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Becky Jo

New from Fort Worth, TX - King Arhthur Question

Hello to The Fresh Loaf!!

This website is such a wonderful tool - -I've been lurking around for a few weeks and am using so much I've read.

For Christmas I bought myself "Flour Water Salt Yeast" and have been baking a 2-4 loaves a week since - most, somewhat successful.   This indimidating thing called  "bread baking" has become quite fun and obsessive!!! 

Now treating myself to a visit to King Arthur in May for the Artisan baking at home class.

My question is for those that have been to Norwich, VT - -How did you get around once there?   I am staying at the Norwich inn.  What I have discovered is that the car rental places close at noon on Saturday and my flight lands Sat. afternoon.  There is a bus service that runs during the week - -I thought I would take a class on Sunday - Can I just walk to KAF?  What do you recomend?  Would you recomend some things to do outside of the class?

Thanks,

Becky Jo

 

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BurntMyFingers

I just got back from KAF, and a classmate was staying at Norwich Inn and walking to class. It's a bit under a mile as I recall. Part of it is on U.S. 5, a two-lane highway with moderate traffic but the shoulders are wide enough you should be ok. Also, it's likely some of your class members will be staying at the same place so you may be able to catch a ride.

Congratuations on getting into the class... you're in for a great experience! Otis

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Becky Jo

Thanks Otis -Was the class just awesome?   Yeah, hopefully I can meet up with some others in the class.  I don't mind renting a car - -it is just so strange that I can't get one all weekend.

Do you have any other suggestions for the week? restaurnts etc.?  BJ

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BurntMyFingers

I've never heard anything but superb comments about the KAF classes... the key with a baking class is how to handle the "dead" time while the dough is rising and they do a great job. I am sure you will be happy with the experience.

With regard to after-school activities, Norwich is across the river from Hanover NH which is the home of Dartmouth College and that drives most of the visitor activity in the area; you'll find that most of your fellow guests at the Norwich Inn are parents  or alumni or prospective Dartmouth students. Hanover is a beehive of activity which I didn't find particularly attractive since I came to relax and bake. But it's worth checking out if you have extra energy.

I had dinner at the Norwich Inn and it was ok, but nothing special. There is a "fine dining" place in town called Carpenter and Main; one of my classmates was happy with her meal there so check it out. Also there's a pupusa truck next to the village green at certain hours; since you are on foot you might want to check them too.

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isand66

If you can get a car or someone to drive do visit Simon Pierce restaurant.  They do glass blowing on site and the restaurant is amazing.  I don't remember how far it is, but it's worth the trip.

The food is really good at the Norwiche inne especially the breakfast.

I didn't get a chance to go to a class so from what I've heard you will be in for a treat.  I hope I can get there sometime this year myself.

Have a great time.

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pepperhead212

BJ,

I'm not sure how far you want to travel up there, but if you are a cheese lover, Cabot Cheese  has a tour of their cheesemaking facility, which was really good!  It a little over 60 miles from KAF.  I have a friend in Barre, and we went to the cheese tour, over to KAF, then to some outdoor place where they rescue animals, get them healed, and release them back into the wild.  It was sort of a big circle, and we did it in a day, along with many other places we passed by that looked interesting.

  In Montpelier thare was a large cooperative, in which the prices were a little high on some things, but they had great deals on grains, flours, and legumes in their bulk food section.  There was also a great Thai restaurant in town (and I don't say that about many Thai restaurants), but, again, I don't know what you like, or how far you want to travel.  

  Dave

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Becky Jo

Thanks everyone - -this is just the kind of suggestions I am searching for!!

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chouette22

... but a question. I am thinking, myself, to enroll in a course and am hesitating between King Arthur and the San Francisco Baking Institute. I live somewhat in the middle between the two and am just curious to know what made you decide to go with your option?

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Becky Jo

Chouette22,

I was just more drawn to KAF as a home baker.  Maybe San Fran BI felt more instutational???   And I've never been to Vermont.  :)  bj

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chouette22

.. and yes, this makes perfect sense. I hope you'll have a fantastic moment there!