White River Junction, Vermont
The second part of my Vermont weekend adventure brought me to White River Junction, Vermont. I read about the town in Budget Travel magazine who named it one the United States “Coolest Small Towns”.
While there may a side to White River Junction I did not see, this was not my favorite stop. I arrived on a Sunday around noon and hardly anything was open. Restaurants, stores, theatres, the main attractions were all closed.
I wandered over the river into West Lebanon, New Hampshire in the hot sun to find a brewery that was open.
Seven Barrel Brewery had 8 different brews on tap so I got a 4 taste sampler. Each tasting was $1- the price was right! A couple of the beers were pretty decent- the cream blonde beer was great as was the special brown ale. But the IPA was undrinkable- flat and blah. Overall I’m glad I stopped in at Seven Barrel Brewery (also because nothing else was going on!).
With beer in my belly I opted for a late lunch at Cantore’s Pizza. They have pizza by the slice, whole pie, and more Italian favorites. I opted for the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza on a Sicilian crust that was already made. This slice of pizza pie alone may have made up for my boring day here. I should have ordered another slice to go and had it for dinner! If you get lost and accidentally stop in this section of New Hampshire and Vermont, find Cantore’s Pizza- muy bueno!!!
Some more wandering around in the hot sun commenced and finally I was able to check into my hotel. The Coolidge Hotel was basic but was clean. It is the only hotel in downtown White River Junction (and one block from the Amtrak station), there are some hotel chains on the outskirts towards the interstate.
Dinner was slim pickings since it was Sunday- pizza or Mediterranean. Cantore’s Pizza was my delicious lunch so Mediterranean was the dinner winner. It was good, not great.
Before my train left the next morning, I did have another food/restaurant winner. The 4 Aces diner is right across the bridge from White River Junction in New Hampshire. They ran out of lobster for the lobster eggs benedict so I had the regular version which had some delicious Vermont ham on it. Two thumbs up for breakfast!!!
White River Junction, Vermont (and West Lebanon, New Hampshire) was not all bad. A return visit is not in the cards for me unless I happen to be on a roadtrip and feel like hitting up Cantore’s for a slice on the journey. Not all travel experiences can be winners but always try to make the best of it!