Things To Do / Local Attractions

Wednesday
May022012

Right on Lake Champlain Bikeways

"Bicyclists are quickly discovering some of the finest cycling in North America along a 1,300+ mile network of bicycle routes, known as Lake Champlain Bikeways, in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont, New York, and Québec. The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length, in addition to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec. Based on a rich array of natural, cultural, and historic themes, these loops meander along quiet back roads through extraordinary mountain and countryside scenery." The Heart of Vermont / Land of Milk and Honey Bikeway goes right through Bridport. Many more bikeways in the area. Check them out, free guide downloads.

 

Saturday
Apr092011

Some Helpful Links

Friday
Apr082011

Free Public Boat Launching

  • We have boat launching access on our property, down to the beach and dock . A little windy and steep and needs a four wheel drive but most renters use it to launch.
  • End of Jones Dock Road = 1 miles south
  • Lapham Bay, Shoreham = 4 miles south
  • McCuen Slang, Addison = 6 miles north
  • Chimney Point, Addison = 6 miles north
Thursday
Apr072011

Swimming, Beaches & Picnics

Wednesday
Apr062011

Museums & Historic Sites

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Historical exhibits, nautical archaeology, maritime collections, working forge, boat building, and a 54 foot Revolutionary War gunboat replica Philadelphia. Open daily 10-5, May thru October. Located in Vergennes, VT 802-475-2022
  • Fort Ticonderoga:  Explore 18th century history at America's Fort. 2,000 acres overlooking the beautiful Lake Champlain; Fort Ticonderoga offers the experience of the new Art of War visual history exhibit and Heroic corn maze adventure, costumed interpreters, musket demonstrations, museum exhibits, and historic gardens.  Across the lake in Ticonderoga NY (518) 585-2821
  • Middlebury College Center for the Arts: Art Center with concert hall, studio theatre, dance performing space, music library, cafe, and art museum. Programming & Exhibition Information 802-443-6433. Museum hours Tuesday - Friday, 10-5, Saturday & Sunday, 12-5. 802-443-5007
  • Robert Frost Farm/Breadloaf Writers campus in Ripton, VT = 20 miles
  • THE SHELDON MUSEUM: A 1829 house furnished as a 19th century Vermont home. Museum Shop, Research Center, Gallery and offices open weekdays all year; tours mid-May -October 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Saturdays 10 am - 4pm. 802-388-211
  • Waybury Inn (Bob Newhart Show) E. Middlebury, VT = 17 miles
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Forest National Park and House/Woodstock, VT
  • CHIMNEY POINT HISTORICAL SITE: Early Native American campsites and French Colonial Settlement. Museum explores this heritage through to present day. Addison, VT. 802-759-2412
  • MOUNT INDEPENDENCE STATE HISTORIC SITE: named for the Declaration of Independence. Remains of stockade, fort’s foundation, block houses, gun batteries, and hospital. Located in Orwell, VT.
  • ROKEBY MUSEUM 18th century writers, artists, and humorists. Intimate glimpses of two centuries of family life, artistic creativity, and political philosophy. Open May - October, Thursday - Sunday. Guided tours at 11:00 A.M., 12:30 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.. Off season tours by appointment. Located just outside of Vergennes in Ferrisburgh. 802-877-3406
  • THE VERMONT FOLKLIFE CENTER Located on the green in Middlebury. A fascinating place to discover and learn about the folk art and traditions of Vermont. Open Monday - Friday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. year round. Saturdays Memorial Day - October. Located in the historic Painter House, 2 Court Street. 802-388-4964
  • UVM Morgan Horse Farm: World famous home of 60 registered Morgans operated by University of Vermont to perpetuate and improve Vermont’s official state animal. Guided tours, video presentation. May 1 - October 31, daily 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.. Admission: Adults’ $3.50, teens’ $2.00, twelve and under free. Located only 2 miles from downtown Middlebury. (RD 1 Middlebury 05753) 802-388-2011
  • Vergennes Opera House: A 103-year-old theatre located in City Hall on Main Street in Historic downtown Vergennes. Featuring live entertainment. Call ahead for scheduled events. 802-877-6737
Tuesday
Apr052011

Bird Watching

Some of the birds found in the area are Bald Eagles, common Loons, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, American Bittern, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey Vultures, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Canada Geese, Mallards, Green- and Blue-winged Teal, Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, Northern Pintail, Tree, Bank, and Barn Swallows, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chickadees, Robins, Starlings, Goldfinches, Pewees, Phoebe, Starlings, Kingbirds, Horned Larks, Ovenbird. The dramatic event of the annual migration of snow geese.

Monday
Apr042011

Shopping/Galleries

  • Danforth Pewterers See the traditional art of pewter spinning Monday - Saturday. Shop open Monday - Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Sunday 10am - 5pm June-December. Located in the historic Marble Works complex. 802-388-0098
  • Factory Marketplace at Kennedy Brothers:  Located just north in Vergennes. Antique Center with more than 100 dealers. Manufacturers of fine oak, pine and cherry accessories. Made in Vermont crafts, unique gemstone jewelry. 802-877-2975
  • Geiger of Austria Fashion Outlet: Famous Geiger clothing for less. Located at 33 Pond Lane just off Exchange Street, 1 mile north of Middlebury. 802-388-3156
  • Vermont Country Soap: Manufacturers of the worlds finest hand-crafted natural bar soaps. Factory seconds/factory tours available. Usually open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. 76 Exchange Street. 802-388-4302
  • Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow: Finest of Vermont crafts in a gallery overlooking Otter Creek Falls. Monday - Saturday, 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.; Sunday 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. 802-388-3177
  • Frog Hollow Mill Overlooking the falls in downtown Middlebury. An outstanding 18th century landmark, restored under auspices of National Trust for Historic Preservation. Serving both as Grist & Woolen Mill, John Deere worked here before going West. Now housing a consortium of distinctive stores. 802-388-7424
  • Prescott Galleries: Gallery for the original oil paintings and Fine Art Limited Edition Prints of Lincoln, Vermont landscape painter Reed Prescott. Gallery hours are May 1 - December 31; Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 -5. All other times by appointment by calling, 802-453-4776. North of Middlebury off of 116
  • Woody Jackson’s Holy Cow Store Cowman Woody Jackson celebrates the Holstein Cow in artwork from unique paintings to tee-shirts. Open 9am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday and Summer Sundays. Main Street. 802-388-6737 
Sunday
Apr032011

Ski Areas

  • Middlebury College Snow Bowl = 27 miles (Ideal for beginners to experts, provides 2 double and 1 triple chair lifts, and snowmaking.)
  • Sugar Bush/Glen Ellen ski areas = about 50 miles±/ 1 hour 30 min.±
  • Mad River Glen = about 40 miles±/ 1 hour 10 min.±
  • Killington- 58 miles/ 1 hour 45 min. (The largest area in the East, www.killington.com/winter/mountain/index.html)
  • Bolton Valley Ski Resort = 67 miles
  • Stowe, VT (Ski/Year Round Resort) = 73 miles
Saturday
Apr022011

Miscellaneous

Ethan Allen Homestead

Lake Champlain Transportation Company

Smuggler's Notch State Park

Calvin Coolidge Birthplace

Naulakha

Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

Buttermilk Falls

Wilson Castle

Vermont Marble Museum

Green Mountain Railroad

Hyde Log Cabin

President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site

Still River Outfitters

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