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Driving tour of Vermont - Any must-visit spots?

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Greetings - my husband and I are embarking on a small driving tour of Vermont next week. We're camping along the way in both the south and north regions of the Green Mts. We're looking for recommendations for cheese farms, breweries, great small towns to explore and restaurants.

I know that's a lot, so let me narrow it down a bit.

Day 1 - we fly into Burlington and immediately make our way down to the southern region of the Green Mts along rte 7.

We're looking for recommendations for cheese farms and markets along the way where we can pick up food to enjoy at our campsite. Any must-see small town recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Day 2 - head north to the northern region of the Green mt. along rte 100. Is it worth stopping in Brattleboro? Any great breweries, restaurants or small towns you recommend for this rte?

We're going to end the day at Hen of the Woods for dinner (unless you have a better recommendation).

Day 3 - driver further north to Quebec. Any restaurants/farm recommendations along I 91? Or suggestions on a more scenic drive up north?

After spending some time in Quebec, we're coming back to Vermont and spending a couple days in Burlington at the end of our trip. Since we only have two nights, we're looking to end our trip at an amazing restaurant - pretty flexible on budget - so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

I haven't been to Vermont since I was young and I'm super excited, but I'm having a hard time narrowing it down! Thank you.

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  1. Along Route 7 for day 1:
    Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven (just north of MIddlebury) for some wine!
    Otter Creek Brewing and Drop In Brewing are both in Middlebury
    The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is great.
    If you happen to be coming through on a Wednesday or Saturday be sure to hit up the Middlebury Farmer's Market.
    Just south of Brandon is Woods Farm Market - great produce.

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    1. re: bm_vt

      Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful. We were really unsure about rt 7!

    2. Also on Route 7, and just south of Burlington, is Shelburne Farms:

      http://www.shelburnefarms.org/visit

      On Day 2, do not miss The Alchemist for Heady Topper. Be warned that you will likely have a wait and/or won't be able to get any at all - they run the canning lines on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and they sell out early:

      http://www.alchemistbeer.com/find-us/

      Hen of the Wood is an excellent choice.

      For a Burlington restaurant, I highly recommend Misery Loves Co., which is actually in Winooski. It is simply out of this world.

      http://www.miserylovescovt.com/

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      1. re: gemvt

        Awesome recommendations! Thank you!

      2. Also on Route 7, as you head south:

        Village Wine & Coffee in Shelburne (on the west side of the road) http://www.villagewineandcoffee.com/
        and
        Ferrisburgh Bakery & Deli in Ferrisburgh (also on the west side of the road)

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        1. If you'll be nearby, a stop at King Arthur's in Norwich VT is always on my list. Don't forget Ben & Jerry's

          1. In terms of cheese, here is a link to the Vt Cheese Trail, http://www.vtcheese.com/cheesetrail.htm. Check the fine print in terms of which are open to the public.