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Our Magnificent Journey
Chapter 12
New England


On the coast of Ireland  
Day 11

Slept well and woke to another cool, gray New England morning.


After another decent motel breakfast we packed the car and headed back west across southern Vermont.


Stopped once again at Hogback Mountain (great photo ops) then pulled back into Bennington at around 10:30 am. Took Vermont Rt. 7 south towards Massachusetts. Just as we crossed into Mass. we saw another red fox cross the road just in front of us, too fast to snap a photo.

View from Hogback Mountain in Vermont

Arrived in Williamstown, Mass. At around 11 am, too early to check into our motel (the Maple Terrace Motel), so we headed a bit north towards Adams, Mass., and drove slowly up the picturesque Mt. Graylock Reservation, snapping photos of the multi-colored trees along the way.

At the Graylock Reservation near Williamstown, Mass.
Near the Graylock Reservation near Williamstown, Mass.

After spending some enjoyable time at Mt. Graylock, we headed back into Williamstown, a lovely quaint college town (Williams College.)


Checked into the Maple Terrace Motel, met Ann, the proprietress, and settled into our spacious room. Met Tom and Jerry (originally from Northern England, now Maine residents who are building a house in Williamstown) and their beautiful chocolate standard poodle, Oscar. Visited with these fine folks for a while, then walked half a mile to Spring Street and enjoyed some warm and tasty Thai food at Sushi Thai Garden.

The Maple Terrace Motel in Williamstown, Mass.
The back yard at The Maple Terrace Motel in Williamstown, Mass.

After lunch we window-shopped in the town, enjoying the cool air and intermittent mists.

Leaf on our car in the rain

We wandered through the beautiful campus of Williams College and then spent at least an hour in the college’s Museum of Art, truly a “gem,” to quote Anne, our motel proprietress. This is a Williamstown must-see. We hated to leave but the museum closes at 5 pm.

Building on the campus of Williams College
On the campus of Williams College

So we walked back to the motel, jumped in the car and headed south to Pittsfield to check it out, then wandered back towards Williamstown at 6:30 pm. We stopped at the ‘6 House Pub, wonderfully rustic, for a delicious dinner.

The '6 House Pub near Williamstown, Mass

We drove back to the motel in a gray drizzle and fell into the soft king-sized bed after yet another fun day exploring New England.


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