Granville Bowl 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
Jericho, Vermont 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. Seehttp://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.
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 802-388-3177 http://www.froghollow.org/
Montpelier, Vermont 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 http://www.necidining.com
New England Maple Museum Museum tour and exhibits about making maple sugar Gift shop Open all year except for January, February, and first half of March (802) 483-9414 http://www.maplemuseum.com/index.html
Proctor, Vermont (between Pittsford and Rutland) Wilson Castle
Vermont Marble Museum Open May through October History of marble Quarry walk Gift shop, artist-in-residence 800-427-1396 http://www.vermont-marble.com
Ripton, Vermont Farm owned by Robert Frost, was his final permanent residence. Robert Frost Interpretive Trail; several of his poems mounted along the trail. http://www.fs.usda.gov/r9
Sharon, Vermont 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 Guided tours Free sample of the day Gift shop http://www.benjerry.com
Cold Hollow Cider Mill Tours Gift shop 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
Tango Vermont 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 800-284-3243. http://www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org
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. Free Held the Saturday after Columbus Day 802-563-3396 http://www.cabothistory.com/apple-pie-festival
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 802-483-9414
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 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); 802-247-6401 http://brandon.org/auction.php
Yard Sale Day Day-long event Merchant's Fair and Town-Wide Yard Sales; Held in August 802-247-6401 See http://www.brandon.org
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 http://www.vermontartfest.com 800-517-4247
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 Fortifications http://www.historicvermont.org/mountindependence
Trapp Family Meadow Concerts 700 Trapp Hill Road Classical concerts in the Trapp Family Lodge Meadow Sunday evenings, late June-mid-August (802) 253-8511.
Stoweflake Balloon Festival Stoweflake Resort Field, Hwy 108. More than 20 balloons launched continuously Second weekend in July 800-253-2232
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 802-496-2285 http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org
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 http://www.vtmaple.org/open-house.html?src=vtvacation