Plymouth Notch, Vermont — Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and childhood
home — is a lovely place to visit. In Coolidge’s own time it was a popular
tourist destination, and some rudimentary wooden cabins were set up in a
nearby field for overnight guests. The cabins are still there. On a
venture once, when I was “in” with the curator of the site & doing some
events there, I asked if I and my family might stay in one of the cabins.
They let us. I can’t say it was the most comfortable night of my life –
the kids were aged 2 and 4 at the time — but it wasn’t bad. And getting up
early in the morning and stepping out into that beautiful scenery, with
everything quiet except for birdsong — well, it was a Coolidge moment.