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Vermont Great Things to Do include fun family attractions, farms, parks

Find fun things to do and places to visit on your Vermont vacation. VT offers attractions for adults, families with kids, and more, like farm and winery visits; nature museums and parks; shopping for Vermont crafts, food, and art; bookstores; mountain walks and scenic drives; maple gifts; skiing and snow sports. Find a cozy B&B and explore! Call ahead to check on scheduling details, especially for outdoor activities.
Barn Sunflowers - Landmark Trust USA - Dummerston, VT
The Landmark Trust USA

707 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT, 05301 Phone: 802-254-6868

Outdoor activities await the lucky lodgers who stay at these historic Vermont properties

The outdoors is waiting for you at the 571-acre Scott Farm and the vacation properties of The Landmark Trust USA. Stay in Naulakha, the Vermont home of Rudyard Kipling where he wrote the “Jungle Books”, or his Carriage House. The Dutton Farmhouse is cozy with breath-taking views and there is a sweet sugarhouse by the Scott Farm Orchard. The quiet, secluded Amos Brown House contains the peace of a former farmstead owned by Carpathian monks. All properties are an easy drive from hiking, biking, bird-watching, swimming, golfing, canoeing, skiing and musical events. Nearby, visit Scott Farm Orchard for heirloom apples.
Syrup Jars Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks  East Monteplier Vermont
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

1168 County Road Montpelier, VT, 05602 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-242-2740

Four-season fun and a whole lotta maple goin’ on

Morse Farm is four-season, every day fun. The Woodshed Theater has displays and artifacts and a humorous and educational video about the Morse Farm maple process. There’s a nature trail, country store, and an outdoor farm life museum with an antique replica of the Vermont State House. Sprinkled about the farm are whimsical carved soft sculptures created by Burr Morse. A maple trail leads to the trees where the 200 year Morse farm experience continues. Savor samples of Vermont Maple syrup, jams and jellies, and you’ll find local crafts and gifts. In the winter, the Ski Touring Center has cross country and snowshoe trails, sliding, snowmobiling and skating. And later in the season it’s Sugarin’ Time and the Sugar House will have its annual maple tastings.
Train Station Evening View - Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center & Café - Waterbury, VT
Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center & Café

1 Rotarian Place Waterbury, VT, 05676 Phone: 802-882-2700 Toll-Free: 877-879-2326

One of a kind destination with a flavorful history

Have your first and next cup of coffee at this tastefully restored train station and visitor’s center. Set in Waterbury VT and built in 1875 with beautiful Victorian Italianate features, this stop has become a favorite New England destination with a global flavor and world-wide impact. Along with delicious cups and bags of great Green Mountain Coffee, Keurig brewers and accessories, you’ll find artisanal handicrafts, and unique items from coffee growing communities. Interactive displays and videos tell the Green Mountain Story and the café invites you to try a daily variety of free coffee samples, specialty drinks, locally made baked goods and light fare. Green Mountain Coffee is freshly brewed every day with a passion for "source to cup" authenticity.
Diving in the Lake 500x250 - Basin Harbor Resort - Vergernnes, VT
Basin Harbor

4800 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-475-2311 Toll-Free: 800-622-4000

Just driving by? Maybe you should stay.

Basin Harbor offers a myriad of recreational opportunities from hiking and biking to water-based activities like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and guided lake cruises, there is plenty to do in a day’s time. Basin Harbor also offers multiple distinctive dining experiences from multi-course dinners in “Ardelia’s Dining Room”, to illustrious lunch buffets in “The Ranger Room” to a more casual, pub-style option at “the Red Mill Restaurant” there is a dining experience for any occasion. During the summer months, Basin Harbor even hosts al fresco dinners down on the lake three times per week ranging from traditional lobster bakes, to Harbor Fair dinners and Vermont Picnics.
Horseback Riding by the Lake - Mountain Top Inn & Resort - Chittenden, VT
Mountain Top Inn & Resort

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

Everything to love in a great mountain resort

With so many activities at this popular year round resort, the challenge is deciding what to do first. It might be hiking, biking or horseback riding on 350 scenic acres overlooking the Green Mountains. Boating, fishing, swimming and paddling await in the 740 acre lake with your own private beach, while cross country skiing, snowshoeing and horse drawn sleigh rides are pleasures of the winter season. You can always relax by the pool or in the brand new spa and you’ll have several choices for classic and luxury lodging and fabulous cuisine in the dining room, tavern or on the terrace. The resort is affordable, family and pet friendly and the perfect escape for a romantic getaway. It's your choice, so go ahead!
Flavor Lab Chefs 500x250 - Ben & Jerry's Factory Tours - Waterbury, VT
Ben & Jerry's Factory Tours

1281 Waterbury Stowe Road Waterbury, VT Phone: 866-258-6877

Great Ice Cream with and a great story

Here it is - the original Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vermont. You’ll sample great ice cream and take some home but you can also take a 30-minute guided tour and learn about these most interesting fellows who became leaders in socially responsible businesses. And you’ll discover how the company sources the finest ingredients to produces its popular flavors. Come by any day but during the week you’ll also see the production team in action. Before leaving, you’ll enjoy a generous sample of the flavor of the day and stop in at the scoop shop to savor your favorite flavors or try a new one in a cup, cone, or milkshake and if you dare, take on the Vermonster!
The Tyler Place Family Resort Things to Do Highgate Springs VT
The Tyler Place Family Resort

175 Tyler Place Highgate Springs, VT, 05460 Phone: 802-868-4000

Bet you can't do just one

The only question here is not what to do but how to fit it all in one vacation. All inclusive means endless activity for every age. With a recreation center, 6 playgrounds, a soccer field, boating, fishing, basketball, volleyball and 6 tennis courts, an archery range, driving range and miniature golf, mountain and road biking, indoor and outdoor heated pools, field house gym and exercise and fitness center, arts and crafts studio, climbing walls and rope courses – well, you get the picture. 70 family cottages and suites, and a rambling, country Inn with a separate sleeping wing Three healthy meals daily, the Fireplace Lounge and Bar for Mom and Dad, and the age staggered children’s programs and you have one great resort to do great things. Lots of them!
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory & Bear Shop Things to Do Shelburne VT
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory & Bear Shop

6655 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT, 05482 Phone: 802-985-3001 Toll-Free: 800-829-2327

Bears, Factory Tours and Adventures – Oh, My!

Ever wonder how Vermont Teddy Bears are made? Come visit us at our factory and Bear Store and see how our Bears come to life! Watch as our Bears take shape with sewing, stitching and stuffing. All tours are led by our knowledgeable Bear Ambassadors, and kids get to decode a secret Bear message along the way. End your tour with a visit to our Bear Shop where you can choose a new favorite Bear or make one of your own. All tour and store information is available on our website.
Ice Skating - Lake Morey Resort - Fairlee, VT
Lake Morey Resort

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

Two sides to a great Vermont vacation

Summer and winter at Lake Morey Resort provide endless activity in a magnificent natural setting. In summer, there’s a peaceful 600 acre lake for circumnavigating on foot or by bike, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, water skiing and 18 holes of championship golf. In winter, the snow and ice and open space invite you to a Nordic trail system and pond hockey, snowshoeing and ice fishing and a 4.5 mile loop around the lake on the U.S.’s longest maintained ice skating trail. Minutes away is downhill skiing. There are organized guest events, an indoor pool, fitness center and on-site movie theater. There are charming towns, farms, shopping and more to explore on self guided day tours. And just a short hike, drive or bike ride away, more vacation experiences to last a lifetime.
Tray of Chocolates - Lake Champlain Chocolates - Burlington, VT
Lake Champlain Chocolates

750 Pine Street Burlington, VT, 05401 Phone: 800-465-5909

Come see where chocolate is made!

Take the sweetest tour in town at our Factory Store! Learn all about how chocolate is made and take in the aromas and sights — not to mention free samples, of a real chocolate factory. Watch us craft truffles, caramels, almond butter crunch and more. You might even see a giant bunny or a flock of chocolate turkeys being hatched. The through-the window tour is free, lasts about 30 minutes and is appropriate for ages 7 and older. Tours begin on the hour Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm. Self-guided tours are available after 3pm and before 10am. Saturdays and Sundays, drop in for a free chocolate tasting where you will discover the flavor profiles of four chocolates with a chocolate tasting guide.
shopping in okemo valley
Artful Shopping in the Middle of Vermont

Central Vermont is great not only for its snow sports and mountain walks. The shopping is also delightful. Two proofs of this theorem are DaVallia Gallery at 39 North Street in Chester, and DaVallia Art Boutique at South Main Street on the Village Green, also in Chester. The owners curate works from dozens of artists in jewelry, local art, furniture, home décor, ad garden sculpture. Inspiring and creative designs spark your imagination and make your home beautiful (802-875-8900). Moving on to Ludlow, the Blue Sky Trading Company at 160 Main Street is a fun and very useful source for vacationers and local people, where you can find affordable jewelry, pottery, candles, Vermont goods, souvenirs from your visit to the Green Mountain state’s ski region, maple syrup, greeting cards and gifts. (802-228-2280).
artisans park in vt
Artisans Park Brings the Best of “Artisan” and “Park”

You have hit the jackpot for dining and shopping pleasures when you make you way to Artisans Park at 71 Artisans Way in Windsor. This charming retail community is a collection of eight unique Vermont businesses all located in the same park. Here visitors will find Harpoon Brewery, where you can enjoy a craft beer surrounded by beautiful mountains; SILO Distillery , an adventure zone of unique spirits from Vermont grains; Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Market , Artisan Eats, and Blake Hill Preserves. Fun dining and gift shopping in a peaceful park.
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.
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.
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Blades Are Moving at Lake Morey

Lake Morey Resort , on Clubhouse Road in Fairlee, realized about a decade ago that climate shifts were bringing less snow, even as the ice on the lake stayed strong and long. So the resort shifted into a major hub for ice skating and speed skating, open to anyone from newbies to champion speed skaters. The resort created a four-and-a-half-mile plowed skating trail on the lake and opened a center where the public can rent skates. 802-333-4311.
Chester Vt in winter
Come to a Ski Town; Stay Indoors

You don’t need to be an athlete or even a skier to enjoy Vermont’s beautiful ski towns in the winter. Take, for instance, the Okemo Valley region and the town of Ludlow. Sure, you can ski or snowboard all day at Okemo or Magic Mountain is you like, or we indoor people can enjoy dining, wine tasting, shopping, spa luxuries, art, and fun with kids at the hospitable Artisans Park in the neighboring towns of Chester, Windsor, Proctorsville, Plymouth Notch, and Grafton. There’s plenty to do off the slopes.
peace pups sled dogs
Dog Biscuits for All the Good Sports

The sled dogs at Peace Pups Dog Sledding on Cross Road in Lake Elmore are ready to stretch their legs. The dogs will pull you quietly along in a wheeled dog sled. Put on your wool sweater and take a late afternoon ride to enjoy the sunset over the Green Mountains. In fact, Peace Pups offers fun activities with Siberian Husky sled dogs all year around, including dog scooter outings, wheeled dog sled rides, skijoring, and winter dogsled tours. It is a Vermont adventure and a thing to do on vacation that you won’t forget. Phone: 802-888-7733.
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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.
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Who You Calling Fat?

One of the top-rated regions in the country for mountain biking can be found near Burke Mountain, in the town of Lyndonville. Kingdom Trails is 110 miles of recreational, non-motorized trails through farmland and forest. Don’t imaging for a moment that the pace slackens in the winter. The Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center, at 2079 Darling Road, is ground zero for people who want to get out on fatbikes (bikes with extra wide “fat” tires that allow travel over snow), Nordic (cross-country) skis and snowshoes. The Yurt is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 802-626-6005. You can rent fat bikes. skis, and other equipment from Village Sport Shop Trailside located on Darling Hill and from East Burke Sports in East Burke village.
inn to inn walk in southern VT
See Vermont Up Close on This B-to-B-to-B Walk

Walking through beautiful landscapes is The Best way to observe your surroundings. During this four-day experience with Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tours , you start at your first inn in southern Vermont the evening before the walk. The next morning after breakfast, you get a route map and snacks for the day. The innkeeper will transport your bags to your B&B for that night. The next three days each offer breakfast, a walking route to the next B&B, another great evening. The whole route is 40 miles, returning you to your starting point. Four days of wonderful sights … including wildlife! Plan now. 833-466-2466
airboarding at smuggs
Hit the Slopes on a Cushion of Air

We didn’t see this coming. At Smugglers’ Notch ski area in northern Vermont, the classic sled, toboggan, flying saucer – pick your favorite – has mutated into an inflated cushion called an airboard. This A-shaped air cushion – which is steerable – lets you whip down the slope with wild abandon. At Smuggs’, certain trails are reserved for airboarding on weekday afternoons. Airboarding wannabees must be at least 12 years old and must take a short instructional clinic. Who’s up for a new snow thrill?
farmhouse potteyr in woodstock vt
Serene, Elegant Pottery and Gifts for the Home

Woodstock’s Farmhouse Pottery, at 1837 West Woodstock Road, is a retail store and studio where gorgeous and useful ceramic art is created right in front of fascinated visitors. Each piece is wheel-thrown and crafted from stoneware and hand dipped in a scratch-resistant and organic milk glaze. Many elegant items, including cookware and tableware, home décor and even clothing, are made with fine materials, incorporating restrained beauty and simplicity. Gift registry, too! Open year, round, daily.
dog sledding vt
Dogs + Sleds. Yowsah!

Mush! If you've never been dogsledding, it is time that you have this experience and put it on the list of things to do this winter. Eden Mountain Dogsledding at 1390 Square Road in Eden Mills is one place to have an authentic dogsledding experience. This is a real dog touring center where mushers and racers from all over New England come to train. The kennel of 28 Alaskan Huskies find joy in running and they will take you on a ride that you will remember for a lifetime. Cozy up in our comfortable touring sleds or learn to drive your own team. Get your family or a group together and make yourself a memorable winter experience. 802-635-9070.
April's Maple in Canaan Vermont
This Place Hits the Sweet Spot

Prepare for a sweet welcome at April’s Maple, a family-owned maple farm, restaurant, and gift shop in Canaan, in gorgeous and quiet mountain country just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. This operation harvests thousands of maple trees, makes syrup and many other maple treats, and hosts guests for lunch at a large, bright, building where all the maple inspiration comes together. It is a wonderful place to stop for refreshments and gift-shopping while hiking, driving, or riding nearby ATV trails in northern Vermont and New Hampshire grand country. 802-266-9624
Vermont Marble Trail
Vermont Marble Is Admired Throughout the World

The Vermont Marble Trail is a driving tour along the marble corridor of western Vermont. Vermont marble has been used in architecture throughout the United States and in places like London, Taiwan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. The Marble Trail leads visitors along an historic, artistic, and cultural tour of the towns where marble was quarried and used. Highlights include Robert Frost’s grave site in Bennington, Wilson Castle in Proctor, the Marble Works District in Middlebury, Ethan Allen’s grave in Burlington, and the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Stop at the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor. 800-427-1396
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on Lake Champlain in Burlington vt
Fun with a Water Monster at Champ Lane

Champ Lane, a new and brilliant play space for kids age 6 and younger, opened in February 2016 at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center on Lake Champlain in Burlington. In addition to a fabulous indoor tree house (move over, Tarzan), Champ Lane has a deluxe water table, puppet theater, multilevel boat, play café, and mini French market named after Marché Atwater in Montréal. A book nook offers space for quiet reading, nursing and relaxing. There's also a classroom and lab that will be used to teach about animals and scientific inquiry. Fun for every style of kid. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 802-864-1848.
country stores of Stowe VT
Stowe Offers a Triumvirate of Great Country Stores

With the motto “Helping Vermonters Survive in Style Since 1895,” Shaw’s General Store on Main Street in Stowe covers most of the essentials, in products with quality and deep Vermont flavor. The Heritage Collection of rugged clothing brands includes Vermont’s Darn Tough socks. (802-253-4040). The Country Store opened in the historic Lackey Building on Maine Street in 2016 after a careful restoration of the old general store. More arty than Shaw’s, this is a great resource for artisan-made gifts. Stowe Mercantile, in the old Depot Building on Main Street, could be some version of a 1900 department store. For your needs to all kinds on a Stowe vacation or back at home, the wonderfully named Mercantile has you covered (802-253-7653).
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History Walks the Halls of Hildene

A fascinating family saga that includes one of the greatest names in American history awaits visitors year-round at Hildene, 1005 Hildene Road in Manchester. It is the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. Robert Lincoln  built Hildene, a Georgian Revival mansion, in 1905. It was home to Lincoln descendants until 1975. The home and grounds are open to guided and self-guided tours. You can hear the sound of the family’s 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ, and visit the Observatory, the Pullman car Sunbeam, Hildene Farm, and the exhibits. The Hoyt Formal Garden and other gardens are lovely. The property has 12 miles of walking trails, and people are welcome to cross-country ski or snowshoe the trails from December to mid-March. 802-362-1788.
The Farm House in Burlington vt
Foodie Culture is Alive in Burlington

Since its beginnings in 2010, The Farm House in Burlington has prided itself on its humble farm-to-table cuisine, including its award-winning burgers and local craft beers. It has three sister restaurants, with one hosting a Taco Tuesday event every week in a beer garden. This lovely spot is constantly spicing things up by holding food-related events all summer long, including a brewer’s fest, a gin-themed evening and a celebration of summer tomatoes. If you find yourself in Vermont this summer, don’t forget to head to this unique establishment. 802-859-0888
Vermont Comedy Club at 101 Main Street in Burlington vt
Cow-Tipping and Other Yucks

Yeah, Vermont does comedy, above and beyond cow-tipping and cracker barrel humor. Vermonters can crack wise on themselves, and you, too. A husband-and-wife pair of comedians has opened Vermont Comedy Club at 101 Main Street in Burlington. The comedy space, built inside the old Armory, consists of a 150-seat showroom, a bar/lounge with craft cocktails and snacks, and a classroom for anyone who wants to do it himself. The weekly calendar is packed, including open mic nights and comedy jams. Drop in!
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.
BACK ROADS OF vermont
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.
covered bridges of Vermont
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.
The Governor’s House at 100 Main Street in Hyde Park Vt-credit-shutterstock
Tea Served in High Style, or Take-and-Make

Tea is served in high style and sold in glorious variety at two unique locations in northern Vermont. The Governor’s House at 100 Main Street in Hyde Park is an elegant bed-and-breakfast inn that serves tea in all appropriate high style on Thursday and Sunday afternoons (other times by pre-arrangement). The cream tea menu consists of warm freshly-made scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Relax and indulge! (802-888-6888)
Dobra Tea , in Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, welcomes you for quiet refreshment and hard-to-find teas from remote places like India, China, and Japan. This Bohemian tea room also serves light foods and desserts. Taste and decide what to take home, The tea room also sells artisan tea serving ware. Wonderful for gifts. (802-951-2424)
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
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.
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Montshire Encourages You to Dig Into Science

The 100-acre Montshire Museum of Science at 1 Montshire Road in Norwich really means it when it calls itself a hands-on museum, so bring those kids who cannot keep their hands (or curiosity) to themselves. The spacious and light-filled building on the Connecticut River holds exhibits with enticing names like Air and Weather; Creatures; Light and Sight; Puzzles, Shapes, and Things that Move; Water and How It Moves. Outdoors, visitors can explore a science park, woodland garden, and nature trails along the river. There is always something new to entice kids and parents. 802-649-2200.
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Romping With the Huskies

Looking for a unique, thrilling, and hands-on outdoor adventure? A dog sledding adventure with 34 pure bred Siberian Huskies is one answer! Braeburn Siberians is in the Connecticut River Valley in Windsor, a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. Braeburn offers two-hour excursions and 45-minnute rides by dog sled. There are few things more exhilarating and therapeutic than riding behind a team of healthy Huskies on a pristine winter day. Read the Braeburn website or phone to learn details. Rides are offered December through March. Phone: 802-738-8337.
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.
Back Road Brewery & Winery Tours in Vermont
Good Things Are Brewing Along Vermont’s Back Roads

A day with Back Road Brewery & Winery Tours is your chance to wander the back roads of Vermont with an experienced guide and to stop and sip at several of the state’s craft breweries or wineries. The Northern Tours travels Route 7 and starts at Middlebury’s Otter Creek Brewery. The alternate Eastern Tour uses Route 4 and begins in Bridgewater at Long Trail Ale. The day closes with dinner. The tour company picks up customers in the Rutland/Ludlow/Killington area (subject to advance reservations). Held daily; please book in advance. Phone: 802-446-3131
Beers by Hill Farmstead Brewery in Hillsboro vt
Farm-Made Beers Generate National Excitement

A farm-based beer brewer that is quickly developing a national reputation for unique beers is found waaay up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, near the town of Greensboro. Beers by Hill Farmstead Brewery , at 403 Hill Road, are hand-crafted and the outcome of years of experience and education. The brewery is based on farmland in use by a family for 220 years. The retail shop, open Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon-5 p.m., is the only place the beer is regularly available. Twelve beers on draft are available at any given time, in 2-liter and 750-ml, bottles. These folks are serious about hand-crafted beers; they even host a Festival of Farmhouse Ales in August.
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.