North of Burlington on the Interstate there is a sculpture of whale tails. No one could tell us the purpose or origin but it was a beautiful site with all the snow around. Plus all of the snow scenes were breathtaking.
Take the car ferry across Lake Champlain from Burlington to Port Kent, New York. It is approximately a 1 hour ride. Relax, sit back on the deck, walk around, enjoy the breeze. From there, it is a gorgeous 1-hour drive to historic Lake Placid. The ferry departs from King Street near Waterfront Park. Leave Burlington between 10am-1pm. Take a return ferry from New York State in front of the moonlight.
About 20 minutes from Burlington is a town called Waterbury, where is located the... BEN & JERRY'S FACTORY. You know what that means? FREE SAMPLES!!! Well actually, a tour of the factory is 2 $US and it lasts 30 min. Unfortunately, we went during the off season, while the employees were on vacation, so we didn't see the making of that delicious ice cream LIVE, we had to watch it on movie.
Still, I learnt that they don't use milk that contains BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone). That Ben and Jerry (the founders) started off making the ice cream home made and just mixing in stuff that tasted good inside. They were the first to make other kinds of ice cream the Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. Also, they play a large part in the community, they are very involved in charity and social events and that kind of stuff.
The best part was definately the Cherry Garcia and Vanilla Cookie Dough samples though.
To get there, you have to take highway 89, get off at exit 10, and take route 100 towards Stowe (north) till you see it (about a mile up). For more information, call (802) 882-1240 ext. 2285, you can also book tours for up to 40 people (I think).
This town calls itself the Maple Syrup Capital of the world. All I know is that it is a quaint New England town to stroll through in a couple of hours. Located off of Highway 7, about 25 miles north from Burlington, this town has some quaint antique shops and a beautiful little park. Ideal place in the fall. As you can see in my pictures, the colors are really something in the autumn.
There are many places within a short drive (or even walk) from the downtown to go cliff jumping. A good starting spot is at North Beach. Follow the beach north to a trail. The trail will cross a field. Go Left at the fork in the field. Take a left at the next fork as well. This will lead you to "the tables". This is a good 30-35 ft jump into Lake Champlain. There are other jumping spots along the peninsula ranging from 10-65ft.
Other spots include Red Rocks (ask any local and they will know), Bolton Buckets (get off exit 11 on 89 south) .... head right .....towards Bolton. You will eventually go underneath 89 and immediately on your left will be Bolton ski resort access road. There will be an area on the road towards the beginning with an enlarged shoulder for parking. Its on the right and is pretty obvious. Advice for this one.....the one that looks safe is pretty shallow. The one that looks wicked intimidating is safe. My favorite is at an abandoned quarry. Hundreds of feet deep. Many jumps from many heights (up to 100ft). I'm keeping that one a secret.
Every Thursday night at Halvorson's Bar there is live jazz from around 8-11 P.M. There's a house band but they usually change up some of the musicians every so often. It's located near the top of Church Street. They serve excellent pub style food and in the summertime they set up their music stage in a very quaint and cozy outdoor brick/ivy patio.
Over on Grand Isle there is a little shop that is reallya good place to shop for souvenirs. They have a very wide assortment of items at the shop. Their prices are VERY reasonable too. Sweatshirts, cards, maple syrup, maple candy, t-shirts, pens, crockware, coffee mugs, candy...
This was such a neat shop that we visited it a couple of times while visiting Grand Isle. The owners Stan and Nancy were real sweet people and very helpful.
A few miles off of the Burlington Coast line and nearest to Grand Isle is Knight Island. Accessible only by boat, this small island has a friendly ranger who lives in a small house with his family ( he will also go grocery shopping if you give him some money, in case you don't have a boat to the mainland). I was there back in 1997 and built alot of the shelters on the island with a group of teen volunteers. There is a wooded campsite, an overlook, and a sandy beach campsite with birch trees overhead. The fishing is suppposedly good for Bass and Northern Pike. Check with a local Vermont tour guide to see about transport and camping fees.
To find it on a map or Google, look for Knight Island State Park off in the north-central part of the lake.
The Winooski Valley Park walk is a chance to walk along the river, partly 'paved' with a raised wooden boardwalk. The path runs parallel to the main Burlington-Winooski road and yet could be a million miles away in terms of the quiet.
The river path opens up at the Winooski end into Salmon Hole, a series of weirs, waterfalls and rock pools. A popular fishing spot, the sport is banned during the salmon spawning season.