Franconia Notch State Park – White Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Northern Vermont

Franconia Notch State ParkFranconia Notch State Park – White Mountain National Forest, Vermont

You don’t have to wait for winter and ski season to enjoy the beauty of Vermont and the White Mountain National Forest area.  Franconia Notch State Park offers you a great deal of outdoor activities every season of the year.

Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges.

Did you know that Franconia Notch is the home of “the Old Man of the Mountain which is the same  “Great Stone Face” immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster.

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Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Syrup Farm – Woodstock, Vermont

Southern Vermont

The Luce’s Family Farm welcomes visitors year round to their scenic hillside farm. Sample 15 varieties of cheese including 8 year old super sharp cheddar. Taste the 4 grades of maple syrup and learn how trees are tapped and maple sap boiled down to syrup. While maple syrup is made in the spring, the sugar house and maple trail in the woods are open year round to show you how its done. Open daily from 9 to 5 with free admission. Farm animals to interact with during the warmer months. Shipping and mail order available . Sampling table of many Vermont made jams and mustard’s.

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Putney Transition Tour – Putney, Vermont

Southern Vermont

Putney, Vermont is located 2.5 hours from Boston. This small town has been preparing to live as an energy- and food-independent community. They are actively honoring the Earth, learning new and old ways to connect with our natural surroundings. The town is home to a hotbed of activism, small organic farms, environmental mindfulness and sustainable practices.

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Billings Farm and Museum – Woodstock, Vermont

Southern Vermont

Billings Farm and Museum – Woodstock, Vermont

Started by Frederick Billings in 1871 this native Vermonter decided to make his 270 acre farm a model dairy operation.  He hired the best professional farm manager he could find in 1884, George Aitken, and imported cattle directly from the Isle of Jersey.  They kept careful records of milk production, and bred selectively to improve the herd.  Not only was he concerned about the cattle but he was worried about the desperate condition of Vermont’s forest cover.  He didn’t just worry about this or comment on it, he did something!  He planted more than 10,000 trees in the Woodstock area.

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Harpoon Brewery – Windsor, Vermont

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Harpoon Brewery – Windsor, Vermont

The Harpoon Brewery in Windsor is the second brewery for this company.  The other is in Boston.  The brewery was built in 1998 for $5 million dollars and had a capacity to brew 30,000 barrels a year.  Because of the demand for this beer the plant was expanded to brew 55,000 barrels a year.  Not only do they produce the Harpoon beer at the Windsor facility but they also have the Leviathan Series beers.

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American Precision Museum – Windsor, Vermont

Southern Vermont

American Precision Museum – Windsor, Vermont

This Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, tells the story of the mechanical forebears and explores the work they did and how it impacts our everyday life.  It is housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory building.  It now houses the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum – Vergennes, Vermont

Northern Vermont

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is one of the premier maritime museums in the country.

There are over a dozen exhibit buildings on the site. These present the maritime history and nautical archeology of the Champlain Valley through hands-on interactive learning stations, video and audio displays, historical artifacts and images. Long term exhibitions are

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Jay – Peak Aerial Tramway – Jay, Vermont

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Jay –  Peak Aerial Tramway – Jay, Vermont

The tramway is one of Vermont’s most exciting and beautiful scenic rides.  Whether you are taking it in the summer and seeing the beautiful green countryside or in the winter when the slopes are showing you a beautiful picture of snow just waiting for you to grab your skis or board and challenge the mountains!  You will see 4 states and the Provence of Quebec from the 4,000 foot summit.  It only takes 10 minutes to ride to the top but in that time you go from the stress of the “real” world to the joy of the mountain.

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Vermont Teddy Bear Company – Shelburne, Vermont

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Vermont Teddy Bear Company – Shelburne, Vermont

The home of the Teddy Bear Company sits on 57 acres outside of Shelburne in Vermont.  Here the Teddy Bears “come to life” to add joy to the person that buys one for themselves or someone special.  In fact, you can make your own Teddy Bear in the Make a Friend for Life Clubhouse, or you can chose one that has already been made and dressed in the Bear Shop.

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Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, Vermont

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Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, Vermont

Come to Shelburne and visit these distinctive and popular art and outdoor history museums.  There are over 150,000 works exhibited in the 39 buildings, 6 period houses, a lighthouse, a steam locomotive, an operating vintage carousel, a general store, a covered bridge, steamboat Ticonderoga and more.  Of the buildings are historic and were moved to the site. 

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