WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Elf Express comes to life on the historic railroad line between Manchester and Bennington. Passengers will be treated to Christmas carols and dancing by the merry elves who conduct the train and over- see the entertainment. It ends with another visit by Santa. There are also the more traditional events, including a tree lighting on the town green with hot cocoa and cookies for all, and a Christmas community potluck. Over the years, there have also been additional fes- tivities, such as an Inn Tour or a Town Pub Crawl. (It is best to check online for a list of the events and dates as they differ year to year.) For those who are seeking more history, a visit to Hildene, the Georgian Revival Mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, is a must. Robert Todd Lincoln is the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd to have survived into adulthood. He served as the chairman for the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the century. In 1905, he built Hildene as a summer retreat, and Lincoln relatives continued to call it home until 1975. While the estate is not officially part of the Manchester Merriment docket, Hildene's staff will decorate the country home for the holidays as it would have been in the early 1900s. The hundred-year-old carriage house at the estate, which now houses the museum's gift shop, will provide offerings of apple cider, Vermont tastings, and fresh cider donuts on certain days. If the snow conditions are right while visiting Hildene, you can rent cross country skis at the ski shop on the property, and visitors can ski across the estate. In fact, skiing and snow sports are the reasons most people come to Manchester in the winter. Set in the Battenkill Valley, Manchester is nestled amongst some great ski resorts—both downhill and Nordic. There is Bromley, which has a very popular following with families. When the family that owns Bromley decided to update the lodge, there was an outcry because people love this mountain for its nostalgic, "old school" feel. The main fireplace was left intact as a result. One warning: the ski school fills quickly. J.J. Hapgood, the resurrected country store and café in Peru, Vermont, is located only a few miles up the road from Bromley. Here, one will often find parents lounging and enjoying their lattes and scones after having dropped off their kids at Bromley for lessons. It is also a popular après-ski stop, serving beer and wood fired pizzas. There are rumors that a full restaurant will be in place by the winter of 2017. 188 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 excursions "people love this mountain" Hildene, the mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, is a favorite place to visit C O U R T E S Y O F H I L D E N E

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