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Vermont State Parks:
Vermont State Parks – This state is home to the Von Trapp family of the Sound of Music fame…The area is definitely on my wish list of places to go. The area is full of history, and they conduct tours on a regular basis. There is great skiing, snowboarding, and there are mountains and parks to visit. You will find 12 State Parks and 7 State Forests in Vermont.
Molly Stark State Park: This park is named for the famous wife of General John Stark of the American Revolutionary War. Activities includes camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, and winter sports. There is a loop hiking trail up to the fire lookout tower on Mt. Olga. The facilities include a 23 tent/RV sites and 11 lean-to sites, flush toilets, hot showers, a play area, and large pavilion with electricity, 3 charcoal grills, and 10 picnic tables. Stark was influential and persuasive enough to recruit many men to fight for the Continental Army. He attained the rank of general by early 1777 and inspired his New Hampshire Volunteers the eve before the Battle of Bennington, by proclaiming “Now, my men, yonder are the Hessians! Tonight, the American flag flies over yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”. Molly was instrumental to the American success at the Battle of Bennington; after the general departed west from New Hampshire. She even converted her homestead barn into a hospital to care for wounded from both sides. This Park is to be found between Wilmington and Bennington.
Bomoseen State Park: The park’s boundaries cover more than 2,000 acres surrounding nearby Glen Lake and forested land comprising the camping area that is Half Moon Pond State Park. Activities includes boating, swimming, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching and winter sports. The Glen Lake Trail connects the Bomoseen campground (66 campsites including 10 lean-tos) with the Half Moon campground with 52 tent/RV sites and 5 cabins. The facilities include a swim beach, picnic area, snack bar, boat rentals, campground, flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. Park rangers offer interpretive programs including night hikes, campfire programs, amphibian explorations, and nature crafts. Found in Castleton.
Camel’s Hump State Park: The primary natural feature is Camel’s Hump, the third highest mountain in Vermont at 4,085 feet. The summit, which is surrounded by 10 acres of alpine tundra, is the focal point of Camel’s Hump Natural Area, a 7,850-acre protected area in the heart of the Park. The park straddles the northern Green Mountains in an area bounded by Vermont Rte 17 on the south and the Winooski River on the north. As of 2017, the park covered a total of 21,224 acres making it the largest state park in Vermont. The Park is publicly accessible from numerous undeveloped parking lots and trails. The most popular access points are the Burrows Trailhead east of Huntington and the Monroe Trailhead south of Duxbury. At the Monroe Trailhead, the Trail is 0.8-mile universally accessible with easy grades, a wide path, and several benches along the way. From the trail, there is a fine view of Camel’s Hump to the west. Camping is limited. Additional camping facilities are available at nearby Little River State Park. Found near Burlington.
D.A.R. State Park: With its picturesque location on the shores of Lake Champlain, D.A.R. State Park provides an ideal setting for anyone seeking a relaxing day visit or an overnight respite. A quiet park, it is popular for its large, open campground, grassy picnic areas and stone pavilion. It is also a favorite spot for birdwatchers. This area is thought to be the site of the first permanent Euro-American agricultural settlements in Vermont. In 1731, The French constructed a fort at Chimney Point to prevent the British advance up the Champlain Valley, but the English took over the area is 1759 when the French left for Canada. The Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the property in 1934 and turned it into a museum depicting early colonial life. In 1955, they donated 95 acres to the State for creation of D.A.R. State Park. There is also a picnic pavilion available to rent at the park. This open, stone pavilion can seat up to 60 people and offers electricity, a grill, picnic tables, and a restroom. There is a charge on weekends, but the pavilion is FREE Monday – Thursday (except holidays). This Park is found in Addison.
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Vermont Museums: Part of the New England region, it’s also known for being home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and a major producer of maple syrup. Thousands of acres are crossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes.
The Art of Humor Gallery: This is a collection of seriously funny fine art, features the work of artist/cartoonist Skip Morrow. On display are limited edition prints, watercolor originals, books and greeting cards. Skip’s internationally published illustrations include New York Times bestselling books, greeting cards, magazine articles and advertising for national and international corporations. The 3000-foot gallery is situated on 14 acres of a scenic mountainside in the Green Mountains of Vermont, just minutes from the village of Wilmington and Mount Snow Ski area. Admission: $5 (credited toward purchase) Hours: Weekends from 10 to 5 or by appointment. If you are in the neighborhood of Wilmington, then it is a must see.
Vermont Toy Museum: This museum is great for groups ranging from 2-75 and everyone will have a blast. Toys are separated by decade, with special displays for Star Wars, cap guns, trains, costumes, GI Joe, etc. Do not hesitate to make a visit as it will be a trip down memory lane in the town of Quechee.
Shelburne Museum: In 1947, Electra Havemeyer Webb created this museum with friends out of her love of handmade objects. There are more than 100,000 items exhibited in over 35 buildings, 25 of which are historic, and over 45 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens – 20 in all. The main attraction is the Memorial Building which displayed works of art (Monet, Manet, Degas, Wyeth, Cassatt) in a setting with furniture from her home in New York City. There is an extensive collection of horse pulled wagons, sleighs, etc. You will even see a police ‘paddy wagon’ sleigh! There are decorative arts, furniture, glassware, quilts, and toys. The buildings range from a circus building, an apothecary shop, a blacksmith, jail, general store, and print shop, a sawmill, a settlers’ house, and a smokehouse. On property is a railroad station complete with a locomotive, a lighthouse, a carousel, and a one-of-a-kind 220-foot sidewheel steamboat. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Relax at the food court and there’s a shuttle to help move you around the area. The $2 admission fee is good for 2 consecutive days. This museum of early America is one of kind. Found in Shelburne.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home: Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter. Touring the home stead sheds a much interesting historical light on the times. The tour of the Pullman Car exhibit gives insight and information on the racial and social dimensions. Visit in Manchester.
Montshire Museum of Science: This museum is an award-winning hands-on science museum where you will experience over 140 exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. As it is a 110-acre museum on the Connecticut River, there’s always plenty to explore, both indoors and out! Open daily 10-5. Two day passes are available. The water exhibits in the Outdoor Science Park are on from mid-May through early October. There is lots of fun for kids starting at toddler age. The kids go from one activity to another. They even have huge building blocks that the kids can pile up, climb on, and fall onto the padded floor, so no worries about them getting hurt. They have presentations throughout the day. You can watch an ant colony as they devour leaves and take the small pieces back to their nests. Found in Norwich.
The von Trapp Family Estate – In the early 1940s, thee family toured the United States before eventually settling in Stowe on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. In 1950, they began welcoming guests to their rustic, family home. After a fire in 1980, the original structure was replaced, situated on 2,500 acres. The entire property is owned and operated by the von Trapp family. You can learn all about the von Trapp family history by taking a tour. Visit the estate in Stowe.
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Vermont Festivals – These festivals are in a state which encompasses independent thinking, friendliness, a passion for sports and resourcefulness. The people, landscape, heritage, famed fall foliage, renowned maple syrup, and the most snow on the East Coast make the Green Mountain State delightfully experiential. The hills and valleys here rock with 85 festivals all year long! Three of the biggest are: Champlain Valley Fair, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and Vermont Maple Festival. Get your “Green on” at Vermont’s Festivals, Art Shows, Music Festivals and Craft Shows!
Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light: Fire performers Cirque de Fuego will start things off on the town green and have a lighted walk down Bristol’s Main Street to the fire pits at Tandem. Stop at the Vermont Tree Goods for hot drinks, tasty eats. You can also create your own holiday lanterns in a free workshop before the event at 4:30 pm in Holley Hall. All ages welcome, and all supplies provided! This Annual Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light in Downtown Bristol is on Saturday, December 21st – 5:30 – 9:30 PM.
Winter Renaissance Faire: This Faire, is a family-friendly event for all ages, featuring performance troupes including singers, musicians, acrobats and dancers; as well as medieval and Viking demonstrations of life on the battlefields of the old world. With artisans and craft vendors—both local and from across New England patrons can find fascinating items and indulge their appetites with tasty treats from cultures around the world. This faire is held for two days at the Champlain Valley Exposition, so there is plenty of room and free parking space for the attendees of this favorite annual event. In Essex; Feb. 1 – 2, 10 am – 6 pm.
WonderGrass Presents: Sugar & Strings: True connection is a spark of art and a catalyst for inspiration. WinterWonderGrass creates a platform for authentic communication and connection to happen. Sugar & Strings is an all-ages family event. The event is outdoors in the winter and takes place snow, rain or shine. This is a community and family-friendly event with a colorful kid’s zone including face painting, hula hooping and crafts. Stratton Mountain Resort; Apr 10 – 11, 4 PM – 11 PM.
Vermont Maple Festival: This Festival will display products and an antique show, variety show, comedy show, crafts & food show, as well as showing off glittery jewelry, taste-tempting specialty foods, classy clothing, assorted artwork, wooden items, fine photographs, and more. St Albans City, Apr 24 – 26.
34th Annual Burlington Kids Day: A May Day of Celebration of children and for children! Come for our parade, stay for crafts, games, bucket truck rides, Zumba lessons, sports demos and more! Win prizes and build a terrarium. Free food for all children, and food for sale for the adults. Waterfront Park, Burlington; May 1.
Jay Summer Fest: Join this summer Fest in Downtown Jay! Free Parking, Free Admission King Arthur Baking Contest, 60 plus Vendors, Food, Music, Horseshoe Tournament, Parade, Kids Activities, Silent Auction, Tag Sale, 50/50 Cow Plop Raffle and so much more. Jay, August 11, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
TravelKatz can send you packing to Vermont any time of the year to enjoy these and many more festivals. Just say when and we will help you make the reservation for your vacation. Call us at 352-277-7300 to get on board these and other Vermont Festivals!
PLACE OF INTEREST
Burlington is a city in northwestern Vermont, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, south of the Canadian border. Downtown, shops and restaurants line pedestrianized Church Street Marketplace. The vast Shelburne Museum, south of the city, houses American folk and decorative art in a collection of historic buildings. On a hilltop overlooking the city center is the University of Vermont, founded in 1791. Its campus is home to the Fleming Museum of Art, showcasing international art. Also, on display are Native American ceramics, basketry and beadwork, plus pieces by Vermont artists. The 1930 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts hosts concerts and theater performances.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Here you will find hands-on learning about Lake Champlain, a kid-focused museum with 70+ species of animals, interactive exhibits about lake ecology & a cafe. People from all ages and backgrounds seem to love it. It’s a great spot to spend a couple hours learning about the fascinating natural history of the Champlain Basin and younger minds are provided with creative ways to engage them in the learning process. The live animal displays are the best in Vermont.
Battery Park: a public park with panoramic lake views. This historic park featuring a playground, summer concerts, ice-skating & views of Lake Champlain. It’s amazing to watch the sun go down behind the mountains and lovely lake. You should try to see at least one sunset when you are visiting Burlington.
Spirit of Ethan Allen: This is a great and informative cruise around Lake Champlain. The cruise sets out near the ECHO Leahy center. While the Ethan Allen provides a “Lunch on the Lake” at noon, but the café food is GREAT! While this one was informative about the area, Burlington, the Lake and history there is another cruise specific to the revolutionary era, so you can choose which one is best for your family. Of course, you might want to do both. If you want a great evening of dining and dancing, then we recommend the dinner cruise.
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum: This is great for a family or even an independent activity. You will learn about the history of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. The tour guide, Keith, is incredibly knowledgeable. The grounds are beautiful and picturesque in summer, as they would be any time of year. Highly recommended!
Mount Mansfield: Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont with a summit that peaks at 4,395 feet above sea level. There are great Ski resorts, hiking trails & other recreational activity centered around the state’s highest peak. This is a beautiful area all year round, depending on your favorite outdoor activities.
The Perkins Geology Museum: This museum is in Delehanty Hall, on the Trinity Campus of The University of Vermont. Not too big (just one room) but important and interesting exhibits which not only deal with Vermont geology, but paleontology as well. If you love rocks, you’ll like this free museum. Look for the hidden Peep.
Burlington is fairly easy to get to by air with one stop from Tampa. Just give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make sure you have a special time in Vermont.
Vermont State Capital: MONTPELIER
The name of Vermont’s capital city was bestowed by Colonel Jacob Davis in 1781. Disdainful of the then-popular trend of naming a new settlement after the towns in the state in which one previously resided, Davis chose to name his new town after the French city of Montpelier. Davis wasn’t just bucking a trend, he was also concerned about the confusion that would arise if too many towns ended up sharing the same name.
Vermont State House: Vermont’s statehouse is stunning. The tour highlights all the beautiful spaces only in miniature to larger statehouses. The tour guide does a great job and makes sure to point out even the small details. You can park in front of the Capitol on the street, and walk to the State House, and other buildings of the government of Vermont. This would remind one of a Mayberry type town. Really a beautiful area in Vermont. Kudo’s to Vermont for keeping it simple and so quaint. A breath of fresh air. There are rolling tours that are not to be missed. Look for fossils in the flooring. The building inside and out is just lovely. If you are touring Montpelier the state house should be on the top of your list.
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks: Make sure to watch the short movie. The patriarch has a dry, hilarious sense of humor. You will enjoy the tasting area and learn so much about maple. When you walk up the maple trail which isn’t very long but several different types of trees are labeled and you get to see just how hard and slow the process of making maple syrup is. This family is true Vermonters with a love of their craft, golden heart for their visitors and customers.
Camel’s Hump: This is a hike you do not want to miss. On a clear summer day, there is no other place to be to feel like you are on top of the world. Green trees and meadow for miles. You can see to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the west to the Jay and Mount Washington in the North and the beautiful Green Mountain and White Mountain range in the east. Please plan your hike early in the day. Watching the sunset on top is a beautiful idea but you don’t want to trip and fall in the dark. It would turn a glorious day into a bummer!
Vermont Historical Society Museum: It’s a rather small museum, located on a single floor. But it is very informative, giving an excellent overview of the state of Vermont. One thing that is learned is that the state a century ago was mostly deforested with farmland or supporting a logging industry. Fortunately, the people of Vermont were determined to successfully restore most of the state to its former heavily forested past. One will come away with a great understanding of the history of Vermont, its culture, and its people.
Lost Nation Theater: Superior theater, I have never seen a bad production by this company! Highly Recommended. Located in an historic downtown building near some excellent restaurants treat yourself it’s worth it. Montpelier is regularly on the lists of “Best Small Cities” “Best Arts Towns” and “Best Places to Live” in America. When you are there at the theater please introduce yourselves.
T.W. Wood Art Gallery: The Wood is well-known locally for its extensive permanent collection of historic Vermont art. It is now in spiffy new quarters on Barre Street (in a refurbished building) and has rotating collections as well as regular special events. The building is now known as the Center for Arts and Learning.
Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing: Desk personnel know Montpelier well and can expertly direct you to your destination. The information bookshelves and map racks are well organized and nicely stacked. Rooms are clean, well-lighted and bright. Service is swift and efficient. Overall a pleasant experience.
As you might guess, you are going to have to fly into Burlington, VT. As Montpelier does not have an airport of its own. It is just one stop but well worth it. Just give us a call and TravelKatz will get all the details made for your trip to Vermont’s capital city. Fall is a perfect time to see all the colors. Call 352-277-7300.
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