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GayTourism Vermont Attractions

Covered bridges, dairy farms, historic landmarks, natural wonders....Vermont will surprise you! Until youíve been to Vermont, itís difficult to grasp how much there is to see and do in this tiny, rural state.

The biggest attraction in Vermont is the natural beauty. All those picture postcard photographs youíve seen: theyíre really here! And not just a few. Vermont has thousands of beautiful scenes. Pick any road, even the highways (no billboards!) and you will find great Vermont beauty around nearly every corner. Vermont is 80 percent forest and about ten percent pastoral farmland. If you love the natural beauty of the outdoors, youíll love Vermont - itís that simple.

You donít need to worry about where you should go in Vermont. The entire state is worth seeing. And even though itís a tiny state, give yourself as much time as you can to see it. Two things we guarantee Ė you will be glad you came and you will vow to come again.

Where to start? You could go to the Vermont Attractions Association web page for a start: www.vtattractions.org. These are the larger commercial attractions but you will get to see the state while you are traveling to visit these sites. Most every village has a country store, craft studio, antique store, historic site, or other attraction that will give you hours of enjoyment. Below are some random selections to give you some ideas. They are divided into small geographic regions to make your planning easier. Enjoy!

 

Ben and Jerry's Ben & Jerry's Factory
1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676
Phone: 802-882-1240 ext 2285; Toll Free: 1-866-BJTOURS
30-minute guided tour includes a company history movie, explanation/view of manufacturing area and ice cream sample. Manufacturing schedule varies. Closed Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving; $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, Kids under 12 FREE. Full service scoop-ice cream cakes, catering. Gift shop packed full of all things Ben & Jerry's. Open year round.

Bennington Center for the Arts Bennington Center for the Arts
44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-7158, Fax: 802-442-3704
The Bennington Center for the Arts, features artwork from artists around the world, the Covered Bridge museum, a 315 seat theatre, a vast Native American art collection and more. Our galleries are available for meetings, weddings and other functions. We offer workshops in a variety of artistic
disciplines.

Burke Area Chamber of Commerce Burke Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 347, East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-4124
Located in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom, Burke is the perfect Vermont vacation spot for skiing, hiking, world class mountain biking, snowmobiling, cultural heritage, shopping and more, all waiting for you to explore. Recreation galore awaits the adventurous travelers who like to hit the trails. And for those who like a slower pace, take your own time making your own trail discovering all Burke has to offer. Whatever brings you here, you will experience our unparalleled four season destination!

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-864-1848 or Toll Free:877-324-6386; Fax: 502-864-6832
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a world-class aquarium located on the Burlington Waterfront overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in northwestern Vermont. With over 6000 square feet of exhibit and programming space, as well as sparkling aquaria throughout the three floors, ECHO offers a unique place to hold any special occasion. We can accommodate both large and small parties. To schedule a tour contact Rachel Connor, rconnor@echovermont.org or call her at 802-864-1848, ext. 143.

Honora Winery & Vineyard

Honora Winery & Vineyard
PO Box 458, Jacksonville, Vermont 05342
Phone: 802-368-2233
A Napa-style vineyard and winery in the mountains of Southern Vermont. Producing a variety of wines from our own grown and imported grapes. Catering to special events & tour, customized experiences and winemaking packages along with 2 retail locations in Jacksonville and Manchester.

Jay Peak Resort

Jay Peak Resort
830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, VT 05859
Phone: 1-800-451-4449; Fax: 802-988-4049
Jay Peak Resort is Vermont's NEW premier 4-season destination with over $300 million in new amenities including: three hotels, a 50,000 square foot indoor water park, a NHL sized indoor ice arena, golf course, eight restaurants/dining options, spa, a 60 person year-round aerial tram, and 350 person conference center.

KILLINGTON RESORT & PICO MOUNTAIN Killington Resort & Pico Mountain
4763 Killington Rd., Killington, VT 05751
Phone: 802-422-6200, Toll Free: 800-621-MTNS (6867) Fax: 802-422-1399
Spanning seven mountain areas, including Pico Mountain, Killington Resort features access to 190 trails and 29 lifts, plus the highest lift-served terrain in Vermont from the 4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak. During the summer, Killington features an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Disc Golf, Mountain Biking and Hiking served by the K-1 Express Gondola.

Taconic, a Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, VT 05254
Phone: 802.362.0147; Toll Free: 877.699.3331; Fax: 802.362.0165
Since our founding in San Francisco more than three decades ago, Kimpton Hotels has been a part of the LGBT community.

Kimpton Taconic Hotel is the newest upscale lodging option in Southern Vermont, located in the picturesque year-round destination of Manchester.

Kimpton Taconic is within an easy walk to boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and endless outdoor excursions in all four seasons.

Onsite restaurant, The Copper Grouse serves regionally-inspired cuisine.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the Premier National Hotel Partner of The Trevor Project, an outreach program for LGBT.


Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce

Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 173, Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
Phone: 802-496-3409; Toll Free: 800-828-4748
info@madrivervalley.com
In Vermont, a wedding just like you awaits. Amidst our natural beauty and rural ambiance, you'll find exceptional accommodations, splendid dining and a distinctive character that makes every wedding ó in every season ó uniquely memorable. Come see what our special corner of the world can do for your day. And your dream.


Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce

Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce
39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center VT 05255
Phone: 802-362-6313, Fax: 802-362-3451
Manchester and the Mountains in the Shires of Vermont is a collection of 18 towns and communities with diverse lodgings, extraordinary dining experiences, music, history and cultural offerings as well as four season recreation – skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, Land Rover driving, fly fishing and even falconry. The Vermont Experience begins here!

Newport City Renaissance Corporation

Newport City Renaissance Corporation
194 Main Street #208, Newport Vermont 05855
802-323-1056
Patricia.Sears@DiscoverNewportVT.com
This is Newport. Return to the real Vermont. A place for people in the know. Genuine hospitality. True farm to table experience. Four-season destination. South of the border. International Lake. Authentic Vermont. Newport. Genuine by Nature. The Newport City Renaissance Corporation serves as a catalyst transforming Newport's community and economic development.


Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association

Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association
PO Box 212, East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-4124, Toll Free: 800-884-8001
Plan your next Vermont Vacation in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom! Nestled between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River in northern Vermont, Vermont's Northeast Kingdom offers breath-taking scenery, outstanding lodging and dining, ecotourism and agritourism, Vermont made products, a rich diversity of art, and recreational opportunities which have gained the Northeast Kingdom national and international recognition.


Notch Above Tours Notch Above Tours
824 W. Lakeshore Dr, Ste 3, Colchester, Vermont 05446
Phone: (802) 860-7601; Toll Free: (800) 239-2367
gwendy48@comcast.net
Notch Above Tours is a Vermont-based travel and tour service company dedicated to providing upscale, fun-filled adventures and experiences for the GLBT traveler, their friends and families. Our custom-designed packages are created for both group and independent travelers.

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
57 Pond Street, Clocktower, Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone: 802-228-5830
We are a regional chamber of commerce representing the Towns of Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth and Weston.


Saxtons River Distillery Saxtons River Distillery
485 West River Road, Brattleboro VT 05301
Phone: 802-598-7792
Experience the flavors of Vermont maple with our Sapling Maple Liqueur as well as Sapling Maple Bourbon and Sapling Maple Rye. Also try Perc Coffee Liqueur with its robust, pure organic coffee flavor, roasted and brewed here in Brattleboro.
Our unique liquors combine old world heritage with the flavors of Vermont

Shelburne Farms Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
Phone: (802) 985-8686
Inn Reservations: (802) 985-8498
info@shelburnefarms.org
At Shelburne Farms, we connect people every day to the land and food systems that support us all. We're a nonprofit education organization, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark that welcomes visitors. Walking trails provide year-round access to spectacular lake and mountain views, and our Welcome Center and Farm Store is open every day. Mid-May to mid-October we offer guided property tours, a family-oriented Childrenís Farmyard and great farm-fresh lunches at the Farm Cart in the courtyard of the Farm Barn. The Inn at Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain was originally the 19th-century country home of the Webb family. Restored in 1987, the inn retains its historic character and continues the tradition of warmth, informal elegance and hospitality enjoyed by guests for more than a century. The restaurant offers seasonally based menus that feature the freshest ingredients grown sustainably on our farm and on local Vermont farms. For a calendar of festivals, special events and programs for all ages, go to our website www.shelburnefarms.org.

Shelburne Vineyards Shelburne Vineyards
6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482
Phone: (802) 985-8222
galbert@shelburnevineyard.com

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Rd, Warren, Vermont 05674
Phone: (802) 583-6175; Toll Free: 800-53-SUGAR
info@sugarbush.com


The Center For America's First Horse, Inc.

The Center For America's First Horse, Inc.
P.O. Box 31, Clay Hil Road, Johnson, VT 05656
Phone: 802-730-5400
Located on 70 scenic acres, we provide life-enriching experiences for all ages/abilities. Our rare Spanish mustangs are gifted teachers, fostering personal growth through natural horsemanship and equine facilitated learning. We offer educational tours, customized programs, horse photography, volunteer opportunities and natural horsemanship training/lessons on the ground or in the saddle.


Vermont Backroad Tours Vermont Backroad Tours
2788 Route 7 South, Wallingford, Vermont 05773
Phone: 802-446-3131, Fax: 802-446-3175
Vermont Backroad Tours offers scenic tours of Vermont on our 5 and 14 passenger tour vehicles. We also provide with our 14 passenger party buses, wedding shuttles, brewery/winery tours or pub crawls for bachelor and bachelorette parties and custom tours of Vermont. Be comfortable and safe with Vermont Backroad Tours.

Waterbury Tourism Council

Waterbury Tourism Council
PO Box 468, Waterbury, Vermont 05676
info@waterbury.org
You won't find a more convenient location to enjoy the Vermont experience. Right off Interstate 89 at Exit 10, Waterbury is central to Stowe, Montpelier, Burlington and the Mad River Valley where ski resorts, popular attractions, and nature's recreational opportunities abound. Our village is full of historic buildings, including the recently restored 1875 train station still in use today as an Amtrak stop. Waterbury is home to some of the country's best known specialty food manufacturers such as Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, but the atmosphere is still classic Vermont small town, full of charm and smiles.

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