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Smugglers' Notch Day Trips for all ages...

Leave the driving to us while you explore the Smugglers' area and beyond!


Taste of Vermont
Monday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Start your morning tour with a visit to the Ben & Jerry's Factory for a factory tour and sampling of Vermont's Finest Ice Cream. After you've had your fill, we'll head over to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, to shop for Vermont made products, cider, and baked goods (Apple Cider Donuts, Yum!!) Next well visit the Vermont Annex, retail outlet for Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Danforth Pewter and the Smugglers Notch Distillery. There will be time to shop and enjoy the free samples! For a great ending to your tour well visit the Village of Stowe for a walking tour, shopping, lunch and a visit to Laughing Moon Chocolates for a demo and tasting.

Monday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, $85 per person. Tour price includes transportation only. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers.

Discover Burlington
Wednesday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Let us do the driving for your visit to Vermonts Queen City, Burlington. There are a number of great places to visit in Vermonts largest city. You can be dropped off at the Burlington Waterfront where youll have an opportunity to visit the ECHO Center, an innovative science center and Lake Champlain Aquarium or just go for a stroll on the bike path enjoying the beauty of Lake Champlain and the surrounding area. If youre more interested in shopping and checking out the famous Church Street Marketplace, we can accommodate that. On Church Street youll have plenty of time to shop in both national and local retail stores as well as enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in the downtown area. After visiting Church Street we can pick you up and drive towards the South End of Burlington for a stop at Lake Champlain Chocolates, for a tour of their factory and a tasting of great locally made chocolate products. We can follow that up with a stop at Citizen Cider, makers of high end alcoholic and non-alcoholic apple cider beverages. If time allows we can also stop at Switchback Brewing Company to sample some of their great beers.

Wednesday, 9:00 am 3:00 pm, $85 per person. Tour price includes transportation only. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers.

Vermont Brewery Tour
Thursday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Vermont is home to several breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs that produce many varieties of great beer. In 2011 and 2012, the Brewers Association ranked Vermont as the state with the greatest number of breweries per capita. Come along and taste what were quickly becoming well known for! Your first sip of the day starts at Rock Art Brewery. Sample eight of their amazing beers, learn how they are made and enjoy a self-guided tour of the brewery. Well then travel down the road to Lost Nation Brewery, makers of great, drinkable, small batch beer. Lost Nation Brewery takes inspiration from lesser-known European beer styles. Well then travel to Stowe to visit Idletyme Brewing for an opportunity to sample some of their great ale and lager offerings. Your brewery tour ends at the Trapp Family Lodge, home of Von Trapp Brewing. In just a short time, Trapp Vienna Lager has gained high acclaim among lager aficionados. Sample some of their European style lagers and enjoy the great views during your visit.

Cost of beer tastings and lunch are left to each individual. Recommended lunch spot is Lost Nation Brewery.

Thursday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, $75 per person. Tour price includes transportation only. Ages 21 & older only. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers.

Things you can easily see and do on your own within a 30 minute drive...
   • Shop in nearby Jeffersonville & Cambridge
      > Vermont crafts, gifts, quilts & antiques
      > maple products
      > country general store
      > local fine arts galleries
   • Enjoy a vineyard & winery tour at the Boyden Valley Winery
   • Golf at several area courses
   • Canoe or fish the Lamoille River
   • Discover centuries-old covered bridges
   • Drive through spectacular Smugglers' Notch Pass
   • Explore historic Stowe - specialty shops, fine dining, antiques
   • Visit the famous Trapp Family Lodge
or within an hour you can...
   • Explore fine shopping and dining in the waterfront city of Burlington
   • Tour Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
   • Visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
   • Tour historic Shelburne Museum — Americana at its best
   • Shop at the Essex Outlets
   • Test your willpower at Lake Champlain Chocolates
   • Sample treats at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
   • Tour the Vermont Cabot Creamery
   • Explore the ECHO Center — Burlington's waterfront aquarium & science center for all ages
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