Packing your child, husband and half-a-dozen Emergency Cliff bar rations into the car at the crack of dawn almost seems worth it when this is the view from your first traffic light. (Somerville, Massachusetts.)
Our trip to the Sunapee Region of New Hampshire, and divorce court in Brattleboro, Vermont was whirlwind, exhausting and stressful. Finding vegan nirvana in the well-stocked, clearly marked deli counter of the Brattleboro Food Coop made the trip worthwhile. After stopping for breakfast at a dive in Claremont, New Hampshire, where I was able to order a semi-brown banana, I devoured spinach sauteed with garlic and gomasio, spicy peanut tofu and steamed vegetable dumplings in the Coop’s cafe. My sister and Max split a chicken and cheese quesadilla with salsa, sour cream and guacamole. We finished our lunch with steaming mugs of fresh ginger tea.
After lunch, Max enjoyed hunting for leaves and playing King of the Mound-of-Dirt on the Brattleboro Common.
Brattleboro is home to a pedestrian friendly downtown, and several interesting shops and restaurants. Unfortunately on this visit, we did not get a chance to do much more than window shop. If you go, be sure to stop by Beadniks (crafts,unusual gifts and postcards), and the three independent bookstores clustered along Elliot and Main street: The Book Cellar, Brattleboro Books (used), and Everyone’s Books.
We spent the night at the Best Western Sunapee Lodge. The Lodge is rather rundown, the mattresses lumpy and soft, but the staff was friendly and the swimming pool clean, warm and well-maintained. Breakfast was about what one could expect from a standard chain hotel in a semi-rural area. Max was entranced by the large plastic container of “O’s in funny colors” (Froot Loops), and picked the chocolate chips out of a large, greasy muffin. James downed a breakfast sandwich made with American cheese, and I took a few bites of Rice Krispies covered in soy milk from my secret stash, before realizing they did not taste very vegan. The coffee, thankfully, was freshly brewed and fairly strong.