still in the u.s., but no longer in vermont. it was sad to leave our little homestead for so long. i planted hardy vegetables in the garden with the hopes that when get home again, they will have survived on rain along. our friend sam [we’ll get to him on day two,] will be stopping in to hang-out away from cambridge and get some country on, so they just have to make it a while longer.

we arrived at beacon ny on a stunning and sunny day to find NO ONE at the b&b where we had reservations.[ i would highly NOT recommend staying at the mt. beacon b&b. they didn’t respond to phone calls, either answering or returning calls, we got double charged, we had to ask many a time for the iron and ironing board. so while the room itself was nice, the owners were duds.] so i dropped the mister off at dia beacon and hopped off to the downtown strip.

“downtown beacon” while 8xs the size of “downtown middlebury” isn’t exactly a metropolis. it’s pretty run down and broken, it kind of reminds me of rutland, but probably there’s less of an oxycotin problem in beacon. as a side note, our lonely planet new england guides says of rutland “route 7 by-passes downtown rutland, and so should you.” but back to beacon. there are quite a number of tasty restaurants and fun little antique shops to look at, as well as one of my favorite crafty good stores clay wood and cotton. i would love to sell some cake plates/donuts/quilts here.

after i wandered a bit on my own, i picked the mister up and we attempted, successfully, to get into our room for the night. the owner recommended a good french restaurant in neighboring cold springs ny, so after a few games of rummy, of which he emerged victorious, we bounced off to our dinner reservation at les bouchon. the food was delicious, but in keeping with the running service theme, the kitchen was sloooooooooooooooow. i got a cold soup & mussels, and the mister got a duck comfit, none of which were complicated, and it took two hours to get served. luckily, the weather was nice, the patio comfy, and company, of course, lovely.

now to the best bit of day one. we found an ice cream shop called moo moo. clearly it was fate that we got dessert there. i got a delicious shortbread cookie ice cream, and e. got a thin mint ice cream. not only was the name a clincher, but the ice cream was delicious too.