Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

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Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Tom » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:49 pm

Hello fellow Viewers and Brewers! We are thinking of having the 2014 Annual Gathering in late Spring in VERMONT this year! Who is interested? What dates would you prefer? Where would you like to go? Burlington area, or more southerly? LET ME KNOW! Your vote counts!
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:21 am

Anywhere! Anytime! Vermont has awesome hiking and fabulous brews everywhere!
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Tom » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:06 pm

It looks like 6/21 will be the date. Burlington VT is the winner.

Suggested destination for lodging is the Grand Isle State Park.

http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/grandisle.htm

As for Brewpubs: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8 ... dg=feature

And as for hiking, let's discuss!
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:00 am

OK, we're in! We have the Apple lean-to on the waterfront at Grand Isle reserved for the nights of 6/20 and 6/21. I have not been able to find how many “fit” in a lean-to, but it does say that a tent can also be placed on the site. Total of 8 on the site. We also checked yes for a pet. We know that at least 4 of us will be there - Paula and Gwen and Tom and I. Anyone else?
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Tue May 27, 2014 9:34 pm

Update - looks like Paul, Mike, and Pete will be joining us for the weekend. That means that we have 7 people planning on attending. I am thinking we can smell the hops in Burlington from Grand Isle!
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Woolybear » Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:13 pm

Well perhaps it's time to start talking about tentative plans as we are around 2 weeks out.
So for starters when should people start to arrive and were? Are people arriving Friday night? For those of us who can't be there Friday night were and when on sat morning?
Ideas for sat, we not all want to visit the same places? For instance i like Zero Gravity and have no issue going back there for food and beer but other location i may want to pass on.
I know Laurie had mentioned that Sunday was Mansfield. We may have to pass on that due to early work schedules on Monday. Doing Mansfield and having Pete back to NYC for work refreshed may be a stretch.
So everyone, what you got, what you thinking?
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:13 pm

So here is a tentative plan for the weekend:

Tillson to Plattsburg – 3.5 to 4 hours Leaving Tillson 12 noon ETA 5pm at park

Stopping at Legends Brewpub 411 Route 3 Plattsburg 518-324-6680 – Friday hours: bar opens 3:30pm, dining opens 5pm plan is to stop for one beer

Ferry Plattsburg to Grand Isle – runs apx every 15 min. cost driver and car $10, each passenger $4
Plattsburgh Dock
820 Commodore Thomas McDonough Hwy
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Campground location:

Grand Isle State Park
36 East Shore South
Grand Isle, Vermont 05458
Park Phone: 802-372-4300
Check in at 2pm Check out 11am Reserved Apple Lean-to.

Apx 30 minute drive to Burlington

Friday night visit Fiddlehead for dinner

Bobcat in Bristol – opens at 5pm on Fri and Saturday
Fiddlehead in Shelburne – opens at 12noon to 9pm both days pizza same
Burlington area hikes – ethan allan tower, waterfront, eagle mountain, red rocks and Indian Brook Reservoir
Pubs – Vermont Pub & Brew (opens 11:30am), Three Needs (opens 4pm) Zero Gravity (opens 11:30) The Farmhouse (opens 11am)– 160 Bank St.

Saturday evening shared meal at campground

Sunday morning, departing early for Mansfield
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Woolybear » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:32 pm

Due to work restrictions we will not be able to join you guys Friday night. Instead we will have to coordinate meeting up early Sat morning.
Ethan Allen Tower sounds interesting.
We will also sadly not join you guys for Mansfield on Sun. Pete will need to get back to NYC for a early Monday morning work shift.
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Woolybear » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:35 pm

Have you looked at the stowe pinnacle for a hike?
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:23 am

The Pinnacle is a nice hike, but it is too far from Burlington for our day on Saturday and Mansfield is the state high point en route to NH state high point on Sunday.

Ethan Allan tower is only about 1/4 mile - I guess you could do circles to get it to a mile and then do one pub.......but it has a great view of the lake and daks.

What time do you guys expect to arrive in the Burlington area on Saturday morning? That can help us decide if we can meet for a hike or a pub or just at the campsite.
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Woolybear » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:02 am

We are leaving Latham at around 5 am so probably hitting Grand Isle around 8:30 am.
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Woolybear » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:29 am

We've done Burlington several times so not all that interested in spending to much time there though i am always happy to go to Zero Gravity. There are several places Mikes brother has asked to see too. We'd love to join you guys in the morning for some of the walks/hikes like the Ethan Allen Tower but we may not be joining you guys for some of the brew establishments (I personally would love to visit 14th state).
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:08 pm

So if you are planning on leaving that early, it would probably be best just to meet us at the campsite on Grand Isle. We are in the Apple lean-to and when we check in on Friday we will tell them that you are expected to arrive on Saturday morning. Please be sure to bring a tent and repellent. We plan on some kind of a meal on Saturday evening at the campsite, so please bring something to share. Once you arrive, we can all decide on the hikes and pubs that we wish to do together or separate as the case may be. The weather is looking cooperative, but the mosquitos are out and about!
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Re: Annual Gathering, 2014 style!

Postby Laurie » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:26 am

Weather is looking beautiful, the smell of hops is drifting from the northeast - must be time for a Views and Brews gathering!! See you all in Vermont!
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