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Still More Secrets Of Rt. 313...

If you MUST continue through the Battenkill Valley and on into Vermont, look for an outhouse with a "man" sitting inside with the door open, reading the paper, and be sure to stop at the Wayside General Store.  Now, Vermont is famous for its ubiquitous general stores but the Wayside is quintessential; the very model of what an old-time general store should be.  And that's not just my opinion.  
In fact, the Wayside is featured on the back cover of Vermont General Stores, a book featuring these anachronistic beauties.  The floors creak.  The Vermont Cheddar cheese sits beneath a glass dome, ready for slicing.  There are groceries, fishing and hunting supplies, local news and gossip...pretty much anything you need.  It's one of my favorite places.  It will be one of yours, too.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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