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Springtime in Vermont means Maple & Murals, Sugarhouses & Sculpture Parks

In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors.

With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 25-26, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 22-24, the opportunities for exploring Vermont Arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet.

The state’s arts stats are equally as impressive as its maple mastery. Vermont ranks third in the nation for artists as a percentage of the workforce, second for writers, and eighth for musicians and photographers. Enjoy the outdoors this spring by feasting on both the artistic and the agricultural bounty of Vermont. You may even feel inspired to practice your own art skills by drawing, painting, or photographing Vermont’s maple and country scenes. Share using the hashtags #VTarts and #VTmaple; we’ll repost some of our favorites!

Highlights, north to south include:

St. Albans
St. Albans is well-known for hosting the Vermont Maple Festival, which takes place annually in April. Locals know that there’s an artistic ode to sugaring in town: a 6’ by 16’ mural titled "Sugaring Off” lt can be found in the town’s Federal Building. Visitors can also enjoy “Haying,” another onsite mural by the same artist. Both were New Deal paintings commissioned in 1939.

Beginning in spring 2017, visitors to Saint Albans will be able to watch art in action by way of multiple murals springing up on downtown businesses and in public parks across the city. Visit www.stalbanscommunityarts.com for updates.

Nearby sugarhouses:

Branon Family Maple Orchards, in Fairfield and Bakersfield, are seventh generation maple producers. Nowadays, they’re utilizing 18 solar panels across the sugarbush, or as they say, "tapping the sun." Nearby and open for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend are Bouchard Family Dairy in Franklin and Leahy’s Maple Farm in St. Albans.

Jeffersonville & Enosburg
Jeffersonville has two new public art gems, which also hold the title of the largest painted murals in the state. Front and center at a busy roundabout in town, you’ll see the North & South Silos, murals painted by Artist Sarah Rutherford. The North Silo represents the summer and autumn seasons, with an elder male farmer depicting the current or past generation. He looks towards the child on the South Silo, a representation of the future generation on a backdrop of winter and spring. Both feature state symbols such as the hermit thrush and red clover.

Also nearby and worth coming back to visit when it’s open in summer, Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls, features 50 massive and masterful sculptures by David Stromeyer amid old farm meadows and hay fields.

Nearby sugarhouses and maple shops:

At Snowshoe Pond Maple Sugarworks in Enosburg Falls, Barbara and George Salg have been producing maple products for generations. In Jeffersonville, at Marsh Family Sugarworks, Diane and Ryan Marsh manage over 10,000 taps. Both will be open to visitors during Vermont Maple Open House. Sweets shoppers will delight in a visit to the Vermont Maple Outlet on Route 15 in Jeffersonville.

At Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits in Cambridge, Maple Open House activities include free sugar on snow. See their sugarhouse in full swing and sample syrup inside. Maple butter yeast donuts will be available for purchase - but not for long! Inside the winery, enjoy maple cocktails, tours and tastings of maple wine and maple cream liqueur.

Burlington
Public arts abounds in Vermont’s Queen City, hundreds of acres of sugaring are just a short drive away.

Along the waterfront, one new mural the city is proud to tout is the Andy A-Dog Williams Skatepark & mural celebrating his life, made by his long-time girlfriend and tattoo artist Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe.

The Church Street Marketplace has multiple sculptures and murals to enjoy along its pedestrian-only street. A highlight is the "Everyone Loves a Parade!" mural by renowned Canadian muralist Pierre Hardy, widely known for his inventive and detailed large-scale pieces. Grand Master Samuel de Champlain leads the charge as the scene depicts an evolution in time along Church Street. Notable and everyday Burlingtonians, downtown businesses, and iconic images of the past 400 years can be distinguished in the elaborate illustration.

Nearby sugarhouses:

Those willing to drive just 15 minutes from Church Street can meet sugarmaker Fred Bell at Backyard Boilers in Colchester. Hours are limited to a small window of the year, but during open house, visitors can watch traditional methods of sugaring on a “gentleman's farm” with chickens, geese, and ducks. Maple syrup, maple candies, and maple butter will be for sale.

At Shelburne Farms’ 15-acre sugarbush, sap is collected using modern plastic tubing and about 50 metal buckets, the latter of which are primarily educational. In 2016, they produced 600 gallons of pure maple syrup, which is sold at the Welcome Center and Farm Store. Proceeds are reinvested into farm-based education programs for students, families, and educators.

Montpelier

Visitors to the State capital can stop at the Vermont Arts Council on State Street. Open to the public, tourists and locals alike can explore the Council’s year-round outdoor sculpture garden. A public/private collaboration, the sculpture garden features rotating two-year exhibits of contemporary sculpture by Vermont artists. Designed in 2002 by Burlington landscape architects H. Keith Wagner and Associates, it offers a place to picnic or engage in quiet reflection in Montpelier's downtown.

Onsite, you’ll also learn about the Vermont Arts Council’s mission to “advance and preserve the arts at the center of Vermont communities,” and its vision to build “a Vermont where everyone has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education and community.”

A quick walk around downtown Montpelier with reveal several new arts initiatives, like the murals and art installations along the walls of businesses, bridges, and sidewalks of Langdon Street.

A nearby sugarhouse you’ll want to visit is Morse Farm Sugarworks and Nordic ski area - a 200-year-old family sugaring operation led by the inimitable Burr Morse. Open and serving maple creemees year round, Morse Farm offers free sugar house tours and tastings, a country store, multimedia displays in a real woodshed theater, nature trails, and an outdoor farm life museum. Sprinkled throughout the grounds are whimsical wooden folklife characters carved by Burr himself.

Rutland

Rutland’s extensive arts scene features public art and outdoor exhibits. In West Rutland, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center has a contemporary sculpture garden situated at an historic marble quarry, where you’ll often see artists in residence and workshops in action. Just down the road, explore the West Rutland Art Park’s outdoor sculptures. In downtown Rutland, start your arts immersion at Castleton’s Downtown Gallery and continue to several public murals that delight unexpecting travelers.


Nearby sugarhouses and maple festivals:


At Green’s Sugarhouse, nestled in Finel Hollow in Poultney, the tradition of maple sugaring has been passed down through six generations. Though open year round for tastings and guided tours, Pam Green recommends calling ahead at 802-287-5745. The whole sugaring process - from their 5,000 trees to the jug on your table - can be seen during Open House Weekend.

At the Poultney Maplefest Craft Fair on March 25,Vermont artisans offer handmade crafts and locally-produced art, including painted sap buckets, yarn, knitted items, jewelry, greeting cards, sachets, photographs, art glass, wood and tin products.

Manchester

Home to the largest sculpture garden in the state, the Southern Vermont Arts Center offers outdoor art plus an historic mansion and art gallery. SVAC’s stunning sculpture park and gardens provide a mix of culture and contemplation for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With commanding views of the Green and Taconic Mountains in all directions, the park offers more than 120 acres of forest-land and trails, a perfect spot for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, picnicking and dog walking.

Nearby sugarhouses and maple shops:

Dutton Berry Farm has three well-known farm stands across Southern Vermont where you can purchase maple syrup and other specialty products. Visitors will love seeing the sugarhouse in operation at the Manchester location, where each year, they put out more than 3,000 taps. The farm is open seven days a week.

Wild Farm Maple is an old hill farm on the lower slopes of Mount Equinox, chopped out of the wilderness at the end of the 18th century. The Clay family arrived to restore the property in the 1960s and began producing maple in 1972. They welcome visitors during Vermont Maple Open House weekend.

If Vermont’s sweet season and arts have piqued your interest, visit Vermontmaple.org and VermontArtsCouncil.org.

Burton Mountain Festival Announces 2017 Dates & Resort Locations

Burton has announced the 2017 Burton Mountain Festival, a combination of the winter’s biggest snowboard demo tour alongside an epic celebration. This year’s Burton Mountain Festival features FREE Burton Snowboards hardgoods demos, anon. helmet and goggle demos, dedicated youth and women’s happenings, team rider appearances, plus the addition of FREE live concerts! For 2017, the Burton Mountain Festival will feature a stop on both the West and East Coasts at Northstar, California and Mountain Creek, New Jersey with fun activities for all ages throughout the three-day events.

There’s no better way to find the perfect snowboard gear than to try it out for yourself, and the Burton Mountain Festival is the ultimate opportunity to do just that. Once again, the Burton Mountain Festival will offer the most extensive FREE snowboard demo experience for all ages featuring Burton’s latest 2017 snowboards, bindings, plus anon. helmet and goggles. And product experts will be on hand to set up participants with personalized demo gear.

As far as locations go, on the West Coast, Northstar beckons riders with over 3,000 acres of terrain, including gladed tree runs, wide open groomers, and diverse terrain park offerings from the all-natural Burton Stash park to large and small parks for every level of rider. The East Coast location of Mountain Creek, New Jersey is the closest resort to the greater New York City area offering 167 acres of riding across four mountain peaks with stellar night riding, award-winning terrain parks and comprehensive snowmaking virtually guaranteeing solid coverage. Burton Mountain Festival demo participants will be able to experience riding brand new Burton and anon equipment at these epic resorts.

The Burton Mountain Festival also offers a dedicated experience for the ladies at the Burton Girls tent, which includes women’s-specific hardgoods made for women by women, and personally selected with the help of our female staff. Burton Girls will also be hosting Girls Ride Days on Saturday at both locations, featuring a fun group ride with all ability levels welcome, followed by a free après event to cap off a great day of riding. Visit BurtonGirls.com for more details on Girls Ride Days.

Kids as young as three-years-old are also invited to try out our youth demos—including Burton snowboards, and bindings—as well as participate in learn-to-ride opportunities with certified snowboard instructors on hand. Little riders (and aspiring never-evers) are invited to the one-and-only Riglet Park, a safe and fun learning area that’s perfect for trying out the revolutionary Burton Riglet Reel, a specially designed reel attached to the nose of youth snowboards that makes learning to ride easier than ever.

The Burton Mountain Festival is adding to the already exciting atmosphere with the addition of FREE Saturday concerts including blues/funk artist Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the beats of DJ Cre8, psychedelic soulsters Monophonics and more; this fun and FREE entertainment will add to the overall festival experience, which also includes product samples from Paul Mitchell, Clif Bar & Company, and G-Form in the interactive sponsor village, awesome product giveaways, plus Burton team rider appearances throughout the three-day festival.

2017 Burton Mountain Festival Schedule

The 2017 Burton Mountain Festival is brought to you with the support of Paul Mitchell, Clif Bar & Company, G-Form, BurtonGirls.com, Snowboarder Magazine and Anon.
Go to BurtonMountainFest.com for more information and follow the hashtag #burtonmtnfest.

About Burton

In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton has played a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating groundbreaking products, supporting a team of top snowboarders and pushing resorts to allow snowboarding. Today, Burton designs and manufactures industry-leading products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle, including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering as well as year-round apparel, packs/bags and accessories. Privately held and owned by Jake and his wife, Burton CEO Donna Carpenter, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in Austria, Japan, Australia, Canada and China. For more information on Burton, head to www.burton.com and follow the line at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboards on Instagram.

Mountains of Art: Discover Vibrant Art in Villages along the Nation’s Oldest Hiking Trail

Chasing along the spine of Vermont’s beloved Green Mountains, towns and villages that were established as farming and ski communities have grown into some of the state’s most thriving arts hubs. Understandably, in Vermont, the arts are as rich as the soil and steadfast as thru-hikers on the Long Trail. The state's landscape - with its valleys and dynamic mountains - has both inspired and integrated the arts into its environment. In this light, the Vermont Arts Council and the Green Mountain Club, stewards of the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail, the 273 mile Long Trail, have partnered to provide arts and outdoors enthusiasts a collection of recommended communities that offer excellent arts and hiking opportunities.

With its abundance of outdoor recreation, it’s fitting that Vermont is one of the “healthiest states,” in the nation according to the United Health Foundation. A lesser known fact is that in Vermont, you’re often in the company of artists. Vermont ranks third in the nation for artists as a percentage of its workforce, second for fine artists and writers, and eighth for both musicians and photographers.

For many weekend or day hikers, the abundance of towns that have both trailheads and dynamic arts provide a perfect pairing for an immersive vacation. A traveler can experience natural beauty by foot along the trail and explore art “hands-on” at workshops, festivals and concerts.

Vermont Arts & Hiking Hubs, North to South:

Near the Long Trail’s northern terminus, in the Jay and Montgomery region, you’ll find a variety of local artists: woodcutters, potters, jewelers, musicians and weavers. Venues exhibiting on a regular basis are The Artist in Residence Gallery in Enosburg Falls, www.mtfiberfolk.com Mountain Fiber Folk - offering locally made fiber arts as well as extensive supplies - in Montgomery Center, the www.woodenhorsearts.com Wooden Horse Arts Guild in North Troy, and the www.memphremagogartscollaborative.com Memphremagog Arts Collaborative in Newport. Also, tune into the talent of local and visiting musicians at www.nowplayingnewport.com Now Playing Newport.

For many thru-hikers, this leg of the Long Trail is a serious accomplishment - reaching the Vermont-Canadian border signals the end of a 273 mile journey. But the Long Trail can also be enjoyed for day or overnight hikes. Follow the Long Trail north from Route 242 to the summit of Jay Peak to see the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It’s a moderate climb to the summit and back (3.4 miles round-trip) but worth the effort. If you want to spend a night on the trail, Laura Woodward Shelter is another 1.5 miles north of the summit.

The villages of Jeffersonville and Cambridge have been havens for landscape painters for the last century. Visitors will see plein air artists along the roadsides, particularly in autumn. Travelers will be surprised to see the region’s latest public art, a large-scale mural reinventing an old silo in Cambridge. Visit the www.cambridgearts Cambridge Arts Council to learn about classes and upcoming festivals. Also, the www.bryangallery.org Mary Bryan Gallery and www.visionsofvermont.com Visions of Vermont Gallery offer exceptional opportunities to appreciate or purchase the works of local artists and special exhibits. Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers various multi-age and discipline craft and painting classes with local artists Nancy Schade and Cheryl Pecor.

Hiking through Smugglers’ Notch to Mount Mansfield, the state's highest peak at 4,393’ is a highlights of the Long Trail. At the top of in Smugglers’ Notch, along Route 108, the popular 1.1 mile Sterling Pond Trail leads to beautiful, high mountain pond. For an extended hike from Sterling Pond, hikers can continue on a 3.5 mile loop along the Elephant’s Head trail with spectacular views. Cliffs and dynamic boulders make this region popular for bouldering, rock and ice climbing.

In Stowe, catch a performance at sprucepeakarts.org Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center; take a class or tour the latest exhibit at www.helenday.com Helen Day Arts Center in the village, visit www.greenmountainfineart.com Green Mountain Fine Art on Main St. or enjoy the www.westbranchgallery.com West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, a contemplative place to stretch your legs in all seasons. Some of the several additional galleries and studios to explore include www.stowecraft.com Stowe Craft Gallery, www.robertpaulgalleries.com Robert Paul Galleries and www.littleriverhotglass.com Little River Hot Glass Studio.

The summit of Mount Mansfield is readily accessed following the Long Trail south from Route 108 in Stowe. Hell Brook Trail, one of the state’s most challenging hikes, reaches the summit from Route 108 in 2.1 steep, scrambling miles. The Stowe Pinnacle is located nearby on the Worcester Range and is an excellent day hike offering sweeping views of the Green Mountains and the valley below. Before you set out on the trail, make sure that you stop by the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center on Route 100 in Waterbury Center for maps and expert advice!

The Mad River Valley is home to several arts spaces, including the www.vtartisansgallery.com Artisan’s Gallery, www.madriverglassgallery.com Mad River Glass Gallery, www.walkercontemporary.com Walker Contemporary Gallery and www.luminositystudios.com Luminosity Studios in the Old Church. Waitsfield is also the headquarters of the month-long fete and year-round exhibit space, the www.vermontartfest.com/festival-gallery Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery. There’s also madriverantler.com Mad River Antler, “natural shed antler artistry,” www.waitsfieldpottery.com Waitsfield Pottery, as well as private ceramics lessons and raku at the www.thenakedpotter.org Naked Potter.

Hikers in the Mad River Valley will enjoy steady ascents and miles of ridgeline payoffs on the 11.6 mile Monroe Skyline, a popular and strenuous “gap to gap” hike traversing the Long Trail north from Lincoln Gap and Appalachian Gap. Peaks include Mount Abraham, Lincoln Peak, Mount Ellen and General Stark Mountain. Also in the region, explore rock-top vistas atop Burnt Rock, accessed via the Hedgehog Brook Trail in Fayston (5.2 miles round-trip), For an easier hike, follow the Long Trail south from Lincoln Gap to Sunset Ledge with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, 2.2 miles round trip).

The Middlebury region is brimming with arts offerings a close distance to State and National Forests. Meet artist www.jean-cherouny.info Jean Cherouny for a private printmaking or painting workshop or peruse group class offerings at middleburystudioschool.org Middlebury Studio School. Visit the museum.middlebury.edu Middlebury College Museum of Art and www.middlebury.edu/arts/mcfa Mahaney Center for the Arts; explore and shop at edgewatergallery.co Edgewater Gallery and get to know Vermont Artist www.woodyjacksonart.com Woody Jackson’s works beyond his cows of Ben & Jerry’s fame. At www.rikertnordic.com Rikert Nordic Center, the trails lead to the historic Robert Frost Summer Cabin. While walking in this Vermont Poet Laureate’s footsteps, it’s easy to understand the inspiration this area has offered to so many visiting writers, students and athletes.

The Long Trail crosses Rt. 125 at Middlebury Gap. Hike north along the Long Trail and a spur trail 0.8 miles to Silent Cliff for excellent views of the Green Mountains and Champlain Valley. This region is home to Breadloaf Wilderness, well known for its black bear and moose populations. Day hikers will enjoy Branbury State Park and U.S. State Forest Silver Lake Campground. Visit the Green Mountain National Forest Middlebury Ranger Station for additional recommendations and wayfinding.

Hikers descending from Killington cross Route 4 in central Vermont, where they can head to Rutland’s extensive www.chaffeeartcenter.org Chaffee Art Center and visit www.paramountvt.org Paramount Theatre for national acts appearing in an exquisitely restored 1912 opera house. Also along Route 4, the www.vermontvacation.com Crossroad of Vermont Byway, there’s the carvingstudio.org Carving Studio and Sculpture Center situated at an historic marble quarry and massive sculptures to explore in the outdoors at the www.facebook.com/West-Rutland-Art-Park- West Rutland Art Park.

At 4,236’, Killington Peak is the Vermont’s second highest summit. On a clear day, the Adirondacks and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are visible. The Appalachian Trail and Long Trail share the same footpath in this part of the state and come within 0.2 miles of the summit. A spur trail will get you to the summit and is well worth the extra climb. Another excellent hike is the 2.2 mile Deer Leap Trail off of the Appalachian Trail with great views from Deer Leap Rock, also a popular destination for rock climbing. South of Killington, from Route 140 in Wallingford, the Long Trail passes through the White Rocks National Recreation Area and leads to a magical garden of rock cairns. Here, you can photograph the existing collection of cairns or…. enjoy creating your own!

Campers at Jamaica State Park can head into the village and venture into www.beckwithgallery.com Elaine Beckwith’s Gallery and dine at the www.gardencafeandgallery.com/gallery Garden Cafe, a culinary-art-space and market. Or, head into Manchester to visit some of the town’s abundant arts offerings, including www.manchestervermont.com/hills-alive Hills Alive, a rich and diverse calendar of cultural events and opportunities offered year-round, www.svac.org Southern Vermont Arts Center and the www.museumofthecreativeprocess.com Museum of Creative Process. Additional villages near trailheads include Weston, with its www.westonplayhouse.org Weston Playhouse and villagegreengallery.com Village Green Gallery, as well as www.marthasfolkart.com Martha’s Folk Art and www.kimraymurals.com/art-studio-gallery Mountain Painters & Artisans Gallery in Londonderry.

The Long Trail is conveniently accessed just outside Manchester Village, from Routes 11 and 30. Hikers can take the 6 mile round trip to the summit of Bromley Mountain for beautiful views of the hills and villages below. Other nearby day hikes include Stratton firetower and the rock outcrop of Spruce Peak. Another fine option is the Old Rootville Road trail from Route 30 in Manchester Center leading to Prospect Rock. The hike is 3.5 miles round trip, and features a waterfall and excellent views of Mount Equinox and Manchester village.

There are dozens of arts opportunities in Bennington and eastward heading into the mountains along Route 9, the www.mollystarkbyway.org Molly Stark Byway. In Old Bennington, catch a show at www.oldcastletheatre.org Oldcastle Theater, visit Robert Frost’s memorial and catch a bird's’-eye view from Bennington Monument, the tallest structure in Vermont. Tour the extensive Native American art collection and Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibit at www.thebennington.org/covered-bridge Bennington Center for the Arts & Covered Bridge Museum, and see the world's largest collection of Bennington pottery and Grandma Moses paintings at www.benningtonmuseum.org Bennington Museum. Shop at www.getartbehappy.com Fiddlehead at Four Corners, a contemporary craft and fine art gallery in the heart of historic downtown district.

Just outside of Bennington, the 3 mile round trip Pine Cobble Trail offers a picturesque vista of the tri-state area. For a more dynamic hike, access the Long Trail from Route 9 and follow it 1.8 miles southbound along a steep trail to an even steeper rock staircase up to popular Harmon Hill, with views of Bennington and the surrounding countryside. Continue on and in 12.5 miles, you’ll reach the Vermont-Massachusetts border, also known as the southbound terminus - or for most Long Trail thru-hikers, the beginning - of the Long Trail.

If Vermont’s arts and peaks have “piqued” your interest, visit VermontArtsCouncil.org, and VermontArts2016.com and GreenMountainClub.org.

BURLINGTON

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KILLINGTON

Where to Eat

On the Rocs Lounge

My husband and I ate dinner here at Killington's only speakeasy lounge. The decor was lovely, and although we didn't order drinks, hundred year old cocktail recipes are featured, fresh squeezed juices, and homemade giner beer. Local draughts are poured from frosted towers and eclectric wines are served by friendly servers. We began with the crab and artichoke dip -- a blend of crab, artichoke, caramelized onion and bell peppers, tossed in a trio of cheesesw and baked till bubbly and served with crostini. At $10.95, it was a bit pricy, but we scraped the plate clean because it was so delicious. Then we enjoyed Kobe Sliders accompanied by fresh cut sweet potato shoe string fries, and chicken marsala -- tender breast cutlets sauteed with shallots, prosciutto and crimini mushrooms, finished with marsala wine demi glace. It was one of the most pleasant meals we had in this busy area.

Open at 5 pm Thursday - Sunday during the summer, and open at 3 pm, closed Wednesday during the winter. It is located above he Phat Italian at 2384 Killington Road, Vt.

What to See & Do

Gifford Woods State Park

We didn't know anything about this park until a Vermonter recommended that we go there. We were glad we did -- for although small, it's a great place to wander. The state acquired this property in 1931 - just 13 acres of forested land from Lee Pearsons. It wasn't until 1933 when it became a true park when development began. Around that time, Walter K. Barrows donated some of his land that was covered in old-growth forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was formed by the government during the Great Depression in the 1930s, with its mission to give jobs and training to thousands of unemployed Amercans. The CCC crews built the park office, the ranger's quarters, the picnic area and the restroom facilities in 1933 and 1934. You can still see the original structures standing decades later, and in 1939, the CCC added the campground, built lean-tos, small cabins, and picnicking areas with stone fireplaces. Today the fireplaces are covered with moss, and many have been replaced by steel-ringed fire pits with grates. Even many of the original cabins are gone due to weather conditions, but you'll find 21 of the lean-tos named after trees. They are roomy, clean, with floors off the ground. There's also a lawn area set up with a volleyball net, and more. The 22 campsites are perfect to pitch a tent or park a trailer or even have your RV. Fresh spring water is available, as are three public restrooms with showers.

We walked along the Old-Growth Inerpretive Trail and envisioned what Vermont must have looked like long ago. You'll find mall signs along he trail identifying various species of trees, along with understory plants including Wild Sarsparilla, and False Solomon's Seal. Information displays are prominent, and the tallest tree in Vermont is found here -- a Sugar Maple towering 107.1 feet above the forest floor.

Located on Vermont Ropute 100 just a bit north of U.S. Route 4.

Where to Stay

Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Central Vermont. The Resort boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over seven peaks including Pico Mountain and offers the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 45 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. In addition, the numerous après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for 55 years. For more details go to web site Killington.com.

MANCHESTER

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STOWE/SMUGGLERS' NOTCH REGION

What to See & Do

Autumn is here at Stowe!

Experience the best foliage in the country, according to the quality and quantity of millions of TripAdvisor reviews. Want to stay up to date as the colors change from green to yellow & orange & red? Visit Foliage Central page to track peak foliage! And while you're here, don't miss the below unique fall events:

20th Annual Stowe Oktoberfest
Stowe Restaurant Week
The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
Community Theatre & Arts
Stowe Mountain Bike Club Leaf Blower Fall Classic
Fishlanthropy for Fives
The Great Pumpkin & Ghost Festival
Cooking Classes, Live Music, Workshops, and much more!

NEW this season is the Young Adult Pass (ages 19 to 34). It’s only $599 for 7-Day access. College Students get this same pass for only $399. Also new this season is The County Pass, offering an exclusive discount for primary and second home owners in Vermont’s Orleans, Lamoille and Washington Counties. Stowe Season Pass Holders get Mountain Collective Benefits!

StoweSeven Plus, StoweSeven, County Seven and College pass holders receive 50% off unlimited 1-day Lift Tickets, for their own use, at the following Mountain Collective destinations:

AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Revelstoke (NEW), Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Sun Valley, Taos, Telluride (NEW), Thredbo, Coronet Peak-Remarkables (New Zealand) and Whistler Blackcomb. Valid for passholder only, excludes Stowe.

For complete details about Stowe Mountain Resort’s 2016-2017 Season Passes

Lodging Specials

Early Bird Ski & Stay Packages - Book before December 15th and Save up to 30%!
Stowe Bev Trail Package - Exclusive deals at local breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries!
Commodores Inn - 10% off Fall Special, 20% off Special, and Low Season Extra Special
Golden Eagle Resort - Local Craft Brew Beercation Package
Green Mountain Inn - 10% off midweek in October
Stowe Motel & Snowdrift - 3 Nights for the Price of 2, 15% Stick Season Special
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa - Stowe Glow 20% off Special
Sun & Ski Inn & Suites - Fall Foliage Boat Tour Package

The Mountain Chapel on Mt. Mansfield

If you want to experience a different place - said to be "a place apart; a place of peace' a place of prayer . . . for all people . . . .and a place where one may experience closeness to God, do visit The Mountain Chapel. Here at the Chapel, there aren't any symbols of any particular religion so that all may feel welcome. I know I did. Over 4,000 faith groups have been identified here, with the circle standing for them all, The circular simplicity of this building in its natural setting, speaks of the unity of God's creation and spirit. This special place, was born through hope and tragedy after many people hoped that one day "a h ouse of prayer for all people" might be built on Vermont's highest mountain. The tragic death of nine-year-old "Polly," Mary Donnelly Kieffer, who loved to climb and ski the mountain, gave the inspiration. She saw a porcupine near the Chapel location, and her older sister later named the area "Porcupine Point." A year after Polly died, the Kieffer family offered a memorial service near where the Chapel now stands. After the service, the then Vicar, shared with Polly's father the dream of a mountain chapel where skiers, hikers, and climbers could pause to receive and thank God. The immediate response was "Let's do it." A non-profit corporation was formed and planning began. The ground-breaking service took place on July 16, 1982, with the founding chaplains - Rabbi Max Wall, The Rev. John Nutting, and The Rev. Marcus Hall. The structure was closed in by the first snowfall in mid-November and completed by June. Some 200 people gathered for the service of dedication on July 10, 1983.

Chaplains who are ordained or licensed spiritual leaders offer services of worship at 2 p.m. on Sundays when the Toll Road is open. Special events may be planned here by contacting one of the authorized Chaplains and the Resident Chaplain. There is a fee. On weekdays the Chapel is open for worship and prayer or curiosity, when one of the Chaplains is available.

About the shape of the Chapel:

" The circle was chosen as the symbol of the One God, dreamed by people who are becoming whole, the round hut where man lives around the maternal fire, the walls of granite rooted in ancient memory, the beams pointing upward with light streaming between them - light and darkness balancing as they must in life. And the mountain itself, said to be the symbol of God in our literature and dreams, with the Chapel quiety resting on its slope, not triumphantly crowning its summit, summons man to look up beyond his limitations of self-condern and devision, and to be still"

It is located about 2 miles up the Mount Mansfield Toll Road. If you're walking or driving, it's at the junction of The Toll Road and Chapel Lane. The summer Toll Road is about 4.5 miles long.

For more information contact The Mountain Chapel, Rsident Chaplain, 221 Shipman Road, Waterville, Vermont 05492.

Golf -

Stowe boasts two of New England's finest courses both on and off the mountain and is Conde Nast Traveler's 'Best Golf Resort in the Northern U.S.' for 2010 & 2011.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center -

Developed to operate year-round as a major component of the East's premier resort, the arts center is as a state-of-the-art venue presenting a wide spectrum of events including; theater, music, dance, comedy, film, lectures and multimedia presentations. Visit www.sprucepeakarts.org for tickets & events.

Children's Summer Mountain Adventure Camp -

This daily program offered at the mountain is available for kids ages 4 to 12. Camp hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm every day through 9/1.

Farmer's Market Fridays -

These celebrated events take place Friday's from Noon to 4pm mountainside in the Spruce Peak Plaza; featuring local cheeses, produce, heirloom grains, crafts prepared foods, live music and more. Never before in the resort's 75 year history has this level of regional goods ever been offered at the mountain.

Daily Summer Attractions -

include the Alpine Slide, an exhilarating 2,300 foot ride down Spruce Mountain, Bungee Trampolines, The Inflatable Obstacle Course, Gondola Skyride and Auto Toll Road - The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old. The 4.5-mile road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mt. Mansfield Summit Station and offers breathtaking hikes along the summit ridge at 'the top of Vermont.  For more info visit www.stowe.com

For more information contact Stowe Area Association | 51 Main St | Stowe | VT | 05672

Spa at Stoweflake - Stay With Your Fitness Routine

Fitness enthusiasts are welcome to utilize these state-of-the-art Sports & Wellness Center including Cybex weight and cardio room, a dedicated Spinning studio, fitness / yoga studio, racquetball / squash court, private women's workout center, indoor and outdoor heated pools. Some rental and class fees apply. Visit www.spaatstoweflake.com for a schedule of fitness classes, fitness training and consultations. For more information, call 802.760.1123.

The Blazer Transportation Group...

---- for all your transportation needs! 24 hours a day. 802-253-0013. Now offering a "STOWE/BURLINGTON AIRPORT SHUTTLE", running every hour on the hour, or at any specific time requested. $20.00 per person based upon 4 person occupancy. 24 hours a day. Our friendly courteous drivers will wait at the gate for you to arrive, and drive you to Stowe!

Apple Tree Discovery -

Have your child transported to a world where inspiring local experts unveil the hidden treasures of Stowe, Vermont.

Whether your family is visiting Stowe for a few days, weeks, or months, your children are invited at Apple Tree Discovery. In every season, Apple Tree Discovery can provide your family with the adventure that works for you. In Winter white, the veil of snow reveals the picture postcard heart and soul of Stowe. Families should venture beyond the downhill rush to taste the scenic winter adventures off the beaten path. The teachers include professionals in Early Childhood Education and certified Outdoor Educators. Apple Tree Discovery Vacation Adventures can be planned for any vacation including most school vacations and other holidays. Children are transported in our Apple Tree Vans and guided to the special places in and around Stowe to learn ice skating, snow shoeing, dog sledding, horseback riding, cross country skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, shelter building, and much more. For more information, call Apple Tree Learning Centers at 802-253-4321 or 802-345-5728 or email bill@appletreelc.com.

Little River Hotglass Studio

Located on the Little River in the picturesque resort town of Stowe, and established in 1995, the Studio is a small company specializing in the production of fine quality hand-blown glass. Visit and watch them making unique glass objects - all for sale - and great as gifts as well as for yourself. Over 600 fine galleries and craft stores nationwide carry the Studio's products but learn for yourself from the master the art of handmade glass. You'll be fascinated, as I was.

Located at 593 Moscow Road, Stowe; 802-253-0889. For further information check web site www.LittleRiverHotglass.com.

Bert's Boats

Bert's Boats is the area's oldest Canoe and Kayak Tour business. While waiting for the warm months of summer, now is a prime time to plan your special Family outings. Bert's Boats is "Fun and Adventure for Family and Friends'. Winter is also a great time to get your favorite boat or paddles professionally repaired. "Let the Adventure Begin." Check the web at www.bertsboats.com or call any day for information at 802-644-8189.

Little River State Park

Camp here, take a history hike to the Dan Dalley Farm and other farms, learn what life was like in the good old days and much more. Or, take the nature trail that highlights Little River's cultural history, geology and natural history. Numbered stops follow the free brochure you can pick up at the entrance; see the stone walls and apple trees from the early 1800s, follow the Stevenson Brook as it runs down the eastern slope of Ricker Mountain, plus more.

For more information contact The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation at web site www.vtstaateparks.com.

Helen Day Art Center

The Art Center and the Stowe Free Library sharea beautifully restored 1863 Greek Revival Building in the heart of Stowe Village. Formerly the Stowe High School, it was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of preservationists over 20 years ago. The Helen Day has been a vital part of the Stowe community and is visited annually by more visitors from outside the area. The art center offers exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as rotating exhibtions of Vermont artists. Art classes and workshops, lectures, and children's programs are offered throughout the year. The art center sometimes hosts classic films.

Located on the corner of School and Pond Streeets.

Where to Stay

New Life Hiking Spa

New Life Hiking Spa Has Opened for Its 39th Season in the Green Mountains of Vermont: The 2016 Season Will Run through October 3

New Life Hiking Spa first opened its doors in May of 1978 and has become one of North America’s most recognized destination spa vacations. Offering healthy mini-getaways, wellness vacations and weight loss retreats, New Life is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. For almost four decades, New Life has been an affordable, authentic wellness vacation that provides award-winning cuisine, fitness programming, cooking demos, hiking and massages at an all-inclusive price.

New Life has been the #1 ranked spa on the annual “Top 100 Spas” listing by Spas of America for 2014 & 2015. It was recently designated as the first WellHotel® Certified Destination Spa in the continental United States.

SpaFinder Wellness® 365, the world’s largest resource for the spa industry, has selected New Life Hiking Spa as one of the “25 Pioneer Spas” that has shaped the spa industry as we know it today. In addition, New Life Hiking Spa is consistently picked as one of the top ten spas in the world by SpaFinder’s Reader’s Choice Awards for hiking, solo travel, weight loss, affordability and outdoor adventure.

New Life Hiking Spa is open for just 20 weeks a year, from mid-May through the beginning of October, when hiking is at its peak in the Green Mountains. Approximately 800 guests (about 40 each week) from all over the world come to visit New Life and the spa employs about 40 people each season. Massage therapists, chefs, office staff, hike leaders and fitness instructors make New Life a caring and comfortable vacation where guests at any fitness level feel at ease coming alone, with a friend or a small group.

Guests at New Life Hiking Spa experience rejuvenation with all-inclusive spa vacation packages that include a private room with a private bath, three nutritious meals per day, healthy snacks, guided hikes along the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail (three levels offered per day), yoga classes, fitness classes, cooking demos, healthy eating lectures, and one massage is included for every three night stay. Regular prices range from $229 - $269 per person/per night based on length of stay. However, with the current “Opening Special” offered to guests who book their 2016 vacation by May 31st, all-inclusive prices start at just $204 per person/per night. The 2016 season will run from May 12 – October 3 and reservations are currently being taken for this season.

More information can be found at www.newlifehikingspa.com.

The Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge transforms the Spa Experience with New Offerings that Take the Spa to the Outdoors and Beyond

About Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a $400 million alpine community that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new community, owners and guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy world-class service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. Stowe Mountain Resort offers over 56,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options. The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club, as well as the slope-side four- and five-bedroom, three story Mountain Cabins. Room reservations, with special lodging offers and packages, are available by calling: (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT, or by visiting www.stowemountainlodge.com. For real estate inquiries, please call: (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.

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About Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe is an internationally renowned four-season destination. Stowe Mountain Resort, with majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, is filled with activities for every season; golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spas and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the quintessential New England getaway. For more information please visit: www.stowe.com/or call: 1-800-253-4754.

One goes to the spa to relax, to rejuvenate, to remind oneself to slow down and to focus on health. At Stowe Mountain Lodge, the spa, wellness and recreation team go beyond what most people think is “healthy” to ensure that all guests connect with nature and feel inspired by Stowe’s surroundings, which in return exudes the true meaning of health and wellness.

One example: Dunphy and her team have recently created a signature yoga class, trademarked “Stowega.” Classes take place in the woods and involve Earthing techniques where participants learn how to be more connected to the Earth through grounding poses. In the winter, Stowega will involve on-snow yoga classes prior to and at the end of a day on the ski hill.

In addition to signature wellness classes, Recreation Manager, Tyler Royer works closely with the spa team to ensure that recreational options coincide with the overall authentic experience that the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge provides.

Stone Hill Inn - For Couples Only

This is a special place -- a romantic, luxury bed & breakfast inn for couples who treasure their time together. Nestled away on a secluded hilltop in Vermont's most famous historic village, the Stone Hill Inn has been praised by the New York Times, USA Today, Fodor's and more. Every elegant detail of the inn has been designed with one purpose in mind: to create a perfect getaway for couples seeking the ultimate luxurious, romantic inn experience.

Innkeepers Amy and Hap Jordan spent years conceiving, planning and designing the Stone Hill Inn and located it in Stowe was a natural choice. The Inn's unique character grew from their conviction that couples expect and deserve very special accommodations and amenities. Each guest room accommodates only two people. The nine lavishly decorated rooms offer king-sized beds, sitting areas, two-sided fireplaces, hypo-allergenic down duvets, Egyptian cotton towels, and two-person Jacuzzi tubs. Every room is individually decorated with Vermont-inspired color schemes, appointments, furnishings and views.

Today Stone Hill Inn is owned by Linda & George, who have updated the common area and make the place even more warm and inviting.

The common areas are also thoughtfully executed and rewarding. The Billiard Room's massive stone fireplace echoes nearby Mt. Mansfield's towering splendor. Expansive windows flood the adjacent Breakfast Room with sunlight, enriching every guest's morning with visions of Vermont's pure natural beauty and steps away are the Stone Hill lInn's famed summer perennial gardens and waterfall, surrounded by wooded walking trails scented with aromas of pine and spruce.

You can enhance your stay here by adding on any of the Inn's Dulgent Extras, including relaxing massage treatments - either the Relaxation Massage, the Aromatherapy Massage; Deep Tissue/Sports Massage or the Couples' Tandem Massage.

During the winter months, guests can ski, snowshoe, take romantic sleigh rides; during summer hike, fly-fish, golf, sight-see and much more. Amenities include full candlelight breakfasts and three daily choices; an evening hors d'oeuvre at 5 p.m.; 224-hour hot & cold beverages and snacks; concierge services; turndown service with chocolates; pillow library; high speed wireless Internet access and guest computer; immaculate and welcoming common rooms; game room; movie library; outdoor hot tub; tobogganing and snowshoeing on-site; four miles from skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort; overnight ski boot and glove drying service; spectacular summer gardens; plus more.

For more information conact owners Linda & George at Stone Hill Inn, 89 Houston Farm Road, Stowe, Vermonth 05672; 802-253-6282 or go to web site www.stonehillinn.com. You can also e-mail at stay@stonehillinn.com.

Smugglers' Notch Resort -- For Singles, Couples & Families

About Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Smugglers’ is widely renowned for its quality family programming and beautiful setting in Vermont’s northern Green Mountains. The Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2006-2007 ski season. The popular Club Smugglers’ Advantage Package offers great value and includes mountainside lodging, daily alpine lift tickets, cross-country and snowshoe trail passes, all-day ski camp for ages 3-5, all-day snowboard camp for ages 4-5, free daily beginner lessons for adults, and numerous activities and entertainment for families and adults.

For more information on Smugglers’ vacations please call 1-800-451-8752 and visit Smugglers’ website at www.smuggs.com

New day trip adventures thrill vacationing kids at Smugglers' Notch Resort

For kids seeking fun and adventure on their Summer vacation, Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont has expanded its programming to include new day trips for ages 9-15. These day trips will offer kids the camaraderie of a group experience, while showcasing what Vermont is famous for: outdoor adventure, pristine fresh lake and river waters, and nature discovery.

The new day trip adventures include:

High Adventure Experience: A 3-day program of exploration with visits to Smugglers' own Notchville Park, with Giant Swing, climbing wall, swimming and watersliding on The Twister. A second day will be spent exploring the caves in Smugglers’ Notch Pass. On the third day the group enjoys a thrilling Via Ferrata experience including zipline, waterfall climb, Burma Bridge gorge crossing, and rock climbing. A portion of the day will also be devoted to GeoCaching. The cost for this outing is $200, which includes guides, lunch and transportation.

Canoe & Kayak River Day Trip: Counselors provide canoeing and kayaking instruction and lead day trips down the Lamoille River with a stop for a swim along the way. Participants will enjoy lunch with an ice cream treat at the end of the trip. The cost for this day trip is $75 per person, which includes guides, transportation, boat rental and lunch.

Echo Center Day Trip: A visit to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in nearby Burlington. Kids will discover 70 live species and over 100 interactive experiences with seasonally changing exhibits and events exploring the Ecology, Culture, and History of Lake Champlain. The cost for this day trip is $50 per person, which includes guides, aquarium entrance fee, transportation and lunch.

Saturday Swim and Sand Spectacular Tour: A guided daylong tour to some of the local Vermont swimming holes, with a picnic lunch, and a visit to the beach for a swim in Lake Champlain at Sand Bar State Park. The cost for the Sand Spectacular Tour is $50 per person, which includes accompanying guides, park entrance fee, transportation and lunch.

The Resort’s popular FamilyFest Summer vacation package offers a tremendous value for the entire family: vacation rates have been rolled back five years while inclusions for the package have grown.

FamilyFest package inclusions feature

mountainside Resort lodging,

daily award-winning all day children’s programs,

unlimited use of eight heated pools and four waterslides,

daily guided walks and hikes,

two teen centers,

disc golf and mini golf,

and use of the skate park, in addition to unlimited use of the indoor FunZone Family Entertainment Center.

Family programs and entertainment also included in the package are bingo, dance parties, a family magic show, karaoke, and family movie nights. Adults will enjoy nightly entertainment as part of the package.

Package and programming information is available by visiting www.smuggs.com or by calling the Resort’s reservationists at 1-800-451-8752.

For a family thrill, Smugglers’ New Giant Swing beats the best whoop de do in a car by a mile – but only for those age 8 and older

The Giant Swing was added to Smugglers’ repertoire of resort fun - along with pools, waterslides, skateboard park, disc golf, kayak fleet, Segway & extreme Segrides, Via Ferrata adventures, llama treks, Bike Boards and Digglers (and many more toys) – to add a zip of mid-season flurry for visiting family adventurers.

In words, here’s how it works: You stand at the very top elevation of Notchville Park preparing for your first ride on the Giant Swing. Your own stature is dwarfed by two beefy posts towering above you; your butt is immobilized by straps around your waist, back and legs; your mouth feels cottony and your breathing is shallow. The attendant fed you instructions and you digested them. Now your pals are towing you backwards with a haul rope to a point where you signal ‘far enough.’ More than 15 feet below you is Mother Earth. You hold your breath and hit the release.

“Whooooooosh!” The ground meets you and falls away again. You are arcing far over Notchville Park’s upper pool. Your stomach presses into your ribs, then back against your spine. You catch your breath. The giant within you reasserts himself and you grin and enjoy the ride, feeling in charge again. You swoop back and forth until you come to a stop naturally.

Welcome to the Giant Swing!

The arc of the Giant Swing is 100 feet and the cables (no bungee cords) are triangulated so you stay on course.

For more information call 1-800-451-8752 or 1-802-644-1156. Summer vacation packages with heaps of inclusions priced with cost-saving discounts available at www.smuggs.com

There’s no gas bogeyman under your condo bed at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Guests can shift their cars into parking gear and save gas for the duration of their stay

Traveling to a vacation destination by car, plane or train does require fuel energy. Smugglers’, by virtue of its layout as a self-contained Resort and through its own efforts, offers energy conscious consumers at this northern Vermont location an opportunity to contain their carbon footprint once they have arrived.

Cars are not needed for participation in 99 percent of the tons of activities at the resort because Smugglers’ is a purpose built community where the activities and facilities are centrally located. A stroll or short ride on the complimentary shuttle connects everyone to everything.

In addition to leaving their cars parked for the duration of their stay, guests are invited to keep their energy conscious mindset on vacation by using the recycling bins provided in their accommodations. They may also choose to participate in a number of activities with an environmental theme. One such guided walk called Where Does the Water Go? explains the story of rain water runoff and how it is contained at the resort and how guests might build rain gardens at home. Another option is trying out the Segway personal transporter in a SegRide Tour, contributing to the Trash or No Trash on-going sculpture on the Village Green or visiting the Living Machine, a greenhouse waste water treatment system.

The set-up of the Resort with its efficient shuttle, web of walking trails, and emphasis on active outdoor activities for all ages promotes a healthy lifestyle and eliminates the need for families to drive off site to seek entertainment.

For additional information on earth-friendly activities for families at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the Resort’s environmental efforts, or to book a vacation online, stop by www.smuggs.com

Smugglers' Notch Resort's Holiday Fun

1. What would tempt a usually tradition-minded stay-at-home family to enjoy a resort visit for the holidays?

At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, a spacious mountainside condominium with the latest amenities can truly be a home away from home. With skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and a variety of other activities for families, spacious lodging and extensive activities to accommodate extended families, the Smugglers’ Group Vacations staff is also expert at handling family reunions.

2. Can non-skiers enjoy a vacation at a ski resort? Are resorts actively wooing non-skiers?

Smugglers’ prides itself on the vast array of activities that it offers for all ages. The Winter Walking program provides an active social opportunity as trekkers explore the Resort’s surroundings, including the dramatic and beautiful Notch. Other outdoors activities including tubing and ice skating. Indoors, there are exercise classes, wellness and relaxation programs, family and adult entertainment, and the newest offering, a chocolate tasting with Vermont’s gourmet chocolatier Lake Champlain Chocolates.

3. Tips for settling a youngster into Resort child care. Even though a young child might be in a day care situation at home, going into Resort-based day care is still filled with new experiences and faces.

The director of Smugglers’ child care facility, TREASURES, has many suggestions for parents on how to ease the settling in process.

4. How to survive ski school check-in.

A family ski vacation usually involves getting the kids settled before the parents can head out on the mountain. Supervisors at Smugglers’ Snow Sport University have seen many little skiers and snowboarders check in for their first day of camp, and they’re happy to share their expertise on how to make it easy and tear-proof.

5. Finding “me time” on a family vacation. Taking a winter ski trip technically means that Mom, Dad and the kids are on a family vacation, but each most likely still wants a little special “me time.”

Smugglers’ offers “me time” for all ages. Those who want to improve their skiing skills might be interested in a private lesson with Snow Sport University director Peter Ingvoldstad, or a tour of Smugglers’ three mountains with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Off-hill fitness is another option, such as Winter Walking or a Snowshoe Fitness session with Nordic director Zeke Zucker. Relaxation? The Mountain Massage Center offers massage, yoga, reflexology, Pilates and more. There are two teen centers with activities for teens ages 13-18, and Kids’ Night Out for younger children.

6. If skiing or snowboarding aren’t enough for cold weather enthusiasts, what are some other winter adventures?

Smugglers’ exciting offerings include sledding on an inflated Airboard, snowmobiling, a back country snowshoe tour, and dogsledding.

7. Keeping up with the schoolwork during a winter vacation. Wintertime has a few more commitments than summer and it can be difficult to break away.

Parents can look for lodging that makes it easy for kids to keep up with schoolwork commitments. Smugglers’ spacious condominiums have wireless Internet connections, so kids can fit their school work and research into their vacation. (Ditto for adults and their work.) Study Hall Smuggs-style offers a two-hour supervised group study hall to encourage on-vacation learning. Nature programs on snowshoes and a visit to Mother Nature in her tipi on Morse Mountain could provide the foundation for special projects. And older kids and their parents can use Smuggs as a home base to explore local colleges.

8. With climate changes issues in the news, what are ski resorts doing to protect the environment?

Since being named an Environmental Leader in Vermont in 2006, Smugglers’ has continued to pursue new environmental initiatives. This season, the Resort purchased offsets for each pass and badge holder to cover the energy costs of ski operations for the season. In addition, solar panels were installed on a new condominium building to reduce propane consumption. The landscaping crew completely eradicated invasive plants from Resort landscaping to encourage growth of native species. Smugglers’ also continues to use biodiesel fuel in offroad construction equipment and the tractor that pulls the ski school wagon, and to include “green” in new programs, such as Ecotrivia around the Bonfire, debuting this Winter.

9. What are the trends with instruction? How young can kids start learning to ski or snowboard? Is the traditional group lesson still the most popular choice?

At Smugglers’, the latest innovation for youngsters includes teaching two and a half year olds to ski in a program run by the Resort’s child care facility in tandem with the ski school. A new learning session for this season, MAX5, reduces the group size to five in a 2.5-hour session for more personal attention and more time on the slopes. Check in with Smugglers’ Snow Sport University director Peter Ingvoldstad, a longtime veteran of the ski business, for his insights into the latest techniques as well as historical perspective.

10. Ask us a question. Anything. For instance, what’s it like to own a ski resort? To groom mountain ski trails? To construct a terrain park? To be up all night running snowmaking? To teach four year olds to snowboard?

We can get you the answers.

Smugglers' Notch Resort's Special Treats

Two new bird gardens with seating for humans will lure Smugglers’ guests to quiet observation of the winged creatures who visit the feeders, baths, and houses in these habitats. Binoculars on loan from the Clubhouse enhance focus and identification.

A special Birds for Kids pack that includes a Stokes Beginner Guide to Birds – Eastern Region and kid-sized binoculars are also available to borrow.  Guests inclined to self-study may learn to identify bird songs from a comfy chaise longue on their condo deck, memorizing the vocalizations – both songs and calls - from the Bird Songs book by Beletsky, a notable bird biologist. The book has more than 250 recordings of common birds accompanied by illustrations and easy-to-understand text about each bird’s range, ecology and behavior. This bird-watcher’s aid with the digital audio technology may be borrowed from the Clubhouse at Smugglers’ Notch Resort pre or post other birding activities or nap.

The Living Machine Tour showcases a unique wastewater treatment solution. Plants, flowers and even a few critters make their homes in a specially built green house where they purify effluent through their growth and consumption of grey water. Guests are guided through the Living Machine, a bright and odorless glass structure, by the Living Machine’s knowledgeable operator who explains the process. The Living Machine Tour is part of the Smuggs Village Intro Wike which explores The Village and surrounding area. (A wike is more strenuous than a walk, but less demanding than a hike.)

Environmental topics are discussed by guides in many of Smugglers’ daily hikes. For example, the story of Smugglers’ efforts to protect bear habitat becomes part of the Bears & Berries Wike for families. During the River Walk guides discuss stream bank restoration and erosion controls that preserve water quality.

In the Rum Runner’s Wike and Bootleggers’ Basin Wike environmental controls instituted to monitor snowmaking water usage and stream flow retention become part of the topical delivery.

The Bargain Bin & Rental Shop is a new shop in Smugglers’ Resort Village that is taking on a green color wash. Equipment that allows guests to play and get around without using carbon fuels is top of the list of rental items: skateboards with helmets and wrist guards, baby backpacks, mountain bikes of all sizes, the new all-terrain Mountain Buggy strollers and Segway personal transporters. The Bargain Bin part of the shop will offer quality name brand new clothing at clearance prices for winter outer wear for youth and adults, skis, snowboards and boots as well as souvenirs, gifts and toys.

The Sterling Historical Wike joins Smugglers’ long list of popular walks, wikes and hikes. On this new outing, guests will learn the fascinating history behind the early settlement of Sterling, originally located on the rugged mountain slope above the Resort. (For the uninitiated, a wike provides a moderate to demanding level of exercise in an outing of up to 3 hours duration.)

Via Ferrata, an adventurous outing introduced at Smugglers’ last summer, will add an additional time slot for families due to demand. This guided program combines hiking, rock climbing and high ropes adventure in the rocky terrain along the Brewster River.

With the new Family Adventure Planner, families will find it much easier to plan their stay at Smugglers’ and try as many activities as they want. The Planner identifies programs by age-appropriateness, making it easy to select things to try. The free Planners will be available at the Funmeister’s Clubhouse and the auxiliary desk across from 3 Mountain Outfitters.

Segway Ride Is A MUST

This new, unique ride is very, very exciting and great for young and old. You'll learn all about it right on the spot and then will be able to take off on an individual Segway for a thrill of a lifetime.

Hours and Prices:

Segway Tours with a guide:
Monday through Saturday at these times: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
One hour long
Approximately $55 per person for 12 and older

Extreme Segway Tours
Monday through Saturday at these times: 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm
“Extreme” simply refers to the type of segway. The Extreme Segway has larger, nubby tires and may be taken on trails in the woods
1.5 hours long
Approximately $85 per person for 12 and older

Segway Rentals:
Approximately
$65 for 2 hours. Must be a licensed driver 18 and older.

Summer at Smugglers' Notch Resort

Stowe is an ideal alternative to city life. Summers are hot. Stowe is, by and large, not, thanks to our Green Mountains and northern Vermont location. Cities are frenetic. The tempo of Stowe is tranquil, and the landscape is one of Vermont’s most bucolic and serene. There are enough festivals, musical and theatrical performances and outdoor activities to satisfy everyone. And travelers can find Stowe inns, resorts and bed & breakfasts with daily room rates both for budget and opulent luxury accommodations.

To learn more about Stowe’s lodging, dining, shopping and activities call Central Reservations at 1-800 467-8692 or go online to www.gostowe.com and discover the affordable travel options.  

Located at the foot of Mt Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, the idyllic village of Stowe, Vermont has been hosting travelers for over 200 years. A true four-season destination of international renown, Stowe offers endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Stowe offers nearly 70 unique shops, 40 restaurants, and almost 50 different lodging establishments ranging from full service resort spas to quaint bed and breakfasts, all locally owned

Stowe is the only Vermont location spotlighted in the recently-released 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime: America the Beautiful from the Editors of LIFE Magazine. Editor Robert Sullivan states, “It's pulled off the amazing trick of becoming famous and a destination, yet remained true to its essence: It is what it is, a New England village of great charm and a day-to-day that features village rhythms”.

Trapp Family Lodge

Trapp Family Lodge -- a member of Small LuxuryHotels of the World -- is an unsurpassed collection of over 440 independently owned luxury hotels spanning more than 70 countries. Every hotel within the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection is dedicated to delivering a single standard of excellence. Member hotels must commit to rigorous standards of quality and are regularlyvisited by independent, mystery inspectors to ensure these standards are maintained. Through its 'Caring Luxury' initiative, Small Luxury Hotels of the World encourages its hotels to adopt responsible environmental, economic and social practices, while at the same time providing enriching and rewarding experiences for hotel guests.

Green Mountain Inn

It doesn't have to be Valentine's day to show your loved one how much you appreciate them! Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway for two at the Green Mountain Inn, located in the heart of Stowe. Our Heart of Stowe Romance package includes 2 nights lodging, a bottle of bubbly, a box of hand-made truffles and a delicious continental breakfast starting at only $100 per person, per night, including tax and service. Check web site www.greenmountaininn.com for details.

The Governor's House in Hyde Park

Leisurely weekends of literary-inspired diversions have something for every Jane Austen devotee: informative talk, afternoon tea, a discussion of Persuasion and how the movie stands up to the book, endless movies, a quiz with prizes, and lots of good conversation just for starters. Weekend rates start at $295 for singles and $260 per person double, including meals. It's not Bath, but it is Hyde Park and you'll love Vermont circa 1800. The Governor's House in Hyde Park, 100 Main Street, Hyde Park 05655. 866-800-6888. www.onehundredmain.com

All Seasons Rentals

A picture book village, dominated by majestic mountains, Stowe is truly country elegance at its best, for All Seasons. Gracious accommodations, memorable dining, grand sleigh rides or symphony concerts in the meadows, birch-lined snow shoe or hiking trails, and fabulous mountain skiing or cool mountain pools for swimming are just a part of Stowe, Winter and Summer. "All Seasons Rentals", a local property rental and management company, offers an array of accommodations; from slope side townhouses, village chalets and tranquil private homes with capacities for twenty+. Imagine the views from a new contemporary on 90 acres; picture yourself by the fire in a rustic chalet, nestled in the woods, or watch the sun slip behind the mountain tops from your house overlooking the golf course. Contact All Seasons Rentals by phone at 1-802-253-7353 or FAX at 1-802- 904-1090 or e-mail at Info@StoweRentals.com

Where to Eat

Norma's Restaurant

Slip into Chef Brian Tomlinson’s creative take on locally grown, organic provisions at Norma’s, where the action in the open kitchen is as captivating as views of nearby Mount Mansfield and glistening pools from the terrace. With each meal poised as “an experience,” appetizers run from Roulade of Prosciutto, Chèvre and Fig to Ahi Niçoise Carpaccio and salads from Bibb Lettuce and Frisée to Whole Leaf Caesar. A selection of “lighter dining,” such as Norma’s Burger with Northeast Family Farms all natural beef and Misty Knoll Organic Turkey Panini are as tantalizing at mid-day repast as for dinner. 

Full-fledged entrées like Pan Roasted Halibut over saffron couscous-quinoa salad, watercress,radish, lemon-pepper crème fraîche and chamomile beurre blanc, and Grilled Lamb Chops with gingered sweet potato purée, Asian pear slaw and pomegranate-Szechuan peppercorn sauce, assure culinary experiences to recollect. And don’t forget to ask about dessert – a.k.a., “Something Sweet” – with new summer selections such as Lemon Lovers Dessert or Chocolate Raspberry Tarte. Don’t forget, you can make also make your dining reservations online; go to www.topnotchresort.com, and click on Dine with Us, then Norma’s restaurant. Updated specials are available on our feature spot in the 7Nights web site www.7nvt.com . You could even win dinner for two!

The Pitcher Inn

Mediterranean on Main is the new culinary motif of The Pitcher Inn, Vermont's only Relais & Ch‚teaux-designated establishment. Owner Maggie Smith worked with Chef Sue Schickler to reposition the restaurant of this iconic hostelry. In so doing the name was changed to 275 Main at The Pitcher Inn. The menu has assumed a distinctly Mediterranean flair with attention paid to Vermont-farm-originated organic produce and grass-fed beef so readily available in the Green Mountains.

Ari Sadri, general manager and sommelier, has created an extensive wine cellar and assists with perfect pairings at every meal, drawing from an exemplary Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. The menu includes cuisine prepared in an authentic manner with local, regional or global ingredients meticulously sourced and selected for freshness and variety. Schickler changes the menu daily, allowing her to showcase and celebrate local and seasonal fare. Starters might be a mortadella or choice Italian salamis. Chef Schicklerís pastas intoxicate the palate: think ìPappardelle with Braised Rabbit, Olives, Pancetta and Tomatoî or ìLinguine Fine with Bacon, Chiles, Basil and Mascarpone.î

Still hungry? There's a Northeast Family Farms New York Strip Steak with Black Pepper and Gorgonzola Butter or ìGrilled Lamb Porterhouse Chop with Roasted Peppers, Feta and Black Olive Butter. Jim Gioia, pastry and dessert chef, offers, among others, ìChocolate Hazelnut Torta with Espresso Zabaglione and Frangelico Creamî and ìOlive Oil Cake with Blueberries and Limoncello Gelato.î

Guests at 275 Main enjoy a tavern ambiance on a river setting. Two fireplaces, brick and stone walls, hardwood floors, warm colors and soft lighting mingle with the Innís signature collection of local art, antiques and collectibles.The Pitcher Inn is recognized internationally for its sophisticated services combined with a dash of whimsy in 11 deluxe rooms and suites themed to Vermont attractions, such as trout, mountain and schoolhouse.

The Pitcher Inn on the scenic and legendary Rt. 100 is just 45 minutes from the Burlington Airport and can also be accessed from Vermontís I-89. Nearby activities include fly-fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, golf, gliding and hiking, among others. The Pitcher Inn has also been named a Fodorís Choice 2009 establishment.

275 Main is open from Wednesday to Monday nightly. Reservations are suggested. For information please visit www.pitcherinn.com or call 802-496-6350. The Pitcher Inn is the sister property of the highly acclaimed Winvian, the private resort in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. Visit www.winvian.com for additional information.

WATERBURY

Michael's On The Hill

Michael's On The Hill is located within a circa 1820 farmhouse, picturesquely set on a hill, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains. The restaurant can comfortably seat 82 guests, and has a full bar with a piano lounge and outside porch available for dining. It is decorated in subtle earth tones focusing on understated shades of green and red. The large enclosed wrap around porch dining room with a view from each table is lovely, as is the beautifully renovated barn room where guests may dine in luxury. The restaurant emits a sophisticated charm without the pretentious attitude so commonplace in a restaurant that serves fine food. The cuisine is European, innovative, flavorfull and fresh, focusing on local ingredients. Evenings here are romantic, warm and festive. All dinners, created by Chef/Owner Michael Kloeti, start with a warm, linen-wrapped sourdough baguette, sweet butter, and a bowl of marinated olives. Whether you sit by the fire, or on the grapevine surrounded porch, you'll be comfortable while ejoying the piano music.

Michael, the native of a small Swiss village is always around to give personal attention to the diners.

Open for dinner; rated expensive.

Restaurant Hours: 5:30-9pm
Closed Tuesdays

Location: 4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Rt 100 North Waterbury Center, VT 05677    
Reservations: 802-244-7476
www.michaelsonthehill.com

E-mail: mail@michaelsonthehill.com   

Serving Dinner 5:30-9pm
Closed Tuesday

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Michael's on the Hill Announces 2nd Vermont Green Restaurant of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership

Michael's on the Hill was designated the 2nd Vermont Green Restaurant by Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (VBEP) . The Partnership, a joint effort between the ANR's Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center, is a free program geared towards promoting environmental and economic performance and recognizes businesses that take extra steps in being environmental stewards.

Michael's on the Hill is committed to protecting the environment and is always striving to make improvements to lessen their impact. Others are encouraged to join them in conserving our natural resources, reducing waste generation and use of toxic materials, recycling, purchasing recycled products and pollution prevention.

Through a variety of venues, owners Michael and Laura Kloeti educate the public on the importance of eating locally produced products and treating the environment with care, and are particularly interested in teaching children and their parents of the personal and global benefits. Their goal is to connect people more to the environment and to the community of dedicated people who nurture and produce our food products, and to introduce others to the concept of eating local, clean and responsibly.

To become a partner, a business must meet all eight standards listed on the partnership's Web site, and to achieve the upper level Green Restaurants must develop and submit an Environmental Management Plan based on ISO-14001 EMS, that captures plans for future environmental impact reduction. Vermont businesses joining the Partnership go beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations using pollution prevention strategies and implementation of the best management practices. Participating businesses are able to identify themselves as green businesses in all their marketing and literature, are listed on the VBEP website and benefit from the operational advice and knowledge of visiting VBEP representatives.

For more information, please contact Owners, Laura or Michael Kloeti
Phone: (802)244-7476 or E-mail mail@michaelsonthehill.com

Michael's on the Hill Announces Cafe Selections Now Available at Green Mountain Coffee Visitor's Center and Café

Award-Winning Vermont chef, Michael Kloeti, chef owner of Michael's on the Hill in Waterbury Center, is pleased to announce that a new product line, "Café Selections from Chef Michael" is now available for purchase at the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café located in Waterbury's historic train station. 

The menu consists of a variety of locally driven homemade baked goods, salads, and sandwiches, such as Cabot Butter Stuffed Croissants, Highland Cattle Meatloaf Turnovers with Caramelized Onions and Tomato Chutney, Misty Knoll Turkey Salad and Red Hen Bread Pudding with Green Mountain Coffee Organic Espresso Blend Infused VT Maple Syrup.

Daily specials reflect the best of the season, such as Strawberry Rhubarb Scones, Potato Ramp Soup and Pulled Winding Brook Farm Lamb Salad with Spicy Tunisian Dressing. 

Kloeti feels that this partnership really makes sense because he has always wanted to bring high quality, affordable and exceptional everyday fare to a larger group of people, and is proud to be able to use about 25 different local suppliers in this food line.

Breakfast and lunch catering services are also offered.

For more information, check website www.michaelsonthehill.com

WEST DOVER

Where to Eat & Stay

The Hermitage Inn

Come celebrate with cooler weather fare featured on both the Fine Dining and Pub menus. Regularly incorporated ingredients from both local farms as well as the Inn's own gardens is used for fresh and innovative dishes. Stop by for Breakfast (served daily in the Pub from 8am to 10am), Lunch (served daily in the Pub from 11:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays), Dinner (served daily in both the Pub and Fine Dining Room from 5:30pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays), and Brunch (served in both the Pub and Fine Dining Room from 11am to 2pm every Sunday). Call 802.464.3511 or go to opentable.com now for reservations!

The Hermitage Inn | 25 Handle Road | West Dover | VT | 05356

The Hermitage Road Covered Bridge

Have you noticed the new covered bridge at the entrance of The Hermitage?
The Hermitage Inn is located at 25 Handle Road | West Dover | VT | 05356. Call 802.464.4040 for more information.

The Hermitage Inn | 25 Handle Road | West Dover | VT | 05356
www.hermitageinn.com

What's Happening at the Hermitage Inn?

 House Rentals
Additional rooms available through the property owner rental program.  Please call the rental agent at (802)464-3577 if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation.

Haystack Golf Course 

The golf season is in full swing at our four star course.  Many tournaments and events this summer, will be hosted. For more information call the inn at (802)464-3511.  Join the Men's League Thursdays at 5 PM, and couples night on Friday at 5 PM.  After a round of golf come inside to the 19th Hole Restaurant to cool off and enjoy a delicious meal.  Chef Paul Eschbach of the Hermitage is now overseeing the Haystack club restaurant!  2012 Haystack merchandise is now available at the Haystack pro shop.   

Nightly Summer Specials

Round up the friends for a game of horseshoes on Monday nights and enjoy $2 Budweisers.  Ladies, on Wednesday come and sip the featured $5 specialty cocktail.  Thursday night is for the gents, with scotch specials and cigars on the patio.  They'll be live music in the pub on weekends, with Peter Miles on Friday, and Skip and Lorraine Morrow on Saturday.  Come for Sunday brunch and receive a $20 voucher good for a round of golf Monday-Thursday.

The summer wedding season is here, and the Hermitage Inn is hosting these special events.  Weddngs are being booked now for 2013, so do not hesitate to call or email for further information! 

Inn guests can enjoy mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking (the views from atop Haystack are spectacular).  On these hot summer days guests can soak their toes in our new swimming hole on the Coldbrook below our covered bridge.  

The Hermitage Inn | 25 Handle Road | West Dover | VT | 05356


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