Friday Top Five- Vermont in the Summer & Fall

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When people think Vermont, it’s easy to think skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. But, our late summer, early fall trip to Vermont was one of our most memorable.
Here are our top 5 picks for warm weather Vermont fun!!
5. Take a scenic canoeing trip down the Lamoille River. Check out Jeffersonville, VT and pop in oout one of the many road side water sport outposts. Here, they’ll hook you up with life vests, a canoe or kayak and even a ride up river. Pack up some drinks and snacks and bask  in the sun as you make your way down the river. Nature is unspoiled here. The quiet is unbelievable! Bring a fishing rod for catch and release or just take a leisurely paddle all while seeing birds, fish, and other wildlife.
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4. Visit a Maple Sugaring house. Even though it’s not winter, many of the sugaring houses are still open to give you a free tour of their operation. Most are family run farms with those family members behind the counter willing to answer all of your questions.. And of course buy some for the road!!
3. Make your own food and wine tour in Waterbury!  From donuts to cheese to ice cream and chocolate, there is much to be tasted in Waterbury, Vermont.
For your first stop, check out the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Winery. They make homemade donuts and they even give you samples of their delicious cider. There are demonstrations of the process. All for free. Then head over to try their home made hard cider in the wine tent and maybe take a growler to go.
Continue down the road to Lake Champlain Chocolates and the Cabot Cheese visitor center to taste some yummy Vermont specialities.
And of course, no trip is complete without a stop at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. The tours are free and run continuously throughout the day and the whole property is just plain fun!!
2. Visit Burlington! Take a ride to beautiful Burlington Vermont and walk along Lake Champlain. The scenery is gorgeous. Then take a stroll on Church Street. There are wonderful shops, restaurants and the very first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. We love the Farmhouse Tap & Grill because it’s all locally sourced farm to table goodies. Try their corn bread – trust me!
1. The Treetop Adventure Course & Zip Line in Jeffersonville is a must!  Ok I saved this for last because it truly was the most fun experience our family has ever had! We really challenged ourselves in a safe, controlled environment where we not only saw beautiful scenery but we really bonded as a family! Think outside the box and check it out!
Of course there are so many other awesome things to do in Vermont like the Gondolas in Stowe and the VonTrappe Family Lodge. Not to mention the beautiful foliage. But hopefully this top 5 list will help you see that Vermont is not just for snow!! It’s a year round fabulous family destination!
Jaime Garcia is a mom, travel planner, and vacation daydreamer. Contact her to make your vacation daydreams into a reality. Jgarcia@onceuponavacation.com

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