THINGS TO DO NEARBY THE LODGE Compiled by Dianne Emmick
The Lodge is a good place to visit year-round. Plan a vacation with the Lodge as your staying-over place. Here are some great places to visit in Vermont. Some within 40 miles of the Lodge.
VERMONT COUNTIES AND TOWNS
Lodge is in Addison County;
Just east is Orange County,
Just southwest is Rutland County,
Just southeast is Windsor County,
Just north is Washington County
Nearby Villages (distances are approximate miles from our lodge)
|Barre (37 mi.)
||Bethel (20 mi.)
||Brandon (28 mi.)
||Bread Loaf (9 mi.)
|Bristol (25 mi.)
||Burlington (50 mi.)
||Cabot (46 miles)
||E Middlebury (18 mi.)
|Hancock (3 mi.)
||Lebanon (45 mi.)
||Manchester (110 mi.)
||Middlebury (23 mi.)
|Montpelier (30 mi.)
||Ripton (14 mi.)
||Rochester (8 mi.)
||Royalton (25 mi.)
|Rutland (40 mi.)
||Sharon (30 mi.)
||St Johnsbury (60 mi.)
||Turnbridge (18 mi.)
|Waitsfield (15 mi.)
||Warren (10 mi.)
||Waterbury (18 mi.)
||Woodstock (40 mi.)
Year-Round Places of Interest
Home of Warren Kimble, world famous folk artist
4 Conant Square
Gift Shop 802-247-3026
Stylized animals and Vermont scenes
Kimble’s work also sold at Liza Myers Gallery in Brandon
Visit Brandon Farmer’s Market on Fridays
Year-round events in town
Maple View Farm Alpacas
Open Houses at various times throughout the year
Visit the alpacas
Gift shops, Cookies and cider
185 Adams Street
Art on Main and Artists’ Alley
Community Art Center and gallery
Artists’ alley is an outdoor summer space featuring murals, musicians, crafts people
Essex Junction (just north) campus of New England Culinary Institute
(Main campus in Montpelier)
Dine at their restaurant, Butler’s; reservations recommended
Charlotte Village Winery
Fruit and grape wines
Just down the road from the lodge, this bowl company is world-famous. Make one-piece hardwood wooden bowls.
The mill contains original machinery designed in the 1899s.
Bowl Mill store open Monday-Saturday, 9-5 pm
Sunday 11-4 pm
Exhibit about Jericho farmer Wilson A. Bentley (the "snowflake man") who was the first man to photograph a single snowflake.
He eventually photographed more than 5,000 of them, proving that truly no two are alike.
Visit the "Snowflake" Bentley Exhibit at the Old Red Mill in Jericho.
http://jerichohistoricalsociety.org/ and http://www.snowflakebentley.com/
The Old Red Mill
The old mill is not only the home of the Bentley exhibit, but is a tourist attraction in its own right.
It was declared a National Historical Site in 1972 and houses mill machinery and artifacts.
Next door is a residence, the Mill house, gingerbread style with Gothic gables.
While you’re in Jericho, don’t forget to stop in at Snowflake Chocolates.
Vermont Soap Works
Tours and gift store
Maple Landmark Woodcraft
Largest wooden toy factory in the U.S.
Visit factory showroom
Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
Gift shop and classes
An old mill building next to Otter Creek Falls.
Visit neighboring cafes and unique shops
New England Culinary Institute
Eat at one of the two Culinary Institute Montpelier restaurants
Chef’s Table and Main Street Grill
Visit bakery / café, La Brioche, for baked goods or lunch
Reservations recommended at restaurants
New England Maple Museum
Museum tour and exhibits about making maple sugar
Open all year except for January, February, and first half of March
Proctor, Vermont (between Pittsford and Rutland)
Tours May through October
Haunted Halloween tours in late October
Vermont Marble Museum
Open May through October
History of marble
Gift shop, artist-in-residence
Farm owned by Robert Frost, was his final permanent residence.
Robert Frost Interpretive Trail; several of his poems mounted along the trail.
Visit the birthplace of Mormon leader Joseph Smith
The Bridges Resort and Tennis Club
Located near the top of the Sugarbush Access Rd. and houses 2 indoor "soft" courts. Private lessons, clinics, round-robin events, cardio tennis, ball machine rental, etc. throughout the year.www.bridgesresort.com
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
Free sample of the day
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Grand View winery tasting room as well
Seasonal Events of Interest
*Dates can change from year to year, so do call and check that the event is scheduled and get the dates before you travel.
Fall brings numerous fall fairs and festivities to Vermont. It seems as if every small town is having a leaf festival or an apple festival or a Halloween festival. Check the Internet for events. Check out http://www.travel-vermont.com/seasons/fall.asp.
Ben’s Mill Day
The event is fun for the entire family and features a Rubber Duck Race, Rib Dinner,
Live Music, and chance to views this marvelous old mill and Blacksmith Shop.
Tours from 10 am - noon.
Rubber duck race starts at 11. A rubber duck can be purchased for the race; call for more information
Usually first Saturday in October
Ben Theshers Mill, Barnet Road, Barnet, VT
Rock Solid: Annual Stone Show, Stone Carvers’ Show.
Stone carvers from Barre and around the area show their talent.
Contemporary and classic designs in 3-D sculpture and 2-D relief, stone assemblages, and paintings or drawings that show the beautiful qualities of stone.
Usually through the month of October.
Annual Garlic and Herb Festival
First weekend in September
Held in September
An enchanting Full Moon Tango weekend in Brandon.
Celebrate Harvest Fair
Held in October
Catch a glimpse of the spinning wheel at work.
See treasures in wood, iron, wool, and fabric.
Taste quality baked goods, vinegars, honey, mustards, and maple syrup.
See the patchwork of color. Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, and wreaths.
Bring home the charm of small town.
Savor the tastes and treasure tomorrow's antiques. 10 am - 4 pm
Brattleboro Literary Festival
Three day literary festival
Celebrate authors, readers, and books themselves
Over 25 authors attend
Various events for all family members
Held in October
Cabot Apple Pie Festival
Annual event. Local cooks compete. Free apple cider, crafts fair, light lunch, and lots of pies for sale
Exhibits, entertainment, fun for family.
Held the Saturday after Columbus Day
Killington Ski Area
A variety of micro breweries and craft breweries from Vermont and New England will each have on hand a few of their top choice ales, pilsners, stouts, and hand-crafted lagers, for beer enthusiasts to sample.
Admission is charged.
Please have your ID with you during the Brew Fest, as you must be 21 years or older to sample beer.
Usually the first Saturday in October.
For more information call 800-734-9435.
Halloween & Fall Celebration
New England Maple Museum
Exhibits and decorations
End of September through October
Vermont State Fair
First week in September
Tunbridge World’s Fair
Real country fair
Has run continuously since 1867 (except in 1918 due to flu epidemic and during WWII)
Generally 2nd weekend in September
Basin Bluegrass Festival held in July
Annual Pickin' By The Pond 3-day festival celebrating all things Bluegrass!
Held in July 802-247-3275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Great Brandon Auction
Benefit auction offering quality goods and services! Great fun, lots of bargains.
Held in July
4 pm in Central Park (2 pm preview);
Yard Sale Day
Day-long event Merchant's Fair and Town-Wide Yard Sales;
Held in August
Mad River Valley (Waitsfield area)
Vermont Festival of the Arts
Literally hundreds of events
Along or near Rt. 100, mostly between Waitsfield and Warren
Fairs and Festivals, Galleries and Exhibits, Health and Wellness
Lectures, Literature, Music, Dance, Open Studios, Theater and Cinema
Culinary Events, Garden tour, Workshops and Demos, Photography
Three weeks in August
Mount Independence State Historic Site
Site of Revolutionary War fort housing 12,000 soldiers
Trails through 300 acres of pasture and woodlands
Views of Lake Champlain
Remains of Revolutionary War
759-2412 or in season: (802) 948-2000
Trapp Family Meadow Concerts
700 Trapp Hill Road
Classical concerts in the Trapp Family Lodge Meadow
Sunday evenings, late June-mid-August
Stoweflake Balloon Festival
Stoweflake Resort Field, Hwy 108.
More than 20 balloons launched continuously
Second weekend in July
Swanton, Vermont, and points east
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Over 100 miles from the lodge, but it sure does sound neat. Part of a 740-mile trail through New York, Vermont, Ouebec, New Hampshire, and Maine
174-mile section in Vermont
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
Public kick-off to the maple season in Vermont.
An invitation to the public to visit one or more sugar houses throughout the state.
Activities usually include maple sugar house tours where visitors can watch maple syrup being made, often sample maple products and much more.
Generally the last weekend in March