Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day Trip: Franklin NY

One fall weekend, our family took a meandering drive through upstate New York, and came upon Franklin, a sweet little town filled with stunning Greek Revival homes and just the right amount of things to do.

What originally made us stop was a sign for a farmers' market (Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); when we parked for that, we found ourselves right in front of Poor Richard’s Book Barn (607-829-8762). It had an amazing collection of vintage children’s books, many of them very cheap, and such a great collection for adults that we could have stayed all day.

Richard, the owner, told us we should wander next door to his neighbor’s rock garden, which was like Stonehenge meets Willy Wonka meets Andy Goldsworthy.

Then we made our way over to the antique stores, one of which, The Squire’s Tankard (607-829-6885), had tons of cute and reasonably priced vintage kids' clothes. There is also a nice cafĂ©, the Bee Hive (607-829-5424), right on the main drag.

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