With so many things to see and experience in the beautiful state of Vermont, there are countless adventures to be had. Take some time to explore what the Green Mountain State has to offer, and create memories that will last a lifetime with this ultimate bucket list for Vermont. From simple things such as eating pancakes at the Blue Benn Diner, to wild adventures such as mountain climbing, to attending the Tunbridge World’s Fair, here are some things you’re definitely going to want to do.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Shop at a farmers market.
Fresh food, local farmers and more are what you'll find at Vermont farmers markets.
2. Stroll around the Shelburne Museum.
Shelburne Museum in Shelburn is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana.
3. Take in the views from the Bennington Monument.
This monument commemorates "The Battle of Bennington" which took place in 1777, in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles from Bennington.
4. Read a book at the Haskell Library & Opera House.
(Note: as of September 6th, 2020, Haskell Library is temporarily closed to the public). Located on the Derby line, this building was purposely built on the US/Canadian border.
5. Drive the scenic Route 100 during fall foliage.
Arguably the most scenic drive in New England, the
Route 100 By-way
is one road you won't want to miss.
6. Try the pancakes at the Blue Benn Diner.
(Note: as of September 6th, 2020, Blue Benn Diner is permanently closed). Actually, try EVERYTHING at the Blue Benn Diner in Bennington. And whatever you get, add their famous syrup.
7. Climb to the top of Vermont's highest peak.
Mt. Mansfield is Vermont's highest peak - challenge your muscles and stamina by hiking to the top, or take the auto toll road that brings you to the top.
8. Travel across one of Vermont's historic covered bridges.
Vermont has over 100 covered bridges, but for the most bang for your buck, check out Bennington, which has five covered bridges, all within a short drive of each other.
9. Spend a day at the Tunbridge World's Fair.
The Tunbridge World’s Fair has run continuously since 1867 (except in 1918, due to the great flu epidemic, and during World War II). Always 10 days after Labor Day, The 145th fair dates are September 15,16,17,18, 2016.
10. Pay your respects to your four legged friends at the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury.
11. Tour the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.
You'll never find a tour sweeter than this!
12. Enjoy a freshly baked cider donut at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury.
Be sure to wash it down with their delicious cider, too.
13. Enjoy a maple creemee.
There's no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than a delicious creemee.
14. Check out the Billings Farm & Museum.
A picturesque working farm in the charming town of Woodstock.
15. Walk along the Robert Frost trail in Ripton.
A sign at the beginning of the trail says "Robert Frost lived and worked within a mile of here. The fields and forests were inspirations for poems and mentioned in many. A leisurely half hour walk will acquaint you with Frost Country and some of his works that are located in appropriate settings. To enjoy this trail, please take your time and leave nothing but footprints."
16. See how the award-winning Cabot Cheese is made at the creamery in Cabot.
(Note: as of September 6th, 2020, the Cabot Creamery is temporarily closed to the public). You'll love the free samples!
17. Soar across Lake Champlain on the ferry boat.
Whether you have a destination or simply want to go for the ride, you'll love the views from the ferry.
18. Check out Rock of Ages in Barre.
An amazing quarry to visit or tour, and be sure to stop by the Hope Cemetery after to check out the amazing monuments made from the stone in the quarry.
19. Learn more about the history of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth.
The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth is both charming and historical.
20. Pick your own apples.
With places to pick apples and berries all over Vermont, finding a place shouldn't be difficult... the hard part is choosing which one to visit!
21. Go shopping at the Dorset Union Store.
The Dorset Union Store has been operating for over 200 years. If they don't have it, you probably don't need it.