SIGHTSEEING IN VERMONT
Places of interest to visit in Southern Vermont:
The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder is one of a series of fishways constructed on the Connecticut River to help Atlantic salmon and American shad return to their natural spawning grounds in the upper Connecticut River Basin.
Green Mountain Flyer Scenic Train Ride - 26 mile excursion train . Travel in restored coakes pulled by vintage diesels. View the Brockways Mills Gorge, 2 covered bridges, farms and two river valleys. Trains depart Bellows Falls at 11 AM and 2 PM, Chester Depot 12:10. Memorial Day Weekend Special: June 22 & 23; Summer schedule June 29 thru September 2 (closed Mondays). Fall schedule Sept 14 thru Oct 20 Daily. For Fall foliage specials and special events information call 802-463-3069.
Basketville - Free factory tour lets you watch the traditional craft of handmaking ash splint baskets. They have been weaving baskets for over 150 years Call for a schedule. Huge factory store is a Vermont landmark featuring our own classic designs as well as baskets from around the world, wicker furniture, silk flowers, charming and useful home accessories. Open 7 days. Route 5, Putney. 802-387-5509
Other places not too far from Quilt-a-way:
Historic Grafton Village - A lovingly restored 19th century community considered one of the finest examples of rural New England architecture and village life. Self guided walking trails, museums, agricultural exhibits, cheddar cheese factory, cross country ski center, mountain biking, antiquing and more. Routes 121 and 35, 7 miles south of Chester. Call information for details 802- 843-2255.
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center - The 1996 season features exhibits on contemporary art, international textiles, and the Vermont farm. Estey organs always on display. Open 12-6, Tues-Sun from May 11 thru November 2. Located in downtown Brattleboro in the Union Railroad Station. Call 802-257-0124 for information.
Vermont State Parks - 52 parks scattered throughout Vermont offer unique opportunities to camp with a tent, RV, trailer, cabin or 3-sided lean to. Picnic or hike through the woods. Swim, canoe or boat, play frisbee or volleyball. Have a family reunion or just sit and relax and listen to the birds and activity of park users. For information, call 802-241-3655 or go to www.vtstateparks.com
Vermont's Historic Sites - A statewide system of museums and historic sites highlight Vermont's rich heritage - from prehistoric times to present day. Revolutionary War sites, Presidential birthplaces, early taverns, a pioneer log cabin, a stately Gothic home, and underwater shipwrecks are set amidst Vermont's natural splendors. All are unique, and all present Vermont at its best. Call 802-828-3051 or go to www.historicvermont.org/sites.
Vermont Fish Culture Stations - Ten million fish? Vermont's five fish hatcheries produce that many each year! We love visitors at our scenic hatcheries. Come see fish grown from tiny eggs to the trophy size beauties we release into Vermont's lakes and streams. Families love to watch, feed, and learn about fish. Locations are in Bennington, Salisbury, Roxbury, Newark, and Grand Isle. Call 802-241-3700 or go to www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
Rock of Ages Quarries - Tours of world's largest granite quarry and great new Visitors Center featuring historic displays, exhibits, theatre and gift shop. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:15 AM til 3:35 PM. Sunday from 10:15 AM til 3:35 PM from May 26 to October 15th. Small fee. View manufacturing/sculpting Monday through Friday from 8 AM til 3:30 PM. Located off I-89 at Exit 6, 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville, VT. Call 802-476-3119 or go to www.rockofages.com.
Neighborly Farms of Vermont - For a true taste of a Vermont family farm, visit Neighborly Farms. The Dimmick family has owned and operated this scenic farm for over 40 years. Walk through viewing room and learn how milk is made into tasty organic cheese. Visit the animals and farm store. Open May through October Monday through Saturday from 9 AM til 5 PM. Call for November through April schedule. Located at 1362 Curtis Road, Randolph Center, Vermont. call 1-888-212-6898 or go to www.neighborlyfarms.com.
Porter Music Box Museum and Gift Shop - Visit the world's only manufacturer of large disc style music boxes. Hear their collection of antique music boxes are rare Steinway reproducing piano. The 1835 schoolhouse houses a four generation collection of Victorian antiques. May 1 through October 31 from 9:30 AM til 5 PM. Last tour at 3:30 PM. Open Sunday mid-August through mid-October from 12 to 4 PM. Last tour at2:30 PM. Closed November through April. Open anytime (except major holidays) for group tours by calling for reservations. Exit 4 off I-89, 2 miles west on Route 66, Randolph, Vermont. Call 1-800-811-7087 for more info.
Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial - One of the world's tallest granite shafts marks the birthplace of Prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Beautiful grounds, picnicking, quiet contemplation, historic walks. FREE tours daily 9 AM til 7 PM May 1 through October 31. 9 AM til 5 PM November 1 through April 30. Opens Sundays 1:30 PM. Spectacular Christmas lighting Thanksgiving through New Years. Route 14 to Dairy Hill Road, between Sharon and South Royalton, Vermont. Call 802-763-7742 for more information.
Montshire Museum of Science - Enjoy "one of the greatest assemblages of hands-on, child-friendly exhibits ever gathered in one place." (New York Times) Outside, explore Science Park and 110 acres of nature trails along the Connecticut River. Inside, see live animals, aquariums, and exhibits on space, nature, and technology. Interactive activities, gift shop. Open daily 10 AM til5 PM all year. Just off Exit 13, I-91, Montshire Road, Norwich, Vermont. Call 802-649-2200 or visit www.montshire.org.
King Arthur Flour: The Baker's Store - Come visit The Baker's Store, Bakery and Baking Education Center where you will be dazzled by the wide selection of hard-to-find baking tools, pans, ingredients, mixes and of course, fresh-baked breads, pastries, cakes and more! They offer inspiration for the home baker along with yummy samples every day. Monday through Saturday 8:30 AM til 6 PM. Sundays 8:30 Am til 4 PM. Located at 135 Route 5, South Norwich, Vermont. Call 802-649-3361 for more information.
Quechee Gorge Village - Vermont's Shopping and Dining attraction. Vermont Antique Mall with 400 dealers and 175 artisans. NEW Vermont Toy and Train Museum. Carousel, miniature train rides (summer and fall). A Vermont Country Store, Vermont Winery and tasting, Diner and Restaurant. Open 7 days on Route 4 (1 mile) east of the Gorge. Call 802-295-1550 or 1-800-438-5565 or go to www.QuecheeGorge.com.
Quechee Gorge: Vermont's Little Grand Canyon - Beautiful vistas 162 feet above the Ottauquechee River. Walking trail along the mile long chasm. Quechee Gorge Gifts features souvenirs, Vermont maple products, gifts and sportswear. Snack bar for ice cream and sandwiches. Pan for gemstones at the panning sluice in front of the store. May through November. Exit 1 off I-89, 2 miles west on Route 4, White River Junction, Vermont. Call 802-295-2075 for more info.
Vins Nature Center - See magnificent live birds of prey such as Bald and Golden Eagles, Snowy Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and 20 additional species. Enjoy bird-on-glove and flight programs. Exhibits, trails leading to the Ottauquechee River, Quechee Gorge, and a Nature Shop complete this family-fun experience. Open year round, Route 4, Quechee, Vermont. Call 802-359-5000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.vinsweb.org for more info.
Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Syrup Farm - A family cheese, maple and cattle farm. Open all year. Watch cheese being hand cut, learn how maple trees are tapped and syrup is made. Maple walk. Free admission, samples, baby calf and fantastic views. Learn about farming from real farmers. Cross Taftsville Covered Bridge at Route 4, follow signs 3 miles up Hillside Road. Gift Shop, Mail Order. Call 1-800-281-1757. Located at 591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock, Vermont. Go to www.sugarbushfarm.com.
Billings Farm and Museum - Explore this first-class working dairy farm, get comfortable with its famous Jersey cows, sheep, workhorses, and oxen through activities, programs, and seasonal events. Extensive farm life exhibits, award winning farmhouse, intro film, museum shop and dairy bar showcase this "gateway to Vermont's rural heritage." Open May through October, daily 10 AM til 5 PM. Winter holiday weekends. Route 12, Woodstock, Vermont. Call 802-457-3368 or go to www.billingsfarm.org.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park - Vermont's first national park interprets the history of conservation through interpretive programs and Visitor Center with exhibits. Art collection in mansion includes Hudson River School artists. Forest has historic carriage roads and trails. Open Memorial Day weekend October 31 for tours, 10 AM til 5 PM. Route 12, Woodstock, Vermont. Call 802-457-3368 ext. 22 or go to www.nps.gov/mabi .
New England Maple Museum and Maple Market - Complete story of maple sugaring from sap to syrup. In the World's Largest Maple Museum, watch the boiling process, demonstrations, slide show. Food and syrup tasting counter. Museum store with maple products. Vermont foods and crafts. Open daily March through December. Located on US 7 in Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont. Call 802-483-9414 or go to www.maplemuseum.com.
Vermont Maple Museum - Movie, Hall of Presidents, Artist in Residence, "Earth Alive" Geology display room, Calcium Carbonate in everyday life, Sample Room, Plaster and "Pointing" display, Marble Market, Custom Marble Work, Extensive Gift Shop, Quarry Trail, Historic Photographs, Displays include Marble Office, Bathroom, Chapel, Kitchen and much more. Open 7 days a week from 9 AM til 5:30 PM mid-May to late October. Located at 52 Main Street, Proctor, VT. Call 1-800-427-1396 for more info.
Wilson Castle - This Architectural Masterpiece was built in the 19th century. The Castle stands as a monument to the heritage of the past and has been the home of five generations of the Wilson family. Its design is a blend of European styles. Adults $8.50; Seniors $8; Children 6-12 $5, under 6 free. Group rates for ten adults or more. Open 7 days from 9 AM til 6 PM late May to mid-October. 45 minute guided tours. Last tour at 5:30 PM. Center Rutland, Vermont. Call 802-773-3284 or go to www.wilsoncastle.com.
Harpoon Brewery - Come visit and find out what makes our beers special. See our Brew house "up close" from our viewing area or enjoy a sandwich and fresh beer in our indoor/outdoor Beer Garden and Store. Located at Exit 9 off I-91, Route 5 South .5 miles, Windsor, Vermont. Call 802-674-5491 ext. 221 or go to www.harpoonbrewery.com.
American Precision Museum - National Historic Landmark, celebrates the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution. See machine tools, rifles, a working 19th century gun shop. Open daily 10 AM til 5 PM from May 29 through October 31. Adults $6. Gift Shop. Located 196 Main Street, Windsor on Route 5 between Exits 8 and 9 on I-91. Call 802-674-5781 or go to www.americanprecision.org.
The Vermont Country Store - When The Vermont Country Store opened its doors in 1946, it was the first restored rural country store in the nation. Today, the old fashioned counters are still stocked to the rafters with practical and hard-to-find products and numerous brands from the past. A shopping experience that cannot be duplicated. Route 100 in Weston, Vermont. Open 9 AM til5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Call 802-824-3184 AND in Rockingham, Vermont on Route 103. Open Monday through Sunday from 9 AM til 5:30 PM. Call 802-463-2224 or go to www.vermontcountrystore.com.
Green Mountain Railroads and Trains Around Vermont - Scenic rail excursions in three locations: Green Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to Chester, Champlain Valley Flyer from Burlington to Shelburne and White River Flyer from White River Junction to Norwich. For information and a schedule of events call 802-463-3069 or 1-800-707-3530 or go to email@example.com or www.rails-vt.com .
Basketville - An adventure, browsing, the nostalgic wicker, romantic candle holders, silk and dried flowers, trendy storage baskets, seasonal decorations, old-time kitchen gadgets. And there's always something on special. Two Vermont locations: Route 5 off I-91 at Exit 4 miles south of Manchester Village. Open 7 days. Call 802-362-1609 or go to www.basketville.com.
Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone - Vermont's largest summer fun park and home of Vermont's Longest Water Slide Ride! The Condor Cable Coaster! Adrenaline Zip Line! Pigdog's Kiddie Fun Park and much, much more! Located at Route 11, , 6 miles east of Manchester, Vermont. Call 802-824-5522 or go to www.bromley.com.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home - His father was born in a log cabin and became the 16th president. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, chairman of the largest corporation in America, build his ancestral home in this scenic village. In a quintessential Vermont landscape, it sits on a promontory with breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains, Historic home, exhibit gardens, trails, and farm on 412 preserved acres. Located on Route 7A in Manchester, Vermont. Call 802-362-1788 or go to www.hildene.org.
Park-McCullough Historic Estate - Historic country estate in its original 800 acre setting, constructed with a fortune from California's gold rush. Guided tours include 35-room Victorian Governor's mansion, 1865 Carriage Barn, Playhouse, Gardens and collections of fine antiques, furnishings and carriages. Open daily mid-May through mid-October and throughout the year for special events and functions. Call 802-442-5441 or go to www.parkmccullough.org.
Bennington Potters - Celebrating 56 years as the oldest and largest American art pottery and Vermont's #1 factory outlet for pottery and decorative accessories for your home. Step back in time with Bennington Potters' historic buildings. Call for free tour schedule 1-80-205-8033. Shops open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM til 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM til 5 PM. Located at 324 Country Street, Bennington, Vermont. Plenty of parking. Go to www.BenningtonPotters.com.
Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop - Offering a variety of fine baked good from scratch, specialty products and apples all providing a memorable taste of country Vermont. Fresh-baked delicacies and the tart smell of newly picked apples mark each visit where the emphasis in on family fun. Vermont's oldest Cornfield Maze and free children's programming every fall weekend. Located on Route 7 south, Bennington, Vermont. Call 802-447-7780 or go to www.theapplebarn.com.
Adams Farm - Rain or shine, this sixth generation working farm is a must see! A "Top Ten Best Place in Vermont" (Vermont Magazine). Hands-on activities and demonstrations. Try milking goats or take a scenic hay ride to bear caves. A Farm Store with Vermont made quilts and products. Winter Sleigh Rides and livestock barn. CALL AHEAD for hours, rates and events. Located at 15 Higley Hill, Wilmington, Vermont. Call 802-464-3762 or go to www.adamsfamilyfarm.com.
North River Winery - Taste award-winning wines at Vermont's oldest Winery, one of the most scenic in the East, housed in an 1850's farmstead. Open year round, 10 AM til 5 PM for free tastings and sales. Free tours late May through December. Group tours with reservations. Ample parking. Also visit our tasting rooms in Bennington, Manchester (Route 7A) and West Dover (Route 100) in Jacksonville, Vermont. Call 802-368-7557 or go to www.NorthRiverWinery.com.
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum - The museum has over 600 taxidermy specimens, one of the largest collections of its type. Several unusual albino mammals and three extinct birds. Also, see live hawks and owls close up. At the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9 in Marlboro, Vermont. Open daily Memorial Day through late October from 10 AM til 5 PM; Winter hours vary, best to call ahead. Call 802-464-0048 or go to www.vermontmuseum.org.
Simon Pearce Glass - Windsor and Quechee - Watch teams of glassblowers and potters create our original designs in glass and pottery. Our Quechee facility affords fine dining while overlooking a waterfall and covered bridge. Retail stores, free admission and easy parking at both locations; buses are welcome. For Quechee call 802-295-2711. For Windsor call 802-674-6280 or go to www.simonpearce.com.
Jay Peak Aerial Tramway and Jay Peak Championship Golf Course - 9 holes debuting late Spring 2006. Designed by world famous architect Graham Cooke & Associates, the Jay Peak course will offer equal parts scalable challenge and stunning beauty. Stay and play packages start at just $79 pp/pn. Call 1-800-451-4449 or visit www.jaypeakresort.com for more info. Located on Route 242, in Jay, Vermont.
St. Anne's Shrine - Situated on Lake Champlain in scenic Grand Isle County. Chapel, Cafeteria, Picnic Grounds, Grotto, Stations of the Cross, Gift Shop, Beach, Dock. Site of Fort St. Anne, Vermont's oldest settlement. Samuel de Champlain statue, sculpted at Expo '67. Our Lady of Lourdes Statue. No admission fee. Open daily mid-May to mid-October. Isle La Motte, Vermont. Call 802-928-3362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Champlain Ferries - Three crossings on Lake Champlain, between Grand Isle, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York. Open 24 hours all year. Ferry between Burlington, Vermont and Port Kent, New York open mid-May through mid-October; ferry between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York open all year ice conditions permitting. Public cruises and private charters available during summer season. Located on King Street Dock, Burlington, Vermont. Call 802-864-9804 or go to www.ferries.com.
Gardner's Supply Co. - Home of America's largest mail order gardening catalog. The retail store features a diverse line of innovative gardening products, seasonal plants, decorations, personal care products, Vermont foods, and more! Open from May to October, tour the display gardens. Open 7 days a week year round. Call 802-660-3505 or go to www.gardeners.com .
Ethan Allen Homestead - Vermont began with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. Daily guided tours of Allen's restored 1787 farmhouse and historic landscape. The education center features hands-on exhibits, gift shop and special activities for children. Discover Vermont's colorful founder and life on the northern frontier. Located off Route 127 in Burlington, Vermont. Open May to November. Call for hours...802-865-4556 or go to www.ethanallenhomestead.org.
Church Street Marketplace - The award-winning, historic Church Street Marketplace, in the heart of downtown Burlington. Over 130 specialty shops, services, restaurants and vendors. Each year events and festivals make it a fun filled attraction. Minutes away from Burlington's waterfront, lodging and the international airport. Located at 2 Church Street, 2J, Burlington, Vermont. Call 802-863-1648 or go to www.churchstmarketplace.com.
Spirit of Ethan Allen III - Burlington's 500 passenger luxury dining yacht and cruise ship. Experience breathtaking beauty of Lake Champlain on daily narrated Scenic Cruises. Lunch, Brunch and Sunset Cruises. Moonlit Dinner cruises include: Murder Mystery, Lobster, Elvis Impersonator, Lost in the 50's, 18 Piece Big Band and Mediterranean. Executive Chef prepares food in the on-board galley. Search for Champ, the lake's elusive monster. Three enclosed decks, heated and A/C. Departs from Burlington Boathouse, College Street, Burlington, Vermont. Call 802-862-8300 or e-mail email@example.com or go to www.soea.com.
Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center - Discover over 60 species of fish, amphibians invertebrates and reptiles, 100 hands-on experiences, major traveling exhibits and daily live animal feedings. Site of Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. Gift Shop and seasonal cafe. ECHO is located at the Leahy Center on the Burlington Waterfront. Open year round from 10 AM til 5 PM 7 days; closed major holidays and most Mondays in winter. Call 1-877-ECHOFUN or go to www.echovermont.org.
Northern Lights - Vermont's premier cruise boat, offers daily scenic, lunch and brunch cruises. Weekly dinner cruises every Thursday evening June through August, including live music and delectable dinner buffets. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Lake Champlain through the windows or the mahogany finished, climate controlled main salon or from the upper deck. Now booking for private functions. Departing from King street Ferry Dock, Burlington. May through October. Call 802-864--9669 or go to www.lakechamplaincruises.com.
Lake Champlain Chocolates - Fresh, delicious and fun for the whole family. Come experience the sights and smells of gourmet chocolates made right before your eyes. Enjoy free samples while learning the story "from bean to chocolate to you." "Some of the best chocolate in the country" (New York Times). Open daily. FREE factory tours: Monday through Friday from 9 Am til 2 PM on the hour. Located at 750 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont. Call 802-864-1807 or go to www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.
Magic Hat Brewing Co. - Where ancient alchemy meets modern-day science to create the best tasting beer on the planet. Free samples, free tours Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 PM til 5 PM and Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM every half-hour. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM til 6 PM and Sundays from 12 noon til 5 PM. Come watch our spores dance and play! Brewing at 5 Bartlett Bay Road, just off Route 7 in South Burlington, Vermont. Call 802-658-BREW or go to www.Magichat.net .
Shelburne Farms - Visit a 1,400 acre working farm, National Historic Landmark and non-profit environmental education center. Milk a cow in the Children's Farmyard, wander scenic walking trails, join a guided property tour. The Welcome Center and Farm Store is open year round, features a slide presentation and farm products including Shelburne Farms farmhouse cheddar cheese. Call 802-985-8686 for info. Junction of Harbor and Bay Roads, Shelburne, Vermont.
Shelburne Museum - A "must-see" for Vermont visitors. Among the finest collections of folk art, decorative arts, and Americana. Quilts, weather vanes, furniture, decoys, period houses and more. Paintings, galleries include works by French Impressionist and American masters. 37 historic structures including a covered bridge, 220' steamboat Ticonderoga and vintage carousel. New exhibits each year. Open May 1 though October 31 in Shelburne, Vermont. Call 802-985-3346 or go to www.shelburnemuseum.org.
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company - Join the fun-filled factory tour and see how the best bears in the universe are born. Behind-the-scenes view of the working factory. See firsthand how beautiful bears are created...from cutting and stitching to stuffing and sewing. Browse the magical Bear Shop and Make A Friend for Life Teddy Bear. Factory tours 7 days a week! Adults 13 and over are $2. Located one mile south of Shelburne Village on Route 7. Call 802-985-3001 or 1-800-829-BEAR or go to www.VermontTeddyBear.com.
Horsford Gardens and Nursery - Tour spectacular display gardens of heirloom plants dating back to the 1800's. Browse the broad selection of Vermont grown trees and shrubs. Antique glass greenhouses, potted perennials and a gift shop entice the most discerning gardener. Where Vermonters come to picnic. Open daily from 8 AM til 5 PM. Call 802-425-2811 or go to www.horsfordnursery.com.
The Vermont Wildflower Farm - Welcome to the East's #1 Wildflower Seed Center, featured on HGTV, and in over 250 newspaper stories. Stroll 6 acres of wildflower gardens and expanded gift shop brimming with flower themed gifts, plus America's favorite wildflower seeds for all regions. Open 10 AM til 5 PM daily, April through October 31. Located 5 miles south of the Shelburne Museum and Vermont Teddy Bear Company on US Route 7. Call 802-425-3641 for more info.
Dakin Farm - Visit Vermont's tastiest attraction! Vermont's finest cob-smoked ham, aged cheddar cheese, pure maple syrup and other specialty foods. See how they're made! Free samples, ongoing exhibits. Open 7 days year round on Route 7, Ferrisburgh and 100 Dorset Street (Near Barnes and Noble), Exit 14E off I-89 in South Burlington. Free catalog call 1-800-993-2546 or go to www.dakinfarm.com .
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - Explore shipwrecks, archaeology, antique boats, 1776 gunboat, blacksmith shop, hands-on history, events, classes, store. Check for admission schedule, rates. Located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, 7 scenic miles from Vergennes, Burlington: Canal Schooner Lois McClure at Perkins Pier. Waterfront exhibit open May 1 through mid-October. Suggested donation. Check admission schedule. Call 802-475-2022 or go to www.lemm.org.
Kennedy Brothers Factory Marketplace - Where old times values still exist....Vermont quality gifts in the country store, crafts made by our neighbors in the marketplace, hand dipped Vermont ice cream, watch Vermont cheese being made at Champlain Valley Creamery. Outdoor children's sculpture garden. Open daily 9:30 Am til 5:30 PM. Located at 11 North Main Street (Route 22A just off Route 7), Vergennes, Vermont. Call 802-877-2975 or go to www.kennedy-brothers.com.
Robert Compton Pottery - This working pottery, on a former dairy farm, features clay work by Robert and weaving by his wife Christine. Unusual Japanese wood fired kiln, Raku, Pit Fired and Stoneware pottery. Unique clay fountains and aquariums. Located 5 miles North of Bristol village on Route 116. Open 10 AM til 6 PM, mid-May through mid-October, closed Wednesdays. Off season by appointment. Call 802-453-3778 or go to www.RobertComptonPottery.com.
UVM Morgan Horse Farm - World famous "Home of the Morgan" breeding farm. This beautiful property of rolling green pastures and woodland is a national historic site, and an actual working farm for 60+ Morgans. Morgans for sale, apprenticeship program. Guided stable tours, video presentation and gift shop. Open 9 AM til 4 PM daily, May 1 through October 31. Admission. Follow signs from Middlebury (2.5 miles to Weybridge), 74 Battell Drive, Weybridge, Vermont. Call 802-388-2011 or go to www.uvm.edu/morgan.
Danforth Pewter - Creating fine handcrafted pewter jewelry, tableware, holiday and baby gifts since 1975. Stores in Middlebury, on The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington and in Manchester Center. Learn about our historic roots and how fine gift items are made. Call 802-388-0098 for pewter making demonstration times at the Middlebury location. Open year round. Go to www.danforthpewter.com.
Maple Landmark - Home of the NameTrains, My Train, Montgomery Schoolhouse and other handcrafted gifts. Located at 1297 Exchange Street, just off Route 7, North of Middlebury. You can "see it being made" through windows to the factory floor - everything from sanders to lasers help create gifts for the whole family. Tours available. Open Monday through Friday from 9 AM til5 PM and Saturdays from 9 Am til 4 PM. Sunday hours seasonal. Call 802-388-0627 or 1-800-421-4223.
Vermont Soapworks - Their famous hand-crafted organic soaps are considered amount the world's finest. They've perfected a 200 year old soap making technique to bring you soaps mild enough for sensitive and dry skin. Discounts on Factory Seconds. Open 9 AM til 5 PM Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 AM til 4 PM, Sundays (June-December) 11 AM til 4 PM. Located at 616 exchange Street, Middlebury, Vermont. Call 802-388-4302 or go to www.vtsoap.com.
Boyden Valley Winery - Experience one of Vermont's most unique attractions, walk through the vineyards, take a tour of the fermentation and barrel room, learn about the passion of making wine. Free Tours,11:30, 1:00, tastings, International award winning wines, maple syrup, Vermont specialty products. Open June 1 through December 31 daily from 10 AM til 5 PM. January 1 through May 31, Fri, Sat, Sun. Located at the junction of Routes 15 and 104 in Cambridge, Vermont. Call 802-644-8151 or go to www.boydenvalley.com.
Stowe Mountain Resorts and Summer Attractions - Fun for the whole family includes breathtaking views from the gondola Skyride, Alpine Slide, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Climbing Wall, Auto Toll Road, 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, Tennis, Swimming and Mountain Side Lodging. Call 1-800-253-4754 for more info or go to www.stowe.com.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill - "New England's Favorite Cider Mill" is a must stop in the region. Legendary cider donuts. Watch cider making, FREE samples, live beehive, fudge, natural foods bakery, maple products, specialty foods, Vermont crafts and gifts. Mail Order house, Christmas Shop. July through October open 8 AM til 7 PM. November through June open 8 AM til 6 PM. Call 1-800-3-APPLES, 802-244-8771. Route 100, Waterbury Center, Vermont. info#coldhollow.com or go to www.coldhollow.com.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour - Come check out the fun and educational 30-minute factory tour! You'll see the moo-vie, get a bird's eye view of the production room, and try the sample flavor of the day. Great activity for the whole family. Open daily, year round. Admission kids 12 and under FREE. For ore info call 1-866-BJ-TOURS. Located on Route 100, Waterbury, Vermont. Go to www.benjerry.com
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks - Vermont's oldest maple family presents sugarin' from tap to table. Traditional Sugar House, Woodshed Theatre, Maple Trail, Forest of Sculptures and ski trails. Spacious country store, Free tasting! Worldwide shipping. Open 7 days from 9 AM til 5 PM year round (Summer hours are 8 Am til 8 PM). Take Main Street north, 2.7 miles from center of Montpelier, Vermont. Call 802-223-2740 or 1-800-242-2740 or go to www.morsefarm.com .
New England Culinary Institute - The International Association of Culinary Professionals names them "Cooking School of the Year". Celebrating 25 years of professional culinary training in Vermont. Dine at our celebrated teaching restaurants in Montpelier and Essex or sign up for a cooking class or demo. Tours for prospective students most Tuesdays and Fridays. Call 877-223-6324 or go to www.neci.edu.
Vermont Historical Society Museum - Experience yesterday TODAY at the new exhibit - Freedom and Unity:One Ideal, Many Stories! Find YOUR story in interactive exhibits that illustrate the full spectrum of Vermont's history. All ages will love the Abenaki wigwam, colonial tavern, old-time railroad station and World War II living room. There is so much to see and learn. Museum store. Open year round, 10 AM til 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon til 4 PM on Sundays (May through October only). Located at the Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT. Call 802-828-2291 or go to www.vermonthistory.org.
Bragg Farm Sugar House and Gift Shop - At Bragg Farm visit an 8th generation sugar house using traditional methods of maple sugaring! Enjoy free guided tours and tastings. Watch the video and walk through the maple woods. very scenic views with a covered bridge nearby. Free products catalog, large gift shop, ice cream parlor and farm animals! From Montpelier - 5 miles east on Route 2E then 1 mile on Route 14N. Open daily 8:30 AM til 6 PM year round, June through August 8:30 AM til 8 PM. Call 802-223-5757 or 1-800-376-5757 or go to www.braggfarm.com .
Grand View Winery - Come off the beaten path and enjoy spectacular views. Tour and learn about wine making. Taste our Vermont made wines; rhubarb, elderberry, raspberry, apple, dandelion, grape and more. Winery is open 11 AM til 5 PM, except Tuesdays, late May through October. Off Route 14 between North Montpelier and East Calais. Or visit the Retail/Tasting Room at Cold Hollow Cider Mill on Route 100, Waterbury Center. Open year round 11 AM til 5 PM. Call 802-456-7012 or go to www.grandviewwinery.com.
Cabot Creamery - Come see where the great taste of Cabot begins! In Cabot, enjoy our tour and video. See the Cheddar voted Best on the Planet being made. Nibble your way through our gift shop. Weekly specials! Tours $2 (under 12 free). Call ahead for cheese making days. Route 2 to Route 215, Cabot, Vermont. Call 1-800-837-4261. On way to Stowe, visit Cabot Annex Store. Fabulous wine selection plus exceptional Vermont specialty foods and cheeses. Located on Route 100, Waterbury Center, Vermont. Call 802-244-6334 or go to www.cabotcheese.com.
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium - A cultural, historic and educational gem filled with over 170,000 objects, including animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils from around the world. Home of the only public planetarium in Vermont and the "Eye on the Sky" weather gallery. A great family adventure. Open Tuesday through Sunday, all year. (Open Mondays May through October) Planetarium shows on weekends. Admission $5. Gift Shop. Located at 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Call 802-748-2372 or go to www.fairbankssmuseum.org.
Maple Grove Farms of Vermont - Tour the world's oldest and largest maple candy factory and largest packer of pure maple syrup in the US. Makers of Vermont's finest gourmet salad dressings. Guided tours weekdays from 8 AM til 2 PM. Call for info 1-800-525-2540 ext. 547. Located at Ecit 1 off I093 or Ecit 20 off I-91. East of St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Route 2.
Catamount Brewing Company - Visit Vermont's first active brewery in 100 years Watch our craftsmen brew fresh, flavorful ales and lagers using traditional ingredients. Catamount offers free tours and tastings 7 days a week July 1 through October 31 and Saturdays throughout the year. Brewery store open 7 days year round. Call for tour times. 58 South Main Street, White River Junction. 802-296-2248.
Stratton Mountain Village Square and Summit Gondola - The Stratton Mountain Resort offers many attractions for every interest. Stroll down the quaint brick-paved pedestrian street of The Village Square as it winds its way through a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Or step aboard the Stratton Gondola for a thrilling scenic trip to the top of Southern Vermont's highest peak. Golf, tennis, hiking and mountain biking are also available to satisfy the sporting enthusiasts. Stratton Mountain, VT. 802-297-2200
Southern Vermont Art Center - Art to see, art to buy, in a stunning setting! Visit this mansion on the National Register of Historic places. Wander the galleries and the Sculpture Garden, visit the Gift Shop and lunch at our in-house restaurant. Constantly changing exhibitions display work of fine contemporary artists, special loans from dance to theater to revues and more. West Road, Manchester, VT 802-362-1405.
Norman Rockwell Exhibition and Gift Shop - Where Norman Rockwell's models are your hosts! The Arlington Gallery exhibits hundreds of examples of Rockwell's printed works in his VT hometown, including Saturday Evening Post covers. 15-minute film shown continuously. Gift shop. Bennington on Historic 7A. Daily 9- 5 (Nov.-April 10-4). $1.00 admission. For catalogue: Arlington, VT 05250. 802-375-6423.
The Bennington Museum & Grandma Moses Gallery - Visit America's past: furniture, decorative arts, tools, toys, military artifacts dating from the Revolution; Grandma Moses paintings and memorabilia; Bennington Pottery; Museum Gift Shop. Open daily 9-5 year round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years). Located on West Main Street, Route 9, Bennington, VT 05201. 802-447- 1571.
Last Update 1/20/2017