Wine and Cheese? Yes Please!
Things to Do in Vermont: It’s Time to Meet the Real Vermont!
If you picture Vermont and see green mountains, maple syrup, and covered bridges, you’re only seeing part of an intricate and eclectic image. Vermont is home to some of America’s most diverse outdoor adventures, lively music, and farm-fresh cuisine. Read-on to discover what you’ve been missing.
Wine and Cheese? Yes Please!
Vermont has established a uniquely diverse and locally sourced culinary culture. Wine-lovers can indulge in some of the region’s sweetest and most robust wines. Delight in the sustainable wines of Shelburne Vineyard, sample the award-winning cream liqueurs of Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits, or enjoy wine and jazz at Lincoln Peak Vineyard Winery. For the most dedicated and discerning wine connoisseurs, consider The Vermont Grape and Wine Council’s Tasting Room Passport Program, which offers 21 participating wineries, all of which are sure to delight. If you prefer the hoppy side of life, beer-lovers can sample Vermont IPAs, ales, and lagers. Check out Magic Hat Brewing & Artifactory, Switchback Brewing Company, and Otter Creek Pub and Brewery.
Of course no trip to Vermont is complete without experiencing the very best local cheeses in the northeast. Stop by The Cabot Annex Store to sample a wide-variety of award-winning artisanal cheeses, or visit the Crowley Cheese Factory. This Vermont legend was established in 1824, and you can still visit its landmark factory built in 1882.
Adventure-Lovers and Ghost Hunters, Seek no Further
The Green Mountain State has plenty to offer outdoor thrill-seekers. Vermont is home to nearly 60 state parks teeming with nature trails, biking, camping, and paddling opportunities. If hiking is on your to-do list, beginners should check out Lake Elmore State Park, Coolidge State Park, or Mt Philo. For thrill-seekers, there is The Long Trail. Constructed between 1920 and 1930, at 272 total miles, it is the oldest long distance trail in the United States.
Hoping to get your feet wet? Lake Champlain is the nation’s sixth largest lake with over 600 miles of scenic shoreline. Perhaps the best way to experience Lake Champlain is from a guided boat tour, however if you decide to stay on dry land, be sure to visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. If you’re traveling with kids, the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center is perfect for those looking to explore the mysteries of Lake Champlain and learn about Champ the mysterious lake monster.
Looking to continue your adventure into the evening? During the summer and fall, Queen City Ghost Walks offers guests intriguing stories of madmen, murderers, shipwrecks and railroad tragedies, all set in the backdrop of historic Vermont. Come prepared to be scared.
Rolling Hills that Carry Melodies
If you’re traveling to Vermont in August, be sure to check out the Vermont Music Fest. This all-day family-friendly music festival features continual music on two stages, local food, and local artists. Can’t make it to the festival? There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to enjoy Vermont’s unique cultural music scene. Be sure to check out the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Company of Middlebury, and the Paramount Theatre.
No trip to Vermont is complete without a trip to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour and Ice Cream Shop. Learn the true story of how two men started an ice cream empire during the 30-minute guided tour. Whether your favorite flavor is Boom ChocolattaTM, or the time-honored classic Cherry Garcia®, you will be sure to end your trip to Vermont with the sweetest of memories and plans to return for a second helping.