Road Tripping Through Vermont

Two weeks in Vermont was a fantastic kickoff to the start of our grand adventure. We stayed in this AirBNB and it really exceeded our expectations! I would highly recommend it to anyone else who is looking to visit the green mountain state. Our host was amazing, and we would love to stay in her home again in the future! The very top floor was space we didn’t need, so she reduced the nightly rate for us. AirBNB hosts are cool like that 🙂
The list of things to do in Vermont seems endless. With our kids, and two weeks to play, here are our favorite activities:

Shelburne Farms. Probably our favorite day! We have all the heart eyes for a place with animals and lots of open land for running around, 1400 acres to be exact! They focus on educating guests of all ages about their self-sustaining farm and how each animal, staff member, and building are vital to the rest of the working farm.
We got to pet a donkey, hold chickens, and watched baby pigs run through their muddy pig pin! We packed lunches, although they do have a food stand by the farmyard serving a variety of tasty choices sourced directly from the farm. The grounds are clean and well maintained, and overall a lot of fun for everyone! The parking lot is about half a mile from the farm, and you can walk the trail or take a tractor ride. We walked to the farm and took the tractor ride back 🙂

Burlington/Lake Champlain. This charming town is perfectly located right on the lake. There are an abundant amount of restaurants and shops to stroll through, all from Lake Champlain and on towards Church Street. We visited during the maritime festival and was were we spent our first night in Vermont.
Parking was easy to find, and it’s very pedestrian friendly. Both nights we ate at Splash (on the water!) and each ordered the same entree because it was so good. Lobster roll for Chris, and a fish taco for me!
We also took a lake sunset cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen. It’s about two hours and just sails around the lake, giving commentary every so often. There is food & drink service so you can enjoy food, wine, etc… as well.

Stowe. We visited Stowe on 4 different occasions throughout our time in Vermont. There are all sorts of restaurants, breweries, ice cream shops, and souvenir shops to visit on the main street in town. We came in July and took the Stowe Resort gondola up to the top of the mountain for a spectacular view from Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont! Here you can also go zip lining, eat at the top, or walk around the Stowe Resort village at the base. There was a farmers market going on while we were there so Olivia got her face painted for the first time! There are lots of hiking trails around town, some that we were able to do with Olivia and Adele.

Trapp Family Lodge. Like we needed another reason to love the von Trapp family so much, and then we stumble upon their American resort, built to look like it’s in the Austrian Alps. We will definitely be staying here at some point in the future! This lodge was rebuilt after a fire in 1980 burnt the original structure to the ground.

The views here are spectacular with some of the most incredible, detailed landscaping you’ll ever see. We played in a large field of wildflowers, reminding us of the opening scene of The Sound of Music, where Maria is dancing and singing “The Hills are Alive.”
We had a cheese plate and some drinks at Von Trapp Brewing, and sat outside enjoying the amazing Vermont green mountains. Although, it definitely had an Austrian feel to the entire property!

Swimming holes. Every time we went for a drive, we would see cars pulled over on the side of the road with people swimming in the rivers and jumping off rocks. We swam at Warren Falls and Lareau. Warren Falls is a very short hike get to, but not stroller friendly. You will have to carry everything, but it’s definitely worth the effort to watch the courageous locals do backflips from the highest points into the water. Lareau is much calmer and just steps away from the parking lot. The jumps are not as vigorous and has a larger area of calm swimming water, perfect for littles.

Waterbury Center State Park.We wanted to take the girls kayaking, and this ended up being a perfect spot for it! The park has a large lawn in front of the reservoir’s beach. There were people with tents set up, picnicking in the shade, and swimming in the water. We rented a kayak and loaded the girls up for a fun ride around the reservoir! The scenery is gorgeous and it felt like we had the place to ourselves! You could easily spend a whole afternoon here. (plus it’s only about 2 minutes from Ben & Jerry’s!)

Ben & Jerry’s. You can’t have a trip to Vermont without tasting some of Vermont’s Finest! The factory is right off I-89 in Waterbury and gives tours all day. I bet you’d be surprised how small the factory is and how much ice cream they can produce in a day! Kids under 12 tour for free, and adults are only $4. Plus, you get a free taste at the end! We learned that cookie dough ice cream was first made by Ben & Jerry’s, all thanks to an idea left by an anonymous customer.

They have a playground for the kids to play in while you wait for your tour to start, and a cute gift shop with plenty of B&J items to purchase. We came several times because it’s on the way to Stowe from the interstate, so it’s impossible to drive by and not stop!

Montpelier. This is the smallest and least populated U.S. state capital (the population is under 8,000!) and we parked directly in front of the capital and had a picnic in the lawn!

The state capitol building was open for tours, so we self-toured the building and then walked up and down the main street.
The rest of the city is cute, and just has a small town feel to it. We stopped in a chocolate shop for some truffles, and enjoyed plenty of window shopping the rest of the way. The town is small enough that we did what we wanted within about 3 hours.

Have you watched our Vermont movie yet? Watch it now, on YouTube!

4 Comments on “Road Tripping Through Vermont

  1. I can imagine Vermont is a great place to visit in the summertime with its fresh mountain air and all of the swimming holes. Plus the towns are so cool – it’s been years, but I remember Burlington being awesome.

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