Leisurely weekends of literary-inspired diversions at The Governor’s House have something for every Jane Austen devoteé. Book discussions of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility. Movies. Afternoon tea. Informal talks. Carriage or sleigh rides. The challenging quiz over Sunday brunch. Stay for the weekend or come for individual activities. Or try a special weekend where each participant becomes a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s not Bath, but it is Hyde Park and you’ll love Vermont circa 1800. For more details, please go to our Jane Austen page.
For the schedule, please check our Vermont calendar of events.
Hyde Park Opera House
Nearby Johnson State College is the summer home of the Burklyn Ballet Theatre and School. Performances are Saturday evenings; please see our Vermont calendar of events for summer dates.
Helen Day Art Center
Music in the Meadow
Pack a picnic and enjoy the summer concert series and Vermont’s mountain views at the Trapp Family Concert Meadow in Stowe. Please refer to our Vermont calendar of events for this summer’s dates.
The Vermont Studio Center
Founded in 1984 in Johnson, Vermont, just four miles away, the Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Please check their website for the many gallery shows and lectures. www.vermontstudiocenter.org.
From Corelli to newly-commissioned works, their summer series is presented at the University of Vermont’s Recital Hall on Wednesdays and in near-by Hardwick on Thursday evenings. Please refer to our Vermont calendar of events for concert dates.
Waterbury Festival Players
Please check their website or our Vermont calendar of events for the schedule.
2933 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. (Route 100) 802 244-1530
Superb collection of American design on 45 acres: fine art and folk art. Everything from samplers and teacups to covered bridges and lighthouses! This summer’s special exhibits include Vermont firearms, American furniture, quilts, and circus photography. Open 10 – 5 daily,
Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain is a 1400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark originally laid out in 1886 on 3800 acres by Frederick Law Olmstead as a model agricultural estate. It is now an environmental education center with guided tours, children’s farmyard, an inn, and dining mid-May to mid-October and eight miles of walking trails that are open all year.
Johnson State College
Many of the events at Johnson Sate College, just five miles away, are open to the public. Please check their website for dates.
Burlington Country Dancers
Come to dance or to learn English country dancing on 1st and 3rd Friday evenings, September through May at the Elley-Long Music Center. We change partners frequently or there’s no need to bring your own. Casual dress. Check the website for dates and directions.
or contact Val Medve 802-899-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea at the Governor’s House
A full English afternoon tea is served with tea sandwiches, sweets, and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Thursdays and Sundays
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Other days and times by arrangement.
Learn about cheesemaking with a tour and video and taste Vermont cheese.
2878 Main Street, Cabot 05647
Open daily June – October 9:00 – 5:00
Please check the website for winter days and hours.
Cady’s Falls Nursery
Visitor’s can easily spend hours wandering through the beautiful gardens and plant collections. They offer a wide selection of herbaceous perennials and woods plant for sale. Open weekends in June and occasional Sundays in August.
637 Duhamel Road, Morrisville
Grand View Winery
Max Gray Road, East Calais
GPS:N 44° 20′ 380″, W 72° 25′ 480″
Open late May through late October 11:00 – 5:00.
For a list of Vermont wineries, wine tastings, and a calendar of other wine-related events
please go to www.vermontwine.com.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
The best selection of Vermont-made food products as well as Vermont gifts. Watch apple cider being pressed; their autumn blend apple cider is the best around. And try an old-fashioned doughnut while it’s still warm.
3600 Stowe-Waterbury Road. (Route 100), Waterbury
Open daily 8:00 – 6:00, 8:00 – 7:00 June – Oct.
Auto Toll Road
Drive the 3.7 mile zigzagging road to the top of Mount
Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains.
Gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort
Gentle Giants Carriage Rides
4000 Mountain Road, Stowe.
Open from 11:00 a.m. daily.
Winter sleigh rides.
Vermont Ski Museum
Stowe Recreation Path
Laughing Moon Chocolates
Main Street, Stowe
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Take a 30-minute tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.
1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100)
Cabot Visitors’ Center
Mansion House Maple Syrup
Rock of Ages
802 476-3119, 866 748-6877 www.rockofages.com
Stowe Farmers’ Market
Sundays through October, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mountain Road, Stowe
Locally grown produce, but also meat, cheese, maple
Driving Tours & Covered Bridges
At The Governor’s House we can provide detailed directions for many driving tours in Vermont. Several of them include some of the area’s many covered bridges.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze
This amazingly confusing autumn activity can be great fun with a new design each year. It’s been rated the second best corn maze in America.
1404 Wheelock Road, Danville, VT 05828
Fat Toad Farm
Take a tour of a small family goat dairy farm, meet their herd of 60 Alpine goats, taste their farmstead cheeses, and visit the farm store.
787 Kibbee Rd., Brookfield
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Take home a fresh Christmas tree from Vermont. Paine’s will make it easy, even if you want to have it shipped. Visit out SPECIALS page for a package including a fresh tree.
Tour the factory, taste the beer, purchase some to take home.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with tastings 9:00 – 5:30 and tours at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
632 Laporte Road (Route 100), Morrisville
Jay Peak Aerial Tramway
In summer or autumn, take the ten-minute ride to the top where, at 4000 feet, you can hike or enjoy a picnic while you can see four states and into Quebec, Canada.
Route 242, Jay
Route 100, Morrisville
Mountain Rd., Stowe
There are several nightclubs in Stowe that routinely feature live bands and dancing. For their schedules you mgiht call The Rusty Nail at 802 253-6245 or The Matterhorn at 802 253-8198 for specific dates.
St. Johnsbury & Fairbanks Museum
First floor gallery, rest rooms & gift shop accessible.
802 748-2372. www.fairbanksmuseum.org
The St. Johnsbury Atheneum is a 19th-Century architectural gem housing the town’s public library and a first-class collection of American paintings.
Weekdays 10:00 – 5:30, Sat. 9:30 – 4:00.
802 748-8291 www.stjatheneum.org
On the shore of Lake Champlain and home of Ben & Jerry’s,
Leunig’s Bistro on the mall doesn’t exaggerate when it boasts the “panache of Paris”.
15 Church Street, on the corner of Church & College in Burlington’s Marketplace
802-863-3759 or www.leunigsbistro.com
Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruises: http://www.soea.com
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
They use full-sized replicas of historic vessels to teach the history and archeology of Lake Champlain. Hands-on programs for kids and many special events during the season.
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes
Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The country’s smallest state capital may just be the most charming. Vermont’s historic capital building is open to the public and free. You’ll find several nice bookshops and many restaurants including three associated with the New England Culinary Institute.
Visit the State of Vermont Welcome Center in Montpelier.
800-VERMONT or www.1-800-vermont.com
SPORTS & ADVENTURES:
Hot Air Ballooning
See our balloon special package.
802-899-4007 or 877-386-7473
Stoweflake Mountain Resort
Your hike can start at the front door of the Governor’s House. Take your choice of town, country roads, nature trails, woods, or along the river as you follow the map and choose the time or distance that’s right for you. We also have many books which list nearby hikes and we have printouts to share of our favorites. A few are listed below.
Immediately adjacent to The Governor’s House in Hyde Park, this scenic trail that traverses the state from New Hampshire to New York is open for non-motor use and connects to a network of other trails. The old rail bed which follows, and sometimes crosses, the river through the mountains has been described as the prettiest in Vermont. In winter, the trail is maintained by VAST for snowmobile use, but is also great for cross-country skiing.
Cricket Hill Trail
This trail was established and is maintained by Lamoille Union High School students and friends for hiking and cross-country skiing for our high school teams and the general public. There is no charge, but feel free to make a donation.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park
Found in our guide to hikes with children, this easy hike to a waterfall remains one of our favorite short hikes.
The easy five-mile round-trip walk starts on Main Street in Hyde Park and ends in deep woods with a spectacular gorge that hides a beautiful pool which the adventuresome hiker may choose to use as a swimming hole.
Wiessner Woods Trails
Stowe Recreation Path
A paved trail, five and a half miles, that gently winds up toward the mountain from the center of the village of Stowe. Several strategically located parking areas. Maps available.
Beautiful 23-acre hillside in Stowe with a series of gentle trails which are perfect for a mellow walk in the woods. Maps available on site. Handicapped accessible.
Emore State Park
Trails for hiking up Elmore Mountain.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Hiking trails in a beautiful setting. Nature walks and Bird Walks.
Stowe Recreation Path
The Swimming Hole
Competition-sized pool, toddler & child
75 Weeks Rd., Stowe 802 253-9229
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat. 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Elmore State Park
Fresh water beach.
Fresh water beach.
Route 100, Eden
Smugglers’ Notch Water Park
Swimming pools and water slides.
June – Sept.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville
Fly fishing on the Lamoille River is a short walk from The Governor’s House. We can’t promise you’ll catch some, but the official Vermont fishing guide lists 13 varieties of fish in the Lamoille River and the fisherman pictured here caught some nice trout.
The Fly Rod Shop
The fly Rod Shop will rent you everything you’ll need for a day of fishing and offers free casting clinics, daily guided
802 253-7346 or 800 535-9763
Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Guides
Beginners through experts are welcome on half or full-day trips. Equipment provided. Accommodating special requests.
Canoe & Kayak
Rentals, guides, camping trips.
Kayak Rolling Lessons
Several points of entry just west of Hyde Park will put you in very scenic country. On the quiet waters there we have seen lots of birds and small animals, including beaver.
Route 100 in Eden.
Green River Reservoir
See unspoiled Vermont as you paddle the clean waters.
Primitive campsites dot the islands.
Pinnacle Ski and Sports
Kayak and canoe rental.
Mountain Rd., Stowe
Indoor, outdoor, instruction.
4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe