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First time to Vermont

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First time to Vermont

My husband and I are thinking about going to Vermont and possibly New Hampshire for about 5 days in October for our anniversary. We have never been there before and don't know anything about these two states. Please advise on the best itinerary for 5 days. Thanks.

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1. Re: First time to Vermont

Can you give us a clue what you like to do? What sort of town, lodging, dining options. Are you coming to "leaf peep". We can advise on the best option for you when we know this and also if you give us an idea of dates, for leaf peeping in early October we'll suggest northern part of state but later in the month you'll probably need the south for best color.

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2. Re: First time to Vermont

We love quaint little towns - antiqueing - staying in B&B's - leaf peeping - just taking in the local color of the area. We will be there in early October.

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Woodstock,Vermont is a very special Vermont town.It is very quaint and pedestrian friendly.I especially like the Billings Agricultural Museum Complex there and the fine nature walks in and around Queechee Gorge.

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What ever you do when you decide on the property you want to stay in and the room you want BOOK IT ASAP. First week in October is peak season and its not unknown for some of the nicer places to be booked a year in advance. I'm going to pitch for the Okemo valley region. This area in in South central VT and easily accessible from I-91. Any of the small villages Chester, Grafton, or Weston would fit your description. They all have lodging, dining, and little stores within walking distance and real old fashioned characters. Chester is famous for its picturesque village green surrounded by pretty Victorian houses and Inns - in fact the whole Village green is on the national Register of Historic places. The green Mountain Flyer (scenic rail) runs from town along the banks of the Connecticut river and is a leisurly way to take in the foliage. Weston is the home of the Vermont Country Store - which is a "must do" and also the location for The Weston Playhouse - one of the best small theatres in the North East. Grafton is picture perfect with the tavern dominating the town and the Grafton Cheese factory a welcome stop to snack and shop! Because of the location it is also perfectly placed for day trips to Woodstock (which is very pretty as described but is a Zoo in October!) Quechee gorge, Apple fests, Pumpkin fests, scarecrows and Craft fayres by the score, wagon rides, hores rides....do you need more??? Whatever you do - remember to bring your camera!

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5. Re: First time to Vermont

Royaldd,

As has been mentioned do book accommodation early. If you do decide to visit Woodstock (which I hope you will!) then check out the village web site www.woodstockvt.com and depending on how long you intend to spend in and around the area I will happily give you loads of suggestions. As has already been mentioned the Marsh-Billings Rockefeller estate & museum are a 'must do'.

You can hike, eat, view, photograph to your hearts content and i would suggest staying in at least one place for two nights. From Woodsotck you can take a trip to Mount Washington and back comfortably in one day.

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Burlington is an excellent place to fly to/from. It's also a nice home base, within ~1 hour drive to Stowe, Woodstock, Smugglers Notch, the Mt Mansfield gondola & toll road, etc. etc... It's ~2-3 hours' drive from the presidential mtns in NH, incl. lots of scenic hiking, waterfalls, a bunch of small towns on the way & Mt. Washington (w/ cog rail, many hiking trails & toll road). For an itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive in Burlington. Check in (suggest Marriott or Hilton downtown), stroll around town. See the lake and the waterfront. Stop in at a bunch of shops on Church St. See if anything interesting is playing at the Flynn Theater. Try some pubs around Church St. Have dinner at Tratorria Delia, Adriana's, Sweetwaters, Leunigs, or the Vt. Pub and Brewery. Catch some music in many pubs around town (get a 7 days free weekly paper for listings). Try some local beers at 3 Needs.

Day 2:

Walk (or rent bikes or blades) on the bike path going north along Lake Champlain for a few miles. Back to town for lunch at any place that suits (or pack a picnic from the Burlington Bay Cafe overlooking the waterfront). Rent a canoe or boat at the waterfront if that floats your... well... boat. Stroll around town checking out some little art galleries, shopping at any boutiques that you missed yesterday, and grab some good coffee at Uncommon Grounds or Muddy Waters. Buy some local gifts at Apple Mtn. on Church St. Have a few beers and get a tattoo. Enjoy another night around town (flaunting your new tattoo - or piercing), catch a show at the Flynn if you saw anything that you like. Get some late night gravy fries at Nectars & dance.

Day 3:

Up stakes and drive to Stowe (~1 hour). Check into the Golden Eagle (mid-priced and nice assortment of rooms & amenities). Drive up Rt 108 to Smugglers Notch. Stop at any trailheads that suit and do some hiking.... or better, drive up the toll road, and hike around the top of Mt. Mansfield (highest VT peak, with great panoramic views of the lake and mtns). Dip in the hotel pool (or hot tub in your room if you upgrade). Get lunch at Gracies (or most anywhere), then stroll up the Stowe rec path (right beside Gracie's) - over little bridges and along the brook. Stop in at various shops that catch your eye. Have dinner at FoxFire, Trattoria La Festa, or Olives. Catch some music at the Rusty Nail or the Matterhorn. Try some beers at the Old English Pub.

Day 4:

Drive around, (to Waterbury, Woodstock, Jeffersonville, etc...) seeing more sights, foliage and shopping as desired. Stop along Rt. 100 in Waterbury at the Chittenden Cider Mill for snacks, coffee and Vermont gifts, Ben and Jerry's factory tour in Waterbury. If you want to pack New Hampshire into your 5 days, then sightsee early and beat a path east on Rt. 2 to Gorham, NH. Stop just shy of Gorham in Randolf NH at Lowe's Store and get a small Randolph Hiking Guide book. Go east ~1/2 mile and stop at the Appalachia Trailhead parking area on Rt. 2. Hike up the Brookbank trail as far as you'd like (suggest 1/2 to 1 mile), alongside some superb small waterfalls. Cross the brook & hike back down the other side on the Fallsway trail (you'll get a nice different perspective - both are spectacular.) Back to your car, head east to Gorham (or anywhere near there), check into some dive motel, and grab dinner at a place that looks fairly clean. Sleep with the fleas. (JK!)

Day 5:

Up early, eat greasy breakfast, buy plenty of snacks. Drive to te Mt. Washington toll road (or hike around on any trails desired). Drive back north on Rt 302, stopping at shops as desired. Link up with Rt 2 or I93 to I89... and back to Burlington.

Enjoy - it's a nice area. Do book your rooms now though. :)

Chris

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7. Re: First time to Vermont

Wow - great itinerary - thanks.

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8. Re: First time to Vermont

If you decide to stay in southern Vermont: In the foliage season you can drive short distances to New York State and Massachusetts - 30 minutes or less from Bennington, Vermont. There is plenty to do & see: covered bridges, The Covered Bridge Museum, carriage rides, theater, museums and restaurants from casual to fine dining. North Bennington is a village of Bennington, home of the Vermont Arts Exchange where musical entertainment can be enjoyed in the Sage Street Mill. Small romantic B&Bs abound in the area. Now is the time to book your plans because, as above, rooms fill up fast. Have fun!

-Frog

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