Welcome to day 9 of 31 Days of Heterotopias: Motels and Hotels, a month of posts about how motels, hotels, and inns function as heterotopias and liminal spaces in society.  Each post will look at these ideas from its own vantage point, which may not obviously connect with the others, and which may mention motels and hotels only peripherally or may focus on them without referencing heterotopia or liminality. I won’t attempt to tie the posts together. They’ll all be listed here, as they are posted.

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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

I mentioned earlier that there are six motels/hotels that we (spouse and I) stay at over and over, in Savannah, Boston, Middlebury VT, Orleans MA, Boothbay ME, and Ogunquit ME, and I profiled the one in Savannah, the Holiday Inn on E. Bay St., in that post.

Today, let’s check out — or check into — The Middlebury Inn, in Middlebury, Vermont, home of Middlebury College.

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The Middlebury Inn is actually both an inn, in an historic building with a lovely lobby, quirky old elevator with a staffed operator, and tea service every afternoon, and a motel adjacent, where pets are allowed. We’ve stayed in both sections, the motel when travelling with dogs and the inn when not. I didn’t take photos of the motel, though, except a blurry one of the dog on the carpet. The rooms are not all that different from those in the inn.

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The lobby is welcoming.

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morning coffee

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Here’s an upstairs corridor in the inn:

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Some room shots,  in different rooms over three years:

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As usual, for us and I imagine other travellers, location is key, and the Middlebury Inn is right in the middle of this small college town, across from the town green and Episcopal church,

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The Inn from the green
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Early November on the green
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early December on the green
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St. Stephen’s on a Sunday morning
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storm clouds over St. Stephen’s and the Congregational church
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St. Stephen’s in late November
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crabapples and window reflections at St. Stephen’s

… a short walk to the supermarket, to Fire and Ice (our favourite restaurant in town),

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Adirondack chairs made of skis on the Fire & Ice porch
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part of the big salad bar at Fire & Ice

… and to the downtown/Otter Falls/Frog Hollow area, with the Edgewater Gallery (we have a few pieces of art in the house from Edgewater),

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Otter Creek shimmering
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entrance to original Edgewater Gallery
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glassware inside Edgewater Gallery, looking out at Otter Creek

… more restaurants and coffee shops — Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, 51 Main, Storm Cafe, The Diner —

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Storm Cafe at Frog Hollow
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Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe (red awning) and other shops
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The Diner (yellow), theatre, Baptist Church, and others

the Vermont Book Shop, a stationers, a small cinema, an old-fashioned Ben Franklin’s 5&10, clothing shops (I buy clothes and Christmas gifts at Sweet Cecily), and other boutiques.

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Ben Franklin and Marquis cinema

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It’s also walkable to the Marble Works businesses, which includes the Stone Leaf Tea House that we love love love,

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bridge over Otter Creek of Marble Work shops and businesses
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dark sky over Marble Works
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gone-by sunflowers against marble
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Round Robin resale ship in the Marble Works
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everything looks great against marble

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Stone Leaf Tea House
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Stone Leaf Tea House
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tea and treats at Stone Leaf Tea House
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lemon and green tea cake (Stone Leaf Tea House)
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gunpowder tea
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tea sampler with dark puer, cherry, jasmine (Stone Leaf Tea House)
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matcha and lemon cake, tamari almonds, dried fruits (Stone Leaf Tea House)

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… and to Danforth Pewter, where many Christmas gifts for friends and family have been purchased over the years (ornaments and earrings, mostly).

Otter Creek Brewing is just a short drive away.

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And probably most importantly, the Inn is centrally located for walking/hiking the Trails Around Middlebury, which is what occupies most of our time when we’re visiting the area.

Below are some photos from some of the TAM trails over the years, all hiked between end of the October and the beginning of December. (I have no idea what Middlebury looks like in the spring or summer. For us, it’s a fall-winter tourist town.)

The [Middlebury] Class of ’97 Trail

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(26 Nov 2016)
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(26 Nov 2016)
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three yellow birches (26 Nov 2016)
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Middlebury College building, solar panels (26 Nov. 2016)
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(30 Nov 2013)
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(30 Nov 2013)
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sumac and white pine (30 Nov 2013)
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“walk quickly through the area – don’t run” (26 Nov 2016)
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juniper (26 Nov 2016)
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hornet’s nest (26 Nov 2016)

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Johnson Trail (all 24 Nov. 2016)

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snowy boardwalk

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Chipman Trail (first, 24 Nov. 2016; the rest, 2 Nov. 2015)

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aspen leaf + grasshopper
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yellow beech tree leaves
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aspen leaves

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Battell Nature Park (first three, 24 Nov. 2016; last 31 Oct. 2015)

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multiflora rose bramble
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grey dogwood (Swida racemosa), 31 Oct. 2015
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(31 Oct 2015)

Otter Creek Trail (29 Nov. 2013)

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dam and falls from Arnold Bridge
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limestone
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waterfall and hydro dam
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ethereal snow, moss, mist
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four cows

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Wright Park (27 Nov. 2016)

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Otter Creek with grasses and slanted trees
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hepatica foliage
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yellow jelly fungi
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Arnold Bridge across Otter Creek

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Murdock Nature Preserve (1 Nov. 2015)

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cave
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rock
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large twig bird’s nest

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Means Nature Preserve (24 Nov 2016)

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shagbark hickory bark

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Jackson Trail – obviously a favourite

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28 Nov. 2013
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geese in flight (28 Nov. 2013)
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(1 Nov. 2015)
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(1 Nov. 2015)
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garter snake I accidentally hit with my foot (1 Nov. 2015)
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dark sky (1 Nov. 2015)
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bare trees and dark sky (1 Nov. 2015)
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cricket (1 Nov. 2015)
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mound of polypody ferns (25 Nov. 2016)
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one equisetum stalk (25 Nov. 2016)
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orange (25 Nov. 2016)
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sunlight on snow (28 Nov. 2013)
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blurry horned larks – the field was full of them (28 Nov. 2013)
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machines shed (28 Nov. 2013)

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As always when travelling, what’s nice is coming back to the comforts, even luxuries, and the privacy of the hotel, motel, or inn. At the Middlebury Inn, that pleasure is doubled when returning for a little nap in the room before afternoon tea in the spacious and well-lit lobby.

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