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Vermont 22A scenic route was another quick little quest to complete at 41 miles from Vergennes, Vermont to Fairhaven, Vermont.
So much of this area is dairy-farming land, with rolling hills, and old architecture with incredible bones and structure. It fascinates me to see the historic buildings and I imagine a time when these buildings were first built and were less populated.
Vermont 22A Highlights
Though this is a short little trip there are a few things to see and do along the way.
- Starts in Vergennes, Vermont and ends in Fairhaven, Vermont
- You can see Adirondack mountains
- Vermont is a dairy state and 22A takes you through the southern Champlain Valley where dairy is prominent
- Shoreham, VT has antique shops, inn, country stores and apple picking
- Orwell has 1810 Town Hall that's green
- Mount Independence site of Revoluntionary War with 1776 fort
- Fairhaven has much of the old architechture
East Coast Charm
I find myself becoming more and more entranced with our history and the cultures from state to state. It's hard to imagine how things can be so different just one state over, but it can and has been along this journey as I travel further east.
The dialects are also changing as I venture east.
The common foods of the region change from state to state.
The houses are also changing in how it's constructed and the materials used. I keep referring to some of these areas as very cottagey – which to me is a craftsman style home, with a front porch, a variety of colors from reds, yellows, greens, blues, and neutrals. These cottage style homes have a buffet of color around the house with blooming flowers, bushes, and trees and emaculate lawns. It's just a beautiful thing to look at.
Vermont to New Hampshire
I end this route with a stroll in the Fairhaven park and admire the downtown architecture.
I decided to keep on going all the way to Portsmouth, New Hampshire which was about 160 miles away, but not before I found the iconic Vermont maple syrup at a cute little Country Store along the way. My one mission today was finding maple syrup!
I finally found some maple syrup at the Rocking Horse Country Store along with a few other items for my hat collection and Vermont chocolates.
Next it was off through highway 4 headed east, rolling through hills and through this amazing little town, Woodstock, Vermont that was so cute, but I couldn't stop due to lack of parking.
Woodstock had this quaint little downtown area full of shops, restaurants, and those strolling through right off of the river. A definite must see!
I would love to go back and venture out some day.
This is part of the frustrating thing with having a Class C RV in towns that are more compact and either hard to find places to park or to turn around. With the river on the right and hills on the left with tightly packed buildings, I didn't want to venture off of the main road without doing a little research on Google maps to see what the terrain was like for my RV. Unfortunately there just wasn't a place for me to pull over and research so I kept on going.
Maybe another day.
Did I Overbuy with a Class C RV?
Since being on the East Coast, I find myself wondering if I overbought with the size of my RV. It's still small by some peoples standards at 26 feet long; however as I travel more and more, I am longing for something that I can get in out of spots easily and have more versatility.
Of course when I first purchased I had no idea what would better suit me in my traveling, but I can see that having a smaller rig would be better for me.
I'd really like a Class B van, like the Hymer Aktiv or even a built out custom van. For now I'll stick with what I have until the time is right and I decide on which one to purchase. You live and learn and sometimes just have to figure these things out with experience.
Overnighting at Walmart
I made it into Portsmouth, New Hampshire just north of Boston, Massachusetts and south of the Maine border, where I stopped for the night at Walmart to plan out my trip into Maine. I'm only about 5 miles away to the Maine and New Hampshire border so it won't be long until I'm in Maine!!!
I'm literally so happy and excited about being this close to a state that I've wanted to visit my whole life.
This Walmart really caters to RVers. There's an enormous size lot, several actually, that are dedicated to RVers and within walking distances to restaurants and a few little shops.
Have you traveled through Vermont? What's your favorite area to visit?
Overnights & Places Visited
- Walmart in Portsmouth, Vermont / $0
- Fairhaven, Vermont park and downtown / $0, Country Store / Costs dependent on your purchases
RV Accessibility: Any length
Cell Phone Signal Strength: 2-4 bars
Park Pass: N/A
Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.
AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.
Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.