2 days in Vermont

May 2nd, 2019, 05:52 AM
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2 days in Vermont

My husband and I go each October to the North East for our Anniversary, and we typically do Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This year though we are flying into Burlington on Oct. 16 and will get there about noon. Our hotel ( The Waybury Inn of Newhart fame) is about an hour South. So we'll have the afternoon/evening of the 16th, then all day the 17th to explore Vermont. On the 18th we plan on driving the Kancamangus Highway on the way to Portland where we will stay for another few days and fly out from there.

What should we do in Vermont?ver Any tours you guys have done that are must do? Museums? We really just have about a day and a half there and enjoy scenic drives, fall foliage, covered bridges, good food, cute towns, I like to look at little colleges and Universities so we'll probably walk around Middlebury which is just blocks from our B&B.

Thanks for any tips.
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May 2nd, 2019, 06:28 AM
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Does it cost much more to fly to Burlington than a larger airport? Where are you coming from?
While in Burlington, you might want to visit the Ben & Jerry's headquarters. The Growler Garage is the place to go for a drink.
The Amtrak Vermonter train comes north from New York through Springfield MA arriving in Burlington/Essex Jct. about 8 PM every night. You get to look at the beautiful scenery without having to worry about driving through it.
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May 2nd, 2019, 07:22 AM
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Thank you! We've already booked the flights, we really just wanted Vermont as our base, and I didn't find it to be any more expensive than other airports. I really wanted to stay at the Waybury Inn and we couldn't leave until October 16th morning ( from Little Rock, AR) and Burlington got us closest to the Waybury at a reasonable hour ( about noon that day).
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May 2nd, 2019, 08:05 AM
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In the middle of Vermont VT 100 goes along the spine of the Green Mountains and is very scenic. In the southeast of Vermont, VT 30 goes from Brattleboro to Jamaica is is also very nice, passing through little towns like Newfane and Townshend. Grafton is worth a detour.

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May 2nd, 2019, 10:33 AM
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Your dates are going to be late for the average year peak foliage in VT and NH, but every year is different.
There are a number of museums you might want to check out:
Vermont Folklife Center in Middleburyhttps://www.vermontfolklifecenter.or...act-directionsShelburne museum in Shelburne, south of Burlington (large, with many different buildings and collections)https://shelburnemuseum.org/
Rokeby museum (open until "late October")
Rokeby Museum | Ferrisburgh, VT | A nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont Experience

Coolidge homesteadhttps://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presid...homestead.html(open to "mid-October so might be closed by your dates)

the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
Here's a list of scenic byways from the VT tourist office. You could also check out places on the beer and cheese trails. The Middlebury Gap road would take you over from Middlebury to Hancock on Rte 100https://www.vermontvacation.com/stay...vermont-byways
https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/...ury-gap-ga.htm

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May 3rd, 2019, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael View Post
In the middle of Vermont VT 100 goes along the spine of the Green Mountains and is very scenic. In the southeast of Vermont, VT 30 goes from Brattleboro to Jamaica is is also very nice, passing through little towns like Newfane and Townshend. Grafton is worth a detour.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/5042872140
Thank you- we are happy to be in the car- looking at cute little towns. I'll add Grafton to our list.
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May 3rd, 2019, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Vttraveler View Post
Your dates are going to be late for the average year peak foliage in VT and NH, but every year is different.
There are a number of museums you might want to check out:
Vermont Folklife Center in Middleburyhttps://www.vermontfolklifecenter.or...act-directionsShelburne museum in Shelburne, south of Burlington (large, with many different buildings and collections)https://shelburnemuseum.org/
Rokeby museum (open until "late October")
Rokeby Museum | Ferrisburgh, VT | A nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont Experience

Coolidge homesteadhttps://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presid...homestead.html(open to "mid-October so might be closed by your dates)

the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
Here's a list of scenic byways from the VT tourist office. You could also check out places on the beer and cheese trails. The Middlebury Gap road would take you over from Middlebury to Hancock on Rte 100https://www.vermontvacation.com/stay...vermont-byways
https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/...ury-gap-ga.htm

Thank you so much, these all look great. I had found the Folklife museum
but not the Rokeby one- looks great!
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May 3rd, 2019, 11:16 AM
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Grafton has a cheese company and the pub at the inn serves some good craft beers, so you could combine beer, cheese and cute all in one.

We haven't been to Rokeby in several years and have put it back on our to-do list for the summer.
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May 4th, 2019, 03:05 AM
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Shelbourne Museum is near Burlington.

https://www.coveredbridgemap.com/vt/
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May 4th, 2019, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by rachellynn99 View Post
My husband and I go each October to the North East for our Anniversary, and we typically do Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This year though we are flying into Burlington on Oct. 16 and will get there about noon. Our hotel ( The Waybury Inn of Newhart fame) is about an hour South. So we'll have the afternoon/evening of the 16th, then all day the 17th to explore Vermont. On the 18th we plan on driving the Kancamangus Highway on the way to Portland where we will stay for another few days and fly out from there.

What should we do in Vermont?ver Any tours you guys have done that are must do? Museums? We really just have about a day and a half there and enjoy scenic drives, fall foliage, covered bridges, good food, cute towns, I like to look at little colleges and Universities so we'll probably walk around Middlebury which is just blocks from our B&B.

Thanks for any tips.
Try Ben and Jerry's
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The Waybury Inn is just outside of Middlebury. We always stop by there for a meal when in the area. You could continue up the mountain road through Ripton to
see Robert Frost’s cabin on the Middlebury College Breadloaf property, on the college’s cross country ski trail. Or go into town. The Vermont Folklore Museum is very interesting, right in Middlebury center. Also see Middlebury College, c.1800, known for it’s schools of foreign languages..The college has an Art Museum you would enjoy.
Driving from Burlington south on Rt.7 you’ll see the Shelburne Museum, a large collection of American art and folk crafts, a must see. There is a collection of French Impressionists I the large White House. Shelburne is a beautiful town.
Driving farther down Rt. 7 you will pass through Vergennes and Charlotte, both home to retired, wealthy flatlanders who came north to live near Lake Champlain..
On I-89 before, east of, Burlington, stop off at Stowe for a picturesque town. Ben & Jerry’s HQ is right off of I-89, before Stowe. In Stowe stop at The Von Trapp Bierhall before you arrive at the Von Trapp Lodge. Look at the views and you will understand why this Austrian immigrant family settled here. It looked like home.
You could stay in Burlington the whole time and enjoy this vibrant city too. You will return!
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May 6th, 2019, 07:07 AM
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I agree it will be late
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May 7th, 2019, 04:03 AM
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I agree it will be late
This is the weekend we go every year for the past about 7 years ( it coincides with Fall break at my school). We have always been blown away with the color, last year the Kancamangus was peak and gorgeous. But, we are from Arkansas, where there is virtually no fall, so anything we see we will be happy with and don't know any better.

Thanks though!
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May 7th, 2019, 04:06 AM
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The Waybury Inn is just outside of Middlebury. We always stop by there for a meal when in the area. You could continue up the mountain road through Ripton to
see Robert Frost’s cabin on the Middlebury College Breadloaf property, on the college’s cross country ski trail. Or go into town. The Vermont Folklore Museum is very interesting, right in Middlebury center. Also see Middlebury College, c.1800, known for it’s schools of foreign languages..The college has an Art Museum you would enjoy.
Driving from Burlington south on Rt.7 you’ll see the Shelburne Museum, a large collection of American art and folk crafts, a must see. There is a collection of French Impressionists I the large White House. Shelburne is a beautiful town.
Driving farther down Rt. 7 you will pass through Vergennes and Charlotte, both home to retired, wealthy flatlanders who came north to live near Lake Champlain..
On I-89 before, east of, Burlington, stop off at Stowe for a picturesque town. Ben & Jerry’s HQ is right off of I-89, before Stowe. In Stowe stop at The Von Trapp Bierhall before you arrive at the Von Trapp Lodge. Look at the views and you will understand why this Austrian immigrant family settled here. It looked like home.
You could stay in Burlington the whole time and enjoy this vibrant city too. You will return!
Thank you, the Robert Frost connection is something I'm interested in and will hope to see his cabin. Thanks for the information and recommendations. The Art Museum also seems right up my alley. I know it would be ideal to stay here longer than just a few days, but it is what it is, and we'll make the best of it. Thanks again.
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May 7th, 2019, 04:17 AM
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While in Burlington, you can take a ride on the ferry. If it is sunny, the colors of the leaves reflected in the water are spectacular.
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May 7th, 2019, 04:20 AM
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While in Burlington, you can take a ride on the ferry. If it is sunny, the colors of the leaves reflected in the water are spectacular.
Thank you , I wasn't aware of a ferry. I'll look into it.
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You might consider driving from PA to Port Kent, NY and taking the ferry too Burlington. You could google to find schedule, rates etc.
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May 10th, 2019, 04:51 AM
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I am a little confused about the mention of driving "from PA" to Port Kent, NY. For ferries, it might be possible to take the ferry from Burlington to Port Kent and back but I am not sure whether that ferry will be running in October. It starts on June 13 and I wasn't able to figure out the last day it will run in 2019 (confusing web site). There is another ferry ride between Charlotte, VT (south of Burlington) and Essex, NY.
The ride across Lake Champlain is beautiful in nice weather. You can see both the Adirondacks in NY and the Green Mountains in VT
Lake Champlain Ferries ? Transportation across Lake Champlain since 1826
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May 18th, 2019, 07:06 AM
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I just came across an old ferry schedule from 2018 and see that the Port Kent to Burlington ferry closed for the season last year on September 23 so I doubt it will be running this October.
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We went to Rokeby yesterday and toured the exhibit on the abolitionist movement/Underground Railroad for the first time. I highly recommend spending several hours at the site to see the exhibit and tour the house if possible (house tour hours are limited. If you don't go when the house is open this article gives a good summary of the family. The grounds were very buggy yesterday but should be nice in October.)
https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/...keby/37444869/
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