Stowe, Killington, Smugglers” Notch, Jay Peak, Bromley — the list of ski resorts in Vermont is seemingly endless. But there”s more to this New England state than winter sports.
Small cities beckon families with downtown charm and unique experiences, from the darling Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Burlington to the poetic Robert Frost Trail in Bennington. Vermont is also quite famous for its food, from fresh cheese to a certain creamery in Waterbury… (cough) Ben & Jerry”s. There”s even an all-inclusive resort in Vermont that calls for a trip of its own. And then there”s the scenery…
Ready to go? Consider one of these Vermont weekend getaways for your next trip with the kids.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
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Visit the Robert Frost Trail in Bennington, Vermont, where the late poet resided from 1920 to 1928. (He also lived in Derry, New Hampshire, where tourists can visit the Robert Frost Farm). It was in Bennington that he wrote â€œStopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.â€ Robert Frost is also buried in Bennington, and visitors may stop by his gravesite at Bennington Centre Cemetery.
The scenic drives in Bennington are worthy of a visit, too. Check out the Molly Stark Trail and the town"s two covered bridges: Burnt Henry and Silk Road.
Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Bennington
Tyler Place Family Resort
Dinnertime is unique at this resort -- kids and parents are separated so mom and dad can enjoy a quiet meal before everyone reconvenes to relax in their suite or cottage.
Burlington and Lake Champlain
In Burlington, check out Church Street Marketplace (featured in many iconic photos of the city), Burlington Farmers" Market, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Be sure to visit the World"s Tallest Filing Cabinet for a funny photo op, too! Parents -- if you like beer, you"ll love Burlington -- there are 11 breweries in town, including well-known Magic Hat Brewing Company.
On Lake Champlain, outdoor activities are aplenty -- kayaking, boating, swimming, paddle boarding or just plain relaxing create the perfect weekend getaway in Vermont with kids. Take a ferry to explore the Lake Champlain Islands.
Recommended Hotel: Basin Harbor Club
Also well known is the charming Woodstock Inn & Resort, established by the Rockefeller family (as is much of the town). The cozy, yet upscale hotel has two farm-to-table restaurants open to the public. More restaurants and shopping can be found downtown.
Other highlights include the Woodstock Farmers Market and Suicide Six Ski Area. Stop by Sugarbush Farm for fresh cheese and real maple syrup to take home.
Looking for a place to stay? See Woodstock, Vermont Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Woodstock Inn & Resort
Jay Peak Resort
Of course, the ski resort itself its worthy of a visit, with 78 trails and several ski programs for beginners or those who want to brush up on their skills.
Recommended Hotel: Jay Peak Resort
Be sure to plan a side trip to Waterbury, about 20 minutes away. This is where the Ben & Jerry's Factory is located, offering tours and tastings. There are places to hike here and a growing number of breweries, all of which welcome families.
Looking for a place to stay? See Stowe Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Stowe Mountain Lodge
Recommended Hotel: Smugglers" Notch Inn
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