Exploring USA

Vibing on Vermont

If you haven’t been to Vermont, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure.

As the 49th most populous state, what Vermont lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Not to mention the people who do occupy the state as full-time residents are friendly and welcoming, accustomed to harsh winters and throngs of tourists shuttling in to catch a glimpse of the fall leaves.

But you don’t have to go in the fall to appreciate the beauty of a sunset over the waters of Lake Champlain or a sunrise over the hills of the Green Mountains. No, Vermont is a state that fails to disappoint, no matter which time of year you visit. From skiing in the winter, hiking in the spring, fly fishing in the summer, and biking in the fall, there is no shortage of outdoor activities in beautiful scenery.

As for the towns, get ready to be impressed. Visiting Stowe is like visiting a postcard that you can’t wait to send to a dear friend. The main street is lined with shops and restaurants. Even an inn makes it’s home there. And right off the main drag, you’ll find a biking and walking trail that will take you into the wilderness. Known as a ski town in the winter, Stowe has plenty to offer visitors no matter the time of year. And though I can’t personally recommend the skiing, I must say the slopes looked impressive even without the snow.

If you’re looking for beer and a place to rest your feet after all those activities, try Stowe Public House bottle shop. The employees are nice and you can grab a drink right on Main Street before purchasing bottles to go.

In Burlington you’ll find a college town vibe mixed with environmentally friendly businesses. You’d be hard pressed not to find a compost and recycle bin next to the trash. And for God’s sake, whatever you do, don’t throw recycling in the wrong bin. Oh and of course, there’s plenty of craft beer on the scene.

Though one of the better-known breweries, the Alchemist, finds its headquarters in Stowe, Burlington has its fair share of options. FoamZero Gravity, and Switchback all reside in the city. Just outside, in Shelburne, you’ll find Fiddlehead next to a delicious pizza shop, Folino’s, which will help you fatten your belly while you quench your thirst. Grab a growler from Fiddlehead and head into the pizza parlor to get a quick bite. You won’t regret it.

And if you’re craving a day-trip beer adventure, Hill Farmstead is highly regarded. Not your thing? Save yourself the trip by finding their beers on tap at local pubs.

Back in the city, rent a bicycle from Local Motion and cruise down the greenway to see stunning views. Walk around Church Street and pop into Crow Bookshop. If you have time, you can also check out the University of Vermont’s campus. Parts of it will invoke Hogwarts-esk envy as you think about how lucky the students are to attend.

And the food. Oh, the food. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the deliciousness of the crepes at Skinny Pancake, or the halibut at Hen of the Wood. As a state that prides itself in being the home of gourmet cheeses, Ben and Jerry’s, and maple syrup, you really can’t go wrong. We ate at American Flatbread in Burlington, Doc Ponds in Stowe, and Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. All excellent options.

Needless to say, I think I’m in love with Vermont. The people, the food, the beer, the activities. What’s not to love?

As our flight took off from the quaint Burlington airport, I was left dreaming of a day when I could own a home on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Summer in Vermont. Ah, if only.