Dorset & Manchester, Vermont

Five years and countless return trips in, those first seasonal memories of the Green Mountain State have actually become more vivid, growing into a lifetime of adventures not yet taken. We come up frequently to our home away from home. In the green of summer, the warm glow of autumn, and the winter white blanket of snow. Each time we come we discover new adventures to be had, treats to be eaten, and sights (and sites) to be seen.

And isn’t it high time I share a few with you? Below are my all-time favorite picks for this most wonderfall time of year in the Dorset/Manchester area, just in time for peak leaf-peeping.

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Autumn in Washington, Conn.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram you know I have a deep love for Washington, Connecticut. I’m thrilled — and lucky — to have to opportunity to regularly share this adoration on Explore Washington CT, and I hope you’ll keep up with my latest pieces fit for the season. I’ll be sharing day trip ideas and itineraries, autumn events and activities, and great places to grab a bite and a drink! My latest posts are linked below — now get out there and have some fall fun!

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Summer Day Trip to Washington, Connecticut

“Where are we going?” My husband, Luke, turned the wheel, absent-mindedly following the directions I was giving him, his tone a blend of curiosity, confusion, and the quite accurate assumption that I had no real answer.

I had found and saved a list of Scenic Roads on Explore Washington and was secretly determined to hit them all. The service on my cell phone was fading in and out, and without GPS in the car, my poor directions caused us to bounce around the area like a pinball; we zig-zagged all over the villages and across Route 202 several times before Luke asked that inevitable question.

The first of what would be many trips for us, it set the tone for those to come. There is a serenity in the unknown, in spontaneity and exploration; a peaceful thrill lies around every bend of never before trodden road, in being “lost.” 

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Turkey Chili & 90+ Cellars Muscadet

Full disclosure: we love chili. Like love love love it. So when the weather provides even a hint of coolness, we take out our favorite recipe and make a pot. The beauty of it is that even if the steamy summer temps return the next day, it freezes like a champ and stores well for a couple of months. (And by then… the weather will actually be chilly! Sounds like the perfect plan to me.)

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Dinner at Washington Prime

There is no shortage of great food purveyors around me as Fairfield County, Connecticut is endowed with access to the freshest ingredients, top-notch chefs, and knowledgeable and well-trained staff (a key component to the vulnerable food-intolerant guest). 

Washington Prime in South Norwalk (SoNo as it's fondly called) is one such gem. A new-American venue taking pride in steak, so there are consequently GF options available (at least if you're a beef-lover like me). They have a pretty substantial selection of gluten-free items, all clearly indicated by a nice red "GF" next to each, from apps to sides to main courses and desserts. This past weekend I was treated to a few of their tastiest GF offerings, and there was not one I wouldn't recommend.

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