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Some of the main towns and things to see in Vermont

Note the number of English town names, with the one French name, Montpelier being the Capitol.

Brattleboro – is where the West River enters the Connecticut River, with the Connecticut River forming the border with New Hampshire. Here beside the River, the town nestles into the hillsides with walking trails some up to 100 year’s old. Also here you will find just off Main Street, the Treasured Tree Walk – a walk to see Maples, Oaks, Elms, Sycamores, Butternut and a Pin Oak. Main Street is the center of town, and has all the small shops and eateries that make this town such a popular place to stop over.

Bennington – is where the Battle of Bennington took place in 1777 in the Revolutionary Wars. Here is Bennington you can see –

The Battle of Bennington Monument – built between 1887 and 1889. The Limestone tower stands 306 feet high, and there is a viewing observatory at 200 feet where you can see over the countryside. See benningtonbattlemonument.com located at 15 Monument Circle.
 
Covered Bridge Museum – and Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Gypsy Lane and Route 9 West, about 1 ½ miles from Bennington. This Museum has great information, pictures and exhibits about covered bridge construction and engineering. There are 104 Covered Bridges in Vermont, some close to Bennington – and the Museum will give you lots of information about them. Also the Gallery Space has changing exhibitions and permanent paintings, ceramics and other art to see, and the Museum and Center are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tel: 802 442 7158.
   
Robert Frost Stone House Museum – is north of Bennington Exit 2 off US 7. Located at 121 VT -7A Shaftsbury. Tel: (802) 447 6200. The house museum tells the story of the poet Robert Frost who built the house in 1928. It is open in summer months.
   
The Henry House Inn - see thehenryhouseinn.com located at 1338 Murphy Rd, North Bennington. The house is now a Bed and Breakfast place, and next to the house is the Burt Henry Covered Bridge.

Park-McCullough Historic House – built 1864-65, this mansion has 35 rooms and is set on 200 acres of grounds. It is not always open, so best to phone first on 802 442 5441. See parkmccullough.org

Bennington itself has many walking trails, and in the Fall is particularly attractive.
   
Rutland – this is the small town where you will find the Marble Bridge and also the Marble Museum – an amazing museum that tells the story of Marble – the stone, the sculptors, the quarries and builders. See it just west of Rutland over the Marble Bridge off Route 3. Tel: 1 800 427 1396. Also here see
 
Rutland Marsh Boardwalk – through the marshlands.
 
Travel the Crossroads of Vermont – 50 miles over the Green Mountains though Killington Ski area to Hartford, Vermont on the White River. A great scenic drive.
   
Rutland – also has a number of events throughout the year and also a State Fair.
   
Proctor – this is where you can see the Wilson Castle built in 1867 in brick and marble with a turret, 13 fireplaces, 84 stained glass windows, and furnished rooms to see. It is located at 2908 West Street Proctor Tel: (802) 773 3284. See wilsoncastle.com
   
Montpelier – Population around 8000 is the State Capitol and here you will find the State House and next door the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street, which has displays and information about the changes in the State from the time of the First Peoples to today. (Tel: (802) 8282291). The Capitol building is located at 115 State Street, and has a gold dome on top with a statue of Ceres, the Roman God of Agriculture standing on top. The building makes for a good picture. Also look for Sugarhouses to visit too for Maple Syrup. One of them is Morse Farm at 1168 County Rd. Tel: (800) 242 2740). Also check out their wood shed! Montpelier is a good place for biking and there are lots of parks and walks to enjoy when the weather is good.
   
Burlington – beside Lake Champlain is a fun city with Church Street Marketplace lined with small cafes, pubs and shops to wander around. In winter there are the winter sports and in summer there is hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, dining, micro-breweries and scenery to enjoy. Lake Champlain also has a number of small islands that stretch all the way up to Montreal, and if you can stay on an island, the tranquillity and sheer beauty of the lake and surrounds will have you mesmerized. Also look to see in Shelburne, about 9 miles out of Burlington -
   
The Shelburne Museum – this is a MUST SEE. Amazing! See shelburnemuseum.org Tel: (802) 985 3346. Located at 6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne. Here you will find 150,000 works of art – from collections of wooden Duck Decoys, toys, dolls, quilts, folk art, paintings, poster art, circus memorabilia, even a stunning collection of carriages and sleighs all set out in 38 buildings with maybe the highlight the Ticonderoga Steamboat built in Shelburne that plied Lake Champlain between 1928 and 1955.
 
Shelbourne Farms – this is a working farm on 1400 acres of grounds next to the Lake, where you can see farm animals and walk on one of the many trails here. It is located at 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, and you can also stay here too.
   
Newport – is in the North east, in what they call “The Northeast Kingdom”. It is just 30 minutes or so from the Jay Peak Ski Resort (see ski resorts above), and almost surrounded by water with Lake Memphremagog right next to the town. A bikeway runs along beside the Lake and you can also take cruises on the lake from the Gateway or City Dock or boat and kayak here. Lots of great food and farm to table experiences, with small villages also to discover.
   
Vermont is said to be one of the prettiest states to visit, and no doubt being this close to Quebec means you may well travel over the border and head to Montreal – a really beautiful sophisticated city with a French feel. Also the old part of Quebec City is really historic and fun to visit too.

Happy travelling!

Geoff Stuart  

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