This was round 2 of traveling around Vermont in less than a month, this time with my friends Mindy and Kamil for a weekend in the Burlington/Lake Champlain area. To be honest, we didn't spend a heck of a lot of time roaming around Burlington itself aside from checking out some of the restaurants and bars/pubs/breweries at night for a few rounds of Switchback as well as some other local brews.
The best part of the trip was leaving Burlington and exploring the area. Saturday morning we went out for breakfast at Magnolia Bistro and then hit the road, driving north through the outskirts of Burlington before merging onto RT. 7. We reached a small town called Milton and then swung right towards the mountains. Our first real stop that day was the Boyden Valley Winery. We had hoped they might have some cheese to snack on but it was just wine, good wine. My favorite was the Glogg, which is served warm and apparently popular around the holidays.
From there drove to Stowe, stopping at the Stowe Mercantile to sample some food, and then continuing our drive south with stops at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Store Annex, and the Ben and Jerry's factory.
On Sunday morning we took the long, scenic route home, sticking to the scenic roads and byways. This gave us the best views of the trip.