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Help figuring out what to do July 13-18 in VT?
Posted July 2nd, 2012 - 7:27 pm by from Pleasantville, United States (Permalink)
Hi guys,

I'm flying up to VT from July 12-18.

I've never been. I'll be speaking at Champlain College on July 13th, then don't have any plans. I'm a travel/events blogger, so I was hoping to get stuff set up through the VT CVB, but they haven't really been able to help.

Any thoughts I what I could do that's very Vermont with the amount of time I have?

I'm not really a hikey sort of guy, but if there is something that separates VT from other places in regard to nature, I'm definitely willing to take a shot at it.

If anyone has time to hang out and do stuff, great. And of course, while this isn't a couch request, if you have time/space, don't hesitate to let me know.


Thanks in advance,

Roni

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 12:41 am by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
For something that's very Vermont, you can check out various farm tours around the state. Definitely go to a farmer's market, at least one. If there are any festivals or parades or fairs going on, they really are pretty unique in some ways in Vermont (and I've lived in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, and Alaska, I know what I mean here ;).

7 Days has a pretty good calendar for summer events, too.

I don't know how specifically Vermont this is but:
Summer Pride Festival
chandler-arts.org, 728-6464
July 13-22, Randolph
Staged readings with gay and lesbian characters and themes seek to strengthen connections within the regional LGBTQ community.

This is probably pretty Vermont:
Brain Freezer 5K
brainfreezer5k.com, 318-4488
July 14, Burlington
Racers tour the Queen City on a running challenge interrupted by a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream-eating challenge. Yes, really.

Antiques and Uniques
townofcraftsbury.com, 586-7596
July 14, Craftsbury
More than 100 antiques and collectibles vendors, jewelry makers, quilters, woodworkers, and potters share their goodies.

French Heritage Day
addisoncounty.com, 388-7951
July 14, Vergennes
Celebrate our region's cultural history with an array of family
activities, including colorful reenactments, old-time games,
horse-and-carriage rides and local entertainment.

Also, the 18th is my birthday and I'm celebrating by going in for jury duty. ;)

There are a lot more things listed on the calendar link I first added to this post. I hope you have fun! Be sure to check back in with us and tell us what you did!

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 3:17 am by from Pleasantville, United States (Permalink)
Siobhan,

Happy Jury Duty Birthday!

Thanks so much for the input.

Anything specific that makes VT fests/parades/etc. so special?

Note to everyone: I'm also a videographer, so anything that's particularly video worthy is also helpful.


Roni

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 11:13 am by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
Part of it is how completely quaint so many bits of them are. They are just SO small town in ways that you'd find amusing from the Andy Griffith show. But at the same time they just seem very genuine. It's an affectionate amusement, not a derisive one.

I wish you could be here to witness the Tunbridge World's Fair. With the exception of some years of WWII they have been running the fair for nearly 150 years. Though I'm told it used to be a whole lot more seedy and uhm, "red light" back in the day. :) This year is their 141st fair. There's a wonderful historical exibit on the fair grounds there. They prepare foods and press cider in the old fashioned way.

I do recommend getting out of Burlington if you can. For all the lack of high fashion there, it's still a fairly sophisticated city, and you will miss out on how small and delightful so many of Vermont's town's are. Head down Route 2, if you can, or head out on Route 14. The Plainfield/Marshfield area is gorgeous, there's a GIANT cow barn right off the road, as well as a lovely covered bridge with a little park around it in a field. Stop in Plainfield by turning right towards the library and just walk around the little "downtown" area. There's a food coop to find in there that's fun to shop in. You'll have to search a bit for it, it's by the fire station.

Then head out of Plainfield towards Marshfield and you can't miss the giant barn. You'll know it when you see it. You'll be driving along thinking "Is that the big barn she meant? Nah, doesn't look THAT big..." the you'll turn a curve and it'll be there and you'll think "OH". :) The covered bridge is across the road from it and there's parking. There's a wonderful local bakery in Marshfield, and they serve lunch. They've been there a long time, but I can't remember how long.

There are also some incredibly lovely day-use state parks that aren't all about hiking. Bring a picnic and enjoy one of our ponds. There are a lot of very short, easy trails to just wander down and enjoy the nature, as well.

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 11:15 am by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
OH, and DO stop in one of the places called a general store. Seriously, do it. Not one of the places near Burlington, but further out there. The General Store in Marshfield is OK, but there are some other wonderful examples down Route 25, heading south, going through Topsham and such. All along Route 25 there are great examples of genuine general stores.

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 5:34 pm by from Pleasantville, United States (Permalink)
(RIP Andy Griffith)

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 11:45 pm by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
Enterprise has car rentals for around $33 a day. So you could stick around Burlington for a couple of days, then rent a car near the end of your trip and drive around the state, then return the car in Burlington so you can catch your flight out.

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 6:35 pm by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
Do you know how you'll be getting around once you're here?

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 7:37 pm by from Pleasantville, United States (Permalink)
People say I'll have to rent a car. Which seems exy-pensive.



Dunno. I thought this whole trip would go differently than it has.

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 11:41 pm by from Barre, United States (Permalink)
If you want to see the rural parts of the state, you CAN get around on the public buses to a small extent, but where you're going to be able to go, and when, will be extremely limited.

If you want to stick to the Burlington area, and enjoy the small town-ness of the biggest town in Vermont (less than 50k people live there), then you can get around on the city bus and by walking fairly easily. Or if you want to go to, say, Burlington for a bit, then Montpelier for another bit, again, you can do that on a bus then walk around once you're in Montpelier (which is the capital and a lovely place, not too far from where I live).

You can also get out and about a bit further by renting a bike, but Vermont is very hilly. You're going to have a hard time getting around if you're not in top biking shape.

However, if you want to get out into rural Vermont and really see what's out here, you're going to want a car for at least a day or two. I'm not sure how much car rentals are around here. I know there's a fair number of ways to get discounts and it seems like there's always sales going on.

There is an Amtrak train that runs from St. Albans through southern Vermont (I can't remember where it runs out into MA) called the Vermonter that you can catch, and it's not massively expensive. So you could spend some time in Burlington, then spend some time in or around one of the southern towns. Though if you're flying back out of Burlington you'll need to catch the train back up.

I'm sorry this isn't turning out how you'd hoped. Perhaps reframing your hopes might help?

Posted July 4th, 2012 - 6:50 pm by from Pleasantville, United States (Permalink)
Thanks Siobhan, you've been very helpful. :)

You have assisted greatly with the reframing.

Posted July 8th, 2012 - 11:09 pm from Brattleboro, United States
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Posted July 9th, 2012 - 12:17 pm by from Burlington, United States (Permalink)
Hey Roni,

Vermont is pretty beautiful and for a good wander experience you should try to take some of the buses out into it. You know what they say: the best part about Burlington.. it's so close to Vermont! :) CCTA is the main bus company. People will usually pick you up if you hitch, too. Just don't carry too much or look too dirty. And obviously get a map and it's illegal. I'll be around this week and would be up for an adventure. I'll have to check with my roomies and also meet you first to know if we can host you.

If you can't or don't want to get into Vermont, Burlington has PLENTY to see and do. 7dvt.com is the seven days newspaper with free listings for tons of stuff. There is free and cheap yoga, chanting, classes, lectures. There is also an AMAZING rail-to-trail bike path that goes for about 15 miles along the water - you can walk or rent a bike. We have the best-in-the-world co-op and if you just sit there with a video camera you will meet about 5,000 people a day. Oh and people go to the waterfront for sunset like in city of angels. Church st is the pedestrian street and it's also beautiful. Tuesday and Thursdays is free music by the arts council: BCA in the park and there are also art walks and maps. The south end where I live is filled with little artist studios and community studios. There are beaches and parks all along the water all free.

Oh my god, Vermont is THE best. You will have a great time.

Luck,
Journey