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Old 03-31-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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We are planning a 4-6 day visit to Vermont the first week of October.

I've never been to Vermont and love nature. We hear it's a must-see in the fall.

I have a 5 year old daughter.

Can you please recommend a list of activities/places/cities we should visit? I tried to look online, but there is so much information, it's kind of overwhelming. We are driving from Indiana, so we will have a car.

Thank you
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA & Sharon, VT
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Going across the state, east-to-west...

Town of Woodstock, and nearby Quechee gorge. (And Simon Pearce glass blowers, in either their Quechee or Windsor locations.) Drive up through Stowe, (and past the Ben & Jerry's facility), maybe up to the Von Trapp Lodge, and then drive through Smuggler's Notch (I assume it's still open that time of year). Middlebury is quite nice... and Shelburne Farm and nearby Shelburne Museum (which is quite eclectic and bizarre).
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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It's impossible to be sure what the foliage will be like, but that's a good time to visit.

There are some good attractions for children, including the Montshire Museum, which is an interactive science museum, the Echo lake museum in Burlington, and the Jay Peak water park.

If the foliage is good a ride up the gondola on MT. Mansfield in Stowe provides great views.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Make sure if you are in the northeastern part of the state to stop into St Johnsbury and visit the Athenaeum (town library/art collection), the Fairbanks Museum, and get a look at the Dog Chapel just east of town. Plus visit the Maple Museum on the east side of town. In Bennington (southwestern) you'll want to go up in the monument and visit the Bennington Museum.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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And make sure you book your hotels early. Foliage is prime time!
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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Thank you, all!!! Any good maple syrup factories or nice gardens or arboretums you recommend?
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:28 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA & Sharon, VT
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Default Tapping and Sugaring Union Local # 213

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maple syrup factories
LOL.

But seriously - there a number of maple syrup stands and shops throughout the state... though they're all more touristy gift shop than anything - it's not like you can tour a syrup facility like you can a brewery, and in any event syrup is produced in the spring, not the fall. In the fall you're going to see a lot more cider-based events and products than syrup-based events and products.

That said, there's a big syrup (and cider) store in Waterbury, across Route 100 from the Ben & Jerry's plant (I forget it's name), on the way from 89 towards Stowe. I think there's also one in the Quechee Gorge tourist trap shops just east of the Gorge.

My favorite hole in the wall, for syrup and for uber-essence-of-Vermont breakfasts, is the Sugar Shack, formally known as Eaton's Sugar House, just off 89 in Royalton. Great food, good (formerly great) prices, and (like any small town shop in Vermont) a little bit of everything else that you could want. I think they actually do produce syrup there, but there's not really much to see from a customer perspective (even in the spring).

You might also Google Morse Farms, in Montpelier. They're a big producer - though to reiterate, fall is not the season for it.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Ditto Morse Farms if you want to see what maple syrup production is like. You can see the sugarhouse, sample some syrup and buy their products and other VT souvenirs in their store. Like others have mentioned, sugaring season is going on right now and not in the fall. In the fall you'll be able to see the equipment that is used and learn about the process but you won't be seeing it in action.
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Also ditto regarding getting hotel accommodations line up ASAP. Fall is the busiest time of year in VT!
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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The place in Waterbury is Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Very touristy, but we used to take the kids there probably once every couple of years when they were little.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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We stop there just to buy cider about once a week lol.
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