Things you can easily see and do on your own within a 30 minute drive...
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| ||• ||Shop in nearby Jeffersonville and Cambridge -- art galleries, antiques, maple products and Vermont crafts |
| ||• ||Drive through the spectacular Smugglers' Notch Pass |
| ||• ||Explore historic Stowe - specialty shops, fine dining, antiques |
| ||• ||Visit the famous Trapp Family Lodge |
| ||• ||Play golf at Stowe Country Club |
| ||• ||Go gliding over the Worcester mountains |
| ||• ||Enjoy a vineyard and winery tour with tastings at the Boyden Valley Winery |
Within 1 hour...
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| ||• ||Explore the city of Burlington with its fantastic shopping and dining |
| ||• ||Sail or cruise on Lake Champlain -- dining, mystery cruises and entertainment |
| ||• ||Play a round at Vermont National -- the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course or an array of dozens of other courses within a 1 hour drive |
| ||• ||Enjoy Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory |
| ||• ||Visit Vermont Teddy Bear Factory |
| ||• ||Test your willpower at Lake Champlain Chocolates |
| ||• ||Sample at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill |
| ||• ||Shop at the Essex Shoppes and Cinema |
| ||• ||Tour Vermont Cabot Creamery |
| ||• ||Shop at Church Street Marketplace in Downtown Burlington |
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Ben & Jerry's Factory
Located on a rolling pasture overlooking the Worcester Range in the Green Mountains of Vermont is the Ben and Jerry’s Waterbury Factory. Here, you can learn all about the ice cream production process.
The tour starts in the Cow Over the Moon Theatre with a 7-minute “moovie” about how Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield turned a $5.00 correspondence class into a very successful business that shares its success with its employees and the community - and has fun doing it!
Then, you’re off to the mezzanine for a bird’s eye view of how “Vermont’s Finest” is actually made. Finally — you’ll visit the FlavoRoom for samples of the day.
Open seven days a week, year ‘round except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day.
For more information, visit www.benandjerrys.com CLOSE
Boyden Valley Winery
International Award Winning Grape, Fruit, and Vermont Ice Wines, Hard Cider & Spirits. Located at the junction of Routes 15 and 104 in Cambridge, come take a tour and enjoy a wine tasting of YOUR choice of any 7 of our products for $6 per person PLUS a branded wine glass! Open year-round, seven days a week, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm(802) 644-8151
or for more information, visit www.boydenvalley.com CLOSE
Home of the World's Best Cheddar Cheese.
Guided tours include an informative video, which tells not only the history of Cabot Creamery, but also a little something about the agricultural history of Vermont. After the video, take a walk down the hall to actually view Cabot's award-winning cheese being made. Following the tour ($2.00 per person over 12 years of age) you'll nibble the many varieties of cheeses, including the World’s Best Cheddar and Best Flavored Cheddar.
You will also enjoy:
-Cabot Critters Coloring Book. Kids, and lots of adults, too, love our happy Cabot Critters!
-Weekly specials on selected cheese products.
-Manufacturers discount coupons.
-Money-saving coupons for purchases back home.
Please call 1-800-837-4261 to confirm cheese-making days. If you have a large group we encourage you to make reservations for the tour. For more information, visit www.cabotcheese.com CLOSE
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Vermont's premier world-class lake aquarium and science center located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on the beautiful Burlington waterfront! Discover over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. Enjoy more than 100 hands-on experiences including the new ACTION LAB WITH 3D technology. Changing traveling exhibit every 3-4 months keep things fresh and exciting as do the live animal feedings and daily demonstration. The 2.2 acre site is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. Eclectic Gift Shop and seasonal cafe. Admission is $10.50-$13.50; children under 3 are free. Open year-round, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day. Call Toll-Free 1-877-ECHOFUN. www.echovermont.org CLOSE
Once the snow stops flying we are able to offer Dogsledding on Wheels through Eden Dogsledding
. Although different from snow sledding, it is equally special in its own wonderful way — MINUS THE COLD! For reservations or more information, contact Eden Dogsledding at 802-635-9070. CLOSE
Brewster Ridge Horse Center
Located just 1.8 miles from Smugglers’ Notch Resort.
Enjoy a guided trail ride through the pristine pastures and fabulous forest of the Brewster Ridge, nestled amidst the peaceful Green Mountains. Rides last approximately 1 hour.
$40pp for a one hour trail ride. The Brewster Ridge Horse Center welcomes your calls for information, pricing and to make reservations at 802-644-9051. During the Summer open daily through Labor Day, weather permitting.
Lajoie StablesWelcome to Lajoie Stables, a family owned and operated business for over 25 years. We offer trail rides for all levels of experience. From the first timer, to the intermediate, on to the more experienced. Tours range from 1, 1 1/2, and 2 hours and privates are also available. Open 7 days week year around. Located 10 minutes from Smugglers' and reservations are required.
View a video of LaJoie Stables.
Call (802) 644-5347 or visit www.lajoiestables.com.
Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. CLOSE
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
The Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of the top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England and are one of the very few that press year-round. The Mill has become one of the top touristattractions in Vermont because the operation is open to public viewing. You'l see cider that's still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920's.
Once you've seen cider made, wander through the large Retail store and check out many of the Vermont specialty foods. Bring your appetite, since you can sample plenty ofjellies, mustards, applesauce, fudge, and other goodies.
In the Summer, watch real bees make honey in the "honey corner" (don't worry, they're behind glass). You'll also be lured by an overwhelming aroma to The Donut Counter, where you can sink your teeth into the legendary cider donuts. These donuts were featured in Gourmet Magazine, as one of the top fourdonuts in the country.
The Cold Hollow Cider Mill welcomes school groups, tour buses, families or anyone interested inseeing one of the areas biggest attractions, 7 days a week - year 'round. For more information, visit www.coldhollow.com CLOSE
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is where all these cuddly little friends are born. Come for a visit and not only will you see how the Vermont Teddy Bears are made, you can custom build your own. For directions to the factory and for a tour coupon, visit www.vermontteddybear.com CLOSE
Vermont Canoe & Kayak
Making it easier for you to get out on the water! With a variety of trips and departure times there's no reason you and your family can't get out paddling in no time. Vermont Canoe & Kayak
is conveniently located on Route 15 behind The Family Table in Jeffersonville.(802)644-8336 CLOSE
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Lake Champlain Chocolates is Vermont's best chocolate experience. Try it first hand at their factory store located in downtown Burlington on 750 Pine Street. During the tour you will learn how chocolate is made from the Cocoa Bean and brought to our palettes with samples of dark, milk, and white chocolate flavors. The store features a wide selection of gift boxes, ecletic flavored chocolates and ice cream bar. Tours are available daily Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. For additional information contact the factory store at 800-465-5909 or visit www.lakechamplainchocolates.com. CLOSE
Stowe Golf Park
A Stowe Summer recreation facility, "The Stowe Golfpark" is a public sports facility, centrally located on the Mountain Road in front of the Sun and Ski Inn and Suites
and consists of an 18-hole putting course and mini-kiosk. This heavily landscaped and contoured Stowe miniature golf course is in a garden environment and is a welcomed addition to Stowe, Vermont Summer activities. The course has been professionally designed as a miniaturized Stowe golf course which strives to simulate a real golf environment and experience. Adults, kids and families alike enjoy the challenge of a game of putting. While keeping score, players of all ages can "read" the breaks in the greens, avoid natural obstacles, fairway hazards, sand traps, rough grass, trees, etc. The Stowe Golfpark is open from May through October from 10:00 am - 9:30 pm daily.(802)253-9951 CLOSE
Come soar with us at Stowe Soaring, the premier soaring site in New England, located six miles north of Stowe on Route 100. Enjoy an unforgettable experience - a smooth and graceful ride on silent wings. Our highly experienced pilots will give you the ride of a lifetime. If you are adventurous, they will show you beautiful maneuvers and give you a chance to fly. Glider instruction and rental are available for novice and experienced pilots. Open 7 days per week, May through October. Call 802-888-7845 or visit www.stowesoaring.com CLOSE
View a video of Stowe Soaring.