kitchen garden

and around the pool.

pool Edson Hill

There are trails to follow over the stream and through the woods.

bridge Edson Hill Stowe VT

You can explore the area with the horses and go to the pond. There is even a picnic table for you to use at any time.

picnic area Edson Hill Stowe VT

We enjoy our morning just checking out all the inn has to offer.  And then, sadly, it is time to pack up and say good bye to wonderful Edson Hill. I plan to go back again and spend a number of days there on our next trip to Vermont.  You won’t find a better place to recharge.

Edson Hill Stowe VT

And that ends our amazing visit to the inn.  On the next part of the road trip, I want to take you to some towns in Vermont for shopping and eating before we make our final drive back to New Haven.

JuniperUntil next time…


Kathy - September 23, 2015 - 10:38 pm

Wow!!! Lobster rolls at McDonalds!! That white hallway! Those adirondacks! Your room with a fireplace! The fluffy towels! That shower! The pizza! That restaurant at the manor house! Your breakfast! Those flower boxes! And, shopping tomorrow!(Can’t wait!!!)
Yes, wow to everything at Edson Hill AND Stowe! I really think we could happily live in that town, but the winters would be VERY cold (but I would get my snow. :) )

Sherry Myers - September 23, 2015 - 10:43 pm

Spectacular! I loved the time we spent in Vermont many years ago, and I loved this post. The Inn located in Stowe made me want to take a deep breath and smell the crisp air. Oh, gracious! Were those beds as comfortable as they looked? I am glad you were able to stay there and give us a little taste of what you experienced. Thank you. I am enjoying this ride! Can’t wait for the next stop!
Are we there yet?
Anticipating patiently,
Vermont is just wonderful, and it reminded me an awful lot of north Georgia. Yes, those beds were great! I am so glad you are enjoying the trip Sherry. No we are not there yet…more to go, but I think we will be home by next Friday. :)

LJ - September 23, 2015 - 11:02 pm

My favs—-your bedroom (Ah! restful and neat and symmetrical :} ), and dining al fresco. Perfect.
Glad to hear you enjoyed traipsing through the countryside.
Yes, it looks like it merits a return.
Take a look at their website. I think you will be smitten with all the guestrooms. I did like ours the best too though. :)
Definitely merits a return trip…one year with all the children for Christmas perhaps!

Louvina - September 23, 2015 - 11:15 pm

What’s not to love?! These inns are so wonderful– peaceful and tranquil. Vermont must be close to Heaven?! Loved everything — I can see why you need to go back!! Can you imagine how this area will look later in the fall? And then the first snow fall and the holidays? THIS may be the place for your sleigh ride?? Something to dream about— can’t wait to go “shopping” in the little shops!!:)
Oh I cannot imagine how gorgeous it would be in the fall. Those trees surrounding the pond will be full of bright red and yellow leaves reflected in the water. And a fire in the fireplace will actually be really needed then. :) I thought I had read somewhere about the possibility of them doing sleigh rides there, but I do not know if the details have actually all been worked out. It would be perfect!
Hope to take all of you shopping very soon. :)

Garden, Home and Party - September 23, 2015 - 11:19 pm

You’re right, Vermont seemed like a breath of fresh air. I loved so many things about the Edison Inn. It also seems like the surrounding area is lush and green. My kind of place.
Is there more to this road trip? I’m so excited.
It is all VERY green in the area. Even the view out the back window of our room looked out upon a very green forest.
More road trip? Let’s see…Stowe and Waterbury are next, followed by Yale and New Haven, then our son’s apartment, and then 2 surprise posts that finish up the whole thing. You are really going to love them!!
p.s. Maybe by then I will have some fall decorating to share on the blog. :)

Vicki - September 24, 2015 - 12:01 am

Beautiful! I am truly enjoying your road trip!
Thanks Vicki! I am glad to have you along for the ride. :)

Frances in England - September 24, 2015 - 4:57 am

I cannot put into words how much I am enjoying this road trip! We did ‘New England in the Fall’ for our honeymoon a couple of years ago, and you are bringing back so many happy memories. Two of our stops were Bar Harbor and Stowe (though we did not stay where you did). I loved the whole trip (we did all of the New England states) but my very favourites were Maine and Vermont, and I would love to go back and spend more time there. Thank you so much for this flashback! :)
Frances, I think we are just following in your footsteps! LOL But we did not get the gorgeous fall leaves like you did. I want to go back again for that in a couple of years, and like you, spend more time. I’m so glad our road trip has brought back happy memories for you! :)

Tricia - September 24, 2015 - 5:59 am

Hi Kelly. No wonder Vermont was your favourite! It’s so beautiful! Love, love, love the inn. And the breakfast!! We have spent a lot of vacations visiting my sister and her husband whose cottage is on Lake Champlain. Haven’t been in a few years, meeting instead mid point in Freeport, Maine, but may have to travel to Vermont again to check out some of your sites.

By the way, I found the Christmas Ideas magazine last night. I’m teasing myself with a couple of glimpses until I can sit down and read this weekend. Noticed there is more on-line. I hope you are in it! The photo of your daughter, husband and yourself is lovely. So happy you are featured, your style is enviable, so warm, inviting. What a gift you have and we are the happy recipients – thank you!
Well Tricia, I am so glad you loved loved loved the inn! (I did too!) I think you would really enjoy Vermont over Freeport, but the shopping IS wonderful in Freeport.

Yay to finding the magazine! I do hope you enjoy it this weekend. No, I am not in the videos online…just my daughter. Thank you for your very sweet comment here.

DiAnne - September 24, 2015 - 8:47 am

Stowe is beautiful!
Your photos are really, really good. You have a way of capturing the place and making readers feel like they are along for the ride. We just returned from a trip to Seattle, Vancouver,, BC, and several places in Alaska on our way to Denali National Park. I have to say my photos just didn’t capture how beautiful it is out there. Yesterday when we flew back into Seattle from Anchorage the pilot approached the airport in such a way to give us the greatest views of Seattle and the surrounding area. It was breathtaking.
There are so many beautiful places in the world and so many interesting people to meet.
Thank you for writing your blog and taking us along for the ride.
Yes, Stowe is VERY beautiful. :)But you were just in some gorgeously impressive places! Our road trip was in August, but my husband returned just last week from a 7 day trip to Canada and Glacier National Park with our Seattle son. He said that the mountains out there are so impressive that photos just cannot do them justice. How wonderful that your pilot treated you to such an amazing view of the Seattle area. I have yet to visit our son out there, but I am planning on that being our next road trip.
Thank you for reading and always leaving such compliments here DiAnne! I am glad you had such a beautiful trip too. :)

Lynn A. - September 24, 2015 - 9:01 am

When we honeymooned in Maine, the McDonald’s had blueberry pies not just apple pies. Yummy.

Since you were in Stowe did you go by the Trapp Family Lodge?
That’s so cool…and SO very Maine! We saw the sign for the Trapp Family Lodge. (It was near Pie-casso!) I had checked to see if there was a vacancy for the time we were there, and since it was booked up, we did not drive up to the lodge. We should have though, just to have seen it.

Kaye Ann - September 24, 2015 - 9:45 am

OH, even though I live in Indiana, and I work full time, I would love to take a road trip like that. Looking forward to retirement where I can do that, but it’s about a year off. The breakfast pictures made me very hungry. Loved the Inn. Beautiful pictures Kelly. Thank you.
Go ahead and start planning for your first retirement road trip Kaye Ann. It’s not too early to do so! I’m glad you liked the post and the inn. Maybe you can plan a trip there. :)

Peggy - September 24, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Oh my goodness! Completely blown away! As if lobster rolls and beautiful seating at McDonalds weren’t enough! I want to live at Edson Hill. Smitten!
Peggy, that is exactly how I felt about the inn! Wish we could all have homes as lovely as it is…those beds!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - September 24, 2015 - 1:36 pm

You don’t know how happy it makes me to see Lobster Rolls at McDonalds. I don’t like it when we’re all identical everywhere we go. It’s fun to see the regional differences, and I’m so happy McD’s is blending in with their surroundings. Now, if we can only convince Wal-Mart to do the same!
McDonalds should do peach milkshakes here in Georgia like Chick-fil-a does (or do they do that in the summer in all their restaurants?) I wouldn’t hold your breath on Walmart doing anything regional. The bottom line is what dictates everything they do.
Wish I could have tried those lobster rolls while enjoying the flowing stream there at McDonalds….quite a change from my happy meal by the interstate!

mari1017 - September 24, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Happy Autumn!!! Wow, you really covered some ground in this post :-) This was a treat because I’ve never heard of or stayed at Edson Hill – how peaceful! Love Stowe, lobster rolls at Mickey D’s (downtown Boston on wharf when working in the financial district!) and Dog Mountain, but you are right that the peace of the inn and the property must just take you away to recharge. Thanks for sharing!
On another note, I finally found the Christmas magazine – well done with your house tour and videos! So happy I found your blog, Kelly – the possibilities are perking here!!!
Happy Autumn to you! I was so surprised to see those lobster rolls. If I didn’t have a shellfish allergy, I would have tried them just to see how they were. The location of Edson Hill was just so serene. A few days there would be better than any spa treatment. :)
Thank you for your sweet words about the Christmas magazine feature. I think all the people involved from BHG did a wonderful job on the project.

Gina - September 24, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Vermont is high on my list of places to visit too. How picturesque Peacham is! Looks like a spot worth driving through. But the inn, oh how beautiful the grounds are! I was imagining the pool resurfaced in a more naturalistic finish, how much better it would have fit in to the gorgeous scene!! It was still very beautiful though. 😉 I loved the hallway and your room also. How I love those painted planked walls! Your breakfast looked so delicious, for a moment I considered chucking my dinner plans and cooking “breakfast for dinner!” 😉 Edson Hill looks like the perfect place to stay a few days for rest and relaxation!! :) Thank you for sharing it with us.
While Peacham was pretty, it was also VERY tiny. You might enjoy this video Gina:!video/c1ggp
The inn was perfection. I cannot recommend it enough, and your idea of a stone surface around the pool is a good one! We have a drizzly cool evening here tonight, and breakfast for dinner sounds like my kind of meal.

Dawn - September 24, 2015 - 5:45 pm


What a fun trip. Lobster rolls at McDonald’s? I am in! The best lobster roll I ever had was at the New York state fair. I love the Inn and would have enjoyed exploring the grounds. I really need those plaid green pillows in your room. How lovely the whole experience looks. I can’t wait to see the shopping! Thanks for sharing. Take care.
Well how fun would lobster rolls be at a state fair! They sure don’t have those at ours! LOL I would have sent you some of those green pillows if they had been for sale Dawn. :)

Jennifer from VA - September 25, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Kelly, this stop is my FAVORITE so far. The room…the grounds……ALL OF IT is totally my style. So perfect. Hugs to you!!
The favorite for both me and my husband too! It was just perfect and just what we needed at that point in our road trip.
So glad you liked it as well!

Donnamae - September 25, 2015 - 11:25 pm

Oh…I’m bookmarking this post! I have to go there…I just may never leave! Can’t thank you enough for giving me so many great ideas! 😉

Charissa - October 1, 2015 - 4:57 pm

WOW absolutely gorgeous!! A fireplace in the room?!?!?! I am turning green w envy. Will put this place on my list for sure when we can plan a trip. Thank you for all that you share and all your hard work doing so many posts:)

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