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15 Vermont Spots You Need to Visit This Winter

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    15 Vermont Spots You Need to Visit This Winter

    1. Upper Valley Grill and General Store, Groton: Need a break from the cold outdoors? Pop into the cozy Upper Valley Grill and General Store for some food and shopping. With its country charm, comfort foods, and wood stove fire, it’s perfect for a quick pit stop or a long lunch.
    2. Jay Peak Resort, Jay: Jay Peak may be known for its abundance of fresh snow, but what you may not know is that it’s the perfect spot for families and big groups alike. With 78 ski trails, an ice rink, and an indoor waterpark Jay Peak is perfect to meet the needs of everyone in the group. For the food lover or picky eater in your group or family, the 16 dining options should offer plenty of options. Come enjoy a weekend in one place that manages to cater to everyone and every season.
    3. Sugarbush Resort, Warren: Sugarbush Resort is a four-season mountain resort overlooking the Mad River Valley of central Vermont. It's one of the largest ski resorts in all of New England. It includes more than 4,000 acres in all, 111 ski trails, and 16 ski lifts. 
    4. Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center, Newport: Craving a little taste of everything? Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center offers several local products for sampling, all under the same roof. Try the Eden Ice Cider, an award winning cider, and then see how it’s made. They offer a variety of items to be tasted and sold. Come out and support small local businesses and pick up a few items for the road. 
    5. Evansville Trading Post, BrowningtonFor something very different this winter, why not give ice fishing a try? Evansville Trading Post is an old-time general store that offers fish and game licenses. So pick up everything you need at the store, including your license, and head out for some ice fishing!
    6. WilloughVale Inn, Orleans: For mountain and lake views, WilloughVale Inn offers the perfect setting. Compared to European fjords, this inn sits in a beautifully peaceful location. Whether you're planning a short stay at the main inn or a longer and more adventurous stay in the cottages, this is the place for your quiet getaway. Feel free to bring along your furry family members.
    7. NEK Adventures, St. JohnsburyEver wanted to feel like part of an action movie and ride a snowmobile? Well, you can! NEK Adventures provides you with trail passes, helmets, the training necessary, the fuel and, of course, the snowmobile. They offer tours through a variety of terrains available throughout Vermont. While crossing through towns, you are welcome to pit stop for some lunch. For the experience of a lifetime, take a ride with NEK Adventures.
    8. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common: This nonprofit organization was also the training grounds for three Sochi Olympians. With a focus on lifelong sports, sustainability and land conservation, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center runs an environmentally conscious business. Solar panels on the roof and the excess heat of the snow making machines provide the center with all the power they need. 
    9. Caledonia Spirits, Hardwick: This distillery focuses on a special connection to the land by using locally grown grains and harvesting raw honey by their own bees. They are most well-known for “Barr Hill Gin,” a juniper and raw honey infused gin that won them a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in Hong Kong. They love to show visitors around the distillery with a tour, and you can even taste the different products.  
    10. Rendezvous Bed and Breakfast, Lowell: For a homey escape, Rendezvous B&B is the place to go. In addition to the soft robes in your room, there is a living room with a couch next to the fireplace and Lolly the dog waiting for you. If that’s not enough to convince you, maybe breakfast will. With fresh eggs from the farm next door and maple syrup harvested on the property, it will certainly be the fresh, home cooked meal you’ve been dreaming of.
    11. Rabbit Hill Inn, Waterford: A luxurious getaway is waiting for you here! Cozy up next to the fire with your favorite book or join in on the games being played in the sitting rooms. At the Fox Pub you can select from a variety of craft beers, wines and spirits. The high end cuisine is ever changing due to all of the locally available ingredients. The rooms themselves range from classic to luxury, with the luxury rooms that include a fireplace and Jacuzzi in the room! Take those vacation days you’ve been saving up and spend a few days in a place you’ll never want to leave.
    12. St. Johnsbury: A small town vibe with New England charm offers the perfect scene for the arts. Catamount Film & Arts, a half independent movie theater/half art gallery, offers visitors an interesting experience. The Athenaeum, a gift from the Fairbanks family, is a mix of public library and art gallery all in one. Also in St. Johnsbury is the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, a museum that houses a large collection of historical artifacts and natural science specimens. As a town with a heavy focus on education and the arts, this is the perfect trip for the learner within you. It is also a great option for kids to take advantage of knowledge that is right in their backyard.
    13. Hill Farmstead, Greensboro Bend: For beer lovers, do we have a vacation spot for you! By looking at it, you would never assume that you were looking at the best brewery in the world, but according to “Rate Beer,” you are. When visiting, you can enjoy the tasting room, the shop and even get a look at how the internationally renowned beer is made. Grab your buddies and come have a glass of this popular brew.
    14. The Parker Pie Co., West Glover: Let’s continue down the locally grown path and talk about pizza. They serve 15 specialty pies, including anything from classic flavors to more exotic ones. The best part is they pair these delicious pies with really great beer. Stop by for some delicious fresh pizzas and a pint of beer.
    15. Q Burke Mountain Resort & Burke Public House, East BurkeQ Burke Mountain Resort is opening its doors once again and is better than ever. With five floors that include guest rooms and meeting rooms, this resort is now not only a great family spot but also a great location for a business meeting or conference. There are several dining options, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and it's all close to skiing. After a long day of skiing or snowboarding, nothing sounds better than going out for some food and drinks. The drink menu at the nearby Burke Publick House includes in-house brews and craft cocktails.

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