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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.
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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.
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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…

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One of the most important pieces of information I obtain for ANY vacation is,how I will get my STARBUCKS . I must have my coffee. I like it strong and black. I hate waiting in line behind the half/caf skinny blah blah blah. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen as they say. Next I do a search in the area I am staying to see where the nearest Starbucks is located. On occasion,there will not be any. I have a fix for that. I always bring a bag of French Roast with me and include an assortment of different filters to fit any machine the Hotel has available. I have suggested to Starbucks offering a passport to fill showing all the Starbucks you have visited. I use my Gold Rewards card but it only gets me the occasional free coffee and then only if the location participates and is not independently owned. I would like people to know that I have visited Starbucks from Seattle to The Bahamas and beyond. In the unlikely event there are no Starbucks or available coffee  brewers, I check the local hangouts for the good stuff. I have found great coffee in Alaska in a few places. And in Jamaica luckily the first thing I smelled when we stepped off the ship was the coffee. Being a connoisseur of all things coffee, I have previously tried coffee from all over the world and usually know what to look for. When I have run out of all these options I just go for the double esspresso.

Vermont / Burlington

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.
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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.vermont 001

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 030vermont 015        

                                                                                                                                                    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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