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Stowe Brewers Festival

Stowe Brewers Festival 2016The second annual Stowe Brewers Festival on July 29 and 30 offers three 4-hour tasting sessions featuring 40+ brewers and cider-makers serving more than 130 beers and ciders, bonus taste tickets from premiere Vermont spirits distillers, more than a dozen food trucks, free workshops and demonstrations, a

New England Craft Fair Gifts

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New England Craft Fair Gifts

New England’s holiday craft fairs are a stellar source of beautifully designed wares–and unforgettable gifts.
Exploring a craft fair is like embarking on a treasure hunt in which the reward is a happy pile of perfectly chosen, quirky, unique gifts. At the best fairs, these gems are practically guaranteed. Here

Burlington & Colchester Bike Paths

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Burlington & Colchester Bike Paths

Cyclists skirt the city shoreline, cross the Winooski River, and connect with suburban Colchester’s own bike trail. The fun really begins as the route heads out onto Lake Champlain along a 3-mile former railroad causeway. A seasonal bike ferry links with scenic roads threading the Champlain Islands. Best Bicycling-Yankee Magazine

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The Fairest of Them All

Whether they’re called fairs, festivals, art shows, or samplers, these events have one important thing in common: They’re a great way to get your holiday shopping done early. So beat the rush at the malls this season and purchase something made with care. These acclaimed annual events have something for

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B&B at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Best Historic HideawayThis 500-acre rural oasis just minutes from Burlington offers trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, and just plain meandering, plus cozy B&B accommodations in a stately 18th-century home built by Vermont’s first governor.

Cheese Outlet Fresh Market

MEAL DEALAt 5 p.m. all premade sandwiches are discounted 50 percent; at 6, deli items are reduced 25 percent. Vermont’s culinary revolution from its maple-and-cheddar past is nowhere better exemplified than at this chic market on downtown Burlington’s southern fringe. Market? That’s a modest term for a purveyor of fine

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center is dedicated to showcasing and appreciating fine Vermont craftsmanship. Frog Hollow’s Burlington gallery exhibits a one-of-a-kind collection of traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft.The Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center With upwards of 2,000 professional craftspeople at work throughout Vermont, and it’s impossible

Gerard’s Bread

BEST ARTISANAL BREADBread lovers eagerly await French emigre Gerard Rubaud’s phenomenally crusty sourdough loaves, delivered–still warm from his wood-fired ovens–several times a week to area stores, including Burlington’s lavish City Market (82 South Winooski Ave., 802-863-3659), South Burlington’s locavore-oriented Healthy Living (222 Dorset St., 802-863-2569, and Cambridge’s Fletcher General Store

Green Mountain Railroad

Green Mountain Railroad

Vermont’s Green Mountain Railroad operates three vintage trains: the Green Mountain Flyer (Bellows Falls to Chester Depot); the White River Flyer (White River Junction to Thetford), and the Champlain Valley Flyer (Burlington to Charlotte). All three take in stunning views.
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Take a scenic train ride through Vermont.

Hotel Vermont

Downtown Burlington’s first new independent hotel in a century offers bright, modern accommodations without boutique minimalism. Vermont wood and stonework are everywhere, and locally sourced ingredients are the rule at Juniper restaurant. A satellite location of the award-winning Hen of the Wood is also a dining option. BEST NEW INDIE

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries have been crossing the waters of Lake Champlain since 1826. Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest lake in the United States, reaching a maximum width of 12 miles and depths of more than 300 feet, and Lake Champlain Transportation Company ferries have been getting people to and from

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is an amazing place to see a wide array of inland nautical exhibits. Climb aboard the replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II docked at the scenic waterfront. Explore some of the Lake Champlain’s more than 300 historic shipwrecks in the Nautical Archaeology Center and learn from the

Made Inn Vermont

Luxe B&B or micro-hotel? Burlington’s newest inn blends 19th- and 20th-century styles—including for-sale Vermont artworks—in a classic, cupola-topped Victorian mansion. Enjoy gel-topped mattresses, in-room fridges stocked with local delicacies, a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Beer and wine are available. Rates: from $225. Best New B&B

Middlebury Inn

Middlebury Inn

The Middlebury Inn is about as picturesque and charming as it gets. Since 1827, the Inn has hosted guests with its classic and historic enchantment. And now it has all of the modern-day comforts that visitors have come to expect, including fine dining, a day spa, a pub, and meeting

Queen City Ghost Walk

Actor/author Thea Lewis offers several different nighttime tours that highlight the area’s haunted past, including a visit to UVM (“one of the most haunted campuses in the country”), a spine-tingling stroll through Lakeview Cemetery, and “Darkness Falls,” a ghostly tour of downtown Burlington. BEST SCARY STROLL.

Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern & Restaurant

Best Burger MenuA 32-burger menu makes this Mallets Bay sports bar a Burlington-area favorite; selections include Cajun mushroom, escargot, and “Green Mountain” (cheddar, bacon, and apples). Full Entree menu; lots of microbrews, and the fearsome two-pound “Dozer Challenge.”

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

A spectacular collection of American artifacts—folk art, tools, clothing, carriages, furniture, and much more—and fine art fill historic buildings throughout this sprawling, beautifully landscaped site. Highlights include circus figures and posters, and the restored steamboat Ticonderoga, high and dry but set for a circa-1920s Lake Champlain voyage. Best Art &

Splash at the Boathouse

To end the day or start the evening, order a drink and an appetizer and watch the sun set over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks at the Queen City’s only floating waterfront restaurant. Order a couple of the house-special “Rock the Docks” cocktails and you might even see the Caribbean-green

The Inn at Buck Hollow Farm

A restored 1790s carriage house with antiques and four-poster beds doesn’t sound pet-friendly—but companion animals are welcome (extra fee) at this 400-acre estate 35 minutes from Burlington. There’s a 40-foot outdoor pool and jacuzzi; dinner (pizza, pasta, chili, fondue) is available by prior arrangement. Don’t miss the antiques shop. Rates:

The Richmond Victorian Inn, B&B

BEST BURLINGTON ‘BURBS B&BA charming and inexpensive alternative to city lodgings or suburban chains, this cozy 1850s Queen Anne home is only a 12-mile interstate hop from Burlington, and just minutes away from attractions such as Ben & Jerry’s, the Long Trail, and Waterbury Reservoir State Park.

Vermont Farm Tours

BEST CUSTOM CHEESE TOURSChris Howell’s all-day excursion includes a visit to several artisanal cheesemakers, plus a workshop, lots of samples, and a three-course picnic lunch. (Other offerings include a Champlain Islands bike tour, a Vermont vineyards tour, a farm tour, and a tour of the Intervale area’s organic farms in

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