A truly green state, Vermont is most suited to travellers who appreciate the outdoors, peacefulness and remote areas. Picture perfect hills, quaint villages and churches are all features of Vermont’s landscape.
Located in northern Vermont, Stowe is a world-class mountain resort town that offers year-round attractions and adventures. Stowe is nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield which is a popular hiking and mountain climbing destination in the summer, during the winter months it is particularly popular with cross-country skiers. Stowe is an epi-centre for outdoor pursuits such as zip-line canopy tours, mountain-bike trails, horseback riding and hot air balloon flights. Daily river trips, kayaking and paddle-boarding tours on Lamoille and Winooski Rivers are popular past times. Stowe combines a classic village feel with the vibrancy and facilities of a bustling alpine resort, offering over 60 unique shops and 40+ restaurants.
Set in the heart of the state of Vermont is the picturesque village of Woodstock. The Green sits in the centre of Woodstock and is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings including the pink sandstone Norman Williams Public Library from the 1880’s. Attractions include Marsh-Billing-Rockefeller National Historic Park with miles of walking trails and home to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion. Billings Farm & Museum is regarded as one of the USA’s finest outdoor history museums, showcasing a fully-operational Jersey dairy farm, a fully restored 19th century Farm House and engaging exhibits.
Burlington sits on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, south of Canada’s border and east of New York State and overlooks Lake Champlain. Church Street Marketplace is a hive of activity, a pedestrianised area filled with shops and restaurants. Head to the South End Arts District where you will find lots of great galleries showcasing work from local artists or the Magic Hat Brewing Company for a free tour, some draft beer and tacos or grilled cheese sandwich. Just out of town there is the Shelburne Museum showcasing American history, art and design. Set on 45-acres of gardens you are free to explore the 39 historic structures that have been transplanted in the grounds in a village like setting, each filled with unique collections of artefacts. Less than 30-miles from Burlington there is Ben & Jerry’s® Ice Cream factory where you can take a 30-minute guided tour and learn how they make ice cream and try some of the new flavours or your favourites at the Scoop Shop.
It’s not only Canada that’s known for its maple syrup, Vermont is the main producer in the USA of this deliciously sweet syrup, pick up a bottle as a memento of your time in Vermont.