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First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

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First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

Trying to put together a trip to Vermont for three (3) single women who love shopping, small towns, nice dinners and touring around. No skiing…

Can anyone recommend any towns or areas that should not be missed? We have a decent amount of time to take off and can go to a few different places.

The town of Woodstock sounds wonderful, any other suggestions for quaint villages in Vermont?

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1. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

Packaging shopping options, nice dinners and small towns all in one bundle is a little bit of a contradiction, since small towns in Vermont generally don't offer the first two options.

But Woodstock and Stowe both offer those three things. Even the state's largest city, Burlington, is certainly 'small' by NYC standards, so don't rule that out, either.

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2. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

There is also Manchester, if you are into outlet shopping.

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3. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

You do seem to be describing Woodstock (get reservations for dinner or lunch at Simon Pierce's resturant). Perhaps Woodstock to Stowe via Route 4 to the famed Route 100. That will take you through, Killington, Pittsfield, Warren and Waistfield.

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4. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

Hello SUEB1-

I am not a native, but our family enjoys visting vermont at least 1-2 times a year. General areas you might enjoy that are more "city" like areas with shops and resturants include Brattleboro, Bennington in southern VT, Manchester is shopping outlet center, Woodstock is more small shops and is beautiful.

When you plan your road trip be sure to include some farm stops that sell their products along the way and experience the small quiet towns of VT along the way. North there is Waterbury with tourist stops of Ben and Jerry's and Cabot Annex etc. Northern yet is Stowe and Burlington and the Lake Champlain area.

Not sure what time of year you are planning but there are always local events going on too. Check out the Vermont Planner website I always find it helpful. http://www.vermontvacation.com

Have fun and make sure to stay at B&B to experience the New England Charm of Vermont!

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5. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

Good morning Sueb1,

Woodstock is delightful! Check out the village web site at www.woodstockvt.com.

Also from the village you can visit small villages like Chester, Weston and Grafton to the south and then take a circut north or west into New Hampshire (Hanover) and even the White Mountains if that takes your fancy. if you want some of the larger chain shops. Manchester VT about 1.5 hours south is the place but if you want smaller more individual shops then Woodstock has them.

We also have award winning restaurants that cater for the conservative palate as well as the challenging palate.

I would also agree that you might consider some of our award winning B & B's and Inns which can offer a traditional or a contemporary experience.

If you go to Burlington which has a lovely setting on Lake Champlain I would consider staying just outside of the town as there are again some beautiful villages and sights to see.

You don't indicate what month you are planning beyond winter? Some months restaurants/inns can close depending upon the season

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What time of year are you planning to visit Vermont? Route 100 is a lovely scenic road.

For information on part of this route, go to: http://www.madrivervalley.com/

The Valley (Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, and Moretown) is a small quaint area and not commercial. There are no traffic signal lights in the area. At some of the covered bridges, the road will be one lane. It has its share of B&B's and restaurants, but not an overabundance.

Fall is here, and the red and yellow colors are increasing daily!

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7. Re: First Time to Vermont/ Quaint New England Villages??

Hi there, you would be remiss to not visit Grafton. Combined with a Woodstock or Quechee visit (and maybe a stop in Manchester to the outlets), you'd have a wonderful time. Grafton is a picturesque village home to three art galleries, three museums, The Old Tavern inn (great dinners) and Grafton Village Cheese (best cheddar). It's 35 mins from Manchester.

Do some shopping, dine at the Tavern, stay there too. Then head North to Quechee or Woodstock! My recommendation. Either way, I wish you a wonderful trip to Vt!!

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