The next morning after arriving, we rode our bikes up the trail to the town of Marshfield, which took about 1.5 hours. The trail is a little rough, gravel, not paved. It's on an old railroad bed, so the grade, whether uphill or down, is very gradual- until you get to Marshfield. Then it's a downhill run into town, fun even though you know you'll pay for it later when you have to go back up. We stopped in at Rainbow Sweets, a cafe and bakery celebrating 25 years in business. Its owner assured us that people come from miles around to eat there, and it wasn't hard to believe. The spanakopita was excellent, and the glass case full of pastries was tempting, although we didn't indulge.
Burlington really is a jewel, a little college town on the edge of Lake Champlain. Heading into town on Rt. 2 west, there is a view from a hilltop of the town, lake, and the Adirondack mountains on the New York side that is quite beautiful. We stayed at La Quinta, a chain motel that wasn't exciting but was clean, with a heated outdoor pool and continental breakfast, for reasonable rates. They didn't blink an eye when we rolled our bikes through the lobby and took them up in the elevator to our room.
|The Breakwater Cafe|
|Lake Champlain causeway|
That night we ate at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill, not cheap but the food was very good. The next morning we packed up and headed home. A short, fairly inexpensive vaction that we really enjoyed.
Post by Kathleen Weber