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Great Things To Do - Central VT Region


Central Vermont offers great things to do in every season. This region is home to the Green Mountain National Forest, the stunning Quechee Gorge, and many maple sugar works. Cozy inns and full service resorts offer every kind of luxury and relaxation. Enjoy the best biking, hiking, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, swimming in warmer weather and skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowshoeing when winter sets in. Discover the many fairs and festivals with arts, crafts and antiques, visit local farms, and savor great food, beers, wines and cider.

Spring View - Mountain Top Inn & Resort - Chittenden, VT
Mountain Top Resort

195 Mountain Top Road Chittenden, VT, 05737 Phone: 802-483-2311

So many things to do at this mountain resort all year round, you’re going to need a long list

If you’re not a list-maker, you need to become one before you head to Mountain Top Resort, where there are just so many things to do! In the winter, this resort perched on a central Vermont mountain, surrounded by meadows and a pristine lake, offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding and its own ice rink for skating. In the warmer months, you can ask for a picnic lunch to take on a scenic hike or head to the private beach for kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing (or just finishing that book from your lounge chair). Go fishing, play disc golf, get up a game on the sand volleyball court, take clay bird shooting lessons. And don’t forget horseback riding at the equestrian center. (See? We said you’d need a list!)
Child and Cow - Liberty Hill Farm Inn - Rochester, VT
Liberty Hill Farm & Inn

511 Liberty Hill Road Rochester, VT, 05767 Phone: 802-767-3926

Recharge, relax and reconnect at this farm inn, with a full slate of engaging activities

Yes, there is wi-fi at the Liberty Hill Farm & Inn, but you’ll be surprised how infrequently you use it – because there are so many fun things to do! Family-friendly farm activities include exploring the hay loft, milking a cow (or bottle-feeding a calf), picking berries or veggies for that evening’s dinner – or just cuddling a kitten in the barn. In the winter, grab some snowshoes or skis from the inn and head out on the trails. In the summer, go swimming or fly-fishing for trout or salmon. Walk through fields of wildflowers or just hunker down in a porch rocking chair to read or, at night, to watch the stars come out. Fabulous home-cooked meals are served around a big dining room table.
Paddling Posse - Lake Morey Resort - Fairlee, VT
Lake Morey Resort

82 Clubhouse Road Fairlee, VT, 05045 Phone: 802-333-4311 Toll-Free: 800-423-1211

You have to keep coming back to experience all the great things to do at this resort

Maybe one of the reasons people keep coming back to the Lake Morey Resort for their vacation is that you can’t possibly do all the fun things the resort offers in one visit! Start with the 18-hole golf course all the lake activities: kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, tubing and waterskiing. Then there are the winter activities: ice skating along the resort’s 4.5-mile trail, snowshoeing, sledding, marshmallow roasts. Throw in some fun indoor activities like billiards, movies, trivia and bingo nights, table tennis. Add in a heated indoor pool, health club with a sauna, yoga, tennis and pickle ball. And then there’s live music and seasonal activities for kids and families. Hike to nearby lakes, falls and mountains with amazing views. You can see why you have to keep coming back!
Montshire Museum of Science - Norwich, VT
Play on the Trails, in the Water, at Montshire

Montshire Museum of Science, in the Vermont town of Norwich on the Vermont/New Hampshire border, offers lots of outdoor and nature-enhanced learning for families. Visit to hike the nature trails, which include the Planet Walk, where you can skip among the Sun, the planets, and asteroid belt. Splash in the water play areas of the David Goudy Science Park. Frolic at the The Play Grove. See museum website for hours.
Come for the View, Stay for the Experience - Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, VT
Covered Bridges of Vermont
Perfect Storm of Covered Bridges

Vermont has more than 100 covered bridges, the heaviest concentration per mile of any state. The earliest of these beloved and hardworking bridges, dates from 1820. The state offers a handy covered bridge map for people who like to visit and photograph these small engineering gems. Northfield, for instance, has three bridges within one-quarter mile of each other and they display two types of construction: lattice and queenpost. Vermont residents welcome visitors to enjoy these beautiful artifacts of the past.
Quechee Gorge Village
Enjoy Awesome Nature AND Shopping at This Gorge

Quechee Gorge is one of New England's most popular natural wonders. The 165-foot cleft in the mountain and its plunging stream can be seen from the Route 4 bridge and neighboring paths. When you are sated by the natural beauty, man-made fun is accessible at the adjacent Quechee Gorge Village at 5573 Woodstock Road, Quechee.. Twelve small shops sell artisan crafts like gold jewelry, alpaca clothing, antiques, home décor, gifts, and spa products. Visitors can chat with artists as they work. The Vermont Toy & Train Museum has added several new exhibits. You can rent Segways and take a ride.
miranda thomas pottery
Beautiful Place, Refined Pottery

The town of Woodstock is as close as you can get to an idyllic New England small town, and it’s all a genuine, working community, with plenty of interesting fun for visitors. The fun includes shopping, because the town and nearby neighbor are home to two refined pottery makers: Farmhouse Pottery, headquartered in Woodstock, and Miranda Thomas Pottery in nearby Bridgewater. Farmhouse describes itself as a place of “old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity.” Its products – like the best-selling bowls, crocks, and candlesticks – are simple and exquisite (802-457-7486). It offers “clay dates,” where guests may work alongside a potter to create their own memento from the studio, Miranda Thomas Pottery in Bridgewater is a traditional workshop studio of experts making and decorating pots by hand. (802-672-5175)
Mad River Antler - Waitsfield, VT
Mad River Antler – How Wild Does That Sound?

If you want to go home from your Vermont vacation with a really Vermont-y artifact, consider a chandelier, lamp, candle holders, or wine rack made from antlers of moose, elk or deer. The artists of Mad River Antler hastily note that that antlers used in these artworks are shed naturally by animals and later retrieved from the forest floor. And the artworks are beautiful. Tour the retail space at Bridge Street Trading Co., 40 Bridge Street in Waitsfield to enjoy this melding of nature and artistry.
Forest Canopy Walk at VINS - Quechee, VT
Forest Canopy Walk at VINS

Vermont Institute of Natural Science, or VINS, at 149 Natures Way in Quechee presents a new exhibit Forest Canopy Walk that accommodates people of all physical abilities. Because the VINS property drops in elevation as it slopes toward the backwater of the Ottauquechee River, the boardwalk to the canopy walk remains mostly level while the land drops away beneath. At the highest points, visitors will be 65 feet above the forest floor, sharing the space in the tree tops with birds, squirrels and other treetop life. The canopy walk includes a giant spider’s web and an eagle’s nest. VINS is open year-round, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for canopy walk hours.
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm - Waitsfield, VT
Ride the Trails on an Icelandic Horse

The tireless movement of the Icelandic Horse makes it the ideal saddle horse, and you can take a trail ride on the Icelandic at the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm at 3061 North Fayston Road in Waitsfield, in the heart of the Sugarbush area. The farm hosts full-day and half-day trail rides as well as two- to six-day treks. In winter, the Icelandic Horse is at its best, growing a shaggy coat and reveling in the snow. Rides accommodate all levels of riding skill, including novices. Children over 10 years old with riding experience are welcome.
Mad River Byway - Vermont
Mad River; Lovely Byway

Among the country’s wonderful National Scenic Byways is the Mad River Byway, which travels along two of Vermont's most scenic roads, Routes 100 and 100B. Towns and villages along this byway include Middlesex Village (Route 2); Moretown (Route 100B); Waitsfield, Warren, Granville Gulf Reservation (Route 100); Fayston, and Buels Gore to the top of the Appalachian Gap (Route 17). The byway is heavily salted with classic New England landscape and architecture - mountain ridgelines, a winding river, hillside farms, and steepled villages.
Bear Pond Books - Montpelier, VT
Independent Bookseller Welcomes Book-Loving Folks

Bear Pond Books on Main Street in Montpelier presents a slogan “Celebrating 35 years of independent book selling in central Vermont,” and it takes pride in every word. The business opened in 1973 and has endured flooding, a major move to a beautiful historic building, and other ups and down. It offers customers a well-read staff, events such as public readings by authors, a communal gathering place, a resource for children’s literacy, and a useful website. Book lovers looking for things to do who are in or near Montpelier really must visit the store; you will feel right at home. Open daily.