GROUP TOUR MANUAL
Vermont welcomes your groups. The Vermont Tourism Network is your DMO resource for planning Vermont Tours. Vermont is the perfect destination for all ages and interests. Take a look at your existing itineraries— add just one more attraction or destination to make it “new.” Let us help you develop new business with tours that reach out to a different market segment or niche interest group. This Tour Manual features: • Map with featured group tour destinations to assist with itinerary planning • Trip ideas • Destination listings VTN is your resource, please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance with your tour planning. We look forward to welcoming you in Vermont. Marc Plouffe Tourism Sales Executive email@example.com | 802-285-8070 1 | Vermont Tourism Network
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Vermont’s official Welcome Centers should be your first stop once you enter the Green Mountain State. They are staffed with friendly Vermonters who will assist with reservations, travel information, and directions to make your visit to Vermont all the more enjoyable. Displays at the centers show the breadth of Vermont-made products, recreational, cultural, agricultural, and natural attractions available in every region. 3 | Vermont Tourism Network NORTH Alburgh Welcome Center 680 North Main St., Route 2 Operates seasonally May – October 802-796-3980 Derby Line Welcome Center 1076 I-91 South, south of Exit 29 802-873-3311 Georgia N. Information Center I-89 North, north of Exit 18 802-527-4053 Georgia S. Information Center I-89 South, south of Exit 19 802-524-0018 Lyndonville Information Center 1700 I-91 South, south of Exit 25 802-626-9669 Waterford Welcome Center I-93 North, before Exit 1 802-751-0472 Williston N. Information Center I-89 North, north of Exit 11 802-879-2350 Williston S. Information Center I-89 South, south of Exit 12 802-879-2360
Vermont Tourism Network | 4 CENTRAL Bradford Information Center I-91 Northbound, north of exit 16 802-222-5029 Capital Region Visitor’s Center 134 State Street, Montpelier 802-828-5981 Fair Haven Welcome Center 1356 Prospect St., Route 4 802-265-4763 Hartford Welcome Center 1501 I-91 South, south of exit 10/I-89 interchange 802-296-2397 Maplewood Travelers Service Center I-89, Exit 7, 199 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin 802-229-5291 Randolph Information Center I-89 South, south of Exit 5 802-728-7074 Sharon Welcome Center I-89 North, north of Exit 1 802-281-5216 SOUTH Bennington Welcome Center 100 Route 279, Interchange of Routes 279 and 7 802-447-2456 Guilford Welcome Center I-91 North, before Exit 1 802-258-4503 Vermont shares a northern border of 90.3 miles (145 km) with the Canadian province of Quebec. Before entering the U.S., all travelers should be prepared to provide proof of citizenship, including Canadian and returning U.S. citizens. For complete information on customs regulations, visit CBP.gov; or contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service Port in St. Albans at 802-524-7352; or the pre-check clearance offices in Montreal at 514-636-3875, ext. 3263; or Toronto at 905-676-2606. Among other regulations, importation of plants, fruits, and vegetables into the United States is prohibited. Dogs and other pets are required to have a veterinarian’s certificate showing recent vaccination against rabies, and to be free of communicable diseases. Wherever, whenever you travel in Vermont, the latest official information about road conditions, weather, and construction is only a touch away. Information is available online at newengland511.org.
HISTORIC VERMONT BENNINGTON BATTLE MONUMENT Located in Bennington, the 306-foot monolith chronicles the Revolutionary War “Battle of Bennington”, where the Green Mountain Boys defeated the King’s troops in 1777 and turned the tide of the War. CHIMNEY POINT Located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge, Chimney Point explores the history of the area’s three earliest cultures—the Native American, French Colonial, and early American by showcasing the artifacts each left behind. HILDENE, THE LINCOLN FAIMLY HOME Historic home of Robert Lincoln, son of President Lincoln; southernmost stop on Vermont's African American Heritage Trail. Spectacular views, gardens, year -round trails, restored Pullman railcar, working farms, cheesemaking facility and educational programming. HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD The battle of Hubbardton, fought in the green hills of Hubbardton in the early morning of July 7, 1777, was the only Revolutionary War battle fought entirely in what would become Vermont soil. It is one of the most successful rear-guard actions in American history. It was here that British Lieutenant General John Burgoyne's seasoned and well-trained Regulars met the resistance and bravery of Americans in battle for the first time. MOUNT INDEPENDENCE Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the nation’s most significant Revolutionary War sites, offering six miles of trails along the archaeological remains of the fortification. Jointly owned and managed by the State of Vermont’s Division for Historic Preservation and the Fort Ticonderoga Association, Mount Independence documents the critical efforts to defend northern New York, New England, and the cause of American liberty. PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE HISTORIC SITE The Presiden t Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch preserves the birthplace and childhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. Vermont may be small, but it’s teeming with a rich history just waiting to be discovered. Historic trails and state historic sites allow visitors to explore museums and cultural areas that illuminate Vermont’s past. The African American Heritage Trail includes a stop at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh which has guided tours and multi-media exhibits that tell the stories of fugitives from slavery who were harbored by Vermont abolitionists. Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester features a provocative exhibit of a restored 1903 Pullman palace car and explores the complex history behind the rise of America’s black middle class. Learn more and see all of the stops on the African American Heritage Trail online. 5 | Vermont Tourism Network
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VERMONT’S DOWNTOWNS BURLINGTON The Church Street Marketplace and the downtown waterfront provide visitors with ample opportunity for dining, shopping, and taking in the majestic views of Lake Champlain. STOWE This historic village boasts a thriving arts community with multiple galleries all within walking distance in addition to local shops and farm to table dining options. ST. JOHNSBURY This northern downtown has beautiful Victorian architecture throughout and plenty of museums and shops featuring local arts. MONTPELIER The nation’s smallest capital is home to a full restored 19th century State House, the Vermont History Museum, unique restaurant options and boutiques perfect for browsing. WOODSTOCK Picturesque Woodstock features historic homes, memorable shopping and dining experiences, plus numerous art galleries all in the downtown area. MIDDLEBURY This historic and charming town center offers riverside dining, boutique shopping and multiple museums including Middlebury College’s Art Museum. MANCHESTER Downtown Manchester provides visitors with sophisticated outlet shopping, one of New England’s best bookstores and great restaurants for every palate BRATTLEBORO Charming Brattleboro is overflowing with cultural venues, art galleries, local shops and restaurants all within bustling downtown. WILMINGTON The walkable village center is nestled in the mountains and features contemporary dining and local shops. Vermont's thriving downtowns are where visitors and residents find the distinctive local businesses, historic buildings, and rich cultural and social activities that form Vermont's special sense of community. Vermont's authentic and attractive downtowns and villages are widely recognized as a key part of the state’s allure. Not only will you find streets and architecture of historical significance, but also memorable shopping and dining experiences. Locally owned retail businesses display everything from hardware to specialty goods, and fine restaurants serve fresh, local food and craft libations that have attracted international accolades. Vermont downtowns are a centerpiece of community life. Vermont’s downtowns make great stops for groups to have some relaxing “time on your own.” There are many wonderful communities to visit throughout Vermont, but here are a few that work well for groups. For more information on Vermont’s downtowns, visit: vermontvacation.com/ explore-vermont/historic-downtowns. 7 | Vermont Tourism Network
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REGIONAL RESOURCES STOWE Go Stowe Only in Stowe can you find breathtaking scenic views, abundant outdoor recreation and small-town charm—all packaged together. Named one of 11 Best Small Towns in America by Travel + Leisure. A four-season destination offering a world-class experiences for every traveler. Discover some of the things that truly differentiate Stowe. From Vermont’s tallest peak, waterfall and church steeple, to three classic covered bridges, add one-of-kind memories to your bucket list and experience the best of Vermont only in Stowe. Named one of the “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit” by Smithsonian Magazine. Quality accommodations for every taste and budget. Go Stowe is operated by Stowe, Vermont’s destination marketing organization, the Stowe Area Association (SAA). SAA has a team of planning experts available to work with operators and trip leaders to make the planning process easy. Image courtesy of Mark Vandenberg Contact 802-253-7321 firstname.lastname@example.org gostowe.com Connect with local experts for to customize your itinerary or find signature destinations. 9 | Vermont Tourism Network
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce The Gateway to Vermont, Brattleboro has been named as one of 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's. Shoppers can walk along the streets of historic downtown Brattleboro or visit points east and west to find antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, books, the perfect gift and much, much more with an emphasis on all things local. If you’re looking for a unique combination of arts and culture you’ve come to the right place! The Brattleboro area has a host of theaters, galleries and a performing arts center where you’ll find classical and jazz music, great local theater, and many other topnotch cultural presentations. When you’re ready to dine, the greater Brattleboro area has the restaurant to satisfy any appetite. Many restaurants source their ingredients from local farms and farmers giving you a true taste of Vermont. So what are you waiting for? Add the greater Brattleboro region to your itinerary and contact the Chamber for trip planning assistance. Image courtesy of Erin Jenkins Contact 802-254-4565 email@example.com brattleborochamber.org OKEMO VALLEY Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Experience the best of Vermont in the Okemo Valley. A unique four-season community in the heart of Vermont offering countless experiences and opportunities to explore. The region is home to a diverse array of activities, attractions and things to do year-round. A collection of picturesque mountain towns scattered along or near scenic Route 100 in south-central Vermont, and home to premier resorts, quaint lodging properties, museums, artisan galleries, and a wide range of shopping. Many culinary offerings to delight the palate. A truly charming New England region. Connect with the Chamber team for recommendations for your group on the best lodging, attractions, and things to do in the region. Image courtesy of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Contact 802-228-5830 firstname.lastname@example.org yourplaceinvermont.com RUTLAND Real Rutland Discover the endless possibilities in Rutland County – the life you were meant for. Rutland County is made up of 27 towns and the City of Rutland – each bringing their own unique attractions that are all worth visiting. Come experience the natural beauty of Vermont’s mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes as you ride, hike or paddle. A four-season destination, the Rutland Region offers unparalleled recreation and other activities for your enjoyment. Falling in love with Rutland County is easy. One of the biggest attractions to Rutland County is the wide variety of events that happen throughout the year for locals and friends that are visiting. If you are still trying to decide what time of year to visit, consider planning around one of our signature events. Falling in love with Rutland County is easy. Visit our website for outdoor adventures, arts and entertainment, activities, places to stay, and so much more. Image courtesy of Downtown Rutland Partnership Contact 802-773-2747 email@example.com realrutland.com Vermont Tourism Network | 10
Vermont receptive tour operators specialize in Vermont, New England and beyond. Their intimate knowledge of unique experiences and destinations will ensure that your group gets the best out of their time here. Whether it’s a custom designed tour, a niche experience or the expertise of a step-onguide, these operators will make your tour one that your guests will never forget. Custom Tours & More Janet Rebman firstname.lastname@example.org 802-882-8475 | customtoursinc.com Finer Vermont Tours Sera Anderson email@example.com 802-230-2013 | finervermonttours.com Milne Educational Tours Emily Martel Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org 603-836-4699 | milnetravel.com Sugar Tours Chris Donnelly email@example.com 888-889-8681 | sugartours.com 11 | Vermont Tourism Network Premier Coach 802-655-4456 | 800-532-1811 premiercoach.com
Vermont Tourism Network | 12 FEATURED DESTINATIONS • Birdsof Vermont Museum • Church Street Marketplace • CookAcademy at TheEssex • CraftVermont Event • DoubleTreeHotel, Bortington • Dlh'•PulJfkHou,e • ECHO, LMhyc.ntMfo, l.altoC.......,,_, • The Es.sex Resort&Spa • The Friendly Toast • Green t.t ountain Railroad. Burlington • GreenMountain Suites • Hampton Inn, Colchester • Hampton Inn, St. Albans • Harper's Restaurant • HolWy Inn, Borlington • Hol Wy Inn Express, South Burlington • La \/Illa Bistro. Shelburne • Lake Champlain O\.I lses. Spirit of Ethan Allen • LakeviewHouse Restaurant • Palmer'sSugarhouse •Shtlbume~ • VermontQuilt Festival • VermontTeddy Bear •Addison County Annual Events • Chimney Point State HistoricSi te • Courtyard tr/ Marrio tt. Middlebury •Oakfnhrm • Danforth ~¥11er • Middlebury Inn • Mount Independence State HistoricSite • Rokeby Museum •UYMMo.-p,HorM Fw,. • Wr,ybJry lnn • Best Western Inn & Suites • Clear RiverTave<n • GreenfieldsRestauran t • Hampton Inn • Holiday Inn Rutland • Hubbardton Battlefield • Killington Grand Hotel • Killington Resort • Mountain Top Inn • NewEngbnd Maple Museum • i..tland Region Events • StorM ~al Gaiety • Vermont Marble Museum • Hampton Inn • NldtNF•n • NldtneCMfem • NI~lheUncofn F_,,.yHorne • The Lodgeat Bromley • ManchesterOeslgner Outlets • Northshlre Bookstore • The ShiresEvents • Southem Vermont Arts c.nw • Stratton Resort •Afl,.. Cot•lundMtonette • Ben&Jeny'sFactory Tours .a...w.wnPfus • Cold Hol lowCiderMill • Fairfield Inn & Suites •l.-.auh""fnn ··- t NEWYORK (Rio. • Bennl~on Monument • Bennl~on Museum • Bennl~on Potters • Bennl~onWelcomeCenter • Nomun Rockwell Exhibition • TheRobert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College • Mad Rive< FiberArts • i..mble's Kitchen • Sugarbush Resort • Sugarbush Inn, Cbybrook Resort • Vermont Annex (Cabot Cheese) MASSACHUSETIS • Commodores Inn • Golden Eagle Resort • Higtlland Center for theArts • JayhakRMOrt • StoweVennont Events • Stowe Bo'A'I Eatery/Sun & Ski Inn •BwkeMountaln Hot.tlandRH«t •Comfort Inn &Suites • Trapp Family Lodge • Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce • Brattleboro Area Events • Grand Summit Resort Hotel • NoOdayfnnhp,_.. ASuhH • Mount SnowResort • New England House Restauran t • Retreat Fann • Blllr.-,F•n a Mu.em, • Cabot Creamery • Capitol Plaza Hotel • Goodrich's Maple Farm •Morse FarmMaple Sugarworks • Rockof Ages GraniteQuarry • \Cennont St.at. HOUM • Blllr.-,F•n & Mu.emt'• ~ItbHbfdon • CabotQuechee Store • Fairfield Inn & Suites • Hampton Inn • Holiday Inn Express • KI,.Antu FloorBak• r'• Stor. •lakeM«-yRe&ott • President Calvin CoolidgeHistoric Site • Quechee Gorge\lillage • Quechee Inn at Mar&hland Farm • SugarbushCheese& Maple Farm • White RiverInn& Suites • Castle Hill Resort. Okemo Valley • Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo • Echo Lake Inn • Green Mountain Railroad, Cheste< • Holiday Inn Expres.s • Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo • Mildred'sDairy Bar • Mildred'sGrill • Okemo Mountain Resort • Okemo Valley Region Events • The PointeHotel at Castle Hill Resort • Vermont CountryStore, Rockingham • Vermont CountryStore, Wes ton ~~~[Mil(Q)(r!]jj New England and Region For more tour planning details about these authentic Vermont destinations visit VermontTourismNet,,,-ork.com. See back for Vermont Regional andReceptive Operators andCharters. Contact Marc Plouffe, 802-825-8070, firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURED DESTINATIONS PHOTO COURTES OF: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Each region in Vermont offers distinct experiences. No matter how many times you visit, there’s always a new side of Vermont for your group to discover. Big city amenities, world-class outdoor activities, arts and history combined with a rural landscape for a four-season destination. We recommend contacting destinations for current hours of operation and group policies. 13 | Vermont Tourism Network Dates of Operation: May—October, open by appointment November to April. 900 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington 802-434-2167 | birdsofvermont.org | email@example.com Birds of Vermont Museum Huntington Natural history meets art at this one-of-a-kind Vermont treasure. Visit loons and 500 more life-like woodcarvings of Vermont birds in typical habitats. Almost all Vermont species are on display...and they won't fly away. Some non-Vermont birds delight the eye as well. See and hear wild birds though a one-way viewing window or from our accessible Tree House. Explore 100 acres of rural Vermont on our walking trails, discover new Vermont artists, enjoy a bird-friendly garden, and observe a wood carving demonstration. Take advantage of our quiet location to learn new bird songs, browse our gift shop for the perfect nature-related memento, or attend one of our many programs for children and adults. Special experiences: Carving demonstration; bird/nature related lecture; Beginning Birding drawing program; nature walk; tea or coffee in the Tree House.
Vermont Tourism Network | 14 2559 Mountain Rd., East Burke 802-626-7393 | skiburke.com | firstname.lastname@example.org 802-863-1648 | churchstreetmarketplace.com | churchstreetmarketplace.com Have you ever seen the sun from East Bowl in the morning? Or touched the icy waters of Lake Willoughby. Have you biked won Mountain Road at first light? Or heard the brooks roaring in the spring? If you’ve done any of this, you’ll get it. If you’ve never been here, maybe you never will. Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center at Burke Mountain East Burke Our four-season adventure hub provides endless outdoor adventures as well as exquisite indoor amenities to enjoy. We invite your groups to experience East Burke, Vermont. One of the greatest gifts of our little corner is the natural beauty and infinite opportunity for experience. Whether you like the outdoors or indoors, winter, summer, spring, or fall, our knowledgeable staff can point you in the right direction. From skiing our 50 trails and glades, mountain biking over 100 miles of trails on or around Burke Mountain, hiking Mt. Pisgah, snowshoeing, paddling, swim-holing, paragliding.. ..well, you get the point. There are a million little experiences to be had here in the Last Little Corner of Vermont. Resort Amenities • Restaurant I Pub I Cafe • Retail/Arcade/Fitness Center • Outdoor Heated Pool • Ski-in/ski-out • Downhill (lift-serve) Mountain Bike trails or cross-country mountain bike trails on Kingdom Trails • Guided Nordic skiing, snowshoe, kayaking, hiking, historic discovery hikes, hang gliding, fishing, ice climbing, snow mobile, paddle boarding. Church Street Marketplace Burlington The Church Street Marketplace, located in the heart of downtown Burlington, is Vermont 's award winning pedestrian mall. From a casual stroll to serious shopping, a CH URC H quick snack to truly fine dining, you' ll find it all within four ST RE E T architecturally-historic blocks, conveniently located near MARKET PL Ac E lnterstate-89 and Lake Champlain. Discover over 100 locally-owned boutiques and national brands, plus upscale and casual dining options featuring outdoor seating. Street entertainers, cart vendors and year-round events for the whole family make Church Street a destination you'll want to visit every season! Dates ofOperation: Open daily, year-round. Hours for stores and restaurants vary by location. Shopping Excursion: Motorcoach tours always welcome! For parking information, visit www.parkburlington.com.
15 | Vermont Tourism Network 830 Jay Peak, Jay 802-988-2754 | jaypeakresort.com | email@example.com 332 Shelburne-Hinesburg Rd., Shelburne 802-985-5054 | firstname.lastname@example.org | palmersugarhouse.com JAY$ PEAK VERMONT Jay Peak Resort and Waterpark "The reviewfrom my student group leader soid it all- 'Best trip in 17 years!'. The accommodations are beautiful, activities bountiful, food is delidous andmore amazing is the personal attention shown to the group through their stay. More groups will be on their way to Jay, that'sforsure!" - Helen Medler, Pres., HawthorneTours, Danvers, MA Jay Peak Resort isoneofNew England's premier four season destinations with over $400million in newamenitiesand attractions including three on mountain hotels, the 50,000square foot indoor Pump House Water Park, indoor icearena, eight restaurants and group dining options, 45 person aerial tram, 350 person conference/meetings center, recreation center with rock climbing walls and movie theater and two new soccer/lacrosse fieldsfor youth tournaments. Jay Peak Resort isgroup tour heaven with plenty of attractions on site, and isalso an excellent hub and spoke destination; located two hours from Montreal, and less than two hours from attractions in Stoweand Burlington, Vermont. Sample itineraries are available upon request. Jay Peak Resort Sales Staff can also assist with routing your group tours throughout the region to include surrounding NewEngland statesand Quebec and Ontario Provinces. Jay Peak Resort also receives the most snow in Eastern NorthAmerica annually averaging 360 inches aseason and offers world class amenitiesfor winter group tours. Palmer's Sugarhouse, Shelburne 0 Palmer's Sugarhouse has been fami ly owned and operated for over 50 years in Shelburne Vermont. We are convenient ly located only 3.5 mi from Shelburne Museum and Vermont Teddy Bear. Our Sugarhouse Is open year round, our peak season is March and April when the sap flows. Every weekend during our peak season we have our sugar on snow parties. We provide free samples of our maple products, live music, maple confections, a farm barn and trails through our sugarbush. The rest of the year by appointment we offer group bus tours. We offer three different tour options all of w hich include maple products available to sample and purchase. A f ull tour of t he sugarhouse, the maple syrup process and history. The options are as follows: • A fu ll tour, free samples and maple products to purchase. • A full tour, free samples, a bag lunch to go o r eat in. • A fu ll tour, and a formal sit-down maple themed dinner Dates ofOperation: Year-round. Pea k seasons - March, April and fall foli age. Group Policy and Rates: Reservations required . Rates depend on type of t ours list ed above. Plenty of motorcoach parking. 0
Vermont Tourism Network | 16 5555 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne 802-985-3346, ext. 3142 | email@example.com | shelburnemuseum.org Dates of Operation: Open May—October. Call for hours of operation. Group Policy and Rates: Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Contact for pricing. Dates of Operation: April through October Group Policy and Rates: Reservations required. Contact for rates and to confirm cruise schedule. Motor coach parking available. 1 College St., Burlington Josh Palace 802-862-8300 | firstname.lastname@example.org | soea.com A Burlington “Must-Do!” Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Vermont Mountains while enjoying delicious food and beverage. Our triple deck luxury cruise ship offers Lunch on the Lake Cruise features a delicious buffet while listening to the exciting narration or sip champagne on our popular SHELBURNE MUSEUM Shelburne Museum, Shelburne One of the finest, most diverse museums of art, design and Ameri cana. Over 100,000 works exhibited in a picturesque setting of 39 buildi ngs. The coll ection includes works by the great impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt as well as a prized collection of fol k art including trade signs, weathervanes and qui lts. Daily demonstrations in the blacksmith and printing shops. Vintage ca rousel to ride. A landlocked 220-foot steamboat, the Ticonderoga. Dozens of beautiful gardens to enjoy featuring li lacs and apple blossoms in the spring and peonies and daylilies in the summer. Del icious meals ava ilable for purchase on Museum grounds in The Weathervane Cafe. Visit the Pizzaga lli Center for Art and Education w ith changing exhibitions in two state of the art galleries, classrooms, and an auditorium. Spirit of Ethan Allen, Burlington Lake Champlain's Largest Cruise Ship and Floating Restaurant daily scenic, lunch, brunch and nightly themed dinner cruises avail able seven days a week. Our Scenic Narrated Cruise will fascinate travelers with our Captain's tales of history, geology and wildlife. Bring your camera, just in case you see Champ, our elusive lake monster. Our Executive Chef prepares fresh entrees, buffets and snack bar items from our on-board galley. Enjoy our Champagne on Champlain Brunch. Themed dinner cruises include an exciti ng lineup of our Sounds of Summer, Murder Mystery, Lobstah on the Lake and Captain's Dinner Dance. Join us for our spring and fall cruises with live entertainment, our Springtime Dinner Cruise and our Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise! Both with delicious buffets to match t he beautiful Vermont seasons. Dining decks are enclosed, heated and air conditioned.
17 | Vermont Tourism Network 700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe 802-253-5713 | email@example.com | trappfamily.com Group Policy and Rates: Pleas schedule your group tour ahead of time and arrive 15 minutes before your tour begins. 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne 802-985-1319 | firstname.lastname@example.org | vermontteddybear.com ,rPJ)p'fomiltJ (odge Trapp Family Lodge AMouNTAIN R ESORTINTH:sEuRoPEANTRAD,T, O ,. Outdoor Activities and Experiences BY'l1-lE FAMILYTHAT LNSPIR.ED "'THE SOU1''DOF MUSIC.- s towe Trapp Family Lodge is a 2,500 acre mecca for the outdoorand nature enthusiast. Whatever the season, there isan invigorating adventure or relaxing activitywaiting for you. Hiking, biking, skiing and relaxingTrapp Style - Our cross-country ski center offers terrain suitable for every level of Nordic/backcountry skier or snowshoer. In warmer months, walk or hike our meadows and woodlands, travel our mountain bike trai ls or play the disc golf course. Enjoy four Vermont Red clay tenniscourts and two swimming pools (one indoor). Or, for something more relaxing, we have yoga and massage therapy in our Fitness Center. von Trapp® Brewing and Bierhall: Visit the von Trapp Bierhall to enjoy authentic Austrian cuisine and fresh lagers brewed in the adjacent onsite von Trapp Brewery. The Bierhall has become the "Best Trailhead inVermont" for your next mountain bike trip, cross-country ski tour or whatever teambuildingyou are setting out on for the day! von Trapp HistoryTours: Learn the history of the von Trapp fami ly's journey from Austria to Stowe; how Maria's autobiography inspired the play and movie, "TheSound of Music" and her story became an American Legend; and learn how what was once a modest farm grew into aworld-renowned resort, now overseen by Johannes, the youngest of the singing von Trapp children, and his family. Or try any number of the tours offered that educate you on the family history, surrounding area and Vermont traditions. 0 Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne ' Join our fun-filled Vermont Teddy Bear factory tour and see how the best Bears in the universe r are made. We' ll take you behind-the-scenes where you'll see first-hand howwe hand craft our legendary Bears with love - from cutting t heir fur to stuffing them with 100% recycled stuffing. After the tour, you can browse our magical Bear shop and make your very own Friend for Life®! VermontTeddy Bear is conveniently located on Route 7 in Shelburne, approximately seven miles south ofBurlington. 0
Vermont Tourism Network | 18 2559 Mountain Rd., East Burke 802-626-7393 | skiburke.com | email@example.com 703 US Route 5 South, St. Johnsbury Nick Fisher | 802-503-8463 (direct) 802-748-1500 (hotel) | nick. firstname.lastname@example.org | choicehotels.com/vt031 Have you ever seen the sun from East Bowl in the morning? Or touched the icy waters of Lake Willoughby. Have you biked won Mountain Road at first light? Or heard the brooks roaring in the spring? If you’ve done any of this, you’ll get it. If you’ve never been here, maybe you never will. Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center at Burke Mountain East Burke Our four-season adventure hub provides endless outdoor adventures as well as exquisite indoor amenities t o enjoy. We invite your groups t o experience East Burke, Vermont. One of t he greatest gifts of ou r little corner is t he natural beauty and infinite opportunity for experience. Whether you like the outdoorsor indoors, w inter, summer, spring, or fa ll, our knowledgeable staff can po int you in the right direction. From skiing our 50 trails and glades, mountain biking over 100 miles of t rails on or around Burke Mountain, hiking Mt. Pi sgah, snowshoeing, paddling, swim-holing, paragliding....well, you get t he po int. There are a million little experiences to be had here in the "Last Little Corner of Vermont". Resort Amenities • Restaurant/Pub/ Cafe • Retail/ Arcade/Fitness Center • Out doo r Heat ed Pool • Ski-in/ski-out • Downhill (lift-serve) Mountain Bike trails or cross-count ry mountain bike trails on Kingdom Trails • Guided Nordic skiing, snowshoe, kayaking, hiking, histor ic discovery hikes, hang gliding, fishing, ice climbing, snow mnhi l<> n ;,n rH<> hn;,rrl in a E -® Comfort Inn & Suites Near Burke Mountain, St. Johnsbury The Comfort Inn & Suites Near Burke Mountain is located off of BY c HOI c E Hor EL S exit 20 on Interstate 1-91 in beautiful St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Our Comfort Inn & Suites has been awarded #1 Comfort Inn worldwide, several Gold Hospitality awardsby Choice Hote lsand t he Trip Advisor Award of Excellence ! Our property offe rs 107 well-appointed, oversized guestrooms and suites t hat are 100% non-smoking. Our traditional guestroomsoffer one king bed or two queen beds with a spacious living area and pull-out sofa bed! All of our guestrooms and suites offer: in-room microwave and refrigerators, coffee-makers, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, irons, free Wi-Fi and more! We also offer pet-friendly rooms, so bring along your furry friend - they'll love Stephen Huneck's Dog Mounta in ! Your stay wit h us also includes: our complimentary deluxe hot breakfast buffet including make-your-own Be lgian waffles with real VT maple syrup, use of our indoor heated saltwater pool, w hirlpool, sauna, fi t ness center, arcade room, business center, guest laundry and more. Ask usabout our family fun packages for: Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak and many more !
19 | Vermont Tourism Network 1720 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington Stephanie Cudley | email@example.com 802-860-6000 | larkinhospitality.com 830 Jay Peak, Jay 802-988-2754 | jaypeakresort.com | firstname.lastname@example.org fli Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express South Burlington Offering convenient access to all of Burlington's top attractions. Centrally located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, j ust off 189 connector and adjacent to Route 7. And just minutes from downtown Burlington and the historic Church Street Marketplace as well as area shopping in Shelburne, Essex Junction, W illiston and South Burlington. The Holiday Inn Express offers 121 comfortable, spacious rooms that all feature coffeemakers, hair dryers and irons and complimentary wireless high-speed internet. The heated indoor pool, fitness, business and laundry facilities and our delicious Holiday Inn Express Smart Start breakfast ensure our guests' stay is a true pleasure! Jay Peak Resort and Waterpark • 'The review frommystudent group leadersaid it J AV PEAK a/1-'Besttripinllyears!'. The accommodations M I are beautiful, activities bountiful food is delidous V E R M O N T andmoreamazing is the personalattention shown to the group through their stay. More groups will beon theirway to Jay, that'sfor sure!" - Helen Medler, Pres., Hawthorne Tours, Danvers, MA Jay Peak Resort isoneofNewEngland's premier four season destinations with over $400 million in newamenities and attractions including three on mountain hotels, the 50,000 square foot indoor Pump House Water Park, indoor ice arena, eight restaurants and group diningoptions, 45 person aerial tram, 350 person conference/meetings center, recreation center with rock climbing walls and movie theaterand two new soccer/lacrosse fields for youth tournaments. Jay Peak Resort is group tour heaven with plenty of attractions on site, and isalsoan excellent hub and spoke destination; located two hours from Montreal, and less than two hours from attractions in Stowe and Burlington, Vermont. Sample itineraries areavailable upon request. JayPeak Resort SalesStaffcan also assist with routing your group tours throughout the region to include surrounding NewEngland states and Quebec andOntario Provinces. Jay Peak Resort also receivesthe most snow in Eastern NorthAmerica annually averaging 360 inches aseason and offers world class amenities for winter group tours.
Vermont Tourism Network | 20 700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe 802-253-5713 | email@example.com | trappfamily.com Dates of Operation: April through October Group Policy and Rates: Reservations required. Contact for rates and to confirm cruise schedule. Motor coach parking available. 1 College St., Burlington Josh Palace 802-862-8300 | firstname.lastname@example.org | soea.com A Burlington “Must-Do!” Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Vermont Mountains while enjoying delicious food and beverage. Our triple deck luxury cruise ship offers daily scenic, lunch, brunch, and nightly themed dinner cruises available seven days a week. Our Scenic Narrated Cruise will fascinate traveler’s with our Captain’s tales of history, geology, and wildlife. Bring your camera, just in case you see Champ, our elusive lake monster. Our Executive Chef prepares fresh entrees, buffets, and snack bar items from our on-board galley. Enjoy our Lunch on the Lake Cruise featuring a delicious buffer while listening to the exciting narration or sip champagne on our popular Champagne on Champlain Brunch. Themed dinner cruises include an exciting lineup of Sound of Summer, Murder Mystery, Lobstah on the Lake, and Captain’s Dinner Dance, and our Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise! Both with delicious buffets to match the beautiful Vermont seasons. Dining decks are enclosed, heated and air conditioned. 1ffppfffmi19 (odge A MOUNTAIN RESORT IN THE E UROPEANT RADITION BY THE FAMILY THAT INSPIRED "THE SOUND OF MUSICTrapp Family Lodge Stowe Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort in the European tradition run by the von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music." This unique mountain resort features Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. Open year-round, Trapp Family Lodge offers superb mountain views, old world comforts and impeccable service, activities for every season and an abundance of tours to learn about the property, family history and Vermont traditions. Visit the von Trapp Bierhall to enjoy authentic Austrian cuisine and fresh lagers brewed in the adjacent onsite von Trapp®Brewing. Treat your group to a private dinner on the Bierhall Observation Deck overseeing the von Trapp®Brewing production floor. The Bierhall has become the "Best Trail head in Vermont" for your outdoor adventure and offers tours of the brewery throughout the week. Or dine in the Lodge and enjoy a private 0 Austrian buffet in the Dining Room. Spirit of Ethan Allen, Burlington Lake Champlain'sLargest Cruise Ship and Floating Restaurant
Each region in Vermont offers distinct experiences. No matter how many times you visit, there’s always a new side of Vermont for your group to discover. Big city amenities, world-class outdoor activities, arts and history combined with a rural landscape for a four-season destination. We recommend contacting destinations for current hours of operation and group policies. FEATURED DESTINATIONS PHOTO COURTES OF: KING ARTHUR BAKING 21 | Vermont Tourism Network Group Policy and Rates: Contact to schedule group tours. Coach and accessible parking located at the top of the entrance driveway hill, with designated drop off at the end of the boardwalk. 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Amy Weller 802-882-2040 | email@example.com | benjerry.com Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour Waterbury Learn about our company history and how we put our progressive val ues into action at every step of our ice cream making process. Our 30-minute guided tour includes a company history movie, view of the production room and explanation of themanufacturing process and a sample of ice cream. Manufacturing schedule varies. When not manufacturing your guidewill narrate avideo fi lmed on the production room floor to better explain the process.
Vermont Tourism Network | 22 5707 Route 7, Ferrisburgh 800-99-DAKIN | firstname.lastname@example.org | dakinfarm.com Group Policy and Rates: Group tours are free. Please call to make a reservation. Dates of Operation: Open daily May 28 - October 30. Open weekends and holiday weeks November - February. Group Policy and Rates: Adults: $12.00 per person available to motorcoach and organizational groups of 15 or more, with confirmed reservations. Admission includes a self-guided tour of our site. Contact the group coordinator no later than 14-days prior to day of arrival. 53 Elm St., Woodstock Alec Fannin 802-457-5315 | email@example.com | billingsfarm.org Billings Farm & Museum Woodstock BILLINGS FARM& MUSEUM Explore one of the finest smal l dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past. Get comfortable with our Jersey cows, sheep, horses, and oxen through activities and programs. The operating dairy farm, restored 1890 Farm Manager's House, and engaging fa rm life exh ibits disp layed in 19th centu ry barns, showcase t his model farm, a Woodstock landmark since 1871. Site is handicapped-accessible; w heelchairs available. Allow 1 ½ hours minimum. DAKINFARM •--· WHAT VERMONT TASTES LIKE -- Dakin Farm, Ferrisburgh Stop by for a real Vermont taste experience and learn how it'smade! Look into our USDA-inspected smokehouse w here you might see sausage coming out of t he smoker or our Master Smoker, Bob, perform his craft of maple-glazing and spiral-slicing hams. Step into our Sugarhouse, where you can see our King Style Maple Syrup Evaporator, tools used to collect sap dating back to the 1800's, and a video on the history of sugaring. Make sure to grab a maple creemee made w ith lots of pure Vermont maple syrup before heading into our NEW air-conditioned movie t heater to view our Dakin Farm story! Explore our retail store and the huge selection of Vermont products, gifts, and the best qual ity pure Vermont maple syrup you'll find in VT. Generous FREE samples of smoked meat, artisan cheese, pure maple syrup and so much more! Purchases can be shipped home or carried out. 0
King Arthur Baking Company Norwich King Arthur Baking Company is America’s oldest flour company, founded in 1790 to provide pure, high-quality flour. More than 220 years later, we’re inspiring bakers everywhere as the nation’s premier baking company. Discover our flagship campus conveniently located at 135 US Route 5 in Norwich, Vermont just off of exit 12 on I-91. Our Baker’s store offers thousands of ingredients, tools, pans, and appliances. Enjoy the expertise of our floor staff as you discover everything you need for your very best baking. For bakers of any level looking to hone their skills, our Baking Education Center offers a variety of classes and demonstrations. We believe that good food starts with good ingredients. At our Café & Bakery, we support local farms. Our sandwiches and salads are created to highlight the best our region has to offer. Our bakery uses traditional methods and top-quality ingredients in everything we bake, from breads to delicate French croissants to all American fudge brownies. You’ll enjoy every bite. Dates of Operation: Open Daily from 8:00am – 5:00pm; Café 8:00am-3:00pm. Closed New Year's Day and Jan.2, Easter, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and Dec.26 Group Policy: Snacks, and to go lunches for individual/on own purchases. Box lunches available with 48 hour notice. Café has limited indoor seating and outdoor patio. Prior notice is required for our brief history tour. Customized baking classes/demonstrations are available by special arrangement. Group Policy and Rates: We welcome groups traveling by motor coach tours year round, with tour, talk and treats to delight! Reservations appreciated anytime, and required to ensure a tour time midSeptember – mid-October. Tour groups are always welcome. Sugar on Snow and maple creemees available at a small fee, drivers and escorts complimentary. Contact for more details and reservations. 1168 County Rd., Montpelier 802-223-2740 | firstname.lastname@example.org | morsefarm.com 23 | Vermont Tourism Network 135 US Route 4 Sout h, Norwich 802-649-3361 I ki ngarthu rbaking.com/visit Dotes ofOperation: Open 7 days, year-round Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks Montpelier 200 Years of Maple Experience! Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks is only 2.7 miles from downtown Montpelier. The Morse family's eight generation maple experience is shown via colorful video and live presentations in the farm's Woodshed Theatre and Sugarhouse. An outdoor museum includes an antique replica of the Vermont State House. A gent le maple t rail leads right to the trees where it all begins. Visitors delight in Burr Morse's soft sculpture and tree elves. Ve rmont specialty foods, produce in season, and a full array of craft and gift items. Selections can be mailed or carried out. Allow 1 hour for this unique stop.
Quechee General Store Quechee If you love a good shopping experience and that feeling that you’ve found a special spot, come see us. Enjoy browsing hundreds of Vermont-themed products, including a wonderful mix of Vermont wines, beers, and craft ciders. An independently owned Cabot affiliate offering a complete collection of Cabot products, along with artisanal cheeses, maple syrups, and delicious“ farm stand” products from the area’s most beloved producers. We’ll be there to greet you with big smiles, feeling so happy and lucky to Open daily 10am—5pm; closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee 802-295-1180 | email@example.com| quecheegeneralstore.com Dates of Operation: Please check our website or call us at 802-483-9414 for current hours of operation. Group Policy and Rates: We welcome group tours by advanced reservation. Plenty of parking and public restrooms. 4578 US Route 7, Pittsford 802-483-9414 | firstname.lastname@example.org | maplemuseum.com Vermont Tourism Network | 24 New England Maple Museum and Vermont Artisan Gift Shop and Specialty Food Pittsford/Rutland The New England Maple Museum is located on Route 7 just north of Rutland in Pittsford, Vermont. Our museum brings visitors on a centuries-long journey through maple sugaring from the early beginn ings of Native American time through present day. Our newly renovated gift shop is fi lled w ith maple syrup (made by our maple farm in Lincoln, Vermont) and all maple products, Vermont Artisan crafts and specialty foods, and souveni rs. We offer samplings of maple syrup and other Vermont-made food. Enjoy a picnic beside our lovely pond, feed the fish and take in the beauty of Vermont. Take a selfie with the world's largest jug of Vermont maple syrup! '
Special Experience: Watch Julian work in the outside sculpture studio. Group Policy and Rates: Reservations recommended. Ample parking and ground level for ease of access, with ADA bathroom facilities. 1354 VT Route 100, Stockbridge Lee Ann Isaacson 802-746-86110 | email@example.com | stonerevival.com 74 Battell Dr., Weybridge 802-388-2011 | firstname.lastname@example.org | uvm.edu/morgan Dates of Operation: Our tourism season runs May-October. Visitors may visit the farm between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Farm tours run 9am till 3pm on the hour, Monday-Saturday. Beginning in September, the farm will be open seven days a week. Group Policy and Rates: All groups must schedule in advance. 25 | Vermont Tourism Network Stone Revival Gallery & Gift Shop Pittsfield/Stockbridge The ideal Vermont Stopfor your Motorcoach Tour Located on the picturesque VT Route 100 byway with breathtaking views of the su rrounding mountains. Visit our sculpture garden, art studio and Gift Shop showcasing 18 Vermont artisans, fine art, ceramics, handmade jewelry, wood crafts, collectibles and more. The featured artist is M. Julian Isaacson, a Vermont native and master sculptor in marble and hardwoods. His sculpture carvings, custom tiles and fine art are showcased throughout. Located at the intersection of Route 100 and Route 107, a perfect stop on way to and from many popular group desti nations including Woodstock and Quechee, Montpelier and Waterbury. ~ I MORG1 ANRSHTORSEEFARM University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm Weybridge/Middlebury Located in scenic Weybridge, just 2.5 miles from downtown Middlebury is a stately pastoral scene from a grandiose era gone-by. This working horse farm has been a breeding and tra ining facility fo r Morgan Horses since 1878. A former US Government Cavalry Remount Station, the fa rm has been under the University of Vermont's stewardship as since 1951. Continuing the original mission of perpetuating and preserving the Morgan horse, the farm is open to educate the public and students about the importance of Vermont's State Animal. Horse enthusiasts, history buffs and visitors ali ke will enjoy the scen ic countryside, guided tours, gift shop and visiting our 40+ registered Morgans whose origins com from a single sta llion "Figure" immortali zed by a life-size bronze statue on site. Come learn about America's first breed of horse, the Morgan.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee 149 Natures Wy., Quechee 802-359-5000 | email@example.com | vinsweb.org hawks, owls and falcons. Hike their interpretive nature trails through 47 acres. Shop the Nature Store and find many unusual gifts for that special someone. Group Policy and Rates: Any time of year, your library, tour bus, club, or organization may qualify for our discounted group rate. The size of a group qualifying for the discounted rate ranges from 10-90 people. Your admission includes access to all exhibits, trails, and a live animal program. Reservations requested. Adult: $13.50, Youth $11.50. Experience nature like never before. Visit the new Forest Canopy Walk, fun for people of all ages and levels of ability. This ADA-accessible walk gains elevation without using stairs because it follows the land's natural slop toward the Ottauquechee River. Enjoy a tree house, giant spider web 43 feet above the forest floor, educational interpretation and local artwork. Live bird programs daily, 17 state-of-the art enclosures with the largest collection of birds in the northeast including bald eagles, golden eagles, 115 State St., Montpelier Sergeant at Arms, Vermont State House 802-828-2228 | firstname.lastname@example.org | statehouse.vermont.gov Vermont Tourism Network | 26 Vermont State House, Montpelier The Vermont General Assembly welcomes your tour group and invites t hem to view one of our nation's oldest and best-preserved state capitols. After 150 years, the Vermont State House still commands the landscape of Montpelier, t he smallest capital city in America. As your group tours the ha lls and chambers, we hope they wi ll develop a sense of what makes this historic building, and the state for which it was bu ilt, so unique. Dates ofOperation: Bus tour groups can be accommodated from June through October. Under t he Dome Gifts, a gift shop featuring Vermont crafts and products, is open from mid June through October. Group Policy: A donation of $2.00 per visitor is suggested. Guided tours are provided w it h advance notification, or visitors can self-guide w ith an audio tour accessible by cell phone. For reservations, contact t he Sergeant-at-Arms Office at 802-828-2228.
5 Best Western Pl. (US Rte. 4), Rutland Nick Fisher 802-503-8463 | nick. Fisher@linchris.com | bestwestern.com/rutlandkillington 45 Blush Hill Rd., Waterbury 802-244-7822 | email@example.com | bestwesternwaterburystowe.com 27 | Vermont Tourism Network Best Western Inn & Suites Rutland-Killington Best "Not your typical box hotel, we are the true Vermont Western. experience" Centrally located in the heart of the Green Mountains. Convenience, qualityand service, the Best Western Inn & Suites, situated on 12 beautiful rollingacres in a parksetting, is 100"/o nonsmoking, offeringdeluxe standard rooms each with amicrowave and refrigerator. Guests will wakeeach morning to a complimentary hot continental breakfast featuring amake yourown waffle bar, fitness room, business center, complimentary high-speed internet throughout the property and on-site guest laundry facilities. Weare no more than aone hour's drive to most of Vermont's manywonderful attractions such as Norman Rockwell Museum, Vermont Marble Exhibit, New England MapleMuseum, Hildene (the home of Robert Todd Lincoln), QuecheeGorge and The Vermont Country Store just to name a few. All ofourgroups receivean on-board greeting upon arrival, baggage handling, a delicious welcome reception and a departuregift to remember yourstay with us. Groups are 10 or more roomsand are subject to 9%Vermont tax and a 1%town tax. Please call for specificdates and rates. On your next visit to Vermont, make sure it includes a night or two at the centra lly located Best Western Inn & Suites Rutland-Killington. • Best Western Plus Waterbury/Stowe Best 5 · · Ch · ' A d Western -time winner airman s war PLUS Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Award 0 Situated just off 1-89, on 14acres atop a plateau, in the heart of the Green Mountains. Our property offers 83 comfortable guestrooms that are 100%non-smoking. Our first class amenities includea glass enclosed heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, fireside libraryand Vermont Covered Bridge. Each room offers bath, HD flat screenTV, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer and iron. Many rooms feature mountain views. Some handicap accessible roomsavailable. All roomsaccess via interior corridors. Elevator, luggage service and coach parkingare available. Our group packages includeovernight accommodations; welcome reception with homemade cookies, coffee and warm applecider, luggage handling, and ahot buffet breakfast each morning. Group dining is availablewith prior arrangements. Our central location is an ideal headquarters for your daily tours. The Inn is conveniently located between Burl ington, the State capital of Montpelier and Stowe. Surrounding attractions include: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory (.Smi), Cold HollowCider Mill (3mi.), CabotCreamery Annex (2 mi.), KeurigGreen Mountain CoffeeRoasters (1 mi), Rock of Ages (23 mi), Stowe Village (10 mi), Church Street Marketplace (27 mi), Ethan Allen Cruise line (26 mi), and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory (32 mi). It will be our pleasure to work with you to develop a unique itineraryfor your Vermont tour. 0