I've never been to Vermont, but had some frequent flyer miles to use up soon and booked a flight to Burlington next week. I'm primarily interested in (hard) dayhiking and craft beer, as well as a bit of cultural-heritage tourism, time permitting. I know about the breweries and pubs in the Waterbury area, as well as some of the surrounding hikes.
My question is where would be the best city to base: Waterbury or Stowe? I've got a rental car and know that they're close, so driving to trailheads in the mornings is no problem. During evenings, I'd prefer to have some good restaurant/pub options within walking distance, and I've found centrally located B&Bs in both cities with availability. Not having been to the area, I'm not real sure which to choose. I'm even considering staying one night in one and two nights in the other.
Thoughts? Would you stay in one over the other? Would you split your time and, if so, how?