Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 31, 2019

Taking a Look at Vermont

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Lake Champlain stretches for 120 miles between Vermont and New York with the lake’s northern tip in Canada. It is home to lots of wildlife and a favorite place for canoeists, kayakers, and sailors.

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On the Vermont side, 318 species of birds reside on the shores and 81 species of fish swim in the lake. The lake was named after Samuel de Champlain, who reported the sighting of 20-foot serpent-like creature making the lake its home.

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Other sightings have earned it the nickname “Champ”.

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There are several wildlife preserves on the shores of the lake among them Dead Creek WMA where thousands of migrating snow geese stop by in late October.

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Mount Independence is an important sister fort to Fort Ticonderoga right across the lake in New York state. You can visit the 400-acre site.

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Vermont has many lovely covered bridges many of which are in Bennington Country in the southeastern corner of the state. One of them is the Silk Road Bridge which is 88-feet long and spans the Walloomsac River.

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Stowe is a beautiful town located at the foot of Mt. Mansfield right in the heart of the state’s snow belt.

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Take the time to explore the Vermont Ski Museum. The town has many shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and lodging.

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You can see the artwork of local artists at the Helen Day Art Center.

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If you like you can rent bikes to ride, take hikes, or skate along the Stowe Recreation Path. This paved route takes you through meadows and woods along the river.

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One of New England’s premier ski destinations is Stowe Mountain Resort where gondolas take skiers to the summit and sightseers can enjoy the views in summer and autumn.

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With or without children ice cream lovers will enjoy touring Ben & Jerry’s factory. During the 30-minute tour, you can see how the ice cream is made and packages.

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A sample of the day’s flavor can be tasted and you can have a taste of more ice cream at the scoop shop. The gift shop sells ice cream in insulated carriers. Flavors no longer made can be remembered at the Flavor Graveyard.

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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum overlooks Basin Harbor in Vergennes. Here you’ll find 15,000 artifacts ranging from archaeological finds and photographs to antique boats and full-scale replicas of historic vessels. The boathouse has a collection of small boats from the past 150 years. During special events, the museum hosts re-enactments of the lives of French, English, and Native Americans who lived and traded around the lake. Sailboats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks can be rented.

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The Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth is the former home of the 30th President of the U.S. Calvin Coolidge.

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Hildene is the former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the 16th President of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln.  After visiting Manchester, once he became the president of Pullman Company, in the early 20th century he chose to build his house there. The lovely country estate has the personal belongings of President Lincoln including his famous stovepipe hat. The home remained in the Lincoln family until 1975 and has been preserved with original furnishings and memorabilia. The formal gardens on the terrace overlook the broad valley.

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Bennington Battle Monument is a 306-foot-high obelisk commemorates the 1777 battle fought about five miles west of Bennington.

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If you’re not up to climbing the 412 steps to the top you can take an elevator for spectacular views.

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The Bennington Museum is known for its extensive collection of artwork by primitive folk artist Grandma Moses, along with her schoolhouse painting studio. There is also a collection of Bennington pottery, furniture, toys, American glassware, and Victorian quilts. You can see fine art and artifacts from the colonial and Civil War periods.

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The Old First Congregational Church of Bennington has a gabled roof and modillioned eave clapped wood and is topped by a rounded octagonal transom a gable. The congregation was first organized 12 years before the Revolutionary War and the old cemetery has been designated as Vermont’s Sacred Acre.

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Brattleboro Farmers Market is located in a region known for its small farms and agriculture. Here you can purchase fresh-picked vegetables and fruit locally grown. It has become a meeting place, a Saturday lunch stop, and a part of the weekend routine for southern Vermonters. You can find many different kinds of food here as well as pottery and jewelry and so much more. At lunchtime, there is live music and at times you can see Morris dancers on the lawn. There are vendors who sell prepared food for you to enjoy at the picnic tables.

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The town of Brattleboro has a flourishing arts scene.

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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. This is an old-time Victorian museum housed in a building dating from 1891 which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can see many amazing things here including Native American stone tools and Civil War memorabilia. On the premises is s live broadcast studio. Downstairs you’ll find a hands-on nature center.

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Across from the museum is the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum with an art gallery that was added in 1873 making it the oldest art gallery in the U.S. still in its original form. The collections feature American and European artists from the late 18th to the mid 19th century.

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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock is the only National Park to concentrate on land stewardship in America incorporating both a working farm and a Victorian mansion on a hill.

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At the farm, you can tour the home of the farm manager with a downstairs dairy, see the cows in the barn and tour a museum with exhibits on farm and rural life. There are tours available of the Rockefeller home and grounds that include gardening, forestry, and their relationship to conservation.

Both rail magnate Frederick Billings and the Rockefellers were dedicated to land conservation and used this property to put this into practice.

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The Woodstock Inn started out as a tavern in 1793. The building has a classic design and elegant historical preservation. Here you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. The inn has a restaurant and a spa.

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University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge was established in 1878 and is a working horse farm that gave the world Morgan horses.

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This is one of the first horse breeds exclusively developed in the US. The farm is open to the public.

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Green Mountain National Forest lies in two sections along the Green Mountain chain. There are waterfalls, National Forest campgrounds, scenic places to picnic, and trails to hike. The Appalachian Trail crosses through the southern section and the Long Trail follows the chain the entire length of the state from the Canadian to the Massachusetts borders.

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Quechee Gorge is the deepest gorge in Vermont and has continued to deepen by the flowing of the Ottauquechee River. The best way to view the gorge is from a walkway along the arched iron bridge. A trail leads through the woods to the bottom of the gorge. Nearby is the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, a nature center where injured raptors are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

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Rock of Ages Quarry and Hope Cemetery Graniteville – granite quarries were founded at Barre after the War of 1812 and still operate today. The Rock of Ages quarry is a huge hole in the earth at 550 feet wide, a quarter mile long, and 450 feet deep and is the world’s largest quarry.

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You can find wonderful sculptures created by the expert stone workers and carvers at Hope Cemetery.

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Naulahka is also known as the Rudyard Kipling House and is the former home of the author of “The Jungle Book”. It is a shingle-roofed, three-story home that has been converted into a vacation rental. The author wrote his book in the library here and the home is named after a precious Indian jewel.

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Robert Frost one of America’s most famous poets and lived in the Green Mountain state for four decades. He wrote much of his verse while living in a log cabin on a 150-acre farm in Ripton. Today tourists can tour this National Historic Landmark.

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In Shaftsbury, you can visit the Robert Frost Stone House, a museum dedicated to the home where Frost won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes.

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Robert Frost is buried in the cemetery at the Old First Church in Bennington. His tombstone reads “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”

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  1. I really want to visit the Ben and Jerry’s factory. Especially if there are samples at the end! Yum! 🙂 xxx

    • I think that even if I only had time to see one thing in Vermont let’s say passing through it would have to be the Ben & Jerry Factory

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