Yesterday I recapped the evening I arrived in Burlington, Vermont for my little getaway and my first full day there. Today I’m recapping day 3 and my last morning there/drive home.
On Day 3 we drove to Stowe, Vermont which is famous for skiing in the winter and for the gorgeous foliage in the fall. We rode the gondola up Mt. Mansfield, which is the highest summit in Vermont and part of the Green Mountains. The gondola takes you up to a little viewing area with Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, a restaurant, and a little food booth with drink and waffles. There is also zip lining too! The view was gorgeous and we spent some time up there before heading back down.
Then we drove into town and had lunch in the main area of Stowe which was really charming with lots of shops and historic and small town looking buildings.
After Stowe, we drove to Waterbury to visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which has a cute farm shop and restaurant. The store sold lots of apple foods and we bought an apple pie to take home, some apple cider donuts, and apple cider!
Our next stop was Willston where we went to Sugartree Maple Farm, a small family run maple farm. The shop is run right on their property – next to their house – and it’s a long, gravel ride through the woods to the property. We almost thought we were going to the wrong place but then we saw the sign on their shop and the owner waved to us (we thought they might be closed!) She was really nice and showed us around a little. If you visit in season, they show you how they tap the trees for syrup etc. We bought some syrup for ourselves and for gifts and were happy to support a small local business.
After this we went back to our hotel in Burlington to relax a bit. We then headed down to the harbor to eat dinner at a restaurant right on the water. They didn’t take reservations so we headed there at 6 only to find the wait was an hour to an hour and a half. Luckily, we weren’t very hungry yet so we walked around by the harbor and sat on various benches – wherever the sun wasn’t too hot and strong! I took some more photos of the water and harbor as we waited for the text that our table was ready. Once we got back to the restaurant we had a nice table on the docks and I took some photos to document the progression of the sunset.
The next morning after walking down the street to a bakery for breakfast, we headed out. On our way home we stopped at Dakin Farms which was maybe 30 minutes or so outside Burlington. We bought some more food goodies to take home like Cabot Cheese and some bacon.
The drive home before getting on the highway was really pretty so I had to take some photos!
Overall, it was a nice 4 day trip to Vermont! I’d never been before, but it’s really pretty! One day I’ll have to go to check out the fall foliage. Tomorrow I’ll cover all the food I ate!
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