Spending three nights at the Green Mountain Suites in S. Burlington. We arrive on 6/30 and leave on 7/3. It will be my inlaws (both late 60s), my two boys (4 and 5), and my husband and I. Inlaws are NOT outdoors people. They are more interested in museums, dining, etc. And she can't swim and will NOT do anything involving water. My boys are very active and love to hike, run around, have fun. I'm trying to find a balance of things to do together and then some time apart so everyone is happy.
Day 1: Drive from southern NH on I89. We will drive straight to Barre with the boys to visit Rock of Ages. Inlaws will either stop in Quechee for a bit or check out downtown Montpelier...maybe visit the state house. Then we will meet for lunch. I'm thinking La Brioche. I like to support the NECI students. NECI on Main is closed that day. After lunch we will drive to Burlington, check into the hotel, and then walk around downtown.
Day 2: Visit Ben and Jerrys, then Cold Hollow. Lunch at Green Goddess in Stowe. We will take the boys hiking at Moss Glen and then Bingham (unless you can suggest something else) while the inlaws walk around Stowe.
Day 3: Shelburne Farm for the boys, Shelburne Museum for the inlaws. Lunch at Rustic Roots. Perhaps a visit to the VT Teddy Bear Company....more of an interest for my mother in law as my boys are not stuffed animal fans. Head back to Burlington. Maybe spend afternoon at ECHO.
Day 4: We head home via I89...stopping at Cabot in Quechee for cheese and we will check out the gorge. I know there is more to do in the area, but we can easily do a day trip to Quechee and WRJ. Inlaws will head south thru Albany to go home.
Lunch ideas okay? Any better hiking trails...want to stay under 4 miles round trip?? Missing anything?