Burlington + Northern Vermont

Things to do in Burlington + Northern Vermont

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.

After transforming his boyhood home into a full-time job in the late 1970s, Nick Cowles now manages 80 acres of apple, peach, and sour cherry orchards along Lake Champlain.

Founded by Jake Burton in 1977, this namesake company is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of snowboarding equipment. This flagship store, located near the factory in Burlington, carries an assortment of equipment and gear for winter sports enthusiasts.

The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail in western Vermont commemorates the 22 years the poet lived there with a 1.2-mile trail through the woods and fields of Ripton.

Recently Stowe has added a gondola that connects its two mountains.

Behind its iconic marquee, the city’s largest theater has served many roles since opening in 1930 as a vaudeville house.