Why You Need to Road Trip to Vermont

August 17, 2015,

Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State: it is full of mountains and greenery, scenic waterfalls and state parks and for those who haven’t heard of the state’s biggest treasure (according to me and my fellow foodie friends) – it is also full of green, organic and healthy restaurants.

For me, a Montrealer, Vermont is a quick drive away. My love affair with Vermont began back in 2012 when I visited for a concert. Little did I know that I’d soon be visiting as often as possible, spending the day and sometimes permitting myself a night in Burlington or elsewhere.

I’ve written extensively about Burlington and where to eat in the city but today I am sharing what to do elsewhere in the state and why you should road trip to Vermont. Vermont isn’t very big but as mentioned, it is full of places to discover during every season. Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 1.36.07 PM

Waterfalls
Vermont has a TON of natural waterfalls. If you search Vermont waterfalls, you are sure to find lists of waterfalls throughout the state. It can be difficult to decide which waterfall and where to visit. Consider what you want to see and experience, if you want to swim (if there is a swimming hole) and the city or towns you are passing through and would like to visit.

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I decided to visit Moss Glen Falls in Stowe (there is another Moss Glen Falls in Granville) for a couple of reasons: MGF in Stowe is the highest falls in the state, I found many beautiful pictures and positive information about the falls and the waterfall is located within the town of Stowe, a somewhat bigger town with restaurants and a farmer’s market.

Charming Small Towns
Vermont is full of charm and beautiful, small towns. If you are planning to visit the state to go to Burlington (their biggest city), I urge you to venture a little off the beaten path and spend some time in a smaller town.VERMONT

I like St. Johnsbury and Stowe. St. Johnsbury is a residential town with a small population but with a lot of charm. I visited in November – the town was quiet but very sweet, filled with bookshops and cafes, a candy shop and a handful of restaurants. I even found a restaurant (Kingdom Taproom) that served organic, black bean burgers in addition to other healthy and local food. Kingdom Taproom is new to St. Johnsbury and is very trendy, offering a wide selection of craft beers.

Stowe is a skiing destination, so it is a bit of a bigger town with unique shops and the luck of being close to two beautiful state waterfalls (Moss Glen Falls and Bingham Falls). In Stowe, you can also eat well: we found Crop Bistro and Brewery and easily ate delicious vegan and vegetarian food. There is also a really great health food store called Commodities Natural Market on route to Moss Glen Falls. VEGAN VERMONT

Speciality Farms or “Agri-Tainment”
Because Vermonters are localvores, it’s sort of a no-brainer that visiting their farms and factories are a totally doable and enjoyable way to visit the Green Mountain State. Vermont is known for its maple, cider, apples and honey (and more!).

Next on my bucket list is the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where you can visit their old-fashioned bakery, taste their homemade cider and jams and purchase their famous cider donuts.

Now it’s your turn… have you been to Vermont? What is your favourite place to visit and revisit?Why You Need to Road Trip to Vermont // at happiestwhenexploring.com

Places Mentioned: Where to Eat
Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury – 397 Railroad ST, St Johnsbury VT 05819

Crop Bistro and Brewery – 1859 Mountain Road, Stowe VT 05672
Commodities Natural Market – 512 Mountain Road, Stowe VT 05672

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5 Comments

  • Reply Ilena C. August 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I love your photos! Vermont always held a special charm for me. I have visited several times and you are right, there is so much to see and do and eat! When I was about 15 we drove to Middlebury to attend my aunt’s graduation and I remember the greenery and mountains on the drive there…just beautiful! It is lovely driving there and being there.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Such lovely memories! Thank you!

  • Reply Laura August 19, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!! <3 Vermont is my fave state EVER and every time I go, it's a new & different experience. I love going with you, too! Great post, super informative and captures the essence…. 🙂

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you so much!! So grateful to have discovered it with you for the concert. I look forward to hearing what YOU have to share about VT!

  • Reply Steve August 20, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    For someone in love with nature and great food, Vermont is the best!

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