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What to See & Do in Vermont

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VERMONT MUSEUMS/TOURS





Ben & Jerry's

1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road
Route 100 North
Waterbury Center
866-BJ-TOURS

Famed ice cream factory hosts lighthearted 30-minute tours, seven days a week. Reward yourself with laughs and an après cone at their scoop shop.

ECHO Center
One College St.
Burlington
877-ECHOFUN

Family-friendly aquarium perched right on the waterfront, featuring indigenous sturgeon and turtles in lively, natural exhibits.

Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Road
Shelburne
802-985-3346

Craft enthusiasts can enjoy a diverse gallery of quilts, carousels and some of the country's premiere artists.

Vermont Teddy Bear
6655 Shelburne Rd.
Shelburne
800-829-2327

World famous birthplace of childhood bears, this popular factory tour spotlights the cute and cuddly critters from stuffing to stitching.

FOOD/WINE





The taps at Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, Vermont

Boyden Valley Winery
64 Vermont
Route 104
Cambridge
802-644-8151

Fourth generation vineyard which offers fresh pâté with samples of Cayuga and other hardy, northern grapes.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center
800-327-7537

Seasonal purists can nosh on autumn hallmarks like hot cinnamon-cider donuts and crisply-pressed apples.

Lake Champlain Chocolates
63 Church St.
Burlington
802-862-5185

Vermont's premiere chocolatier serves up mugs of rapturous Aztec cocoa and sinful truffles.

Magic Hat Brewery
5 Bartlett Bay Rd.
South Burlington
802-658-BREW

Daily tours and some of Vermont 's signature brews (like the Apricot #9), right in South Burlington.

Otter Creek Brewing Company
793 Exchange St.
Middlebury
802-388-0727

Daily tours and the state's best pale ale (Wolaver's IPA) in the heart of Middlebury.

FARMS/ORCHARDS





Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont

Dakin Farm
5797 Route 7
Ferrisburgh
800-99-DAKIN

Farm shop specializes in cob-smoked hams and country jams, offering free nibbles of both.

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Rd.
Shelburne
802-985-8686

The sprawling Vanderbilt-Webb estate is now a working farm with equestrian barns, epic panoramas, and interactive exhibits like cheesemaking and bottle-feeding Swiss calves.

Shelburne Orchards
216 Orchard Rd.
Shelburne
802-985-2753

Apples in over a dozen varieties, ready for picking. Don't miss the homemade Ginger Jack—with more bite than a black bear.

Wildflower Farm
3488 Ethan Allen Hwy.
Charlotte
855-8GO-WILD

Gardeners will pine over the East Coast's largest selection of asters, golden rod, and other species, on this six-acre spread.

RECREATION/SAILING





Alpine Slide
5781 Mountain Rd.
Stowe
800-253-4SKI

Adrenaline junkies can ride the steeps of Spruce Peak , where parallel concrete chutes send thrill-seekers plunging half a mile, in what's undoubtedly Stowe's fastest descent.

Friend Ship
ECHO Center Pier (College St.)
Burlington
802-598-6504

Sail the lake on this intimate schooner; ideal for tacking through cool waters while hunting for signs of "Champ" — Vermont 's amiable lake monster.

Spirit of Ethan Allen III
Burlington Boathouse (College St.)
Burlington
802-862-8300

Book passage on this 140-foot luxury liner, which tours the lake daily and offers sunset cruises.

Stowe Soaring
2305 Laporte Rd.
Morrisville
800-898-7845

For an unforgettable adventure, pilot through Stowe on a breathless glider flight high above the scenic mountains.

Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
234 Penny Lane
Burlington
802-864-2499

Intrepid travelers can kayak out to Lone Rock, for hidden coves and the Point's internationally famous thrust fault.

HIKES/WILDLIFE





The scenic sights from Mount Philo in Charlotte, Vermont

Mount Philo
5425 Mount Philo Rd.
Charlotte
802-425-2390

For a quick summit and unparalleled sunsets, head to this Charlotte hill, only minutes from the lake and Route 7.

Robert Frost Wayside Trail
Route 125
Middlebury
802-388-4362 (Ranger District)

Take a timeless hike through Ripton's lush hills, all the while viewing some of the rural poet's best work, set on trailside plaques.

Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
Goose Viewing Road off Vermont Route 17 West
Addison
802-434-3068

This wetland sanctuary draws tens of thousands of snow geese as they travel from Canada to the Chesapeake for winter.

SPAS





Topnotch Resort & Spa
4000 Mountain Rd.
Stowe, VT 05672
866-658-3196

Nothing whispers luxury like a hot stone massage. Call ahead for signature treatments (like the blissful, 50-minute Hammam Foot Ritual), and learn to enjoy the great indoors.

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