Vermont Tourist ideas for the fall

I shared this list of personal favorite things to do in Vermont for someone who is coming here next weekend and thought I would share. This is all focused mostly in Northern Vermont.

Some super special things I would recommend are
www.shelburnemuseum.org
 
For a GREAT drive:
 
From Burlington, drive South on 89 to Exit 10 (stowe/waterbury)
Stop at Ben & Jerry’s for a factory tour
Continue up Route 100 to Stowe. Check out Stowe, for sure.
Then drive up 108 to the top of Smuggler’s Notch and go hike around for a while.
 
 
Definitely go to downtown Burlington. Maybe do a ride on the Ethan Allen Cruises on the lake. Check out the pier. If you have kids, the ECHO Center right there is really cool. Also while downtown, take a walk on Church Street. That’s an “open mall”  – lots of great local stores with the usual Old Navy cr*p mixed in. Some fave local stores on Church Street are Frog Hollow Gallery (all excellent vermont crafts people and artists) and Apple Mountain – really nice and not cheesy (well, except for the cheese) Vermont gifts.
 
Also, near us, Mad River Glen (and I’m sure other ski areas too) are doing fall foliage rides on their ski lifts. http://www.madriverglen.com/?Page=fall02.html
 
Those are just some ideas of personal favorites.
 
Oh and most importantly, you should go to the Lake Champlain Chocolates (note the aspx page 🙂 !) factory near downtown and stock up on seconds.
 
Also www.Vermont.org is a great resource for year-round things as well as an event calendar.
 
This sounds like so much fun, I want to come here on vacation now!
 


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