Vermont possesses all of the charms and attractions you could ever want, the old and the new - side by side. We often think of maple syrup and cheese when we think of Vermont, but you may be surprised at the diversity of culture and attractions.
For a sample of the past, see the town of Stowe with its weathered barns and covered bridge. Skiing, art galleries, and boutiques will keep you busy, or bring a bike along in your RUV (recreational utility vehicle), and bike the five-mile Stowe Recreation Path, which meanders through green meadows and dense woods.
In Waterbury, tour Ben & Jerry’s Factory and enjoy a hands-on-ice-cream experience. The VIP experience is available only on Wednesdays by appointment, but a regular tour can be had daily without an appointment, and a sample of your favorite ice cream is included. For some of your favorite flavors that have “bitten the dust,” you can mourn their loss at the flavor graveyard, which is on a hill overlooking the factory. Each of the “retired” flavors has its own headstone and humorous inscription. Hike or bike the network of trails, backpack to the top of Green Mountain, or swim in the river. Pull out a paddleboard, kayak, or fishing rod from your Class A toy hauler and seek out the appropriate activity or picnic along the tranquil waterfront.
For an idyllic camping experience, try the 100-acre secluded Lake Champagne Resort near Waterbury. It touts a private lake, rolling hills, undeveloped fields, and fresh air to tickle the nostrils. Nearby attractions include summer festivals, golfing, museums, and shopping. The resort closes during the winter months, so visit earlier in the year. It can accommodate full-sized RVs, so a Class A motorhome or a Class C motorhome will find comfortable spots in wooded areas or on terraced sites. Wide, pull-thru places give you plenty of room to spread out. Be adventuresome and hike to a remote woodland for a night of tent camping beside a babbling brook. An RV will provide the creature comforts, but an experience in the woods without benefit of cable TV or hookups will give you grist for the "tall- tale" mill when you tell friends back home about it.
See stunning sunsets over Lake Champlain in Burlington and appreciate the Adirondacks in the background. Relish traffic-free Church Street Marketplace, where you can browse wonderful little shops or people-watch at the al fresco dining at many of the restaurants during summer months. Oh, what a sight to behold during Christmas holidays! Leave your motorhome behind, or bring it with you, and take the ferry across the lake to Niagara Falls or Upper New York for a day trip.
While you are in the area, visit the 115-acre site of Wilson Castle in the scenic countryside of Proctor. Check out Plymouth Notch to see where President Calvin Coolidge was born and raised. The village includes a beautifully restored church, one-room schoolhouse, cheese factory and general store. Learn through interpretive exhibits or walk the nature trails.
For you hunters, Vermont offers permission before you hunt on their property. Be courteous and respect the landowner and the property itself.