Vermont Things to Do

  • Inside Stowe Mercantile at the old Depot building
    Inside Stowe Mercantile at the old Depot...
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    At Laughing Moon Chocolates
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  • At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
    At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
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Vermont Things to Do

  • Lake Champlain

    We only got to take the ferry (near Charlotte, Vermont) across Lake Champlain. But great views and enough to entice me to want to come back and see more.

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  • Mount Mansfield

    This is the highest mountain in Vermont (4, 393 feet). We took the half hour drive up and enjoyed the views though it was very cloudy that day.

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  • Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour

    Popular with lots of people, if the day we were there was any indication. They show a short film and show you the floor where the work is done from a view above, though there won't be any work going on if you go on a weekend. You also get a free sample at the end of the tour. They have a very entertaining graveyard for all their flavors that didn't...

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  • Robert Frost Interpretive Trail

    Very pretty trail near where the poet used to take walks. Many of his poems are posted along the way. It is an easy hike of just over a mile. Great way to enjoy some nature and appreciate Robert Frost.

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  • Okemo Ski Area

    Visited Okemo for Christmas 2012 and loved it! Another great ski area in Vermont. We really liked this one because we could ski all of the slope, including all the blacks with no problems. A black at Okemo is about a blue at Stowe. After the blizzard , we had 118 trails to ski on:-)My personal favorites : Upper World Cup The lifts were not that...

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  • Stowe Ski Area

    This must be the best ski area in the Eastern U.S.! Wow! Love it !! My favorite slope is Perry Merrill , down from Mount Mansfield. You have to go up with the gondola to get to this. We have been here many times, last year was Christmas of 2011, when there was not a lot of snow. Usually, the snow is pretty good and the slopes are awesome. After a...

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  • VERMONT WELCOME CENTER ALBURGH VT

    Saturday, September 15, 2012We were heading west on U.S. Route #2 in northwest Vermont, when we came across the VERMONT WELCOME CENTER ALBURGH, VT. Visitors here are primarily Canadian, as the border with Canada (Quebec) is very close by. Actually the borders of Vermont - Quebec - New York State are very near to this spot in Alburgh Vt. The center...

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  • VISIT ST. JOHNSBURY

    September 5, 2012After driving through Vermont most of the day, we decided we would stay the night in SAINT JOHNSBURY, located in the northeast corner of Vermont. Also, Interstate 91, US Route 2 and US Route 5 run through it.The town is quite nice and when we were there, the "Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival" was going on, so it was quite...

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  • VISIT THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORE

    The VERMONT COUNTRY STORE is a retail and catalog business based in Vermont, with stores in Weston ( the one we visited) and Rockingham.Founded in 1946 by Vrest and Mildred Ellen Orton. The store is famous for its specialty as "Purveyors of the Practical & Hard to Find". The Vermont Store sells a broad range of specialty and nostalgic items. The...

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  • VISIT BENNINGTON VERMONT

    Wednesday, September, 2012Located in southwestern Vermont BENNINGTON is nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains. Bennington has a rich cultural heritage.Points of interest include:Old First Church (pic #1)Robert Frost GraveCovered BridgesBennington Battle Monument (Pic # 2)Hans and I really enjoyed our visit to Bennington. So much history...

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  • Dog Mountain

    Whether with your dog or not, plan on a visit to Dog Mountain. Created by renowned artist Stephen Huneck, you can enjoy the 150 acres of private mountain top and visit his art gallery. the Chapel is a place to admire Stephen's artwork and remember those companion animals lost.

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  • Hapgood Pond

    Hapgood Pond in Peru is one of my fondest memories from childhood. As a Kid, our church would go there for 3 day campouts and swimming, sometimes walking the nature trails around the lake. The place has a changing room, clean bathrooms, swimming (no lifeguard on duty), and you can even take the Rowboats out to row around in. There is some fishing,...

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  • Farms

    It used to be that Vermont had more cows than people . . . While that's no longer true, farms -- dairy farms in particular -- still play a large role in Vermont life. All over the state you will see references to saving the small farm, and you can watch for signs stating that restaurants participate with the "Vermont Fresh Network" -- utilizing...

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  • The best place to see the colors of...

    After driving all over the state of Vermont, I find myself returning time and again to Queechee Gorge to take in the sights from Queechee Bridge. Queechee appeals to all of the senses. The bridge can be crowded in fall and I imagine in summer and if you are not in to tourist traps you may want to avoid Queechee village, but if you set off on foot...

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  • PLYMOUTH NOTCH

    At Plymouth Notch, the old Coolidge homestead and birthplace can be visited. It was here that Coolidge was awaken in August 1923 to hear of Warren Harding's death in San Franciso. His father, a local judge, swore him in as President in the very early morning hours. Outside the homestead are the graves of the former President, his wife and their...

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  • Ethan Allen's Home

    You may not know who Ethan Allen was if you aren't from Vermont. He was a Revolutionary War hero and one of Vermont's founding fathers. He was the leader of the Green Mountain Boys who captured Fort Ticonderoga so long ago.

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  • The Shelburne Musuem

    This is Vermont's largest and most picturesque musuem. Artwork and antiques galore are on show here along wityh historic buildings. The main attration however is the Ticonderoga. This steamboat that once cruised the lake more than a hundred years ago is the last existing specimen of it's type.

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  • Vermont State Parks

    Vermont has a wealth of state park. They encompass many of the state's lakes and mountains. They make an inexpensive place to stay or a great place to explore for the day. Here's a list of them as well as the pages to see for more info. Allis State Park - RandolphAscutney State Park - WindsorBig Deer Campground - GrotonBomoseen State Park -...

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  • Sugar House Tours

    Because of the large number of sugar maples growing in the state, Vermont is one of the world's largest producers of maple syrup. Although Canada leads in the production of maple syrup, Vermont produces more than any other American state. As a source of additional income during the late winter and early spring, many farms engage in sugaring, as the...

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  • The Northeast Kingdom

    The Northeast Kingdom is made up of the three northeasternmost counties of Vermont: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans. The term "Northeast Kingdom" was coined by the late George Aiken, a former governor of Vermont and United States Senator, in a speech he gave in 1949. The Northeast Kingdom was listed in the best-selling travel book, 1,000 Places to...

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  • The Sugar House Museum

    One of the popular exhibits at Maple Grove Farms is the Sugar House Museum. The building was once an authentic sugar house which was moved to Maple Grove Farms. The museum has exhibits and photographs that explain how sap is collected and boiled down to make pure Vermont maple syrup. The video, Vermont's First Industry--Maple Syrup, further...

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  • Maple Grove Farms

    Today's Maple Grove Farms had its beginnings in 1915 when Helen Gray and Ethel McLaren experimented with making maple confections on the family farm. Their candies were so good that friends and family kept them busy making candy. Their enterprise soon expanded due to word-of-mouth business. Nowadays, Maple Grove Farms is the largest packer of maple...

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  • The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

    The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium was founded in 1889 by Franklin Fairbanks, a Saint Johnsbury industrialist, naturalist, and philanthropist who collected natural history specimens and ethnological items from around the world. He displayed his collection in a "cabinet of curiosities" at Underclyffe, his Saint Johnsbury mansion. The bulk of the...

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  • The Peacham Store

    The Peacham Store is the focal point of Peacham Village. The building was constructed in 1824, and during its heyday, it was the quintessential country general store. It was the town's social center; it offered dry goods, groceries, hardware, drugs, and even liquor; an old box wood-burning stove kept the building warm during the winter; and over...

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  • The Peacham Congregational Church

    The Peacham Congregational Church was constructed between 1796 and 1806. With its tall steeple and white paint, it is typical of the churches seen throughout New England. The church not only serves as a place of worship, but is also used as a place where town meetings, venison suppers, Boy Scout meetings, school programs, and other civic events are...

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  • The State Capitol Building

    The Vermont State Capitol Building is the third statehouse to be built on the same site. The previous two buildings were destroyed by fire. Designed by architect Thomas Silloway, the current capitol building was constructed of Vermont granite quarried in nearby Barre. The building, completed in 1859, is in the neo-Classical style of architecture,...

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  • weekends in VT

    Stowe is a nice area.Or Burlington is an option - bigger city, but plenty of shopping! Woodstock is a nice town too, but rather small. Quiche Gorge is there for scenery. Or you can check out NY towns! Lake George has an outlet center and other shops. Plus it's in the Adirdondacks - so there are some nice hikes nearby, plus Lake George itself offers...

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  • Montpelier

    We stopped in Montpelier for lunch and had some great pizza, just as it was starting to snow:) It looks like a nice small town.

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  • Killington Ski Area

    We skied at Killington one day only. I personally did not like the slopes all that much, but that might have been because not all of it was open. We skied from the top of the mountain, and had a choice of green or black diamond that looked icy. So we went down the easy slope which was very flat in a lot of areas. The kids did not like snowboarding...

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  • Smugglers Notch Ski Area

    We skied at Smugglers Notch for one day. It was fine for skiers, but my kids did not like snowboarding there. The slopes were either double black diamonds, or flat in sections. Plus the terrain park that was open was small and hard to get to. I didn't like the ski lifts. The 3 open were all doubles , hard to get on, and slow to get up the mountain....

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  • Visit Sugar House

    I just interviewed Barbara and Doug Bragg at their sugar house for my podcast. Barbara told me how Vermont sugar houses are having an open house next weekend (March 28-30). Visit a sugar house during late March and early April. They will be glad to give you a tour!

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  • Visiting Sugar Houses

    Sugar houses are boiling sap right now. A good time to come is the weekend of March 28-30 which is Maple Open House weekend. If you're worried about time, you might want to stay near the interstate, which would take you away from Weston. Looks like there are some good places in Putney and Westminster, off I-91. I recommend checking out...

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  • Skiing in Vermont

    One of the fun things to do in Vermont is to learn to ski.There are many ski places in winter. You can rent everything and join a beginning class. First thing is learning is choosing shorter ski and right size of ski boots. For first timers, the ski boots will feel very tight. Then learning to hold your skis and poles. And learning how to fall and...

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  • Bennington College, Vermont

    Visited a friend at Bennington College. It is a top liberal arts private school started in 1932 as women's college and open to men in 1969. Staying overnight. Found the environment dedicated to individual learning and creativity. There was art class with someone posing in the nude. A student brought her dog into class. The dog lied quietly...

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  • Lake Champlain

    We only took the ferry across Lake Champlain, but it looks like a nice lake to go boating on, or fishing, or just walk alongst the shore. You have great view of the mountains in Vermont, and on the New York side from there.

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  • Climb Mount Mansfield

    During our visit in July 2007, we climbed up Mount Mansfield, which is the highest mountain in Vermont at 4393 feet. We took the gondola up most of the way, and then went up to the summit.

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  • Bolton Ski Area

    The slopes at Bolton were almost as nice as those at Stowe. We skied/snowboarded there for several days. Lift tickets are much cheaper there, but you can see why. The lifts are rather old and slow, and it isn't as much fun sitting on the lift for 20 minutes to get up to the top, where at Stowe, you can be more comfortable in the gondola, and get up...

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  • Vermont in Spring

    Ok so EVERYONE does Vermont in Fall and winter but late spring is my favourite time to get away from everything and retreat to the green mountain state.The hiking is fabulous, Camel's hump and Mount Mansfield are wonderful. Smugglers Notch is not tooo busy. Lake Champlain is perfect for sailing on and drifting down to some of those idillick little...

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  • Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

    "Rock of Ages" is the name of the granite industry at Graniteville near Barre. It was established in 1885 although the name Rock of Ages was introduced only in 1914. We went to the visitors centre and took the guided tour to see "the world's largest deep-hole granite quarry".For USD 4 (adult) or USD 3 (child) you are shown around by bus, stopping...

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  • The Family that Inspired "The Sound of...

    If you're a fan of the musical, The Sound of Music, make a quick stop at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. This Austrian style resort offers fantastic views of mountains, European food specialties and recreational activities. It's gonna make you belt out "...the Hills are alive, with the sound of music..."If you're planning to check in:The...

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  • Ben & Jerry's

    For Ben & Jerry's junkies like myself, take advantage of a factory tour which includes a 10 minute clip of how-when-why-where they started, a birdseye view of production room and of course samplers of their flavors of the day. It's all done in 30 minutes and they are open all year round except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day....

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  • Burlington, VT

    Burlington is a beautiful college town, right on the shore of massive Lake Champlain and not too far from the Canadian border.

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  • Battle of Bennington Monument

    The Battle of Bennington took place in 1777 when British General Burgoyne's detachment of 700 troops made their way to Bennington in an attempt to raid the colonists' stockpiles of weapons and food. Brigadier General John Stark led his American forces, some 2,000 strong, to the British camp just inside New York State line, surrounded them and...

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  • Hike the Quechee Gorge Trail

    This short trail, approximately one mile round trip, takes you to the bottom of the Quechee Gorge. As much as I enjoy saying the word "Kee-chee", this trail left much to be desired. I can find surpassable views in my backyard at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with less people around. Better entertainment would be to see if the people wearing...

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  • Ben & Jerry's

    Tourist Trap? Yes, but a worthwhile one nevertheless. Any ice cream lover should stop by if in the area, but I personally wouldn't go far out of my way for it. We waited in a very long line to buy ice cream that seemed even more expensive quart for quart than what you could buy in the store. We then waited in a much shorter line for a $3.00 ticket...

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