Our first recommended day trip, after completing BuyWay 1, this buyway loop first heads east, following the ancient Coos Indian trail, used annually for centuries by Abenaki Indians traveling from Lake Champlain to their summer fishing grounds on the Connecticut River. After stops in Corinth, Fairlee and Bradford, you are directed to the New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River Valley, through the historic towns of Woodsville, Bath and Lisbon, bringing you to Littleton and it’s growing collection of antique shops. After lunch, you will be guided back to St. Johnsbury Vermont, home to several antique shops and the historic Fairbanks Museum and Athenaeum. Finally you will head back to Barre, passing through several classic Vermont villages, such as Danville, Hardwick, and Woodbury.
Suggested Route of Travel: From Barre head east on Rt. 302 to Vt. Rt. 25, then follow it east to Bradford and the intersection with Rt. 5. You will turn right to see one shop just a short distance on your right, then to the green in Fairlee, then take Rt. 5 north back to Rt. 302 in Wells River. Cross the Connecticut river to Woodsville N. H., following Rt. 302 east to Littleton. After visiting the shops and perhaps lunch, head back west on 302 a short distance and bear right onto NH Rt. 135/18. A little ways down the road you will bear left following Rt. 135/18 west. Follow Rt. 18, bearing right, back across the Connecticut River into Lower Waterford Vt., then to the intersection with US Rt. 2, turning left, which will take you to the shops in St. Johnsbury. After visiting these shops, take Rt. 5 north to visit the shops in Lyndonville. Then return to St. Johnsbury on Rt. 5 to US Rt. 2, taking it east to West Danville. In West Danville take Rt. 15 to Hardwick, then 14 south to Barre.