What happens in Vermont, stays in Vermont… but nothing ever happens in Vermont.
Well, not exactly. Some things happen in Vermont, but they are definitely worth mentioning.
Last week my mom and I visited northern Vermont for the second time. Our first trip was last August for three days before I started my final year of college. We stayed for nearly a week this time and we were able to do much more… especially walking!
So that saying up top is somewhat true, there really isn’t much to do in parts of Vermont. Driving up to the Burlington/Stowe area the only sights are cows, farms, silos, trees and more cows. However, once there, there are quite a few places that are worth visiting… in fact, if you’re ever in the Burlington/Stowe area you have to visit these places!
Ben & Jerry’s Factory
Vermont is all about that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream… and they should be! It was born in Vermont and still is still based there. Though you can find Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shops all around, the factory located in Waterbury is a must visit so you can take the factory tour and try a sample of the flavor of the day!
The Tiny Acorn
If you’re a fan of small, local businesses then The Tiny Acorn is definitely a shop you have to visit in Vermont. It’s location in Waterbury is right near the Green Mountain Coffee headquarters, so grab yourself a coffee and browse around this store to find a gift for someone back home! I sure did!
Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory
Calling all chocolate lovers! If you ever get the chance to go to Burlington, VT, you need to make sure you find the chocolate factory – and don’t worry, no kids have been harmed here. You get to learn all about the company’s history and how their chocolate is made.
Church Street Marketplace
Imagine Diagon Alley, but more modern. That’s Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. With a good selection of shops, both local and franchised, as well as restaurants, this is definitely a hot-spot when visiting Vermont. Keep your eyes open though, there are some hidden shops that have a lot of great stuff that just might be what you’re looking for!
Barnes & Noble
I know, I know… there are Barnes & Noble stores everywhere, but this is the first one I’ve ever been to that has two floors! I don’t know how many two-floor Barnes & Noble’s are out there, but if you are a true bookworm, you won’t pass up this store.
Depot Street Malt Shop
Of course there are tons of good, recognized restaurants in Vermont, but there are a few that are local only and catch your eye. One that caught my eye last year was the Depot Street Malt Shop in Stowe. It’s styled like a classic 50’s diner and offers some classic items from that time, including egg creams!
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Ever want to see the behind-the-scenes of how a stuffed animal is made? Well, you can do just that with the one and only Vermont Teddy Bear company at their factory in Shelburne. It was very cool to learn how the company started in 1981 and how the VT Teddy Bear evolved into what it is today. You can also learn some neat secrets about the bears made in this factory.
Have you ever been to Vermont? What are some of your favorite things to do there?
7 thoughts on “7 Places to Visit in Vermont”
We stayed there for just one night in Downtown Burlington, which had a artistic character and relaxed but quite vibrant nightlife. I’d love to go again one day. We also visited the headquarters of the National Gardening Association.
Yeah, I love the artistic feel in the downtown area. I guess it helps there are three colleges in Burlington! haha :)
One of my friends from school is from Vermont! So whenever someone talks about Vermont I think of him. If I ever decide to visit him I will definitely have to check some of these places out!
That’s awesome! My boyfriend and his family are from there, so they had actually suggested some of these places to us… including the Barnes and Noble!
The next time I’m in Boston for work, I plan to go out a day early and make a day trip to Vermont just to go to Ben and Jerry’s. As a big consumer of their ice cream, I’ve always wanted to go there.
The multi-story Barnes and Noble thing is really common in Ohio. In fact, the only non-two story one I know of just got torn down so they could put a two story one in its place. I’m surprised this isn’t more of a common thing.
Well, I’m not sure it’ll be a day trip to Vermont from Boston if you’re planning to go to the B&J Factory in Waterbury, but either way, just eating Ben and Jerry’s in Vermont is good enough.
I’m glad that there are more two-story Barnes and Nobles in other places. Connecticut doesn’t have any, so going to the one in Burlington is a must for me… as it would be for any other place I visit that has a two-story B&N :D