Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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The quiet joys of old Vermont

Tired of leaf-peeping crowds in Vermont’s popular tourist spots? This year, escape to the sleepy town of Montgomery Center and enjoy the gentle beauty of Hazen’s Notch. Hiking trails with dramatic views of Jay Peak abound. If you’d rather watch the sights through your car window, take a leisurely trip on the Bailey Hazen Road over to the small but charming town of Lowell (the road is dirt, but well maintained and overhung with romantic tunnels of foliage). Turn around and head back to the comfort of your inn in Montgomery or cross route 100 and follow 58E for more scenery. If you have an abiding interest in Marxist puppet theatre or have kids with you, it’s definitely worth the trip to the Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover. The museum is an old three-story barn stuffed to the gills with giant brightly coloured papier maché puppets that will make an indelible impression on any child. With any luck, a “radical” puppet play may be in progress. In warm weather, stop for picnic supplies at the general store in Barton, and then go for a dip in the deep clear waters of near-by Crystal Lake.

Where to stay

The Inn On Trout River Montgomery Center, Vermont Historic Inn ambience, cozy rooms, lots of information about covered bridge tours, golfing and skiing in the area. Children are welcome; pets are not. Rates are US$58 to $77 per person per night, US$30 per child.

Where to explore

Hazen’s Notch Area: Bread and Puppet Museum: Crystal Lake:

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