Writer and the Executive Editor of Wilderness magazine, Jedidiah Jenkins, and set and event stylist, Ruthie Lindsey, spent the fall in Vermont with the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque to experience authentic New England. Along with photographer, Lulu Lovering, they journeyed across the Green Mountain state enjoying the beautiful sites and agrarian culture.
They started their journey in Hartford, Vermont and made their first stop in Quechee. Quechee is the home of legendary glassmaker, Simon Pearce. Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering were able to meet Pearce and tour his studio, as well as try their own hand at glass blowing. Pearce uses a traditional Georgian glass blowing technique, so his craftsmanship is exceptional.
After Quechee, they journeyed to Rochester, Vermont where they explored the back roads of Vermont’s countryside in the Range Rover Evoque.
“The handling was superb,” Jenkins said. “The dirt roads of back-country Vermont would have been hard in a lot of cars. But the Evoque was made for them. The different driving modes helped us transition from paved highway to sandy beach to dirt road with ease. It is the perfect car for this type of adventure.”
Once they enjoyed Rochester, Jenkins, Lindsey, and Lovering continued through small towns and back roads until their journey ended in Stowe, Vermont where they visited the Stowe Mountain Resort. The resort is known for the road, Smuggler’s Notch, which was used by smugglers in the 19th century to sneak illegal products in from Canada. This road, now one of the most beautiful roads in Vermont, is among thick forests with plenty of secluded caves along the route, perfect for the smugglers.
“Vermont,” Jenkins said, “had such an effect on me. The dark stone cliffs and thick forests of Vermont created privacy in me, a kind darkness. The place creates personalities.”