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Bucolic and beautiful, Vermont is universally appealing, inspiring many a daydream of moving to a mountainside farm with the perfect town square and general store nearby, where folks gather and share stories of quiet, country life. Year-round Vermont residents are well aware of how fortunate they are, but for the rest of us, a Vermont vacation will have to do. Cold-weather aficionados flock here for alpine and Nordic skiing, followed by cozy evenings around a roaring fire, while hikers and mountain bikers find miles upon miles of thickly forested trails available come summer. Then, of course, there’s fall, for which the state is perhaps the most famous, when kaleidoscopic, almost surreal, foliage colors blanket the region’s trees in hues of gold, scarlet and russet. From the placid waters of Lake Champlain to the renowned slopes of Stowe, from historic Bennington to college-town Burlington, Vermont is a four-season playground that never fails to disappoint and forever holds a place in the heart of those who visit.

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VERMONT HIGHLIGHTS

BURLINGTON


BURLINGTON

Though a tiny city by some standards, Burlington, set on the shores of Lake Champlain, in full view of the Adirondacks and backed by the Green Mountains, is one of the most charming cities we know. The population swells each school year as students swarm the campus of the hilltop University of Vermont. Just below, Burlington’s inviting downtown features a pedestrian walkway lined with coffee shops boasting local musical acts, upscale boutiques, and restaurants featuring the best in farm-to-table fare. Worth a jaunt down Route 7, Shelburne is a quintessential Vermont town, with fine dining and the renowned Shelburne Museum. There’s a thriving arts scene here and a spirit of entrepreneurship, from Magic Hat Brewing Company to Burton Snowboards. Spirited, youthful, friendly – while one may use this as a great jumping-off point for a Vermont vacation, it will surely leave you tempted to stay longer!

WHAT WE REVEAL
As the point of entry to Vermont for most, Burlington woos guests from the moment they arrive at their intimate airport. From there, we recommend checking out Church Street Marketplace, where historic buildings ranging in architectural style flank a brick-laid pedestrian mall. Summertime brings diners outside to people-watch as they dine on locally sourced fare. Stroll farther down the hill to the waterfront, with its picturesque lakeside parks, a ferry to New York State and a 12.5-mile bike path – it’s a treat to ride it to the point at which a special bike ferry will whisk you to the serene Lake Champlain Islands. Learn about the lake’s history – and fabled resident, Champ – at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and delve into Vermont’s history and art at the university’s Fleming Museum.

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STOWE


STOWE

Tucked quietly into a verdant valley where one river flows into another, picture-perfect Stowe boasts the historic Trapp Family Lodge, an alpine-ski resort on the highest peak in Vermont, Mount Mansfield, and, nearby, that sweetest of Vermont creations, the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Take a step back to the town’s origins in 1794 as you wander the pretty village, but rest assured modern creature comforts await, from indulgent spa treatments at Stowe Mountain Lodge to more than 40 restaurants – in fact, Fodor’s named it the #1 ski town for foodies. To escape the ordinary, as they say in Stowe, is a feat easily mastered with the town’s European mountain resort ambience, world-class shopping and an array of lush accommodations, from full-service resorts to country inns.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Storybook Stowe is a showcase for the state’s finest pursuits and products. There’s skiing, both alpine and nordic, at Stowe Mountain Resort and historic Trapp Family Lodge, mountain biking in Cady Hill Forest, hiking (or taking the gondola) up Mount Mansfield, plunging into an icy swimming hole on a hot New England summer day, ziplining, treetop adventure tours and more. For those seeking fall colors, Stowe is a convenient jumping-off point; our experienced guides know the smaller, most colorful roads that tour buses simply can’t access. There are craft beers to taste at The Alchemist and other local breweries, festivals year-round (we love the Stowe Food and Wine Classic), performing arts to enjoy and Green Mountain hikes of all lengths and difficulty levels. And you’ll definitely want us to introduce you to the farms, workshops and backrooms of Vermont residents who make their living producing artisan goods, from Elmore Mountain Farm’s natural soaps to blown-glass beauties at Little River Glass Studio.

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> The Berkshires

MIDDLEBURY & LAKE CHAMPLAIN


MIDDLEBURY & LAKE CHAMPLAIN

We’ll certainly understand if you’re tempted to pull out a tweed blazer and your finest reading spectacles when embarking upon your Middlebury vacation. After all this stately town, about an hour’s drive south of Burlington and set on the falls of Otter Creek, has quite the academic pedigree. Its famous namesake college was founded in 1800 and, nearby, poet Robert Frost once owned a farm and cofounded Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. Brick, stone and marble comprise much of the architecture, whether on campus or downtown, where shopping, art and dining opportunities abound.

Rounding out one’s Vermont vacation, Lake Champlain and its temperate islands offer everything from private sailing tours to apple-picking in family-run orchards.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Rev up your Middlebury vacation with hiking in the Green Mountain National Forest, taking in a Town Hall Theater production, getting to know the gentle beasts at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm or spending an hour or two at the locally owned Vermont Bookstore. Shoppers will want to look for local pewter pieces, artisan beer, and handmade wooden toys in the town’s many delightful shops.

Turn your attention to Vermont’s glassy, 100-mile-long Lake Champlain and learn about its history and ecology at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. We’ll take you sailing on a captained, private charter tour of the lake, where you can even try your hand at steering and trimming sails.

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