Saw Mill Hill is not New York

Thank goodness for that!

Nine nights in New York was probably 2 nights too many. Everyone is different, but Veronica and I were quite happy to leave the Big Apple for the relative quiet of Boston. We loved Boston! More about New York and Boston in future posts.

The New England region of United States offers numerous destinations that offer a contrast to New York and Boston, and the prospect of Washington to come. How about New Hampshire, or Maine? Too many choices to experience the smaller coastal cities or quieter back roads, towns and villages.

So why Rochester, Vermont – and Saw Mill Hill to be precise?

Easy really: randomly found a place on airbnb in a scenic mountain location within an easy 4 hours drive of Boston. Forget spending hours pouring over guide books and trawling web sites – take a chance and allow yourself to be rewarded.

Mike and Carrie’s place offered a comfortable self-contained apartment within their house. Fantastic rural and mountain views. Eerily quiet at times, but with a babbling brook just down the way. Wandering along rarely driven lanes. Just like a movie really.

So dramatically different to New York and Boston. As travelers we can be narrowly focused about rushing around seeing the main sites. We can often miss the detail of the people and the place.

So, when planning to see the big three east coast cities (New York, Boston, Washington) – don’t forget those little places. Rochester, Vermont for one.


About Tony Jarrett

Taking regular visitors routes but more often just where the trains or buses go. Japan leads the way.
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