Vermont Off The Beaten Path

  • Bravely standing on the haunted bridge
    Bravely standing on the haunted bridge
    by Jefie
  • Emily's haunted bridge in Stowe, VT
    Emily's haunted bridge in Stowe, VT
    by Jefie
  • This is only the beginning
    This is only the beginning
    by Obaze

Vermont Off The Beaten Path

  • A Country Store

    Overlooking Lake Champlain, Charlotte, Vermont, is a quiet town that's been around since 1762. Just south of the larger and busier Burlington, Charlotte offers a great place to stop if you arrive in Vermont the same way I did - by ferry from New York.The place to stop is the Old Brick Store, a country general store that's been in Charlotte for more...

  • Mt Philo State Park

    A small mountain to climb or to walk up. It is close to 2,000 feet and provides incredible views of Vermont and the Adirondak State Park into New York. The park sits about 3-5 miles from the New York ferry. Take a right onto Route 7, then a left onto Mt Philo State Road (kind of hidden). Continue straight until you hit the park. The person at the...

  • Hill House

    Hill House is at the end of a quarter-mile (one-half-kilometer) dirt road, which served as our driveway. In the summer it was dusty, and during the "mud season" in March when the snows were melting, it was deep in gooey mud. In fact, it was so muddy that our car frequently became stuck. Sometimes in the winter, the snow drifted so deep that it...

  • Historic Barns

    The landscape of Vermont is characterized by rolling hills, forests, fields, quaint villages, and farms with historic barns. Most of Vermont's barns were built in the mid-1800s as small subsistence farms were converted to relatively larger dairy operations. Big barns were needed to house the herds of dairy cattle.Unfortunately, many of the...

  • Dairy Farms

    One of the iconic symbols of Vermont is its numerous dairy farms and their red barns, white farmhouses, and black-and-white Holstein cows. Vermont is known as a state dedicated to dairy farming, and has been so since the early 1800s.The Vermont dairy industry is the largest in New England. The average herd size is 115 cows, and each cow produces...

  • Historic Houses

    Peacham was established in 1776, and most of the historic houses along the main intersection in Peacham Village date from the early 1800s. Architectural styles that can be seen in Peacham Village include Federalist, Georgian, and Greek Revival.

  • Keiser Pond

    Many ponds and lakes dot the Northeast Kingdom, including Keiser Pond. Keiser Pond is shared between the towns of Danville and Peacham since it straddles the town line. The 33-acre (13-hectare) pond is fed from the west by Sawyer Brook, and is surrounded by northern white cedar swamps. The shallow waters of Keiser Pond contain yellow perch, chain...

  • The American-Canadian Border Marker

    Outside the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, there is a stone border marker which marks the border between the United States and Canada.There are no border formalities here. Visitors can freely cross between the two countries to take pictures of the border marker, and to stand with one foot in each country.

  • The Haskell Free Library

    The Haskell Free Library is probably the most unique library in the world. The building housing the library straddles the international border, and half is in Derby Line, Vermont and the other half is in Stanstead, Quebec. The library has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also a Canadian historical site.Most of the...

  • Sugarbrush Farm, Woodstock, VT

    My wife and I love this place. It is a working farm in the hills above Woodstock, Vermont. One-hundred percent pure maple syrup and several varieties of cheese are their primary products. They collect the sap and burn it down into syrup in their on-site smokehouse (I would love to watch them do this in late winter/very early spring sometime)...

  • A great view of Manchester..

    While Bromley Mtn is known for it's skiing, it is also a good summer hike. Once you get to Bromley, take the West Meadow, Pabst Havoc, or any of the main trails from the base lodge. Hike to the top and picnic there before stealing a ride down on the chairlifts. The view is great from the top.Alternatively there is a trailhead 1/2 a mile past the...

  • Covered Bridges

    Even with a map that marked the locations of these rural delights, we struggled to find many of them. But they are worth taking a turn down a side street, headed for the river or stream, to find. This one is in Fairfax, Vermont. (keep an eye out for a travelogue featuring many of these symbols of old-time Vermont)

  • Quintessential Quaintness

    Fairfax, Vermont.A short drive northeast from Burlington, Fairfax is a tiny little spot on the map. My mother had an uncle (or some sort of relative) who was a pastor at the church here for awhile, a long time ago. It still looks like the classic church most people associate with small New England towns.

  • Kilgore Trout can be found in Montgomery...

    The Trout River Traders used to be named Kilgore Trout in honor of the local literary history.Also it a good place to stop and have a meal.

  • Vermont Brewers Festival

    This was a great time that we decided to do just a couple of days before we left for Vemont. A quick bit of advice would be to order tickets and hotel room before hand. Luckily, we ordered tickets and did not have to wait in a line (about a 30-45 minute wait). A hotel was also a little bit hard to find. Digs into the beer drinking!The Brew festival...

  • The Woodstock Inn

    This is a beautiful little town and the hotel has a great golf course. Very expensive so we didnot stay here. Some very quaint shops and the town has the typical New England central square.If you are interested, the Woodstock Inn and Resort telephone number for reservations is 1-800-448-7900. Rooms are from $199 to $609. Their golf cours is a...

  • Acres of Flowers

    On the back road from Okemo to Ascutney (SR 131) we came across this beautiful field of flowers. On a higher location there was parked one camping trailer and this was his view for the summer.

  • Go to Magic Hat for a cool...

    Go to Magic Hat for a cool bewery tour and all the free beer you can drink in moderation. It's in Burlington.

  • Mad River Glen - for skiing,...

    Mad River Glen - for skiing, hiking, and snoshoeing.This mountain has a summit of 3,600' and is never crowded. Mad River is located on route 17 in Central Vermont on the General Stark Mountain. In the summer, you can take the chairlift up to the top of the mountain and hike around. Just be careful going up the Appalachian Gap to get there. Very...

  • One great thing about Vermont...

    One great thing about Vermont is the fantastic antiques you can find at many locations. Just be careful not to pay too much for somebody else'd junk. Something to remember while looking at antiques is: Because it is old, does not mean it is worth a lot of money. Try to find smaller roads or less touristy places to find antiques. (Believe me, they...

  • Going out from Burlington, you...

    Going out from Burlington, you can visit a Museum - I don't remember the name- but it has all the important buildings in the history of that state... so, it's quite noticeable and famous there.... Some of the buildings are 'replicas'', and some other are the original building moved from their place.... Good thing... From Vermont you can easily...

  • Kent Pond,on route 100, close...

    Kent Pond,on route 100, close to Killington Ski area, to kayak, canoe, or meditate. Nearby hiking, picnicing and camping. {Stay on this road to access rt.89, which will take you to Ben&Jerry's and Burlington}. Very peaceful and scenic.There is also another smaller pond just up the road. A guy regularly hangs out at Kent Pond to rent kayaks.The...

  • Get a map and travel the dirt...

    Get a map and travel the dirt roads in the summertime for a taste of real Vermont. Ferry rides across the lake are also great. Burlington lakefront has bikepath, restaurants and shopping. To the north is the Lake Champlain islands that are beautiful.



  • You can visit the Simon Pearce...

    You can visit the Simon Pearce Crystal in Queechee, VT. There is a balcony that allows you to view the crystal being made in the studio. The glass-blowing process is very interesting.They have two different stores on premises, one has some of the 'seconds' which are a lot less expensive than the perfect crystal pieces if you want to buy something...

  • It sounds a little morbid, but...

    It sounds a little morbid, but a visit to the Hope Cemetery in Barre, VT will amaze you. It was established in 1895, and contains some of the finest examples of granite craftmanship you will ever see. The granite is quarried nearby, and is reknowned throughout the world for its ability to resist weathering. There are memorials in the shape of easy...

  • Take time to view the little...

    Take time to view the little white churches and covered bridges scattered throughout the state. It is very easy to drive right by these beautiful sites and not appreciate them for what they are. There are very few places left in the country where you can see one little town right after the other with the little white church and the covered bridge...

  • I couldn't find Vergennes on...

    I couldn't find Vergennes on this site so I am just adding it here because I thought it was worth a stop! It is a tiny town near Lake Champlain and south of Shelburne. There was a huge shop there called Kennedy Brothers. It was originally a creamery but is now a gift and antique shop. If you like gifts and antiques, allow plenty of time to see this...

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