Cool Things to Do in Vermont
Whether you love Vermont, or you have never been before, here is a look at cool things to do you might not have known before now!
First Off, All Things Are Cool 'round Lake Champlain!
I am not going to tell you to look for Champ! Lake monsters are hoaxes until proven otherwise!
What is very cool to do is take in the natural beauty of Vermont's dear Lake Champlain. (Okay, it is Vermont's and New York's -- and Quebec's! -- but it is still dear to Vermont!)
You can sail upon it, you can rent bikes in Burlington and ride along it, you can take in hikes in state parks that overlook it!
Lambing Season at Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms is a neat, beaucholic place in any season, but from March to May, there is a magic in the air -- lambing season! It starts with the fact you cannot just drive up to the lambing barn -- in fact you have to hike through fields and woods to get to it.
Once at the barn, you will no doubt see farm employees and volunteers helping mother sheep give birth to little lambs. Go at dusk, and you will almost certainly feel chills as you hear the sheep and lambs alternate their "bahs" -- as if to announce each birth among their herd.
Visit the Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee
The thing about Simon Pearce is it is so much more than a restaurant. If you know anything about the name, you know Simon Pearce makes incredible, fine blown glassware, and other items for the kitchen and home.
You could go solely for the dining experience and be pleased with your visit, but do stay a while. Stay for the shop onsite. Stay for the company's art gallery across the street. Stay for the glass blowing taking place throughout the day right downstairs.
Vermont is the fittest of the United States. And lots of Vermonters love to run. In fact, Vermont features some of the running world's great races -- including the annual endurance Death Race, and the Vermont 100 ultra-marathon. The Tough Mudder race series also has an annual stop at Mount Snow!
If you want to run a race that does not take a day or more to run, and that does not cover you in mud, the Vermont City Marathon takes place every Memorial Day weekend, and may be just the thing for you!
Take a Vermont-Based Company's Factory Tour
You have heard their names, and you probably know they are based in Vermont, but did you also know that you can take factory tours of some of your favorite Vermont brands? Factory tours in Vermont include (but are not limited to):
- Ben & Jerry's
- Cabot Creamery
- Vermont Teddy Bear
- Lake Champlain Chocolates
- Magic Hat Brewery (self-guided, free)
- Burton Snowboard (company store -- South Burlington headquarters)
Being the fittest of the United States stems from the fact that there is much to do outdoors in Vermont. You may have heard it called the "Green Mountain State" . The views from hikes in the Green Mountains are spectacular. The Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Catamount Trail are all lauded hiking trails.
In winter, there is hut-to-hut backcountry skiing on the Catamount!
You likely know that Vermont features the East Coast's best skiing and snowboarding slopes. Come to Vermont in winter to rage down the runs of Killington, Stowe, or many other slopes up and down the state!
Church Street Marketplace
A gem in downtown Burlington is Church Street Marketplace. This is an outdoor pedestrian mall full of shops and restaurants. You might not believe the range of foods available when you get to Church Street -- from street vendors to fine French cuisine!
Vermont's Comedy Club
There is one club that runs regular comedy shows in Vermont -- Burlington's own Levity Comedy Coffee Bar. Every week, feature shows to sold out crowds get the laughter going in downtown Burlington. Want to see the next big East Coast comedian? You might have to skip NYC and come to Levity!
There are so many cool Vermont things to do that I have run out of room before running out of things. If you need some info added, please let me know. I want this to be the best page on cool things to do in Vermont it can be!
Did I forget to mention leaf peeping in Vermont? Everybody already knows about that anyway. :-D