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Christopher’s guidebook

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Christopher’s guidebook

Food scene
Great place for dinner, a few drinks....great food and close by...4 miles. Let someone else cook at least one night.
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The Shoreham Inn and Pub
51 Inn Rd
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Great place for dinner, a few drinks....great food and close by...4 miles. Let someone else cook at least one night.
Great food, beer, and live music on select nights and located in one of my favorite towns in Vermont...Bristol
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The Bobcat Cafe and Brewery
5 Main Street
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Great food, beer, and live music on select nights and located in one of my favorite towns in Vermont...Bristol
Great place for a bite, some brew, great view of Lake Bomoseen and good introduction to Vermonts lake district south of Shoreham. 5 or 6 different lakes in area and busy in summer but not too busy.
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The Lake House Pub & Grille **Seasonal**
3569 Vermont 30
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Great place for a bite, some brew, great view of Lake Bomoseen and good introduction to Vermonts lake district south of Shoreham. 5 or 6 different lakes in area and busy in summer but not too busy.
Great food in Middlebury. Dinner.
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Fire & Ice
26 Seymour Street
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Great food in Middlebury. Dinner.
The place to drink, eat, watch big game in Middlebury
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Two Brothers Tavern
86 Main Street
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The place to drink, eat, watch big game in Middlebury
Drive in service, nostalgic, great burgers, fries, root beer in Middlebury
A&W
1557 US-7
Drive in service, nostalgic, great burgers, fries, root beer in Middlebury
Hiking/swimming holes/lakes
This is a beautiful undeveloped lake a short hike above a beautiful developed Lake Dunmore. The nature trail hike around the lake is stunningly beautiful and peaceful. Large old growth. Lots of white birch. Bald eagles. Loons. Fabulous swimming in clear, clean water. Primitive camping area but otherwise undeveloped. There is a swimming hole to die for on the trail to the lake. Requires good legs.Its a short steep climb to the pools fed by beautiful waterfalls. Tip...go on weekday, in morning and you might have it all to yourself. 30 minute drive from Shoreham
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Silver Lake Trail
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This is a beautiful undeveloped lake a short hike above a beautiful developed Lake Dunmore. The nature trail hike around the lake is stunningly beautiful and peaceful. Large old growth. Lots of white birch. Bald eagles. Loons. Fabulous swimming in clear, clean water. Primitive camping area but otherwise undeveloped. There is a swimming hole to die for on the trail to the lake. Requires good legs.Its a short steep climb to the pools fed by beautiful waterfalls. Tip...go on weekday, in morning and you might have it all to yourself. 30 minute drive from Shoreham
Waterfall, swimming hole in beautiful forest. Requires a lovely drive over mountain pass. Weekday morning would be best. Maybe 45 minutes away
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Texas Falls
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Waterfall, swimming hole in beautiful forest. Requires a lovely drive over mountain pass. Weekday morning would be best. Maybe 45 minutes away
Hikers can traverse sections of the Long Trail that extends the entire length of Green Mountains from Mass to Canada
Long Trail
Hikers can traverse sections of the Long Trail that extends the entire length of Green Mountains from Mass to Canada
Spectacular swimming holes. Lower and upper. But avoid after heavy rain. 18 people have drowned here including a state police diver recovering a drowning victim. Avoid weekend crowds and sometimes its closed so check before you leave.
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Huntington Gorge
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Spectacular swimming holes. Lower and upper. But avoid after heavy rain. 18 people have drowned here including a state police diver recovering a drowning victim. Avoid weekend crowds and sometimes its closed so check before you leave.
Local swim hole in Bristol in mountain stream entering Champlain valley. Gets busy on hot days so weekday in morning advised.
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Bristol Falls a.k.a. Bartlett Falls
24 Lincoln Rd
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Local swim hole in Bristol in mountain stream entering Champlain valley. Gets busy on hot days so weekday in morning advised.
Just off Route 100, south of Warren Center in the Mad River Valley, is one of Vermont’s most unique swimming experiences. Warren Falls is a natural water park and has everything including picturesque waterfalls, natural watersides
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Warren Falls
3919 VT-100
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Just off Route 100, south of Warren Center in the Mad River Valley, is one of Vermont’s most unique swimming experiences. Warren Falls is a natural water park and has everything including picturesque waterfalls, natural watersides
Disregard fountain photo?????Moderate hike to top of mountain that once had a hotel on top. Up old carriage road with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and Adirondacks. Snake Mountain stands as the highest point in Addison County.
Snake Mountain Trail
2601 Mountain Road
Disregard fountain photo?????Moderate hike to top of mountain that once had a hotel on top. Up old carriage road with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and Adirondacks. Snake Mountain stands as the highest point in Addison County.
Branbury State Park for swimming. Beautiful developed vacation lake just south of Middlebury. Great canoeing, kayaking, views.
Lake Dunmore
Branbury State Park for swimming. Beautiful developed vacation lake just south of Middlebury. Great canoeing, kayaking, views.
Lake George drains into Lake Champlain to its north through a short stream, the La Chute River, with many falls and rapids, dropping 226 feet (69 m) in its 3.5-mile (5.6 km) course. Situated on the rail line halfway between New York City and Montreal, Lake George attracted the era's rich and famous by the late 19th and early 20th century. Today its a thriving vacation summer community. On May 31, 1791, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to his daughter, "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves... down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene" .Much busier here. For peace and quiet stay in Shoreham.
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Lake George
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Lake George drains into Lake Champlain to its north through a short stream, the La Chute River, with many falls and rapids, dropping 226 feet (69 m) in its 3.5-mile (5.6 km) course. Situated on the rail line halfway between New York City and Montreal, Lake George attracted the era's rich and famous by the late 19th and early 20th century. Today its a thriving vacation summer community. On May 31, 1791, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to his daughter, "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves... down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene" .Much busier here. For peace and quiet stay in Shoreham.
Sightseeing
Its right in front of you.The 6th great lake and its the biggest in country outside of the Great Lakes. Great fishing, boating, swimming, sightseeing. Rent or charter a boat to get to know this historic waterway.
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Lake Champlain
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Its right in front of you.The 6th great lake and its the biggest in country outside of the Great Lakes. Great fishing, boating, swimming, sightseeing. Rent or charter a boat to get to know this historic waterway.
One of the most picturesque campuses you'll ever see. Walk around, take pictures of the stone buildings, visit the art museum. There is a magnificent stone relief dating from the Assyrian Empire (Iraq) inside among other things.I dont know who stole it but there it is.
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Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
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One of the most picturesque campuses you'll ever see. Walk around, take pictures of the stone buildings, visit the art museum. There is a magnificent stone relief dating from the Assyrian Empire (Iraq) inside among other things.I dont know who stole it but there it is.
One of two railroad covered bridges in Vermont.The other is in Wolcott. Its a short hike from parking spot on a abandoned railway. Lots of turtles. Giant snapper seen on my only visit.
East Shoreham Covered Railroad Bridge
18 Shoreham Depot Road
One of two railroad covered bridges in Vermont.The other is in Wolcott. Its a short hike from parking spot on a abandoned railway. Lots of turtles. Giant snapper seen on my only visit.
Located off of Halpin Road in Middlebury (click for Google map), it was built in 1824 and renovated in 1994. It spans a natural water fall and is the highest bridge above a stream bed in Vermont. It is now used only by the Halpin family farm; it was originally built to serve one of the state's earliest marble excavations—the Halpin quarry at Marble Ledge.
Halpin Covered Bridge
Located off of Halpin Road in Middlebury (click for Google map), it was built in 1824 and renovated in 1994. It spans a natural water fall and is the highest bridge above a stream bed in Vermont. It is now used only by the Halpin family farm; it was originally built to serve one of the state's earliest marble excavations—the Halpin quarry at Marble Ledge.
Located on Seymour Street in Middlebury (click for Google map), it spans Otter Creek and the Middlebury-Weybridge town lines. It was built in 1820, the laminated arch was added to the beam arch in 1860 and it was restored in 1984 and again in 2012. It is a two-lane bridge of three spans and one of only six remaining in the United States. It carries the further distinction of being the oldest covered bridge in Vermont.
Pulp Mill Covered Bridge
Located on Seymour Street in Middlebury (click for Google map), it spans Otter Creek and the Middlebury-Weybridge town lines. It was built in 1820, the laminated arch was added to the beam arch in 1860 and it was restored in 1984 and again in 2012. It is a two-lane bridge of three spans and one of only six remaining in the United States. It carries the further distinction of being the oldest covered bridge in Vermont.
Shelburne Farms, a working farm and nonprofit education center for sustainability, is the kind of place you can spend the whole day exploring. Built in the gilded age by the Rockefellers?...dont quote me on that. Not far from Burlington.
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Shelburne Farms, a working farm and nonprofit education center for sustainability, is the kind of place you can spend the whole day exploring. Built in the gilded age by the Rockefellers?...dont quote me on that. Not far from Burlington.
Historic
Built by the French during French & Indian War, captured by the British and finally captured by the Americans. Abandoned for years and plundered for stone by locals. Beautifully restored with a top notch museum, powder horn collection and great bookstore for the history lover. Dont forget the Kings Garden and the battle site between Samuel Champlain and his native allies and the fierce Mohawk of the upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. The French firearms proved to be decisive and a lake was named and mapped. 5 miles by ferry. 25 or so by Champlain Bridge.
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Fort Ticonderoga
102 Fort Ti Rd
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Built by the French during French & Indian War, captured by the British and finally captured by the Americans. Abandoned for years and plundered for stone by locals. Beautifully restored with a top notch museum, powder horn collection and great bookstore for the history lover. Dont forget the Kings Garden and the battle site between Samuel Champlain and his native allies and the fierce Mohawk of the upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. The French firearms proved to be decisive and a lake was named and mapped. 5 miles by ferry. 25 or so by Champlain Bridge.
Fort built by British to control bottleneck on strategic Lake Champlain. Officers quarters still partially intact with fireplaces. Museum, grounds include rock quarries, secondary fortifications, moat and original French Fort Frederic located directly on water. About 9 miles away.
Fort Crown Point
21 Grandview Dr
Fort built by British to control bottleneck on strategic Lake Champlain. Officers quarters still partially intact with fireplaces. Museum, grounds include rock quarries, secondary fortifications, moat and original French Fort Frederic located directly on water. About 9 miles away.
Ruins of original French Fort at Crown Point
Fort St. Frederic
Ruins of original French Fort at Crown Point
Directly across lake from Ft Ticonderoga and once connected by a short lived floating bridge. One of great dramas of the British American war played out here over the course of a long cold Vermont winter. Read Smithsonian Magazine article online to get full story.My father used to metal detect this site when I was young and before it was protected. We found cannonballs and British coins from that era that are now in the museum..
Mount Independence
Directly across lake from Ft Ticonderoga and once connected by a short lived floating bridge. One of great dramas of the British American war played out here over the course of a long cold Vermont winter. Read Smithsonian Magazine article online to get full story.My father used to metal detect this site when I was young and before it was protected. We found cannonballs and British coins from that era that are now in the museum..
Named after chimney remnant of original French settlement built in 1731. Tavern/inn built on site later and hosted many famous travelers including Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson,and James Madison.. Building is now a museum and is across lake from Crown Point ruins.
Chimney Point
Named after chimney remnant of original French settlement built in 1731. Tavern/inn built on site later and hosted many famous travelers including Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson,and James Madison.. Building is now a museum and is across lake from Crown Point ruins.
Shuttling travelers on Lake Champlain between Ticonderoga, New York and Shoreham, Vermont since 1759. Check schedule online. 5 miles from house. 10 minute ride
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Fort Ticonderoga Ferry
4831 VT-74
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Shuttling travelers on Lake Champlain between Ticonderoga, New York and Shoreham, Vermont since 1759. Check schedule online. 5 miles from house. 10 minute ride
A significant part of the museum's effort to understand the region's maritime past is its fleet of replica vessels.
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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road
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A significant part of the museum's effort to understand the region's maritime past is its fleet of replica vessels.
Day trips in the car
Narrow mountain pass near Stowe which is closed in winter. Stunning cliffs, scenery. Many scenic villages, eateries, brew pubs along the way. Best done as a loop. Study the map. Notch is 2 hours from house and about the same back.
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Smugglers Notch
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Narrow mountain pass near Stowe which is closed in winter. Stunning cliffs, scenery. Many scenic villages, eateries, brew pubs along the way. Best done as a loop. Study the map. Notch is 2 hours from house and about the same back.
Adirondack Park boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. Adirondack waterways are vast, wild and primal -perfect for hiking, canoeing and kayaking. The 46 tallest mountains within the park are called the Adirondack High Peaks. Mount Marcy is the highest point in the entire state of New York, towering 5,343 feet above the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Study the map and pick a route but do come back.
Adirondack Park
Adirondack Park boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. Adirondack waterways are vast, wild and primal -perfect for hiking, canoeing and kayaking. The 46 tallest mountains within the park are called the Adirondack High Peaks. Mount Marcy is the highest point in the entire state of New York, towering 5,343 feet above the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Study the map and pick a route but do come back.
Beautiful lake city, college town, nightlife, shopping, historic sites.
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Burlington
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Beautiful lake city, college town, nightlife, shopping, historic sites.
A beautiful road to historic (tourist center) Manchester. Take rt 7, rt 4, 22A back to Shoreham
Vermont 30
A beautiful road to historic (tourist center) Manchester. Take rt 7, rt 4, 22A back to Shoreham
Route 100 stretches from Canada to Massachussetts down the middle of the Green Mountains. It embodies all that is special about Vermont. Get up early and head to Chimney point. Take Rt 17 to Bristol, continue on Rt 17 over Appalacian Gap to Rt 100. Continue south to Rt 4 Killington. West on Rt 4 to Rt 30. North on Rt 30 to Rt 73 and back to Shoreham... There are alternate loops south of Rt 4 on Route 100. Study the map and decide how much driving you want to do.
Vermont 100
Route 100 stretches from Canada to Massachussetts down the middle of the Green Mountains. It embodies all that is special about Vermont. Get up early and head to Chimney point. Take Rt 17 to Bristol, continue on Rt 17 over Appalacian Gap to Rt 100. Continue south to Rt 4 Killington. West on Rt 4 to Rt 30. North on Rt 30 to Rt 73 and back to Shoreham... There are alternate loops south of Rt 4 on Route 100. Study the map and decide how much driving you want to do.
The longest and best ferry ride connects Burlington and Port Kent, New York. The lake is 13 miles wide here. In Port Kent head south on Rt 22 hugging the shoreline till you get to Port Henry and then over the Champlain Bridge to Vt and back to Shoreham. The mountains come closer to the lake on the New York side and there are several beautiful, historic towns along the way. Its a nice lake loop.
Lake Champlain Ferry
The longest and best ferry ride connects Burlington and Port Kent, New York. The lake is 13 miles wide here. In Port Kent head south on Rt 22 hugging the shoreline till you get to Port Henry and then over the Champlain Bridge to Vt and back to Shoreham. The mountains come closer to the lake on the New York side and there are several beautiful, historic towns along the way. Its a nice lake loop.
An old lighthouse, steamboat, and many other exhibits of early americana
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Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Road
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An old lighthouse, steamboat, and many other exhibits of early americana
Ski Resorts
Biggest resort in east and longest season. About an hour from Shoreham on good roads.
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Killington Ski Area
4763 Killington Rd
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Biggest resort in east and longest season. About an hour from Shoreham on good roads.
About an hour from Shoreham over Appalachian gap.
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Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Road
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About an hour from Shoreham over Appalachian gap.
Hour or so from Shoreham
Mad River Glen
Hour or so from Shoreham
Near Killington and an hour or so from Shoreham
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Pico Mountain Ski Resort
73 Alpine Dr
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Near Killington and an hour or so from Shoreham
Its the closest ski area to Shoreham. Less than an hour drive. You can ski one of the Mega resorts in Vermont or go for local flavor at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and have a much better time. It is smaller, but has a full compliment of runs - from steep and bumpy to gentle gliding runs. Its never been crowded when I've gone - even on weekends. Its much less expensive, and the food is a bargain. The main problem is not as much snow making as the big resorts, So - if there is good snow cover - try the Snow Bowl instead.
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Middlebury College Snow Bowl
6886 Vermont 125
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Its the closest ski area to Shoreham. Less than an hour drive. You can ski one of the Mega resorts in Vermont or go for local flavor at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and have a much better time. It is smaller, but has a full compliment of runs - from steep and bumpy to gentle gliding runs. Its never been crowded when I've gone - even on weekends. Its much less expensive, and the food is a bargain. The main problem is not as much snow making as the big resorts, So - if there is good snow cover - try the Snow Bowl instead.
Gas, Groceries, Supplies
Gas, basic groceries etc, pizza, calzones etc.....beer, wine. Head south on Lake St and follow lake shore, head up thru apple orchard to Shoreham Village. Take left on 22A at catholic church. On the right a short distance. 4 miles from house.
Maplefields
Gas, basic groceries etc, pizza, calzones etc.....beer, wine. Head south on Lake St and follow lake shore, head up thru apple orchard to Shoreham Village. Take left on 22A at catholic church. On the right a short distance. 4 miles from house.
Supermarket with most of the groceries youll need. Middlebury 14 miles, 20 minute drive. Mapquest for shortest route. Pretty drive
Shaw's
8 Washington St
Supermarket with most of the groceries youll need. Middlebury 14 miles, 20 minute drive. Mapquest for shortest route. Pretty drive
Big Supermarket with all of the groceries youll need. Middlebury 14 miles, 20 minute drive. Mapquest for shortest route. Pretty drive
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Hannaford Supermarket
260 Court Street
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Big Supermarket with all of the groceries youll need. Middlebury 14 miles, 20 minute drive. Mapquest for shortest route. Pretty drive