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Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Grateful Traveler: The Green Mountain State Awaits

CRL's travel columnist takes on a trip to Vermont.

Vermont’s food and harvest are on display and waiting to be enjoyed by visitors while the autumn arts and crafts scene within stands above any others our area. There are also festivals celebrating fall like nowhere else, packed with New England and Vermont food favorites (mostly hearty comfort food) Yum.

Weekend roads to Vermont are often crowded with leaf peepers from all over, but lucky neighbors that we are, we can go mid-week in realative peace to enjoy the majestic color as it lights up county skylines. Weekends spent in a Vermont B&B can provide you endless enjoyment on all levels. So why not take an (almost) stay-cation and spend time off the roads and breathing the incredible oxygen that abounds in our neighbor to the east!

Through 9/15
33rd Annual Quilt Exhibition – Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT; This highly‐anticipated juried exhibition of more than 50 quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 31 years of quilting excellence. There will be quilting demonstrations, programs, and activities for children and adults. Visit woodstockvt.com for more information

Thursdays through 10/3
3 PM – 6 PM
Manchester Farmers Market – Adams Park, Manchester, VT; Whether it’s just‐picked produce, yummy baked goods, melt‐in‐your‐mouth meats and cheeses or unique crafts and beauty products you’re after, you’ll find them — and lots more — at the Manchester Farmers Market, held rain or shine.

8/31 – 9/1
10 AM – 5 PM
24th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival – Camelot Village, Bennington, VT; Join garlic‐lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from – you guessed it – garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic‐lovers or those merely looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end‐of‐summer day, the event promises something for everyone. For more information, please visit bennington.com.

7 – 9 PM
Farm Night Dinner Party – The Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT; Fresh‐from‐our‐fields organic vegetarian food, grown and catered. Featuring live music, dancing, artisan cocktails. Alfresco dining with the best views in Vermont. $25 plus tax and gratuity. Call 802.362.2500 for more information.

9/5 – 9/8
12 PM – 7 PM
Art Jam 2019: Artist Retreat & Music Festival – Whitingham, VT; A safe space for creative minds to feed off of one another. Whether it is a morning yoga class or an afternoon spent fine‐tuning a freestyled song, anyone who has a desire to discover themselves artistically can start here. Visit artjamcollective.com for more information.

9/12 – 9/15
Various Times
Tunbridge World’s Fair – Turnbridge Fairgrounds, Turnbridge, VT; The Tunbridge World’s Fair has run continuously since 1867 except in 1918, due to the great flu epidemic, and during World War II. Visit this Vermont tradition for a taste of true New England Americana. Visit turnbridgeworldsfair.com for more information.

10 AM – 4 PM
Vermont Golden Honey Festival – Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, VT; The Vermont Chamber of Commerce voted Vermont Golden Honey Festival one of the “Top 10 Fall Events” every year since 2014. The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is part Farmers Market featuring local produce and hot food; part craft fair with artists and crafters selling their unique items for you and gifts; and part beekeepers event with woodenware and networking for bee enthusiasts. For more information, please visit goldenstageinn.com.

11 AM – 6 PM
Downtown Bennington Annual Food Truck Festival – Main Street & School Street, Downtown Bennington, VT; Enjoy a day of food, music, crafts & beer! Try a range of eclectic breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert offerings! Beer tent, music all day & more. Find us on Facebook for more information.

9/14 – 9/15
Various Times
26th Annual Bennington Quiltfest – Mount Anthony Union Middle School, Bennington, VT; Celebrate all things quilting including demonstrations, quilt raffles, vendors, as well as guest lecturer Beth Helfter and a special exhibit of quilts by Mary Hawes Kohler. Visit benningtonquiltfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

9/20 – 9/22
10 AM – 5 PM
Vermont Wine And Harvest Festival – Mount Snow, VT; Mount Snow hosts the grand tasting of the 11th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival. Set in the backdrop of our world‐renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers, and farmers. Visit mountsnow.com for more information.

9/21 – 9/22
10 AM – 4 PM
Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival 2019 – Springfield, VT; The Steampunk Society of Vermont presents “The Kraken” ‐‐ so gather your pirate crew and get ready to defeat the beasts of the ocean! There will be specialized steampunk vendors and artists showcasing their work all weekend long, accompanied by food and beverage vendors. Check out steampunksocietyvt.org for more information.

2 PM – 3:30 PM
Music at the Museum featuring Natural History – Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT; Natural History is a one of a kind ensemble. With a world of sound at their fingertips, this trio of eclectic multi‐instrumentalists has been breaking sound barriers since 1973. For more information, please visit benningtonmuseum.org.

10/5 – 10/6
10 AM – 5 PM
31st Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival – Turnbridge Fairgrounds, Turnbridge, VT; This festival celebrates all things fiber! Visit to experience the animal barn, more than 70 vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies as well as workshops and demonstrations. Visit vtsheepandwoolfest.com for more information.

10/12 – 10/13
11 AM – 5 PM
Oktoberfest – Main Base Area, Mount Snow; The 22nd Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and “oom‐pah” music. Combine games, pumpkin painting, an apple slingshot, and the famous “schnitzel toss,” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! For more information, please visit mountsnow.com.

11 AM – 3 PM
Fallapalooza! – Main Street, Bennington, VT; A family‐fun‐filled day featuring children’s activities, live entertainment, storefront trick‐or‐treating, demonstrations, and food vendors. Visit betterbennington.org for more information.

Vikki Moran
Vikki Moran
Vikki Moran is a travel writer and the founder of the Grateful Traveler.

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