Day trips to enjoy with family and friends

August 2, 2015  
Filed under Travel

Boyden Valley Winery    
Nestled in the Lamoille River Valley, the Boyden Valley Winery offers tours and tastings that celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Visitors can explore the tank and barrel rooms with tours starting at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. Tastings are offered daily that include a taste of six different types of wine, one cream liqueur, a local chocolate truffle and a souvenir tasting glass for $10. Visitors can also order “French Gourmet” cheese plates to pair with their wine or take one of their guided canoe trips along the Lamoille River —“Water and Wine” or “River and Spirits.”

64 Vermont104, Cambridge
(802) 644-8151
www.boydenvalley.com

Calvin Coolidge Homestead
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is located in the small town of Plymouth Notch, where the 30th President of the United States was born and raised. The historic site includes the preservation of the homestead as well as over 600 acres of the 19th century village that shaped the life of a President. The Historic site is open through October and features events and educational programs for all ages as well as tours of the village including barns, school house, church, working cheese factory and more.

3780 Vermont 100A, Plymouth
(802) 672-3773
www.coolidgefoundation.org

Vermont Backroad Brewery Tour
Vermont Backroad Tours offers two pre-made tours, the “Northern” and the “Eastern” for people looking to visit some of Vermont’s finest craft breweries. The Northern Tour takes guests to breweries such as Switchback and Fiddlehead and ends with dinner at The Bobcat Café while the Eastern Tour visits the likes of Long Trail and Harpoon with dinner at Seven Barrel Brewery. Tours include transportation and start at $50 per person with a minimum of 10 people per group. Custom tours are also available.

(802) 446-3131
www.vtbackroadtours.com

Crown Point Historic Site
Located just 30 minutes from Middlebury and one hour from Burlington, the scenic Crown Point Historic Site offers a variety of activities for visitors looking to explore the ruins of this 18th-century fort.  Visitors can tour the newly renovated museum featuring a multimedia orientation and exhibits as well as self-guided tours of the grounds. Admission to the museum is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children under 12. The historic site is also home to the Crown Point Bird Conservation Area where over 180 species of birds have been observed.

21 Grandview Dr, Crown Point, NY
(518) 597-4666
www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/34/details

Covered Bridges Tours
Take a drive and visit Vermont’s famed covered bridges. With over 100 bridges to choose from, you can plan a route that will last an afternoon or a full day depending on how far you’d like to travel. For a self-guided tour, directions to a collection of covered bridges can be found at www.visit-vermont.com/state/covered-bridges. Pre-made tours are also available through Tucker Hill Inn in Waitsfield, ranging from seven bridges in a two hour trip to 10 bridges in a four-hour trip (including stops at popular area attractions such as Cabot Creamery).

www.tuckerhill.com.

Saratoga Racetrack
Hit the racetrack in Saratoga — the season runs through Sept. 7 featuring thoroughbred racing, harness racing and steeplechase races. After visiting the tracks, head to downtown Saratoga Springs for shopping, dining and attractions.

267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 584-6200
www.saratogaracetrack.com

Lake Memphremagog Scenic Lake Cruises
Head to the Northeast Kingdom for a one-of-a-kind international adventure. Scenic cruises of Lake Memphremagog are available Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and include a light lunch buffet as well as a personalized and informative talk from the Captain. Learn about the geological makeup of the lake, the various creatures that inhabit the area and the rich history of the U.S./Canadian border line. Reservations are strongly encouraged and tickets can be purchased in advance online. No passport needed.

Newport City Dock
84 Fyfe Dr, Newport, VT
(802) 334-5726.

 

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