Top Places to Visit in Vermont
Vermont is a great location to visit if you want to enjoy a holiday in New England and explore the great outdoors while soaking up the region’s quaint towns. There are plenty of things for you to get up to, but if I was going to this interesting US state, here are some I would definitely add to my itinerary.
Enjoy Ben & Jerry’s till your heart’s content
Now, I may be biased as I really love ice cream, but I think Ben & Jerry’s is among the best things to come out of Vermont. Since the famous brand hit our stores a few years ago, it has taken the world by storm with its delicious – and intriguing – flavours. And if you head to Vermont, you can enjoy a tour of a real Ben & Jerry’s factory, which will certainly help you learn more about how the company got started. You may even get to sample a few helpings yourself if you want to (well, who wouldn’t?).
You can find the site of Ben & Jerry’s in the Green Mountains, and these factory tours are actually very educational, with visitors getting the chance to learn about how to make ice cream and what the production process is. But, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking the best part will be tasting the ice cream in the Scoop Shop. You could discover new flavours to try – I would definitely get some Butter Pecan and What a Cluster (with peanut butter ice cream, caramel cluster pieces and marshmallow swirls). Yum!
A great time to come is during the summer – especially if you have kids – as there are lots of outdoor activities taking place, while you’ll also find many events held throughout the year, from the Winter Festival to the Free Cone Day.
Head outdoors at Quechee Gorge
If I went to Vermont, I’d spend most of my time outdoors. It is among the most beautiful locations in the US, with impressive mountains (223 over 2,000 ft tall to be precise!), breathtaking lakes and an abundance of streams. Everywhere you turn is green, while in the autumn, the leaves will change into a golden brown and, in winter, a thick layer of snow covers the landscape.
One place that will certainly show you the best of Vermont’s scenery is Quechee Gorge, located in Quechee State Park. This is the deepest ravine in the state and was created about 13,000 years ago as a result of glacial activity. The gorge measures 165 ft deep, so it is certainly impressive to look at – especially when you see the Ottauquechee River plunge this great distance and hear the roar of the water as it falls. Don’t forget to explore the rest of the park as well, as there are lots of pretty picnic areas and plenty of walking trails for you to get close to Vermont’s breathtaking nature on foot.
Grab some souvenirs at the Vermont Country Store
Ok, it may sound strange to travel all the way to America to go shopping, but the Vermont Country Store is definitely somewhere I would head to if I was going to the US state. This shop sells everything you that reminds you of Vermont, from locally-produced maple syrup (something the area is renowned for, FYI) to furnishings in traditional Vermont patterns – bring some of these products back and you’ll feel as though you’re holed up in a log cabin all the time, despite being in your UK home. Ever the foodie, the (long) list of things I would buy include molasses and spice Hermit cookies, fruitcakes and maple leaf candy, as well as maple cornbread mix and maple-sweetened or pumpkin spice pancake mixes so I can try to recreate the delicious flavours at home – well, hopefully!