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Old 10-04-2021, 01:56 PM   #1
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Planning a visit to Vermont next August. Have know idea where to go or what to see. I hear it is beautiful. Need some recommendations on places to visit and campgrounds. We are in a 38 ft motorhome towing
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@Rstoro - Very good question. Following…Thx
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Rstoro and Floridason, I live in VT, just outside of Burlington, which is the largest city in VT. I’m happy to try and help, do you have any likes or dislikes when you travel? If not I can come up with a bunch of generic things but if you have area of interest I can try to customize.

July and August are usually very nice here, one of the reasons we put up with the winters!
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We are interested in just about anything. We do like nature, outdoors and hiking but also a nice town to explore with shops and restaurants we don't mind traveling and staying in different towns. Thanks for any advise
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Sorry for the delay, been w busy couple of days with work and the kids! Here is an initial list for you to ponder, I’ll work to come up with some more over the next few days. I’ll do my best to cluster things by location.

Burlington Area:
* Church Street Marketplace
* Shelburne Museum
* Shelburne Farms (former Vanderbilt Property)
* Echo Aquarium
* Burlington Waterfront Park
* Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruises (there are several other boat cruises on Lake Champlain this is just one example)
* Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory
* Ethan Allen Homestead
* Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
* Hike Camels Hump
* Burlington Brew Tours. (Tour/sample our many breweries, let them drive)
* Burlington Bike Path. (Follows lake for many miles)
* Round Church (Richmond)
* Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
* Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides (full disclosure I am also a Balloonist and am friends with the owner of this company but otherwise have no affiliation)
* Snowfire Vineyards

Campgrounds in Area:
Lone Pine Campground
Apple Island Resort
Grand Isle State Park

Central Vermont Area:
* Ben and Jerry’s Factory
* Stowe Area (you can take car/gondola to top of Mt Mansfield, our highest Mtn)
* Hike Mt Mansfield (Trails can also be accessed from Burl “area”)
* Smugglers Notch State Park (you will need a car if you want to drive through the notch, it’s a narrow twisty one lane road and your MH WILL get stuck/damaged, it’s actually a big issue with Tractor Trailers and MHs each year blindly following their GPS and a source of local amusement)
* Vermont Historical Society
* Vermont Capital (Montpelier)
* Barre Vt Granite Quarries (largest in world)
* Barre VT cemetery (many of the granite workers carved their own headstones, some amazing sculpture there)
* Thunder Road Race Track (you might even see our Gov race)
* Morse Farm Sugarworks
* Trapp Family Lodge (the Von Trapps of Sound of Music fame landed here after they left Austria as it reminded them of home)
* Cold Hollow cider Mill. (I’m actually enjoying a class of their cider as I type this)
* Lawsons Liquids brewery

Northeast Kingdom:
* Fairbanks Museum
* Lake Willoughby
* Jay Peak Waterpark
* Lake Memphramagog
* Cabot Cheese Factory
* Hill Farmstead Brewery. (Rated #1 microbrew beer in world multiple times)
* Kingdom Trails (one of the largest network of Biking trails around)

Campgrounds:
Tree Corners
Sugar Ridge
Kingdom Campground (brand new, heard great things but haven’t been able to get a spot yet!)

Southern VT:
* Quechee Gorge (and surrounding town)
* Marsh-Billings Rockefeller Park (former Rockefeller estate, incredibly maintained trails)
* Hildene (Robert Todd Lincoln’s home)
* Bennington Battle Monument
* Montshire Museum of Science
* Lake Bomoseen
* Manchester Fashion stores
* Wilson Castle
* President Coolidge Historical site

Campgrounds in Area:
Quechee KOA
Lake Bomoseen KOA (it’s right on the lake)
Kampfires campground

Generic
* Brewery Tours. (We have MANY good ones)
* Apple orchard/farm visits (depending on time of year)
* Drive Rt. 100. (This road runs the length of the state on the spine of the mtns, very scenic any time of year.)
* Many many many great restaurants, brewpubs, farm to table restaurants.

I’m sure there are others I am completely forgetting (lived here most of my life so you do start to overlook things) but that should hopefully get you started. For anyone reading that aren’t the original OP who’s coming in the summer, given this is a RV forum I’ve aligned my answers to spring/summer/fall items, needless to say we are known for our winter sports here as well.

Only other thought for anyone reading as they plan, in general most campground/state parks here run from early May to Columbus Day.

Hope that helps and my apologies again as I’m sure there others who have many items I’ve forgotten!
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Excellent Blastvalve.

Thank you,

That must be years of camping memories, thanks for sharing it.
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Fantastic info. that should get us stated. Thank you
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My pleasure, for a small state there is lots to see here. I’ll actually be at Apple Island Resort this weekend, last hurrah for the year before winterizing for the season.

If interested, this webcam is on the hill overlooking Burlington with the Adirondack’s to the west, we are up for some great weather the next couple days and if you time it right, the sunsets should be postcard perfect. (Sunset is around 6:15 right now)

https://hazecam.net/camsite.aspx?site=burlington

Depending on your route up, consider stopping over in the Lake George area of NY in the Adirondack Park, also a very very great place to stay with lots to do and see, it’s about 2 hours south of the Burlington area.
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Impressive post by blastvalve !!
Thank you! I put myself through college working in a Holiday Inn so the old tour guide part of me was just waiting to respond to that post.
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Quechee KOA in White River Junction. One of the best run KOAs I've been to (I've been to a lot).
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On our last trip thru Vermont we did Cabot cheese and Ben and Jerry’s. It’s beautiful I disturbed country with no city trash. One of the few places left that politics and the woke haven’t ruined.
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We did a week at Lone Pine CG in 2017.
We had a blast, toured most of northern Vermont.
We usually go to the White Mountains, but split that trip between the two that year.
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I had listed Apple Island as a potential spot for the Burlington Area. This is the view from my site, Mallets Bay (part of Lake Champlain) and the Green Mtns are in the distance.
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