Middlebury, Brandon & Vergennes
Middlebury: Middlebury Vermont is one of Vermont's most popular communities - in no small way due to Middlebury being the home of Middlebury College, one of America's most prestigious colleges! However, Middlebury is not just a "college town" - it's a place of sophisticated shops, some great places to eat and beautiful places to stay. Just ask any parent of a Middlebury college student!
Shopping? Make certain to visit Woody Jackson's Holy Cow at 44 Main Street. His legendary art is synonymous with Vermont! You've seen some of his creations on Ben & Jerry's ice cream cartons, now you can buy one for yourself. You'll also want to check out the Old Marble Works - it too has become a shopper's destination. Among others, it is the home of Danforth Pewter and Frog Hollow, one of three Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Centers. Art galleries, rare book shops, pottery shops - they're all here in Middlebury. And... you guys out there that can only take so much shopping... while "she" is shopping - you can visit Otter Creek Brewing for a tour... and Yes, samples. They're on Exchange Street in Middlebury. Enjoy!
In short, you'll love the Middlebury Area, Robert Frost did. He summered in nearby Ripton, near Middlebury College's summer Breadloaf School of English and home of the Breadloaf Writers Conference.
Note: Each year, in early August, the famed Addison County Fair takes place just slightly north of Middlebury in New Haven. It is Vermont's largest agricultural fair... make certain to put it on your calendar!
See East Middlebury below....
East Middlebury: East Middlebury, offers a completely different taste of Vermont. Drive east on Route 125 from Route 7, heading into the Green Mountain National Forest, and you'll soon be in Ripton, [the summer home of poet Robert Frost for many years until his death in 1963]. Here you find a picnic area and trail named after the famous poet, part of which he maintained himself.
On to Breadloaf, home of the nationally recognized Breadloaf Writers Conference during the summer months.
Next? Middlebury Gap - crossing the famous Long Trail near the Middlebury Snow Bowl.
Last stop? Hancock, Vermont at the intersection of Routes 125 &100 - the other side of the Green Mountains!
Shoreham: Shoreham is probably best know for The Fort Ti Ferry which provides a historic seven-minute crossing on Lake Champlain between Shoreham Vermont and Ticonderoga New York. This ferry has operated on Lake Champlain [officially] since 1799, and since 1759 on an unorganized basis. Take a ride on the Ti!
Vergennes: Claimed to be the smallest city in the U.S., Vergennes is caught in a time warp. It is both very old and very new. An example being its Opera House. Long vacant, now vibrant! Check out the Vergennes Opera House and it's current schedule of events. Likewise, you'll find new names and faces on its restaurants and shops. Park the car and take a look. You'll probably stay awhile. Enjoy!
Brandon: Brandon is typical "Home Town Vermont" - a great little community located on Route 7 between Rutland and Middlebury. However, although it is not a typical tourist destination it offers some very nice lodging and eateries. You'll find many Middlebury College families staying here during Parent's Weekend. Don't miss their July 4th Celebration!
What Else Is Of Interest In The Area? Mount Independence, Branbury State Park, DAR State Park, Chimney Point Historic Site and lots more. Check out our Area Map and tour the back roads and smaller towns.
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