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Stratton, Mount Snow, and Manchester fill Southern VT with fun things to do

Savor southern Vermont’s famed winter activities and warm weather fun. Browse designer outlets, village greens, and old general stores. Plan a romantic getaway, visit enchanting landscapes and landmark homes of the famous. There are parks, farms, woods and open spaces for hiking; galleries, exhibits and studios for local arts and crafts; and live theater, music and performance. Check out glass blowing, adventure parks, and ziplines. This is Vermont cheese country, and there’s a sleepover camp for dogs and their humans. Woof.
Northshire bookstore
Books of Vermont Life & Anything Else You Can Name

The independent, family-owned Northshire Bookstore on Main Street in Manchester Center, in business since 1976, is a paradise for browsers and literature fiends of every variety. All kinds of books for all kinds of readers, along with DVDs, gifts, music, readings by authors, and book discussions. Lots of Vermont authors and Vermont-oriented reading matter. And if you don’t know quite what you want, the well-read staff is on guard to offer big ideas. The neighboring Spiral Press Café offers sustenance to keep you going. Open daily. 802-362-2200.
Adams Family Farm
Sleigh Rides on a Real Working Farm

Adams Family Farm at 15 Higley Hill Road in Wilmington offers its big draft horses and sleighs are at your service during the snow season for sleigh rides that travel through a maple sugar lot, across the ridge of the mountain and to a log cabin back in the woods. Learn about Vermont history and the farm’s own history along the way. At the log cabin, ease up to the wood stoves, enjoy hot chocolate, and try out a real player piano. The trip takes about 90 minutes. Daytime and evening rides available by reservation, usually from December to early March. 802-464-3762
snow barn at mount snow vt
Snow Barn Is Warmer Than It Sounds

On the edge of the Mount Snow ski area in West Dover is the Snow Barn, one of the liveliest live music scenes in southern Vermont, especially on Friday and Saturday nights – with even more evenings of live music during holiday weeks. The bar serves local beers on tap, cold Jägermeister, and good service. The Snow Barn is at the intersection of South Access Road and Handle Road. Oh, wait! – Did we mention the excellent pizza served here? 802-464-4266
All Clear for Tubing in Southern Vermont

Vermont is heavily blessed with everything and anything to do with snow sports, and that includes snow tubing, the fast-growing snow sport, with the virtue of being do-able and enjoy-able by almost anyone. Magic Mountain, at 495 Magic Mountain Access Road in Londonderry and Mount Snow, at Pisgah Road in West Dover, both in the southern region of the state, offer plenty of snow tubing. Magic has its Alakazam Tubing Park, open weekends and school vacation periods. At Mount Snow, tubing is done in the wonderfully named Mixing Bowl. Open daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on holidays. Enjoy a thrilling ride down and then relax as the Magic Carpet whisks you back to the top.
Taylor Farm sleigh rides
Sleigh Ride Days at Taylor Farm

The 180-year-old Taylor Farm at 825 Route 11 in Londonderry is a dairy operation, but in winter the farm family welcomes guests for sleigh rides through the snow-covered Vermont countryside. The farm’s two sleights are box-style, accommodating up to 10 people, and pulled by Belgian draft horses. Blankets are provided for everyone. Sleigh rides are offered on the hour during the weekends and last about 45 minutes. Part of the ride is a stop at a shed where you can enjoy cider and roast marshmallows over a fire,. Before the ride, you can even put together a lunch of bread, cheese and dessert picnic from the farm store. Reservations: 802-824-5690.
wine and cheese snowshoe tours grafton inn
Snowshoes … With Wine and Cheese?

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center at 783 Townshend Road in Grafton is a highly regarded and popular place for people to get out onto the snow on Nordic skis, snowshoes, tubes, fat bikes and even on the seat of a horse-drawn sleigh. The center is busy all winter with outdoor-loving families. And, on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., guests can double-dip with a snowshoe walk straight into a wine-and-cheese party. wine-and-cheese snowshoe tours begin at the base of Bear Mountain, and include a stopover at a warming hut to enjoy wine and Grafton Village Cheese served by an open fire. Tours are offered Saturdays December 21, 2019, to March 2, 2020.. Reservations are necessary. 802-843-2400.
Merck Forest in Vermont
Merck Forest Snaps in Winter

Located on top of Rupert Mountain, off Route 315 in Rupert, Merck Forest and Farmland Center is thousands of acres of open land available for hikes and other activities. Parts of the property are actively farmed, with concentration on organic, sustainable agriculture. Make no mistake about it: this place jumps with events and things to do in the winter. For snow-bound romance, couples can rent a cabin for a romantic weekend getaway or just spend a day or afternoon doing hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing on the many well-managed trails. There will be plenty of hardy people out, doing the same. Wonderful views -- and spectacular sunsets – are in store.
Discover Vermont’s Back Roads, Year-Round

Climb aboard a comfortable van to tour the back roads of the Shires region of Vermont with expert guidance. Backroad Discovery Tours is a guided tour service based in Manchester. A local guide will show you the sights: mountain and valley vistas, country roads, a visit to a woodworking factory and retail kitchen store, and the oldest marble quarry in the country. Taste and buy Vermont-made cheese and maple products. Reservations are required. Tours usually depart from 21 Bonnet Street in Manchester Center. Winter/spring tours are offered November to February and in early May. 802-362-4997.
cheeses of Vermont
Handmade Cheese and Genuine Hospitality

Brattleboro is a bustling southern Vermont town that condenses many Green State pleasures: a big food coop and good restaurants, a restored Art Deco theater, an annual Parade of Heifers. Since dairy farming is a staple of Vermont life, the town’s treats for visitors also include a Grafton Specialty Cheese & Wine Shop, 400 Linden Street, featuring hand-made Grafton cheese (named for the lovely small town just up the road, where the cheese maker is based). Visit the cheese and wine shop during the week to see cheese being made. Get advice on pairing wines and cheeses and leave with a banquet for friends back home. This is a motherlode of Vermont flavors and genuine hospitality. Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 802-246-2221.
farms visits in Vermont
Children and Parents Invited to Understand Farm Creatures

The Brattleboro Retreat will open on Memorial Day 2017 a new Children’s Farm and Forest at 350 Linden Street in Brattleboro. Young visitors and their parents may feed and groom farm animals and learn about their care from farmers. The farm’s Calf Barn will be home to the animals, along with a three-season classroom, an educational play area, and a brand-new Farm Shop. The Piggery, near the Calf Barn, holds a children’s garden, animals on pasture, a pollinator garden, and a new nature trail through the surrounding forest. Keep in touch with events and programming about all manner of farming and food activities. 802 490-2270
vermont covered bridge in winter
Meet Vermont's Covered Bridges

Few structures in America combine architectural ingenuity, economic necessity, and romantic idealism better than the covered bridge. Covered bridges flourished in the United States in the 19th century. Pennsylvania has the greatest number of covered bridges, and Vermont, with about 104 covered bridges, has the highest number relative to the state’s size. In Southern Vermont, some highlights of the many covered bridges include the Bridge at the Green (Arlington Bridge) in Arlington and the Henry / Burt Bridge in Bennington, which is a short distance from the rebuilt Paper Mill Bridge and the Silk Bridge. Covered bridges offer a wonderful opportunity to stop, take pictures, dip your feet in the river, and even to picnic.
new england circus arts in brattleboro
Circus School Welcomes Circus Lovers

Some people just love, love, love the circus, any circus, the mere idea of a circus. What can you do? Here’s one answer: drop in for a visit or take a class at the New England Center for Circus Arts, located at 76 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. This is a circus school that welcomes new students (even for a one-shot class), visitors, and observers. It operates year-round. Travelers can stop in and watch, or make advance arrangements to take a group or private class. You can sign up for a single-night swing class or a weekend immersion class. 802-254-9780.
Honora vineyard
Honora is Honored to Share Its Wine with You

Honora Winery & Vineyard at 201 Vermont Route 112 in Jacksonville has a tasting room where people who love wine may relax, sip some wine, and taste some Vermont cheeses while listening to the nearby stream or watching for heron at the pond, all against the backdrop of a forested hillside. Honora’s Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Melot, and Chardonnay have won a variety of awards. Annual public events include the Chocolate Festival on Memorial Day weekend and the Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival on Labor Day weekend. Tasting room is open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: 802-368-2226.