Thursday, July 8, 2010

Back Roads, Covered Bridges, and Country Stores

Just back from Vermont...Killington area, and it is amazing to me that the place is like a ghost town. Apparently this area comes to life in the Winter and all about shuts down at the end of ski season. Boy, are people missing out!

Weather is fantastic, warm and sunny...roads are free and clear of traffic, and the green mountains are the perfect backdrop to days spent touring the area.

While some businesses do shut down, we were able to find some fun places that remain open during the slow season.

Casey's Caboose is located right off Killington Road. Quirky, fun little place that offers a happy hour from 4pm-6pm. As state law dictates, they are not allowed to offer drink specials but instead offer food specials. The evening we were there, buffalo wings were 25 cents a a piece. Not great, but wasn't expecting a lot. Bartender was very friendly, gave lots of advice and tips on local attractions and bars.
The building resembles an old train car, and even has a model train set-up around the ceiling perimeter. Guests at the bar are encouraged to toss quarters at a level that will put the train into action as it lets off an authentic sounding whistle.

The parking in Casey's Caboose is not paved but it was solid and easy to maneuver bike.

After a quick stop in Casey's, we hopped back on the bike looking for the next pit stop. Just a short drive away, on same side of the road, is a sports bar and pub called -Moguls. Again, driveway is not paved but is packed solid and easy to get into and out of.

This place would be great to go with a group. There is horseshoes, mini-golf and ping-pong out back; inside there is a pool table, flat screen TVS, and a large bar area. Drinks were a little on the pricey side, although were not weak. They have freshly popped popcorn that smells delicious and is just as tasty. We did not have any food here, but can say it looked delicious, portions were huge and posted specials seemed reasonably priced. There was a good mix of patrons including families, singles, couples, bikers, young and old. It was a comfortable environment. Bartenders were okay, waitresses seemed very friendly. Fun place!

Of course, the best part of Vermont is cruising through the small towns discovering spectacular scenery. Farmers markets, covered bridges, country stores and friendly locals made for a fun adventure in the Green state.

We look forward to going back as soon as we can....the view alone is worth the trip!

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