Perhaps I should more appropriately title this post "The Stuff Around the Inn That I Stayed At" as today's pictures are going to be from two places just up and down Darling Hill Road from The Wildflower Inn.
Wednesday, March 3rd, dawned - but just barely! The sun was trying mightily to shine over the mountains that could be seen from the back door of my room but alas, it wasn't really having much luck.
My first stop was just up the road on Darling Hill to take some pictures of a lovely Vermont-farm-turned-inn that I had passed on my way in the first night.
Burklyn Hall, as mentioned on the first part of the sign, was this amazing house that stood high on a hill closer to the Wildflower Inn. Apparently it's a private residence though I can only imagine how much money you'd have to have in order to maintain a mansion like that!
Inn at Mountain View Farm is only open from May to October.
The rest of the farm is down the road and across the street from Burklyn Hall, from which I'm sure Mr. Darling had a commanding view, and it's not too shabby itself with quite a few impressive buildings.
The business in question is the Meadow View Farm owned by the Downing Family which borders the Wildflower Inn. The Downings raise Belted Galloways, also known as Belties. Chances are good that the cheeseburger I had my first night in Vermont came from the Downings' herd but truth be told, I'd rather not know where my cheeseburger originated as then I feel really guilty about it. The farm also has Beltie Pigs and from what I understand it's a popular spot for families in the summer to bring the kids - as long as you don't tell the kids that's where their next meal may be coming from I'm sure! Sometimes I guess I can understand how/why people become vegeterians ...
The Chapel of the Holy Family is open daily to visitors according to the sign by the road so even though I'm neither Catholic nor a big fan of organized religion due to previous life experiences that I won't get into here, I do believe in God and I love going to churches and chapels and the like as I find them to be very uplifting. The chapel rather reminded me a bit of a modern-day version of the old missions in California.
Taking my leave from The Chapel, I made my way down Darling Hill Road in search of Lyndonville's covered bridges - a post that I will hopefully get to tomorrow before I forget all of the places that I went!