Barb's Retirement travel blog

Santa’s Village

Nancy (imitating Heidi) and Big Dog in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Fairbanks Museum

North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury

Church in St. Johnsbury

Summer Street School, circa 1863

Ben & Jerry’s RV used to promote their ice cream

Ben & Jerry’s top 10 flavors


We left Walmart and continued on our journey across Highway 2 through New Hampshire and into Vermont. This route was ideal for Nancy – small, unique towns; old architectural buildings; and 50 mph speed limit.

We saw Santa hard at work in his workshop getting ready for Christmas. Then we stopped at a quaint little town called St. Johnsbury in Vermont. It has been recognized by National Geographic as the “Number 1 Small Town for Adventure,” and has great architecture, restored churches and Victorian homes. It is the birthplace of Thaddeus Fairbanks, inventor of the Fairbanks scale. My stepfather worked at Fairbanks-Morse in Kansas City for over 25 years. Fairbanks’ nephew dedicated a museum of natural science and arts to the city in 1871. The building is the oldest art gallery in the country in its original setting.

We stopped off at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and learned all about how two college friends started their business by investing in a $25 correspondence course on ice-cream making and built a world-wide company based on corporate social responsibility, good employee relations, ecological sensitivity, and sound business smarts. We had their flavor of the month ice cream – chocolate cluster – yum, yum!

We are staying tonight at a very nice campground on Lake Champlain in northwest Vermont. Our site has a view of the Lake. Nice, huh?

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