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Great Rates. Great Beds. Great Rest. TripAdvisor #1 Ludlow hotel offers Okemo view, A/C, WiFi, mini-fridges, microwaves, sauna, jacuzzi, and weekend shuttles. timberinnmotel.com | 802.228.8666 Championship golf at it’s best! Rolling hills, moderate elevation changes, wide fairways, well-placed hazards enhance this Heathland 18-hole par 70 course. foxrungolf.org | 802.228.1396 Town of Weathersfield Covered bridges are just the beginning! Hiking, biking and skiing on Mt. Ascutney, VT’s only volcano. +Fishing, swimming and more on the Black & Connecticut Rivers. yourplaceinvermont.com/weathersfield A social hub for decades, this authentic Irish family-owned and operated pub is located in Ludlow. Award-winning wings, cold beer, mountain hospitality and more! killarneyludlow.com | 802.228.7797 Green Mountain Sugar House A perfect stop to enjoy a maple “Creemee” soft serve ice cream and peruse through our beautiful gift shop. We carry an extensive amount of Vermont souvenirs. gmsh.com | 800.643.9338 VT real estate prices are seeing double digit growth, as ¾ of Americans who move come to the Green Mountain state. Engel & Völkers Okemo enhances regional market expertise with our in-house marketing team and global network of 900+ brokerages. The result is a custom, full service approach to maximize your home sale. List with us today. okemo.evrealestate.com | 802.975.0338 This two day festival celebrates all that Vermont is known for!! Get more festival info or other events in the region. yourplaceinvermont.com/event-calendar August 20 & 21 Scenic beauty to experience in any season; world-class broadband fiber and easy access from I-91; all in a genuine small town with a BIG HEART Come, visit and stay awhile! meetchestervermont.com Just 5 Minutes from Okemo, and 15 minutes from Killington this 1840 country Inn features luxurious rooms with fireplace & jacuzzi, family accommodations and 8 condominiums. Experience our 4.5-star cuisine in an upscale casually elegant atmosphere. The amenities include a large outdoor pool, lake access, oversized jacuzzi, game room & tennis court. echolakeinn.com | 802.228.8602 2450 Lincoln Hill Rd, Shrewsbury, VT Award-winning Pure VT Maple Syrup, Maple Cream & Maple Candy. Grassfed Ground Beef, Sausage, Grilling Steaks, Roasts, Briskets, Marinades, Spices & more! Check out our Farm Store! smithmaplecrestfarm.com|802.492.2151 Welcome to Okemo Valley We’re a four-season destination for the best New England recreation and mountain relaxation. Home to premiere resorts, quaint B&Bs, museums, artisan galleries, antique shops and a wide range of culinary samplings not to be missed. A great place to visit - See our website for more info and get started today with Okemo Valley Magazine! yourplaceinvermont.com | 866-216-8722

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 4 Map 5 Vermont Farm-To-Table 6 Top 10 Events 10 Love Where You Live 13 Featured and Statewide Travel Services 16 NorthernVermont Three Walkable Downtowns 26 72 Hours in St. Albans 28 Travel Services Directory 30 Central Vermont Five Accessible Outdoor Recreation Experiences 42 72 Hours in Norwich 44 Travel Services Directory 46 SouthernVermont Three Must-Visit Arts and Heritage Attractions 56 72 Hours in Bennington 58 Travel Services Directory 60

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4 1-800-VERMONT WELCOME Vermont is a place that’s determined by geography and physical boundaries, but also by an idea: That life is better when we slow down, look around, and simply take notice. Here, it’s not about what you achieve or acquire, it’s about how unique experiences in nature and around local downtowns make you feel. While it’s easy to spend days simply taking in the scenery, it’s even more rewarding to adventure out across the landscape. Explore back roads and well-maintained trails by bike. Go for a run or walk along bustling downtown paths or find iconic covered bridges on your way to quiet village greens sprinkled with local artisans, farmers markets, and general stores. Grab your skis or snowboard and chase fresh powder at 20 alpine and 30 cross country resorts. Cast a line in a lake or stream or relax lake side at a pristine state park. All seasons suit Vermont well, from spring’s maple syrup sweetness to the lush green of summer along the mountain ridgelines to famous foliage of fall and winter’s thick blanket of snow. Vermont. A Place All Its Own. PHOTO: NATHANAEL ASARO

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While farm-to-table dining is trending across the culinary industry, Vermont restaurants are established leaders in seeking out fresh produce and supporting local farmers. Vermont's artisan chefs and food growers partner to transform the bounty of the land into carefully curated menus using locally sourced ingredients. At its heart, farm-to-table implies that the ingredients that go into the food being served come directly from farms, without passing through a store or market first. Restaurants that offer farm-to-table dining form strong relationships to the local farmers, growers and producers that supply the ingredients used. This relationship benefits the farmers, restaurants and the patrons enjoying the food. PHOTO COURTESY OF: ADVENTURE DINNER PHOTO COURTESY OF (R): JESSICA SIPE 6 1-800-VERMONT Vermonters have always made a conscious effort to support local farmers. Little surprise, then, that farm-to-table dining abounds throughout Vermont. Here are some ideas to kickstart your locally sourced dining experience. THE PARKER PIE CO. West Glover Country stores are the heart of Vermont communities. Located in the Northeast Kingdom, The Parker Pie Co. operates out of the Lake Parker Country Store, a short drive from Lake Parker. Known for their pizza, the menu offers custom and specialty pies made with cheese, beef and chicken that have been sourced locally. The Parker Pie Co. has worked hard to cultivate relationships with local farmers and producers and is committed to a local-first approach. As an extension of their local-first approach, The Parker Pie Co. also gives back by offering community meals to help address food insecurity. In addition to serving pizzas made with local ingredients, The Parker Pie Co. pours Vermont craft beer. This includes many from the award-winning brewery Hill Farmstead, a popular destination for locals and visitors. If you're in the area in search oflocal ingredients, fresh pizza and good beer, you11 find it at The Parker Pie Co. Farms: Jasper Hill Farm (Greensboro), Hillside Farm (West Glover) HONEY ROAD Burlington Enter off of bustling Church Street in Burlington and step into the Mediterranean. This popular female-run mezze restaurant specializes in sophisticated family-style plates highlighting the best of what is grown in Vermont. Honey Road offers the perfect blend

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HONEY ROAD of Eastern Mediterranean spices and textures with the variety of meat, produce and dairy found in Vermont to create their unique, signature cuisine. The partnership between general manager Allison Gibson and executive chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin formed naturally after bonding over food culture, hospitality and philosophy. Since debuting in mid-2017, this duo has remained a powerhouse. Executive chef Chigazola-Tobin has been a James Beard award semifinalist twice and the restaurant was a 'best new restaurant' semifinalist. Honey Road is a must-visit on your Vermont local culinary experience tour. Farms: Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm (Corinth), Cavendish Game Birds (Springfield) 8 1-800-VERMONT HONEY ROAD HEN OF THE WOOD Burlington, Waterbury Serving seasonal food that celebrates the farms of Vermont, Hen of the Wood in Burlington and Waterbury provide a true Vermont dining experience. Both locations offer menus that change daily and seasonally based on the premium ingredients found within the Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley. Hen of the Wood is committed to authentically representing the community and the amazing farmers, cheese makers and producers who make Vermont so special. First opened in Waterbury in 2005, Hen of the Wood was committed to serving food made with ingredients sourced miles from the restaurant. After gaining popularity, the sister location in Burlington opened in 2013, cementing Hen of the Wood as a prominent name in Vermont's farm-to-table dining scene. Farms: Pete's Greens (Craftsbury), Jericho Settlers Farm (Jericho) CAl'S DIM SUM CATERING Brattleboro The journey of Cai's Dim Sum Catering began two decades ago as a booth at the Brattleboro Farmers Market. There, Cai's Dim Sum built relationships with other vendors they sourced ingredients from and cultivated a community ofloyal customers. This gem in southern Vermont now crafts food in the kitchen of their art gallery for curbside takeout and delivery. The home-cooked dishes pair the flavors of the Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine of artist/chef Cai Xi Silver's childhood with fresh ingredients from Vermont farms to create authentic dishes that could be found on any Chinese family's dining table. Since their start, Cai's Dim Sum has placed an emphasis on building

VermontVacation.com 9 PHOTO COURTESY OF (L): SHEM ROOSE PHOTO COURTESY OF (R): LEAF SILVER Want more agricultural experiences in Vermont? Check out Plan.VermontVacation.com to discover more. Looking for an authentic farm-dining experience? Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte celebrates the bounty of every season using produce and meat from their farm and other local farms. Enjoy an event with Adventure Dinner for a truly unique experience. Dinners are hosted at unexpected places around Vermont, showcasing Vermont chefs, makers and producers. HEN OF THE WOOD CAI’S DIM SUM CATERING relationships with their food growers. Many of the ingredients found in their dishes are sourced locally, often from the same vendors from their days at the Brattleboro Farmers Market. Cai’s connection to the earth and their community creates a farm-to-table culinary experience that should not be missed. Farms: Dutton Berry Farm (Brattleboro), New Leaf CSA (Dummerston), SUSU Community Farm (Brattleboro), Harlow Farm (Westminster), Pine Ledge Farm (Vernon), The Bunker Farm (Dummerston), Misty Knoll Farms (New Haven), HeartStorm Farmstead (Brattleboro), Franklin Farm (Guilford), Jillson’s Dairy Service (Dummerston) Farm-to-table dining allows for the opportunity to learn about the food we eat while engaging with the community and the chefs preparing the food. When you combine Vermont’s fresh ingredients with our exceptional chefs, you get an elevated dining experience.

10 1-800-VERMONT SUMMER 2022 WAKINGWINDOWS |WINOOSKI May 13–15 | wakingwindows.com Enjoy a celebration and exhibition of music, film, art, comedy, literature, fashion, education and local food and drink, taking place over three days throughout downtown Winooski. ESTATEAND RHODODENDRONTOUR | DUMMERSTON June 5–7 | landmarktrustusa.org/events Tour Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont estate and view the in-bloom rhododendron tunnel and irises. Tour the authentically restored main house, visit the Carriage House and Barn Museum. QUECHEE HOTAIR BALLOON CRAFTANDMUSIC FESTIVAL | QUECHEE June 17–19 | quecheeballoonfestival.com The longest running hot air balloon festival in New England will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2022. 20 balloonists headline the event with five flights slated throughout the weekend and additional rides during the day. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS | BRATTLEBORO June 25, July 23, August 20 | bmcvt.org Enjoy this free, family-friendly concert series featuring everything from jazz to traditional Celtic, and steel drums to classical. Bring a picnic or feast on food-truck fare, craft beer and maple creemees. ANOLD FASHIONED FOURTHOF JULY | STOWE July 4 | stowevibrancy.com/events/old-fashionedfourth-of-july-celebration A classic 4th of July celebration featuring a parade down Main Street in the historic Village of Stowe, food and beverages, and live music. Watch a stellar firework show at dusk. PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION | PLYMOUTH July 4 | historicsites.vermont.gov Commemorate the birthday of the only U.S. president born on Independence Day. Enjoy tours of the historic village, barbecue, birthday cake, wagon rides, old-time music, traditional craft demonstrations, and children’s games. TOP 10 EVENTS PHOTO COURTESY OF: WOODSTOCK AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VermontVacation.com 11 20THWATERBURYARTS FESTAND FRIDAYNIGHT BLOCK PARTY |WATERBURY July 8–9 | waterburyartsfest.com A celebration of arts, music and Waterbury. The Friday Night Block Party features a live band, beer garden, food trucks and dancing. On Saturday, shop the open-air art market, enjoy food vendors, main stage performances and kids’ activities. MADMARATHON, MAD HALF&RELAYS | WAITSFIELD, WARREN July 10 | madmarathon.com Race 26.2 miles of brilliant landscapes with panoramic views of the Green Mountains. These courses have been designed to enhance the rural and unique setting of the Mad River Valley and highlight the exceptional Vermont farmlands. ENDUROWORLD SERIES | EASTBURKE August 13–14 | skiburke.com/ews Burke Mountain will host round 9 of the Enduro World Series, the start of an annual competitive mountain bike festival in the Northeast featuring pro and amateur riders from over 17 countries. LEVITTAMPST. JOHNSBURY | ST. JOHNSBURY Sundays | catamountarts.org/shows-and-events/ levitt-amp-st-johnsbury-music-series This music series brings ten free family-friendly concerts to Dog Mountain. All summer long, bring your friends, bring your family, bring your dog. FALL 2022 PLYMOUTH FOLK&BLUES FESTIVAL | PLYMOUTH September 3–4 | plymouthfolk.com A Labor Day Weekend highlight for 17 years, enjoy this festival of folk and blues music. Wagon rides, children’s crafts and face painting and Vermont Food Bank drive add to the festivities. GARLIC TOWN, USA! | BENNINGTON September 3–4 | garlictownusa.com Enjoy sidewalk sales from local merchants, live bands, drink specials from local restaurants, family activities and all the amenities of downtown. Experience specialty garlic growers, craft vendors, food trucks, vendor demonstrations and more. SOUTH ENDARTHOP | BURLINGTON September 9–11 | seaba.com Three-day festival featuring thousands of works of art, music, food, evening lighting, outdoor sculpture, hundreds of open artist studios, shops, restaurants and breweries. A memorable event, supporting small businesses and the creative careers of artists. WINE &HARVEST FESTIVAL |WILMINGTON, DOVER SEPTEMBER 23–25 | vtwinefest.com Savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, brewers, distillers, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers. Enjoy the Wine Stroll & Soup Contest, the Grand Tasting and the Vermont Wildlife Festival. 19TH CENTURYAPPLE &CHEESE HARVEST FESTIVAL | STRAFFORD September 25 | morrillhomestead.org Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site. Listen to live music and make your own cider. Taste heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont Cheeses and homemade apple pie. Enjoy period crafts and games. DOGMOUNTAIN FALL DOG PARTY | ST. JOHNSBURY October 1 | dogmt.com Grab your camera and take the scenic ride to leafromping, four-legged fun at Dog Mountain. Featuring live music, food trucks, vendors, a bounce house, dog contests and more. HARVEST FESTIVAL | BRATTLEBORO October 1 | retreatfarm.org Featuring cider pressing, Abenaki storytelling, campfire cooking, antique tractors, live music, donut hangs, pumpkin painting, food trucks, Vermont craft beer, hay wagon rides and more fantastic fall fun. STOWE FOLIAGEARTS FESTIVAL | STOWE October 7-9 | stoweartsfest.com Enjoy fine art and craftwork from 150 fine artists and artisans exhibiting and selling a wide range of contemporary and traditional craftwork as well as original art, photography, sculpture and specialty food products.

3RDANNUAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY ROCKS! I STOWE October 8 I stowevibrancy.com A celebration of Native American culture, education and music, showcasing Indigenous educators, storytellers, drummers, artisans and musicians. Proceeds of the event go to Abenaki Helping Abenaki, Inc. 13TH ANNUAL BEAN & BREW FESTIVAL I JAY October 15 I jaypeakresort.com/events Featuring some ofVermont's best craft beers and ciders paired with freshly roasted Vermont coffee. Sample from over 30 brands while listening to live music and playing lawn games. WINTER 2022/23 SOUTHERN VERMONT ARTS CENTER'S HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET I MANCHESTER November 2022 I svac.org/holiday•market Shop various arts and crafts including baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Find handmade, local gifts items for the holiday season. A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS IN STOWE I STOWE December 2-4 I stowevibrancy.com/events/a· traditional·christmas•in•stowe Experience all things Christmas at this three-day event, featuring tree lightings, parades, Santa visits and caroling in the heart of the historic Stowe village. WASSAILWEEKEND I WOODSTOCK December 9-11 I woodstockvt.com/events/ wassail-weekend A celebration of the sights, sounds, and spirit of winter. Take in the magic of twinkling light displays, decorated historic homes and the sounds Holiday music throughout the Village. FIRST NIGHT NORTH I ST. JOHNSBURY December 31 I catamountarts.org/first•night· north A family tradition for over a quarter-century featuring over 100 live performances in a dozen downtown venues. Enjoy eight hours of music, dance, storytelling, fire artistry, comedy, magic and more. 12 1-800-VERM0NT WINTER RENDEZVOUS I STOWE January18-22, 2023 I winterrendezvous.com Enjoy Stowe's LGBTQ Winter Pride Festival featuring a diverse lineup of activities and entertainment over five days. Outdoor activities include ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiles, dog sledding, hot tubs and bonfires. HARRIS HILL SKI JUMP I BRATTLEBORO February 2023 I harrishillskijump.com New England's only Olympic-size 90-meter jump, a tradition of over 100 years. Cheer on the competitors as they attempt to break the hill record of 341 feet. Enjoy music, food, bonfire and heated beer tent. ARTFUL ICE SHANTIES I BRATTLEBORO February 18-26, 2023 I retreatfarm.org Celebrate the artistic talent, creativity and tradition of ice fishing. View shanties on the Retreat Farm grounds and Retreat Meadows ice. Hike, snowshoe and visit the outdoor animals. Enjoy cross-country skiing and ice skating. BACKCOUNTRYADVENTURE DINNER I GOSHEN February 24-26, 2023 I adventuredinner.com Take to the backcountry of the Green Mountains for a winter adventure of epic proportions. Enjoy local chefs, producers, and a location that paints a picture ofliving in the Green Mountain State. HOPE ON THE SLOPES I JAY March 5, 2023 I jaypeakresort.com/events Annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, participants ski or ride for a group vertical challenge tracking over two million vertical feet. Featuring a silent auction, bake sale, live music, special dinner, awards ceremony and more. ICE BAR 2023 I BURLINGTON March 2023 I hotelvt.com/ice·bar-2022 Chill with the ice sculptures, hit up the photo booth and ice games and dance to the outdoor DJ. Outdoor ice bars will feature frosty cocktails with local spirits, cider, and brews. Want more Vermont events? Check out: Plan.VermontVacation.com/Events

Vermont is a special place, known for its unbeatable quality oflife, pristine environment, and stunning landscapes. Vermonters are independent-thinking, friendly and resourceful - they are committed to preserving and sharing the land they live, work and play on. Consistently ranked one of the best states for quality oflife and safest places to live, Vermont's top-rated schools and thriving small business economy make this the perfect state to raise a family or pursue the business idea you've always had a passion for. The more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails and over 1,180 miles ofNordic ski trails means you're sure to find an excuse to get outdoors year-round. Vermont's commitment to the environment, arts and culture, business entrepreneurship and the local food system are evident in the innovations found in every comer of the state. Read on to find out why Vermonters love where they live, work, play and do business. PHOTO COURTESY OF: SAM YANG KEVIN CHU What brought you to Vermont? The American Dream. My parents brought me to Vermont, or at least the idea ofme. They immigrated from an agricultural community in Southeast China in 1986 seeking economic opportunity and the hope for a better life for their children. I often think about how difficult of a decision is must have been to leave their home to relocate to a foreign countrywith very little money, not knowing English, and only one social connection. My aunt had married anAmerican and they lived here inVermont - that's howmy family ended up settling in this great state. Five years after my parents relocated, they brought me into this world, and I've calledVermont home ever since. What keeps you here? The Vermont Dream. My family came to Vermont for the American Dream but found something even better. Yes, we found economic opportunity and worked hard to achieve upward social mobility. We also found a community built on ethical values, a natural environment that is unmatched, and a strong education system. It is a wonderful place to grow a family and I am very proud to call Vermont my home. These conditions don't "keep" me in Vermont... they make me choose to stay here! VermontVacation.com 13

ALEXANDER FIGUEROA What brought you to Vermont? My wife was born and raised in Wallingford, Vermont. Our journey together began back in Upstate NewYork where we met and attended Utica College. Fast forward to 2017, it was time for us to start a family. Without a question, with great employment opportunities, it made sense to make the move to Bennington. Not only were we able to build roots, but we were also able to develop long lasting friendships. Here we are four years later with our beautiful two-year-old baby girl Liliana, a wonderful home and amazing careers. What keeps you here? Community. We have been able to develop some terrific relationships not just within Bennington, but throughout the region and the entire State ofVermont. Additionally, Vermont is just an overwhelmingly beautiful state with access to all four seasons that provide an extra flavor that many other states could not provide. CRISTINA PEREZ AYALACANO What brought you to Vermont? Vermont has been attractive to me for a while due to a myriad of reasons, but most importantly having a tightknit community, location, environment and history. In conjunction with all these factors, what brought my husband David and I to Vermont was my job at Bennington College. What keeps you here? We've profoundly enjoyed getting to know all that The Shires and Vermont have to offer. We are delighted to be able to see the changes in seasons and we're excited about being surrounded by so much history. Our community has been deeply welcoming. We're plugged into as many activities as possible and have become very fond of Bennington Performing Arts Center. We assist as many productions as we are able, including the Park Mccullough events, and we still have many things that we continue to explore. I also love my job, and I'm still very excited about being a part of the Bennington College community. We remain and will continue to remain because from the moment we arrived we felt that we came home. For more inspiration on making the move to Vermont visit: ThinkVermont.com 14 1-800-VERMONT KEVIN CHU ALEXANDER FIGUEROA CRISTINA PEREZ AYALA CANO

VermontVacation.com 15 If there’s one thing that all Vermonters value, it’s our exceptional quality of life. From our top-rated schools and our safe, welcoming communities to our thriving small-business economy, we embrace originality and celebrate our tradition of innovation. Finding that perfect work-life balance may be closer than you think. THINKVERMONT.COM Connect with a Vermonter. Apply for Relocation Grants. Network at Stay to Stay Events. PEOPLE LOVE LIVING HERE. MAKE YOUR MOVE TO VERMONT. WE CAN HELP. @ThinkVermont

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18 1-800-VERMONT FEATURED TRAVEL SERVICES STAY Liberty Hill Farm & Inn Experience a quintessential Vermontfarmstay. Visit the cows and have fun on the farm. Your home base adventure and exploring Vermont. Family‑style meals served with farm fresh ingredients and world‑renowned cheddars from Cabot Creamery. 2013 Innkeeper of the Year. 511 Liberty Hl., Rochester 802‑767‑3926 libertyhillfarm.com Phineas Swann Inn & Spa Vermont’s most romantic and most dog‑ friendly inn and spa. Romantic vacations, pet‑friendly lodging, and luxury getaways at the top of Vermont. Located at the base of Jay Peak. 195 Main St., Montgomery Center 802‑326‑4306 phineasswann.com West Hill House B&B Historic home close to Sugarbush, activities, restaurants. Nine guestrooms with gas fireplaces, A/C, HDTVs, ensuite private baths with jetted tubs or steam showers. Delicious breakfasts. Common rooms with HDTV and pool table. No smoking, children over 12 welcome. 1496 West Hill Rd., Warren 802‑496‑7162 westhillbb.com West Mountain Inn Set high on 150 private mountainside acres and specializing in fresh local cuisine; the Inn’s spacious guest rooms, romantic dining room, welcoming tavern, hiking trails, extensive gardens and amazing views provide the perfect relaxing and delicious Vermont get‑away. 144 West Mountain Inn Rd., Arlington 802‑375‑6516 westmountaininn.com White Horse Inn A modern inn and bed‑and‑breakfast, located at the entrance to Sugarbush’s Mount Ellen ski area. Serving a full breakfast. Each guestroom is individually decorated with private bathrooms. Perfect for family reunions, romantic getaways, ski holidays and more. 999 German Flats Rd., Waitsfield 802‑496‑9448 whitehorseinn‑vermont.com SHOP Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop Visit a traditional family operated sugarhouse. Enjoy year‑round maple tours and tastings and walk the maple woods where 2000 buckets are hung. Make friends with farm animals, visit the large giftshop, maple ice cream parlor and picnic area. 1005 Route 14N, East Montpelier 802‑223‑5757 | 800‑376‑5757 braggfarm.com Dakin Farm No trip to Vermont would be complete without visiting Vermont’s tastiest attraction. Vermont’s finest cob‑smoked meats, pure maple syrup, aged cheddar and other specialty foods. Come by and see the new, air‑conditioned theater and watch the new Dakin Farm Story. 5797 Route 7, Ferrisburgh 802‑425‑3971 dakinfarm.com Farm‑Way, Inc. Not your typical shopping experience. Tax‑free clothing and footwear with free parking. Over 20,000 pairs of boots, sandals and shoes. Hunting, fishing, camping supplies, pet and horse supplies, furniture, cookware, jewelry and practical gadgets. Family‑owned and operated. 100% solar powered. PHOTO COURTESY OF: DELTA HOTELS BYMARRIOTT BURLINGTON

VermontVacation.com 19 286 Waits River Rd., Brdford, VT 802‑222‑9316 vermontgear.com King Arthur Baking Company Visit the King Arthur Baking Company campus in Norwich, Vermont, home of their school, bakery, cafe and retail store. 135 US Route 5 S, Norwich 802‑649‑3881 kingarthurbaking.com/visit Lake Champlain Chocolates Extraordinary is the feeling of that first bite. The slow melt, the irresistible taste, and overwhelming sensation of pure joy that beckons you to indulge again and again. Go ahead. Experience it for yourself. 750 Pine St., Burlington 802‑864‑1808 lakechamplainchocolates.com Stone Revival Gallery & Gifts A visit to the gallery and studio of sculptor M. Julian Isaacson, opens a unique window in time. The seldom seen or practiced historical art of hand carved marble and hardwoods are evident inside the beautifully refurbished barn. 1354 Route 100, Stockbridge 802‑746‑8110 stonerevival.com The Vermont Country Store ‑ Rockingham Sitting on 86 beautiful acres, The Vermont Country Store opened in Rockingham in 1967. As the purveyors of practical and hard‑to‑find products, you’ll find a host of quality merchandise from around the block and around the world. Route 103, Rockingham 802‑824‑3184 vermontcountrystore.com The Vermont Country Store ‑ Weston Opened in Weston in 1946, this was the first restored general store in the nation. As the purveyors of practical and hard‑to‑find products, you’ll find a host of quality merchandise from around the block and around the world. Route 100, Weston 802‑824‑3184 vermontcountrystore.com Vermont Flannel Company Find the “Feel of Vermont™” at any of Vermont Flanne’s cozy flannel stores with locations in Burlington, East Barre, Ferrisburgh Johnson and Woodstock. Ther flannels, made with 100% certified organic cotton, are tightly woven and double‑brushed makingthemohsosoft.HandcraftedintheUSA 802‑232‑7820 vermontflannel.com WEDDING & EVENT SERVICES Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Catering Topnotch super scoopers provide professional service for celebrations throughout Northern Vermont, ranging from 50 to 5,000+ guests. Specialize in cups, cones and sundaes, with options to fit every budget and event type– corporate gatherings, weddings, graduations, appreciation and more. 530 Community Drive Suite 1, South Burlington 802‑222‑1665 benjerry.com/catering/burlington Delta Hotels by Marriott Burlington Continually offering a streamlined experience; getting you what you need when you need it. Flying in or out of BTV? Offering a complimentary 24‑hour Airport Shuttle, Delta Burlington provides a convenient and Crafted with love. COMPANY STORES | PINE ST & CHURCH ST in BURLINGTON RT 100, WATERBURY CENTER (10 mins from Stowe Village) Make A Day Of It There’s Something for Everyone VISIT BOTH OF OUR STORES 802.824.3184 • OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK ROCK I NGHAM 1292 ROCKINGHAM ROAD ROUTE 103 WE STON 657 MAIN STREET ROUTE 100 MILDRED’S DAIRY BAR OPEN LATE SPRING-FALL MILDRED’S MARKET OPEN YEAR-ROUND BURGERS • FRIES • ONION RINGS AT OUR WE STON STOR E AT OUR ROCK I NGHAM STOR E Year-Round Fun! The Best Of Vermont In Every Season ROCK I NGHAM PURVEYORS OF THE PRACTICAL AND HARD-TO-FIND • SINCE 1946 WE STON HAND-CUT FUDGE TOYS FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD DELECTABLE VERMONT CHEESES NOSTALGIC FRAGRANCES ROWS & ROWS OF PENNY CANDY PURE VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP HERITAGE JAMS, JELLIES & PICKLES QUALITY WOMEN’S & MEN’S CLOTHING AND MUCH MORE!

20 1-800-VERMONT special occasions. 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington 802‑658‑0250 marriott.com/bvtvde Lake Morey Resort The perfect place to create a breathtaking Vermont wedding experience. Located on the shores of a 600‑acre lake with multiple ceremony and reception options, many with lake views, beautifully maintained gardens and a golf course. A truly unparalleled wedding experience. 1 Clubhouse Rd., Fairlee 802‑333‑4311 | 800‑423‑1211 lakemoreyresort.com Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa Planning your wedding is easy with an award‑winning restaurant onsite, world renowned spa, 15 indoor and outdoor event spaces and 50 acres of lush grounds to choose from. Contact a wedding planner and schedule your tour today. 1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe 802‑253‑7355 stoweflake.com Stratton Mountain Resort Alpine elegance, with a team of planners and chefs dedicated to the details. Perfect for the couple looking to balance smart style with spirited romance, this mountainside retreat offers breathtaking views, a range of venues, amenities, activities and lodging options. 5 Village Lodge Rd., South Londonderry 800‑787‑2886 strattonweddings.com West Mountain Inn Set high on 150 private mountainside acres, West Mountain Inn specializes in fresh local cuisine. The Inn’s spacious guest rooms, romantic dining room, welcoming tavern, hiking trails, extensive gardens and amazing views provide the perfect relaxing and delicious Vermont get‑away. $$‑$$$ 144 West Mountain Inn Rd., Arlington 802‑375‑6516 westmountaininn.com Bolton Valley Resort boltonvalley.com Burke Mountain skiburke.com Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruises Aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen soea.com Middlebury Inn middleburyinn.com Retreat Farm retreatfarm.org Shelburne Museum shelburnemuseum.org The Lodge at Spruce Peak sprucepeak.com GROUP TRAVEL SERVICES Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tours benjerry.com/waterbury Bennington Battle Monument historicsites.vermont.gov/bennington‑monument Bennington Museum benningtonmuseum.org Best Western Inn & Suites bestwestern.com/rutlandkillington Best Western Plus Waterbury‑Stowe bestwesternwaterburystowe.com Best Western Springfield bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel‑rooms.46016. html?lata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLB W10004G:google.gmb46016 Billings Farm billingsfarm.org Birds of Vermont Museum birdsofvermont.org Bolton Valley boltonvalley.com TWO CONVENIENT VERMONT LOCATIONS TO VISIT: 100 DORSET ST. BURLINGTON 5797 ROUTE 7, FERRISBURGH 1.800.993.2546 Vermont’s Finest: Cob-Smoked Meats Pure Maple Syrup Artisan Cheese Speciality Gifts and So Much More! …is a self-taught sculptor specializing in two-dimensional bas relief in Marble and Hardwoods. Of Osage and Jewish descent, he is color blind and utilizes his ability to see contrast and texture which translate into incredible works of art via hammer and chisel. He has been working in wood and marble since he was 14. His art and commission works are masterful and represent his unique ability to capture detail. His memorial headstones are custom carved portraits of loved ones. STONE REVIVAL GALLERY &GIFTS 1354 VT Route 100, Stockbridge, VT 05772 802-746-8110 www.stonerevival.com M. Julian Isaacson 0519StoneRevivalVTChWinter.qxp_Layout 1 4/30 Bakery + Cafe, Store & School OPEN DAILY: 8AM - 5PM (802) 649-3361 135 Route 5 S. Norwich, VT 05055

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22 1-800-VERMONT STATEWIDE TRAVEL SERVICES Vermont Brewers Association vermontbrewers.com Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife vtfishandwildlife.com Vermont Division for Historic Preservation accd.vermont.gov/historic‑preservation Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association vermontmaple.org Vermont State Parks vtstateparks.com PLAN ThinkVermont ThinkVermont. Open spaces, small scale, unbeatable quality of life. Visit thinkvermont. com to find resources to connect with a Vermonter, apply for relocations grants, network at Stay to Stay events, and more. Make your move to Vermont. We can help. thinkvermont.com Vermont Chamber of Commerce The Vermont Chamber represents all industries and sectors, from tourism and retail to health care and technology, and strives to make Vermont a better, more vibrant place to live, work and play. 802‑223‑3443 vtchamber.com Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Your resource center for exploring Vermont. Statewide listings and travel information include events, attractions, recreation, itineraries and more. Start planning your trip today. 800‑VERMONT vermontvacation.com Vermont Agency of Transportation vtrans.vermont.gov Vermont Magazine vtmag.com Vermont Welcome and Information Centers informationcenter.vermont.gov/centers STAY Vermont Camp Association vermontcamps.org Vermont Campground Association campvermont.com Vermont State Parks vtstateparks.com EXPERIENCE Vermont Association of Snow Travelers Founded over 50 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport of snowmobiling, maintaining and grooming over 5,000 miles of trails. One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non‑profit, private group that includes 121 clubs statewide, with over 24,000 members combined. 26 VAST Ln., Barre 802‑229‑0005 vtvast.org Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery Shop at nearly 80 802Spirits Liquor Stores statewide; view 802Spirits map for locations. Discover local products, new products, barrel selects and rare spirits. Lottery tickets are available at nearly 600 locations. All spirit and lottery profits directly benefit Vermont communities and education. 13 Green Mountain Dr., Montpelier 802‑774‑7487 802spirits.com Adventure Dinner adventuredinner.com Ski Vermont skivermont.com Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports vermontadaptive.org Vermont Arts Council vermontartscouncil.org Vermont Attractions Association vtattractions.org WEDDING & EVENT SERVICES Blood’s Catering and Party Rental bloodscatering.com Rain or Shine Tent and Events rainorshinevt.com Supersounds supersounds.com Vermont Tent Company vttent.com GROUP TRAVEL Custom Tours & More customtoursinc.com Finer Vermont Tours finervermonttours.com Green Mountain Tourism greenmountaintourism.com Milne Travel milnetravel.com Premier Coach Company premiercoach.com Sugar Tours sugartours.com Vermont Convention Bureau vermontmeetings.org Vermont Tourism Network vermonttourismnetwork.com PHOTO COURTESY OF: BRIAN MOHR EMBER PHOTOGRAPHY, VERMONT TOURISM

TRAVEL TOOLS Get inspired with these planning resources. Learn more about what to see and do in Vermont at VermontVacation.com. Explore experiences, accommodations, and planning resources at Plan.VermontVacation.com. Browse upcoming events throughout the state at Plan.VermontVacation.com/Events PHOTO COURTESY OF: TÄLTA LODGE

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Vermont's thriving downtowns offer an abundance of charm and character. The heart ofVermont's communities, walkable town centers are steeped in history with cultural attractions, space for social gatherings and memorable shopping and dining experiences. If you're looking for an unforgettable downtown experience, look no further than Newport, Winooski and Waterbury. Vermont's downtowns boast a sense of community and belonging, for locals and visitors alike. PHOTO COURTESY OF: VERMONT TOURISM 26 1-800-VERMONT NEWPORT Newport lies on the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog, just miles from the Canadian border. This glacial lake is surrounded by mountains that blend into the bucolic landscape of the Northeast Kingdom, a true undisturbed paradise. Newport's history is influenced by its unique location on the lake and its early adoption of the railway. The perfect combination of the great outdoors and the small-town feel that Vermont is known for. Explore the nooks and crannies of this charming town to discover the specialty shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. OUR TOP PICKS Experience Newport Farmers Market; Northern Star Boat Cruise; Pomerleau Park; The Waterfront Boardwalk; MemphremagogArts Collaborative Eat& Drink Lago Trattoria; Dusit Thai Cuisine; The Warehouse; Hillmer's Kitchen; Eden Specialty Ciders Shop Newport Natural Market; Madame Archetypes Panoply; Newport Jewelers; Pick &Shovel; The Shoppes at The Eastside

WATERBURY If you're looking for a quiet, picturesque downtown experience away from the crowds, look no further than Waterbury. Take a stroll through the village, which features improved roads and sidewalks with ADA accessibility, thanks to the recent two-year downtown Main Street project. Waterbury's historic downtown promises world-class dining and is home to independent stores, art studios and more. Find one of the many public parking areas Oook for the metal birds!) and explore by foot all that downtown Waterbury has to offer. OURTOPPICKS Experience Phoenix Rising Art Installation; Self-Guided Historical Tour; Waterbury Historical Museum; Self-Guided Art Tour; Waterbury Farmers Market Eat& Drink Prohibition Pig; PK Coffee; The Blackback Pub; The Reservoir; Stowe Street Cafe Shop Craft Beer Cellar; Stowe Street Emporium; Axel's Gallery & Frame Shop; Home Again; Tiny Acorn WINOOSKI Located just over two miles from Burlington, Winooski is Chittenden county's best kept secret. This old mill town is packed into one and a quarter square mile, you can park once and walk anywhere to explore this uniquely Vermont urban downtown. The unique businesses that make up this vibrant community are concentrated around the city's traffic circle and side streets that look over Winooski Falls. No matter where you start around the circle, you're bound to find something that piques your interest. OUR TOP PICKS Experience Winooski Falls River Walk; Heritage Winooski Mill Museum; La Bella Derma Spa; Seasonal Sunday Farmers Market; Waking Windows Music Festival Eat&Drink Waterworks Food+ Drink; The Monkey House; Misery Loves Co.; Scout + Co., Four Quarters Brewery; Pho Dang Shop Rosie's Market; Catland Vintage; Autumn Records; Golden Hour; Asian General Store Plan your trip at: Plan.VermontVacation.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF: DISCOVER WATERBURY(L), DOWNTOWN WINOOSKI (R) VermontVacation.com 27

Located at the northeastern end of Lake Champlain, St. Albans offers visitors a little bit of everything. One of the fastest growing communities in Vermont, St. Albans has a rich history, dating back over 250 years. The historic and charming downtown is full of buildings featuring Victorian-era architecture and has largely been unchanged since the mid-18oo's, when St. Albans was a hub for shipping. This area takes great pride in providing an unmatched sense of place for both residents and visitors, with its down-to-earth and welcoming community. There are many opportunities to experience, savor and adventure, including outdoors on Lake Champlain and in the Green Mountains. With a variety of things to see and do, use this itinerary to inspire your St. Albans getaway. PHOTO COURTESY OF: CITY OF ST. ALBANS 28 1-800-VERMONT DAYONE Spend the day taking in the beauty of the region and Lake Champlain then enjoy a relaxing dinner and showdowntown. EXPERIENCE St. Albans Bay Marina Walk along the expansive dock and along the shoreline of Lake Champlain. Take in the views ofthe Adirondack Mountains in NewYork to the south and relax listening to the sounds of the water. The Depot This venue hosts a variety of shows and events, including local bands, comedians, trivia nights and much more. Check their website for a full schedule of what's playing during your visit. FOODAND DRINK Green Mountain Cafe Located just outside of downtown, Green Mountain Cafe is the perfect stop for a hearty breakfast to bring with you to fuel your day exploring St. Albans. Bayside Pavilion Enjoy lunch across the street from St. Albans BayMarina while watching the boats and enjoying the views of Lake Champlain. Sip on a perfectly crafted drink and fill up on something from their vastmenu. Mill River Brewing Offering many styles ofbeer made with Vermont grown hops, stop by the brewhouse for a sample or take cans, growlers or quarts to go. Jeff's Maine Seafood Cap off your first day in St. Albans at this local's favorite fine dining restaurant and lounge. Jeffs is known for its seafood, but the menu offers a variety of dishes to please everyone. STAY Back Inn Time This beautifully restored Victorian Manor located downtown exudes charm and warmth. Relax on the covered porches and cozy up in an elegant guest room. Enjoy a full breakfast the next morning. PLAY Kill Kare State Park Located on the tip of St. Albans point, this state park is surrounded on three sides by Lake Champlain and offers incredible views, swimming, kayak and canoe rentals and picnic areas.

Burton Island State Park Take the 10-minute trip aboard the Island Runner Ferry from Kill Kare State Park to explore the 253 acres and relax on this semi-remote island. DAYTWO Explore St. Albans City and all the unique businesses in the downtown district. EXPERIENCE Taylor Park Featuring one ofVermont's largest downtown greens, this four-acre park is a great place for events and gatherings, or to relax under the trees. Artist in Residence This member gallery exhibits and sells the work of over 30 local artists and offers unique gifts, decor, education and cultural enrichment. Rail City Market Browse this neighborhood market featuring local gifts and specialty foods. Shop the local cheese, meat and handcrafted candles and soaps. St. Albans Museum Learn the history of St. Albans at this award-winning museum, featuring seasonal exhibits and year-round educational and public programming. The Eloquent Page Featuring over 30,000 newand used books, this traditional bookstore offers something for everyone, including vintage postcards and maps. FOODAND DRINK Catalyst Coffee Bar This boutique coffee shop serves ethically sourced, mindfully roasted, and precisely brewed coffee. Enjoy a drink and locally made granola bar to fuel your day. Mimmos Enjoy pizzas, salads, calzones and cold or hot heroes in-house or take them across the street for a picnic by the fountain in Taylor Park. Twiggs The first gastropub in St. Albans, Twiggs is a great place to relax and enjoy a great meal. Enjoy a Vermont craft brew off their extensive beer list, wine or a unique cocktail. STAY Hampton Inn St. Albans Located in the heart of downtown, the Hampton Inn is the perfect home base for you to explore Main Street and beyond. Enjoy spacious guest rooms and free hot breakfast. DAYTHREE Spend you last day in the area exploring the outdoor recreation experiences St. Albans has to offer. FOODAND DRINK The Main Squeeze Start your day with a pick me up from this locally owned smoothie, juice and coffee shop. Fill up on a smoothie or try a chai or other customflavored coffee. Nourish Deli & Bakery Stop by this local favorite and grab a sandwich or homemade soup to go to fuel you through your afternoon of adventure. 14th Star BreweryTaproom After a day exploring, stop by this veteran-owned craft brewery to quench your thirst. You're bound to be hungry, so fill up on a grass-fed burger and specialty hand-cut fries from Grazers, located in 14th Star's Taproom. PLAY Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail What was once a train line, this multiuse trail corridor starts in St. Albans and weaves its way through the Missisquoi Valley and Franklin County. Enjoy a short walk, or explore all the villages, farms, forests, fields and wetlands along the full 26-4-mile trail. Hard'ack Rec Area This all-season recreation area offers mountain bike trails, nature trails, cross country and snowshoe trails and a ski and snowboard hill. Grab a bite to eat from the seasonal snack bar and play a round of 18-hole disc golf. Enjoy a short walk along the 1.6-mileAldis Hill loop, the perfect hike for a family trip. Plan your trip to St. Albans at: Plan. VermontVacation.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF: DAVID BRUECKNER (L), HAMPTON INN (M), 14TH STAR BREWING CO. (R) VermontVacation.com 29

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