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Total mileage / average drive time:
45.7 miles – 1 hour, 22 minutes
One of the most amazing features of Vermont is the effect it has on nearly everyone who travels here. From the moment you cross the state line, you will catch yourself staring out across the landscape as you try to convince yourself what you see is real. It’s real, we can assure you and so are the endless opportunities for recreation.
We chose Rutland to start us off, a beautiful and historic destination nestled in the Green Mountains. Rutland built its foundation on the booming marble industry after 1850 and by 1870, Rutland’s Merchant Row was reknown as one of the most impressive streets in New England. As you explore downtown, you’ll get a glimpse of Rutland’s history in the 108 buildings listed on the National Historic Register and a walking tour of the area is the best way to explore the city, shop and maybe stop for a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants you’ll find here. For the outdoor adventurer, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to keep active—hike, walk, snowshoe in the winter months or get in on some geocaching. With acres of nature, you’ll keep yourself entertained and in awe of its breathtaking beauty!
8.3 miles – 15 minutes
Let’s move on to our next destination via US-7N. After a little over 15 miles in travel, you should arrive in Brandon. They say Brandon’s creative streak is undeniable and after a few short minutes in this picturesque town, you’ll run the risk of falling under its spell after visiting the studios and galleries sprinkled here and there throughout the town. Head to downtown to enjoy the many specialty shops, cafes and if you wander over to the two pocket parks, you’ll have an exceptional view of the Neshobe River Falls. The streets are beautifully lined with numerous historic buildings and in true New England fashion, you’ll find a covered bridge just waiting for you to take a couple of photos. For outdoor recreation, golfers can head to one of the most popular courses in Vermont, the Neshobe Golf Club or take a trip to the Moosalamoo for season fun including hiking, skiing and biking.
8.6 miles – 18 minutes
Return to US-7N and continue for around 16.5 miles into Middlebury. Located amidst fertile farmland, Middlebury is a city of stately buildings and a generous helping of unique and alluring attractions. Historic downtown is a natural draw with its many bookstores, restaurants and its location along Otter Creek as it flows and tumbles over Otter Creek Falls making it all the more appealing. Within a short drive of this amazing city, you’ll find the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm where you can see a variety of products being made in wood and pewter or marvel at the inner workings of the beer making process. Using Middlebury as a base camp, you’ll have access to a wide variety of outdoor activities nearby or within a short distance. The Trail Around Middlebury is a great way to see the city and to take a nice easy hike or, if you need something a little more challenging, you’ll find it at Vermont’s Long Trail. This area is also widely known for excellent bicycling opportunities through the rolling farmlands and surrounding foothills of the Green Mountains.
13.2 miles – 21 minutes
Returning to US-7N one last time, travel 13 miles to our last stop, Vergennes. As Vermont’s first city established in 1788, Vergennes also has the distinction of being the smallest city at just two square miles. You might think this will be a short trip through this tiny hamlet, but Vergennes has a wealth of charm, incredible restaurants, great architecture and a warm friendly feel only a small town can offer. As a walkable community, any path you take will bring you face to face with stately Federal homes, Greek revival cottages and charming Mansard-roofed and bracketed dwellings. Just a short distance from the city, you’ll find Lake Champlain, which has been one of the most important and fought over waterways in the Northeast. Wedged between Vermont, New York and Canada, the lake has seen a host of boot legging operations and bloody battles. At the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, you’ll discover a host of shipboard shenanigans and the fascinating history of this important body of water through pictures and artifacts. The museum is also a functioning docking station and harbors its own seaworthy replicas—the Philadelphia II and the Lois McClure and delights travelers with small-boat festivals, shipwreck tours, races and an authentic blacksmith shop.
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