I've been digging through this website and the forums ever since I discovered it this weekend and have learned so much! I was hoping for some current recommendations on the best route and best stops for a trip I impulsively booked this weekend. I love researching and planning things so I enjoy getting as much information as possible.
My father, boyfriend, and myself live in the DC area (Northern VA and Southern MD) and have booked a week at Smugglers Notch VT from Sunday September 27 through Sunday October 7. Since we check in on Sunday we have a chance to take it slower on the way up, leaving Saturday and staying somewhere overnight if necessary. I have read that the ride up RT 7 is very pretty and was thinking of using that instead of the highways. On the way back we would want to make the trip in one day so we will be back before Monday so I'd like to know the quickest way back down. I've read that the highways Google Maps recommends aren't always the actual quickest way in this area.
All 3 of us enjoy being outdoors hiking and mountain biking, eating good food (both nice restaurants and hole-in-the-wall places), and drinking good wine and hard ciders (my dad is the only big beer drinker of the group), and we aren't big history buffs. I'd love some tips for the drive up and back as well as any spots along the way. I've already got ideas for places to see and eat at in VT but I'd love more recommendations! I know I can't see everything but I love adding to my ever-growing list before making any final decisions.
Thanks so much in advance! This is a great community and I'm so glad I stumbled on it.