Photo Courtesy of Dartmouth College
Upper Connecticut River Valley Day Trip Itinerary
The Areas Around Windsor, Vermont & Hanover, New Hampshire, is a stunning sub-two-hour drive to this destination… from Pond Mountain Inn.
Windsor, Vermont: The Birthplace of Vermont
Old Constitution House State Historic Site: On July 8, 1777, the first Constitution of the “Free and Independent State of Vermont” was adopted here in what was then Elijah West’s tavern. Today, “The House” features period rooms that reflect the building’s significant history—Vermont existed as a Republic for fourteen years until 1791, when it was admitted to the Union as the 14th state, the first after the original 13 states.
American Precision Museum: The renovated 1846 Robbins & Lawrence factory on South Main Street, is said to be the first U.S. factory at which precision interchangeable parts were manufactured, which gave birth to the precision machine tool industry. The imposing, four-story structure rises from a stone foundation adjacent to a brook that provided immediate and efficient use of waterpower. Inside, power was distributed throughout each floor with line shafting; the shafts were connected to individual machines by leather belts, and is a National Historic Landmark.
Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge: The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span, covered bridge in the world. The bridge crosses the Connecticut River between Windsor, Vermont and Cornish, New Hampshire.
Simon Pearce: Not far from their flagship store in Quechee, Vermont, our guests also enjoy watching master glassblowers and potters at work in their Windsor location. Well worth stopping before heading to nearby Harpoon Brewery Taproom.
Harpoon Brewery: If it’s close to lunch or you need a quick bit to eat, try Harpoon’s fresh line up of craft beer, cider, and seltzers and delicious food from the kitchen. Sit indoors or outdoors by the firepit or in their private Harpoon Huts.
Hanover, New Hampshire—Home of Dartmouth College.
This fabled Ivy League College Town in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire is a New Englanders paradise in the fall, and well worth visiting every season. Definitely take a stroll through campus (250-acres), find the Hood Museum of Art and explore a sophisticated Main Street.
The Dartmouth Green is worth exploring—Dartmouth Hall, the oldest building on campus dates back to 1784. Go inside the Baker-Berry Library modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia and find a seventeenth-century edition of Shakespeare amongst the well over two-million books currently housed there. And, finally, visit The Theodor Seuss Geisel Room, known simply as the Dr. Seuss room, is located at the east end of Reiss Hall in Baker Library. (Dr. Seuss, Class of 1925)
We’re catching a baseball game this season at Red Rolfe Field, an intimate stadium that hosts only 2,000 spectators. Dartmouth vs. Yale looks like a good game!
Mid-October is arguably the best time to visit. Peak foliage, and a Dartmouth football game is a weekend hard to beat.
Saint-Gaudens National State Park: Cornish, New Hampshire. The home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens are beautifully preserved. One of America’s foremost sculptors, this was his summer residence from 1885 to 1897, his permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907, and the center of the Cornish Art Colony. Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed the Double Eagle $20 gold coin, and is widely thought to be the most beautiful coin in the world.
Enfield Shaker Museum: Enfield, New Hampshire. From 1793 to 1923, the Shakers of Enfield called this beautiful village on Mascoma Lake their home. At its peak in the mid-19th century, the community was home to three “Families” of Shakers where they lived, worked, worshiped and practiced equality of the sexes and races, celibacy, pacifism, and communal ownership of property. Equally as impressive, they strove to create a heaven on earth, building more than 100 buildings, including the Great Stone Dwelling. This is an absolute must visit!
Since You’re in the Area—Just Ten Minutes North on Route 91
King Arthur Baking Company: Norwich, Vermont. Founded in 1790, King Arthur Baking Company has a long and storied history, stretching back nearly to the American Revolution. America’s first flour company, and first food company in New England. Several of our guests have taken cooking classes here.
Montshire Museum of Science: Norwich, Vermont. If your children can survive a two hours car ride, then this science museum for kids is a place that should not be missed. This museum has it all—from a Creative Building Center, Science Discovery Lab to Aquariums showing Life in Local Waters.