Take the train between Vermont towns for $12 in 2009!

April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Villages and surroundings

amtrak_vermonter_randolph_575Photo: Downtown Randolph, one of the Amtrak Vermonter’s stops in Vermont.
What a wonderful way to discover the countryside and the towns of Vermont this summer and this fall.
You can ride the train between towns within Vermont on the Amtrak’s Vermonter for only $12 (one-way rail fare). And the landscape is so breathtaking.
This is wonderful news for tourists and Vermonters, after all the talks over the winter that Amtrak might actually cancel its routes to Vermont.
The Vermonter can take you from Washington DC or New York to Vermont, all the way to St. Albans, VT.
You can enjoy the beautiful landscape, and you can also stop and visit some of those towns, recognized for their scenery, their architecture of historical significance, their shopping and dining. Each town visited by the Amtrak Vermonter’s has actually been recognized by the state for its significance as one of the “22 designated downtowns”. And Randolph – one of the stops – is among the quaintest villages in Vermont (our 2008 article Historical Vermont Towns & Commons)
While you are in Vermont, you can also attend one of the summer festivals the state has to offer. The Vermont Mozart Festival  is taking place from July 19 to August 9, and there are several signature events of the 400 years of Lake Champlain on the route as well, such as the St. Albans Franco-American Heritage Festival on June 18-20 and the “Celebrate Champlain Burlington International Waterfront Festival on July 2-14.

So, to plan your trip: simply plan your trip between any other Vermont town on the route for the special rate of $12 per each trip (discount code V189). And if you come from outside the state of Vermont, take the train from Washington DC or New York (discount code V446) to the first Vermont stop in Brattleboro, and from there, plan your stops within Vermont with the discount code V189.  Major holiday blackout dates are Sept 4, Sept 7, Nov 24-25, and Nov 28-30.
The Vermont stops are: Brattleboro, Bellow Falls, Claremont, Windsor-Mt. Ascutney, White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier-Barre, Waterbury-Stowe, Burlington-Essex Junction and St. Albans. See the towns on the route on this Amtrak map.
Reservations can be done at 1-800-USA-RAIL and you can find more information about Amtrak’s Vermonter on its web page.
Watch a video on the Vermonter train, produced by Burlington’s Seven Days Magazine: Riding the train.

Enjoy! I surely hope I can try it myself sometimes this summer!

Related article: Planning your Summer Vacation to Vermont

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Vermont

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is about great food and family fun. For this festive time, we’ve tried to find some fun things to eat and to do in Vermont. Here are our top choices:
1- Forget all the hard work and try one of these restaurants… if you are in Southern Vermont. I am relying on this article of Suzanne Donahue, who is suggesting three local restaurants with nice food and wonderful settings: the Four Chimneys Restaurant in Bennington; Arlington Inn in Arlington and the Ye Olde Tavern in Manchester Center. Let us know what you think!
2- Discover the 19th century traditions of Thanksgiving at the Billings Farm and Museum. Enjoy a visit with costumed guides and watch their demonstration of the preparation of a traditional 19th century Thanksgiving meal in the 1890 Farm House.
3- Sunday November 30, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Attend a Gospel Choir concert in Montpelier… in the spirit of the Holidays. “The gospel choir and band combines soul, jazz, original and traditional gospel music to produce an exuberant sound”, they promise us.
4- Saturday November 29, 11 am in Randolph. Be kids again… or bring your grand-children to a delightful marionette show. The show “The Hobbit” is the newest production of the No Strings Marionette Company. The reviews are great!
5- Indulge with chocolate turkeys (for something new): Lake Champlain Chocolates has them for you.
6- Personally I prefer cheese to chocolate! Why not make your Thanksgiving supper special and discover some of Vermont artisan cheeses for the occasion? See our recent article for a list of Vermont award-winning cheeses.
7- And if you are in Putney, take part in the 30th annual Putney Crafts Tour, which happens there every Thanksgiving Week-end. The Vermont Shepherd cheese company is just one of the 27 participating “artists”!
8- And last, but not least, get some special wine for this Thanksgiving celebration. It seems that this “poor girl gourmet” blogger knows her wine and she is recommending the Apple Maple Wine and Cassis Wine from Putney Mountain Winery for Thanksgiving. Why not try it?

And on this note, happy, happy Thanksgiving to you all!

A Week-end of Foliage, Antique Shows and More

October 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Art events, Blog, Hiking, Music events

Antiques Shows - VermontOctober 4th and 5th is a big week-end for antiques fans in Vermont this year. If you are one of those, you will definitely be delighted to know that there are actually three antiques shows taking place this week-end:

– The Lake Champlain Antiques Show – Sheraton Exhibition Center, Burlington – Exit 14 – Saturday October 4th from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday October 5th from 10 am to 4 pm. It is said to be Lake Champlain region largest antique show.
More information at: Antiquing Vermont

– The Vermont Antique and Expo Sale – Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction – Saturday October 4th from 8:30 am to 5 pm and on Sunday October 5th from 8:30 am to 4 pm. It will showcase antiques dealers and also offer seminars on antique furniture and other subjects.
More information at: Champlain Valley Expo

31st Annual Antiques Show – Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone, Route 11, Peru – Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
More information at: Bromley Mountain

Quite an opportunity to drive around, admire the foliage at its peak, and discover the antique hidden gem you have dreamt of!

And for the music lovers:
– the Made in Vermont Music Festival with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra – Chandler Music Hall, Randolph – Saturday October 4th, 7:30 pm– One of the last concerts of this festival, it will play music by Vivaldi, Grieg and Gerswhin – Conductor and soloist Jaime Laredo.
More information at: Chandler Arts

And for the hikers fond of history:
11th Annual Mount Zion Hike – Hubbardton Battlefield Historic Site – Sunday October 5th, from 2 pm to 5 pm.
What a wonderful way to admire the breathtaking fall mountain views! The Mount Zion hike is an easy to moderate climb, offering spectacular views of the Taconics, lower Green Mountain range, and Adirondacks, and is the only vantage point from which the entire battlefield can be seen. Historic site interpreter Carl Fuller will accompany the hike and discuss the famous July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton, the role Mount Zion played in the battle, and what you can see from the summit. Bring sturdy shoes and enjoy!
More information at: Hubbardton Battlefield Historic Site
Related post and photos: Battle of Hubbardton reenactment

You can also enjoy the usual… and unusual activities that Vermont has to offer for its wonderful foliage season. Read our previous article: Enjoy Vermont Foliage… Differently

Enjoy this wonderful week-end and don’t miss our next week-end article… there are exciting events taking place in Vermont on October 11-12 week-end.