Burlington + Northern Vermont

Things to do in Burlington + Northern Vermont

Find out what’s underwater at this interactive science museum; there are more than 70 species featured in ever-changing exhibits. It also hosts an adult-friendly cocktail party called ECHO After Dark on the second Thursday of every month.

Pop in for a cup of hot cocoa, made with organic sugar, milk, vanilla, and a scoop of ganache.

The 20-foot waterfall offers a stunning panorama of golden hardwoods.

In the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Evansville Trading Post offers a rare venue for one-stop shopping.

Located in a state that steadfastly protects its rural image, the Vermont Folklife Center strives to preserve the art and cultural life of the region.

Proprietors David and Melanie Leppla twirl hot glass into fantastical shapes in their basement workshop, visible from the ground-floor showroom where their finished bowls, vases, and objets d’art are sold.

Deep in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom, Currier’s Quality Market sells all the supplies necessary for the rugged area, including food, gas, hardware, clothing, and hunting and fishing gear.

Although small, Middlebury College in western Vermont maintains a sterling reputation, and its museum of art is no different.

Visitors can watch as Ulrike Tessmer throws and fires her sturdy, traditional stoneware, a trade she learned in Hamburg.

With the highest number of breweries in the country per capita, Vermont is known for its beer. One of its oldest sits alongside Otter Creek in Middlebury and offers free guided tours of the brewing and bottling process (albeit through large windows).

While the advent of the indoor shopping mall in the 1970's meant the death of most pedestrian malls, this one—established in 1981—still buzzes with activity.

For many visitors, this 45-acre museum feels more like a wonderland than a museum, thanks mainly to the village-like layout that incorporates 25 historic buildings relocated here by founder and American folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb.

The French Second Empire-style barn at the center of the Morgan Horse Farm is a white Victorian structure with a mansard roof and widow's walk.

Sugarbush recently received a $60-million upgrade. Former Merrill Lynch International chairman Win Smith heads up a posse of investors committed to maintaining the crunchy zeitgeist of the classic ski mountain.