Sculptures, Tripe, Covered Bridge: Exit And Explore Saint-Gaudens VT-NH
Art and exercise both at one stop? A world-record covered bridge? Local diner to follow? This Exit and Explore adventure takes you just off I-91 (or I-89) in the Upper Connecticut Valley VT-NH to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Whether you’re driving through or just in the area, this special place is not to be missed. (You wouldn’t want to skip the diner and the covered bridge, either.)
Here you’ll be moseying down avenues of trees, scampering across lawns, pfutzing around flower gardens, and looping through woods. Yes, and listening to a ranger talk, touring a historic house, seeing some iconic sculptures close-up….
Senior Pass friendly…
This being a National Historic Site n’all, make sure your Senior Pass is at the ready.
Who was Saint-Gaudens?
Yes, this was a who, not a where or a what. Augustus was a renowned American sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works include some of our iconic US coins and well-know sculptures.
Relevant point…. Augustus was not the kind of saint with a halo, at least not overtly. Simply, his last name is double-barreled.
Augustus founded the local NH Cornish Colony, a community of artists working in a variety of media.
Curiously, Augustus’ wife was named Augusta. This factoid alone makes the site worth a visit….
How do we get there?
Tell me the ways….There are many: I-89, I-91, state roads, backroads, farm stand stop-offs. You’re roughly near Windsor VT. Just know that you have about 12 minutes driving from an interstate, and check at the bottom of the post for a cute little map-let that’ll orient you more precisely.
That’s enough for talk!
Time to get moving, always a priority for Exit And Explore trips….Yes, right there at Saint-Gaudens NHS opportunities abound for walkies: it has sculptures in outdoor settings, cutting flower gardens, a museum, and tree-lined lawns, many places to wander and enjoy, whatever the season. (For fall, try this link: All In A Day Fall Foliage: Upper Valley VT-NH).
Bonus in summer: outdoor concerts. Bonus in winter: snowshoeing outings. Park link.
The Cornish-Windsor covered bridge. The longest covered bridge in the world, this one crosses the Connecticut River, linking Vermont and New Hampshire, just south of Saint-Gaudens NHS.
The bridge was constructed in 1866 and repaired several times since. Read the carrying capacity—lest your buggy inadvertently collapse the bridge—and drive through carefully: it can be a squeeze when 2 vehicles meet.
Try the Tripe
At the Windsor VT Diner. Muddy Boots is serious about the tripe, but if tripe is not your thing, try the liver and onions? All day breakfast? Dinner specials that bring in the locals? Booths and swivel stools with old-fashioned ambience. The food is limited-budget-friendly.
The Windsor Diner is on the east side of the road, north of the bridge.
Photo credits.Featured image, Saint-Gaudens garden and Aspet house: CC0 Public Domain by National Park Service (NPS). Top, Birch Allée: CC0 Public Domain by National Park Service. Windsor Diner and Cornish-Windsor covered bridge: ©DustyCarMuddyBoots.com, All rights reserved. Golden American Eagle $100 coin: Public Domain via Flickr.