People travel from all over the world to see Vermont’s mountains, covered bridges, and foliage, but there are still a few secrets to be discovered. From the beautiful to the unique (and sometimes strange), these places are not on everyone’s radar, so check them out before everyone else finds out about them. There is so much here to uncover!
1. Park McCullough House
The Historic Park-McCullough House is one of the best-preserved Victorian mansions in New England. Take a tour of this thirty-five room mansion set on 200 acres of grounds. It is thought to be haunted, too! You'll find this gem off Route 67A in North Bennington.
2. Hartness Telescope Museum and Observatory
A 250-foot underground tunnel will take you to this 8-room museum in Springfield. The complex was built by an amateur astronomer to keep warm as he looked through his telescope which pokes above ground.
3. Path of Life Garden
The Path Of Life Garden in Windsor is a totally unique place. You walk from area to area relating to stages of life with unique statues and artwork. They also have a labyrinth to walk. Day or night, this is a wonderful place to check out.
4. Hope Cemetery
You'll find more than ordinary headstones at the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Each monument is a work of art and the stone comes from the nearby Rock of Ages Quarry.
5. Bristol Rock
Bristol Rock, also known as the Lord's Prayer Rock, is located in Bristol. The engraving was commissioned by Joseph C. Greene, who had said a prayer of thanks here every time he made it past the switchbacks of this difficult trek while delivering logs as a boy.
6. Bread and Puppet Theater Museum
Very interesting, kind of creepy, but definitely worth seeing the art and learning the history behind the big, beautiful and colorful puppets which have been used in politically and socially inspired theatre from the 50's through the present.
7. Knight's Spider Web Farm
Head over to Williamstown and meet the man behind one of the coolest places in Vermont, Will Knight. Actual spider webs are used to make his one of a kind artwork and he's a great story teller to keep your attention from beginning to end.
8. Clarendon Gorge
VIDEOA deep gorge and a swinging bridge aren't the only things that can make your palms sweat in Clarendon. Check out this cliff jumping video by Peter Brauer which begins at Clarendon Gorge, also known as Devil's Gorge. OMG!
9. Dorset Quarry
Another cliff diving adventure is over in Dorset. Not only is it stunning (even if you're not in the water) but it's also historical as it is the country's first marble quarry.
10. Bell Island
Kayaking is perhaps the most rewarding way to soak in the views and solitude of Bell Island in Orleans County in the NEK.
11. Lake Barton
If you are planning on enjoying the peace and tranquility of Lake Barton, you should consider checking out one of the best places to catch a sunrise in Vermont. I won't post a picture and spoil the surprise but to get there, take Burton Hill Road a few miles up and on the right you will see a farm with views of mountains on the right. The sun rises over these mountains... Breathtaking!
12. Japanese Garden in Hubbardton
You won't likely stumble upon this spot in Hubbardton by accident. While it's known to the locals, you'll probably have to ask directions while trekking on the mountain.
What places do you think are some of Vermont’s best kept secrets? Keep the conversation going!