One of my favorite summer trips is Burlington Vermont. Much of Vermont I find boring.  vermont 037

Our first day trip there was to Bennington area where they make pottery. This was a very long drive and unless you are an antique enthusiast not much else to see. I knew there were a lot of Breweries in Vermont so I kept looking until I found a spot I liked. Burlington is a college town most of the year. The first time we stayed at the Holiday Inn, a reasonable priced hotel off 89 just a mile out-of-town. There is a mall just across the street if you need something to eat or want to kill time.
Take a couple of hours and head out to Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream and Cabot Creamery they belong to co ops and believe in supporting their local farmers. Unfortunately they’re in the middle of nowhere but its Vermont and everything is.   image
Let’s head back down town, you will pass through the college along the way. I suggest printing a parking map ahead of time; a lot of the streets are one way. Parking is paid mostly but it depends on what day of the week it is. On the weekends there is a huge farmers market.
vermont 030                               Along the streets in the center of town are lots of cute shops. There are many choices of food with outdoor dining to. Usually you will also find street performers. It reminds me of Seattle on a much smaller scale and cleaner. Mostly everyone walking is accompanied by a dog. Near the waterfront you will find bicycle paths and a place to rent bikes also a beach and a few seafood restaurants. Lake Champlain is a big attraction with the Lake Monster. There are several options for cruising the lake as well as a ferry up at Grand Isle that crosses to Plattsburg New York.
There never seems to be enough days to hit more than one brewery at a time so I decided to sign up for the Brew Bus. There are several tour options, some include food. We were picked up at our hotel (Holiday Inn Express) and we went to three breweries and two pubs. It was a long night; it was good we had a ride. There are over 29 breweries in Vermont. This is the best way to see a lot of them at once if you are planning to taste along the way. Lake Champlain Chocolates has a free tour at the factory at the edge of town, samples are included.
Whatever your interest, I am sure you can find something fun to do.

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