Jeff has been on the road checking for fall foliage, so last week and this week we hit the road. Last week we went to Northern New Hampshire and back again in one day. Phew, long day! If you want updates on how the foliage is doing, you can find that at Jeff’s blog, all things fall foliage, all the time.
A trip to northern New Hampshire isn’t complete without a stop at Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. Breakfast or lunch can’t be beaten. We took a ride over the Kancamagus Highway and returned home.
When we went foliage was just getting started so we vowed to come back the next week. This time we decided to spend the night and make it a two-day trip.
I’ve been trying to get Jeff over to the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont for years now, so we finally made time for that. The Fairbanks family pretty much built St. Johnsbury and one of them was a collector of stuffed animals (as in taxidermy). It was a thing in the Victorian times and the prominent exhibit there, so if you don’t like dead things, probably not the place for you.
However, there are some animals in the exhibit that don’t exist any longer, so it is a chance to view them. And where else will you be able to examine the differences between a brown bear, black bear, and a polar bear up close? And a full-size bison so life like you think he’s going to turn his head any second?
Unfortunately, the moved the Fairbanks scales to another facility. Jeff was interested in learning more about the scales as they have one at the Salem Maritime Historical Site. We’ll have to make another trip to St. Johnsbury for that.
Thayer Inn is like your favorite pair of old shoes, a little wear, but very comfortable. Yes. there is some chipped paint, even peeling wallpaper, funky shower knobs, but the bed is comfortable, the place is clean and the people are friendly. Sleep where presidents and the famous have stayed. Sit on the balcony and watch the world go by.
We ate at the on-site restaurant, the Grille One-Eleven downstairs. It’s a homey, pub atmosphere with good specials.
Pollyanna was here
Behind the inn, there is access to the river walk with some interesting interactive exhibits and a walking bridge over the river. Across and a bit down the street is the public library where a statue of the 1913 best seller in children’s literature character, Pollyanna, is outside the door.
The author, Eleanor H. Porter was born and raised in Littleton, New Hampshire. The name Pollyanna is now in the dictionary as a word to describe an excessively cheerful or optimistic person. How can you not be cheerful in a charming little town like Littleton?
We traveled back over the Kanc and the foliage was nice around Mt. Washington, but it still has a way to go. Where will we travel next week? And what will we find? Ask Jeff Maybe he knows…
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