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Used to head up to the resorts there all the time growing up. Mainly Okemo though. It was a small mountain but fun.
When my wife and I were visiting them in Wilmington, we liked taking a jaunt up to Weston because of the Benedictine Priory there and the country stores.
We would go into Bennington to go to church (Episcopal) and then try to do other things (museums).
Wilmington, VT, isn't too far away from Williamstown, MA, so we would try to visit there also. (Williams College and the Clark Mus.)
Just curious about a local's viewpoint.
1. Natural History Museum in St. Johnsbury
2.Billings Museum in Woodstock
3.The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne THIS IS A MUST AND CAN TAKE TWO DAYS TO DO PROPERLY
4. If you bike, do the Lake Champlain Islands bike path -- crosses this old causeway and is just beautiful all the way.
5. Climb a mountain - on a good day, for the view of the lake and the Adirondacks. Snake Mountain, near Middlebury is easy (one hour) and the view very intimate. I love it.
6.Walk or bike for awhile on the Bailey-Hazen trail in the North East Kingdom -- it was cleared during the Revolution -- some is paved road, some is right-of-way. Stay at the Highland Lodge and enjoy Caspian Lake which is a gem. Hardwick, right nearby is a different sort of place, grittier, but is 'real' feeling.
7. Wander around back roads and look for covered bridges and stop to look at the cemeteries. Honestly, just about every village or town has something to look at -- one of my favorites is Brandon. A perfect little town and it even has a fine bookstore, a couple of good restaurants, everything you need for a quiet day within walking distance.
8. Near it is the old marble quarry in West Rutland - that is a total must, taken over by sculptors now, it is both a historical relic and a contemporary gallery..... really fun. Not something to do with small or impulsive children though.
9.Check out the floating bridge in Brookfield.
10. Frankly, the whole Queechee tourist thing makes for a great day, even for locals. Simon Pearce and the incredible waterfall is a pretty good thing to do and there are good places to eat.
11. Middlebury, on the other hand, is also a gem -- and a lot of very good bookstores, of course!
12. The Golden Dome of the Statehouse in Montpelier is gorgeous on a sunny autumn day. Montpelier is a funny place, the capitol, but a backwater at the same time.
13. Burlington's Church St. and waterfront are fun, if you want a change to an urban scene. On nice days people sit out on the street which is closed to traffic -- all the restaurants have outdoor seating and there's lots of people-watching. It's nice. There are some good shops, but many are just the ones you find everywhere.
In a way this is a pathetic list. Note also that there are more than ten things on it..... If you do a Vermont tour, let me know and I’ll meet you somewhere near me, "On the Rise" bakery in Richmond, near the Round Church (worth seeing) or a bookshop in Middlebury. Heck, I’d even drive to Brandon!
I'll keep Middlebury bookstores in mind;-)
*sigh* I remember that. Whenever I was stressed at UVM, I'd go walk around the mall. I remember taking the trolley down to that area from the school at the top of the hill.
We didn;t get much snow in Burlington. Lots of wind though. I remember that. That and the 99 cent B&J pints on campus. :)
edit: Found a link for the shops: http://www.churchstmarketplace.com/shop/a-z/