Vermont is a great New England state to spend a few days, weeks or even years. It has picturesque mountains, beautiful fall leaves, and loads of outdoor trails for hiking. If you find yourself in Vermont, here are some of the top activities to do and sites to see.
Cabin in the Woods
Nothing says Vermont like the smell of wood-burning stoves, mountain air and crisp leaves under foot. Instead of renting a hotel, get a little log cabin in the woods for a true Vermont experience. This is especially cozy and romantic in the fall and winter when it’s too cold to stay in an RV or to camp outside. In your little log cabin, you’ll stay warm by the fire while enjoying that classic, rustic feel.
You can’t go to Vermont without taking a brewery tour (or trying out the local brews). Perhaps the most iconic brewery in Vermont is The Alchemist, where they make the renowned “Heady Topper” IPA. This ale is in such demand that some beer nerds actually follow the Heady Topper truck as it drops off bottles to liquor stores. As soon as it’s been delivered, devotees promptly buy Heady Topper right off the shelf. As a result, it’s hard to get your hands on this local delicacy.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
On a hot summer’s day, you’ll want to visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a deliciously refreshing cool-down. Not only will you be surrounded by the sweet aromas of a creamery at work, you’ll get to indulge in some free samples at the tour’s end. Don’t forget the Flavor Graveyard that honors discontinued flavors from the past.
The name “Vermont” derives from French, meaning “green mountains.” Naturally, the verdant peaks of Vermont are just begging to be hiked! This mountain range provides great skiing in the wintertime and hundreds of trails in the summer. Plus, it’s a great way to meet some locals or get some exercise with the entire family.
Taste the Maple Syrup
The American northeast is defined by its maple trees. Across Vermont, countless maples are tapped each day for their delicious, golden syrup. Instead of spending a fortune buying real maple syrup at the grocery store, head to a Vermont farmer’s market to get it fresh from the source. Mind you, syrup is not the only use for the delicious maple sap. You’ll find all sorts of maple-flavored candies and desserts all over the state.