A Never Disappointing Vacation - My Family Travels

      In 2005, I moved to Vermont from Florida, and there is a huge difference between the two states. I remember being the only kid in my town wearing a heavy coat when it was sixty degrees outside after I first moved here. Before moving here to Vermont we would come visit all of the time. I have learned from experience that the state is very unique and is the best place to come vacationing.

     The most frequent time of year that tourists come to Vermont is during the summer. During that season, Vermont has bright green mountains, perfect temperatures, and sunshine. Vermont is also the home of the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Visit their factory and take the tour that tells you all about the ice-cream-making process, and travel through Ben & Jerry’s graveyard of all the past ice cream flavors that have been retired. Unique to Vermont is the Alpine Slide that goes down the side of the mountain at the Stowe Mountain Resort. You can also explore the landscape of Vermont in a hot air balloon.  Spend a summer day at the beach or at the largest lake in Vermont, Lake Champlain. Visit the Apple Cider Mill in Stowe, a small store that produces homemade apple cider, cider doughnuts, an assortment of jams and spreads, and their free cider pops: frozen apple cider in a cup. On a hot summer day this small treat can give you all the energy you need and refresh you for the rest of the day.

     Come experience the most beautiful time of year in Vermont, autumn, with the vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows that spread across its mountain ranges. This is the perfect time to come and get professional pictures done and to hike the mountains to get a view of all the colors dispersed across Vermont. Instead of purchasing apple sauce or pies from the grocery store, enjoy our apple orchards, and pick apples to make homemade apple pie, cider, and apple sauce. Visit family sugaring houses to taste the famous Vermont maple syrup that everyone falls in love with. Then, in winter try maple syrup on snow and experience the tasty “sugar on snow” that every Vermonter eats.

     While staying at the Stowe Mountain Resort in the winter, ski down its different mountains: Spruce Peak, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, etc. If you don’t own a snowboard or skis, rent them from the resort and you can even get lessons! There is also snow-mobiling on local trails, whether you drive on your own or have a guide be in charge. Rent some snow shoes and walk on natural trails on a sunny winter day and see the soft snow covering the grass.

     You have never had the true Vermont experience unless you have been through a real mud season. It might not sound lovely, but take advantage of the opportunity and have friends go mudding with you. Take trucks, jeeps, and four wheelers out to an open field or old pond area to slide around in, with your main goal being to not get stuck! We also have more than sixty farmers’ markets, as well as diverse entertainers, craftsmen, artists, farmers, and gardeners that gather weekly here in Vermont. Bring family and friends to enjoy their locally grown produce and other merchandise, while experiencing entertainment from all around the state.

     Vermont is the place to come to any time of the year. Come for a good time with family and friends- it’s never a disappointment or a waste of money.

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