Vermont’s Villages and Back Roads

Vermont Back RoadsTravel with your Notch Above Guide through Jericho and Underhill. In Jericho, we will pass the Old Red Mill, a National Historic site, and learn about "Snowflake" Bentley, a farmer who was the first person in the world to photograph individual snowflakes. In Cambridge, we'll see our first covered bridge, the "Little Covered Bridge", originally built in 1897 and then stop at the Marsh Farm where maple sugaring is done each spring. Jeffersonville, at the base of Mount Mansfield, is a charming village where artists have gathered since the 1930's. There will be time for a cup of coffee or tea and donut or pastry at a local restaurant. We'll follow the
Lamoille River north by a series of covered bridges and small rural villages tucked into beautiful mountains. We'll pass scenic ponds and lakes, then travel through Hyde Park with its old Opera House, on our way to Stowe. Stowe is the "ski capital of the East" and has become a year-round resort. Stowe village, where we'll stop for luncheon, has kept the turn-of-the-century look of several generations ago. Tucked between the Stowe Vermont LandscapesCommunity Church and the venerable Green Mountain Inn, you'll find shops that have provided necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840. After luncheon, we'll follow the Mountain Road to the Mount Mansfield Ski Area. Stop for samples at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. See cider being made and sample the finished product. Discover the specialty foods and outstanding arts and crafts of Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot
Cheese Annex, Vermont Teddy Bear Annex, Snow Farm Vineyard and the Mesa Factory Store. Visit Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory for a scoop of "Vermont's Finest." Follow the Winooski River to Richmond, where in 1813 the people of this quiet dairy-farming community built a multi-denominational church that looked like no other in the state. The Old Round Church is actually sixteen-sided and topped by an octagonal belfry. Return to your lodging after a day on Vermont’s back roads and byways.