When you hear Vermont, quite the first thing that comes to mind is mountain air. With Massachusetts to its south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west and Quebec, Canada to the North, Vermont is famous for its beautiful small towns, ski resorts and back-country roads. The Green Mountain State as it is also known is famous for its production of maple syrup. Vermont is not only a place but a state of mind that is part myth and part reality, as it is crammed with so much history and mystique that other states can only envy. And one thing is for sure, you’ll be back here.
One reason why Burlington should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Vermont is your favorite dessert Ice-cream. The famous sinfully delicious ice-cream by Ben and Jerry has its factory in Waterbury and you have access to 30 minutes of first-hand ice cream making experience.
Burlington-area breweries make a convincing case that the town is your one-stop craft beer bonanza. With a relatively high concentration of breweries like Foam Brewers, Zero Gravity, and Four Quarters Brewing Nothing beats the view of the sunset from the Waterfront Park, and you don’t want to miss the variety of festivals held throughout the year at the Church Street Market place. If there’s one thing the dynamic city of Burlington is sure to give you, it’s a never-ending list of fun activities to do in places like the Burlington City Arts Centre and the Fleming Museum of Art.
Stowe is typically an ideal location throughout the year, but rumour has it that you’re much more likely to catch it in all its glory during the winter, thanks to all the skiers who come to the Stowe Mountain Resort. During the warmer months or if you’re just not enthusiastic about skiing, you’re not left out from all the fun. You get to experience one of the best mountain views the state of Vermont has to offer by taking a horseback ride through the meadows and woodlands. The hiking trails are available for those who would rather walk or use their bikes as well. Our top choice for hiking is the Long Trail. If you’re feeling a little brave, you can ride in a hot air balloon in Stoweflake Resort or over the Green Mountains. If you’re here to check out the waterfalls, then Bingham Falls and Moss Glen Falls is the place to be.
There’s just something charming about Montpelier that’s welcoming to everyone whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or you’re into art, history, or food. Named after a French city, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States. Foodies are always super excited about this place as it is the home of the New England Culinary Institute with lots of great locally owned restaurants and cafes to try out. Hubbard Park and Mount Mansfield are also top tourists’ attractions that draw in visitors every day. If you’re interested in history, then the State House is your first stop. Other attractions include the Vermont Historical Society and Hubbard Park. If you’re big on art, then this small town has something to offer you.
When you think of Woodstock, think quiet and old-fashioned. Debatably one of the prettiest towns in America, Woodstock is the perfect location to breathe in fresh air while looking over a red covered bridge. All we’re saying is if you want to escape from the bustling city life, it’s the perfect vacation spot. From the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site which happens to be the childhood home of the 30th US president to the Marsh billings Rockefeller to the National Historical Park, one thing is sure, you can never run out of things to do in Woodstock. One thing you must do before leaving Woodstock is sampling maple syrup and cheese at Sugarbush Farm. Be sure to check out the Taftsville Covered Bridge as well.
It’s practically fair to call Grafton ‘home away from home’, with the town maintaining the Grafton Inn, which dates to 1801 and is one of the oldest operating hotels in the United States. Definitely, the people of Grafton know one or two things about hospitality and history as well. The town offers a calm scenic beauty of old historic buildings that gives a bit of glimpse into the colonial days. The White Church built in 1858 is another iconic structure to look out for. Another popular thing to do in this town that was originally known as Thomlinson, is cross-country skiing. If you’re still unsure about why you should go to Grafton on your first and subsequent visit to Vermont, then the Mollie Beatle State Forest and the Nature Museum will convince you.
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