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15 year old vs. Mom: And the winner is? Traveling to Vermont Together.

- Erik

A few weeks ago, we spent a week in Manchester, VT, which is a half hour from Stratton Mountain and 15 minutes from Bromley.

My Dad is a great skier, but doesn’t ski every day. I just got a new snowboard and went to Stratton every day with my friend. My Mom had to work for a few hours a day and didn’t ski at all. (She skis sometimes, but it’s not her favorite thing.) Here’s what my Mom and I thought about this town that is great for skiers, snowboarders and non-skiers, too.

Erik snowboarded every day. Here’s his take on Manchester:

What three words would you use to describe your Manchester vacation?

Fun. Interesting. Uncharacteristic.

What was your perfect day in Manchester?

My perfect day in Manchester was probably the first. The weather was warm and sunny and my friend Eric and I were rested and ready to snowboard. Also that night my parents made an amazing meal which was the perfect end to any day snowboarding.

What was your favorite meal?

The best meal I had in Manchester was definently the last one. We ate at this place called Up For Breakfast. It’s on the second floor of an old building downtown and they only serve breakfast until 2 p.m. The food was incredible. I ordered the blueberry pancakes, which were probably the best ones I’ve ever had. They were really thick and came with warm maple syrup from local trees.

Was there anything you didn’t like?

Everything was great. We went to Stratton which is by no means a small mountain. I really liked Stratton but after five days of snowboarding, I felt like I’d hit every park and done every run.

Would you go back?

I would go back because Manchester has so much to do. Most ski towns in Vermont have very little going on, but Manchester has tons of great stores and a really nice movie theater. But most importantly, my friend and I got in lots of good snowboarding at Stratton.

Erik’s Mom didn’t ski. Here’s her take on Manchester:

What three words would you use to describe Manchester?

Scenic. Tasty. Shopper’s heaven (okay, two words).

What was your perfect day in Manchester?

Start out with breakfast of homemade muffins and coffee at The Northshire Bookstore (where I spnt a few hours working every day since our house didn’t have wireless), followed by a look at the staff book recommendations and buying some new books at this great independent bookstore.

After that was lunch at Depot 62 which is both a really cool furniture store and a restaurant. You sit at beautiful tin tables on chairs upholstered with Turkish rugs and can shop while waiting for your food. They had beautiful Turkish rugs — see the photo. The salads and brick oven pizzas are delicious and unique. Next, shopping at the great factory outlet stores in town — Theory and Burberry were my favorites. Lots of them are in pretty houses, making it nicer than a typical outlet center. Next, taking photographs of the beautiful, snowy scenery.

What was your favorite meal?

While I loved Depot 62 and Up for Breakfast, there was one simple thing that stood out among all the great food I had that week. After dinner at Chantecleer, a fancy, yet friendly French restaurant, I had vanilla ice cream with melted Toblerone chocolate over it. Simple and delicious!

Was there anything you didn’t like?

It was sad that some of the better outlet stores in town were going out of business because of the economic downturn. Others like J. Crew were still really busy.

Would you go back?

Definitely!

Read other bloggers share their “Travel Tensions” with their parents below:

Callie and her mom in France

Caroline and her dad in Chicago

Tyler and his dad in Quebec

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