A Trip To Lovely Vermont!

We recently took a three-day trip to lovely Vermont with our good friends, Jim and Fran. It was perfect weather for leaf peeping. The colors were beginning to brighten up even more as we left. Seeing the beautiful foliage wasn’t our main reason to visit this quaint area – Quechee Gorge. It was seeing the Gorge, visiting two farms, Billings Marsh Rockefeller Mansion and Vins Raptor – Bird Sanctuary.

This was a beautiful and relaxing trip that I will treasure with all the memories of fun times with friends. Please peruse my photos and take a trip with me to beautiful Vermont!

This photo shows the color as it was beginning to pop out. I’m sure it is even more beautiful now, a week later.

Vermont Foliage
More Foliage
More Colorful Foliage
Quechee Gorge
Another view of Quechee Gorge
Billings Farm
Young Calf at Billings Farm
Sheep at Billings Farm
Cows in Milking Formation at Billings
Horse at Billings
Turkeys for Thanksgiving at second farm
Horse named Pie and a chicken at second farm
Billings Marsh Rockefeller Mansion – The Hill

We had a lovely tour of this beautiful mansion in photos above and below.

Front Porch of Mansion

Above is only one quarter of the front porch which wraps around most of the mansion. It is a cozy and comfortable-looking place to sit and read a book and enjoy the surrounding landscape.

Front Hall of Mansion
Dining Room
Window Seat in Living Room
Beautiful Wooden Staircase
Wooden Bench
One of many fireplaces in mansion
Gardens of Mansion with Fountain

Another enjoyable trip was to the Simon Pearce Glass Factory and Restaurant with the beautiful covered bridge and waterfall below. We visited the factory and watched the workers create incredible glass shapes. We had a delicious dinner while looking over the falls from our table.

Waterfall at Simon Pearce Glass Factory and Restaurant
Covered Bridge and Waterfall at Simon Pearce
Simon Pearce Glass Factory
Glass Blowing at Factory
My dinner – Halibut

On our last day in Vermont we stopped at Vins Raptor Sanctuary for a show and a walk-thru of all the birds (injured and recuperating) in the cages and a small museum of dinosaurs explaining how modern-day birds are their descendants. The sad thing was that all the birds housed here are unable to be released back into the wild because of their injuries even if they do recover. They will not be able to fend for themselves and live safely on their own.

Curious Owl at Vins Raptor Sanctuary
Hawk at Raptor Show at Vins
Another Hawk at Vins
Dinosaur Fossil
Dinosaur Bones
Snowy Owl
Eagle at Vins

Thank you for stopping by to read about my recent trip. I hope you enjoyed my photos and got a taste of how lovely Vermont is. I find this state to be similar to my home state of New Hampshire with the beautiful foliage, farms and landscapes.

I wish you a wonderful day wherever you live. God Bless you!


Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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22 Responses to A Trip To Lovely Vermont!

  1. Wow, beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed your trip.

  2. tidalscribe says:

    The house looks beautiful. I would have chosen the halibut. That dinosaur fossil does look scary. You certainly packed a lot into your visit. That is a part of the USA I would visit if I was coming over.

  3. Awesome pictures. Lovely each one is. Too good.

  4. noelleg44 says:

    The BEST place to visit this time of year. Our color here is really late, if it will come at all. We’ve had a drought here and a lot of leaves are falling, just brown.

  5. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time!

  6. macjam47 says:

    You packed a lot in just three days! The foliage is beautiful and I enjoyed visiting the mansion with you. Love and hugs.

  7. Glad to hear you visited Vermont, Janice! Sounds like you were in my neck of the woods.:) You came just in time. The trees will be stripped bare up here within the next week or two . . . Mike

    • jjspina says:

      It’s a lovely state to visit and very similar to my state of New Hampshire. Yes, the trees are changing quickly and dropping their leaves and not giving us much time to enjoy their splendid colors. 🍁🍂😀

  8. Thanks for taking us along! 🙂 Lovely photos… xo

  9. Jennie says:

    Wow! Thanks for a beautiful trip to Vermont!!

  10. Geri says:

    Thanks for the info on the glass factory and restaurant. I like to see the places in a state that are not the usual tourist spots.

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