Day Trip Destinations
Burlington Waterfront and Church Street Market Place in Burlington, VT
Take in views of Lake Champlain and the beautiful Adirondack Mountains from the Burlington Waterfront. Visit Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen and discover the region’s rich history from a Lake Champlain cruise, or take the Lake Champlain Ferry to New York. Also, the 14-mile Island Line trail runs along Lake Champlain and is perfect for bicycling, running, walking or inline skating. Then explore the popular Church Street Market Place, an open-air mall in the heart of downtown Burlington. The street is lined with unique boutiques, restaurants, outdoor cafes, coffee shops, and street performers.
Foodie Tour to Stowe, VT
Take the Lincoln or Appalachian Gap over the Green Mountains. Both drives will first take you to the small town of Waitsfield where the famous Waitsfield Farmers Markets are held on Saturdays. Be sure to also stop at The Store, a fabulous kitchen and home accessories shop. Take a Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour and discover your favorite ice cream, visit The Cabot Annex Store to sample their entire selection of award-wining cheeses and be sure to visit Lake Champlain Chocolates in the building next door, Cold Hollow Cider offers something for everyone and be sure to sample their fresh pressed cider, and finally Laughing Moon Chocolates offers free chocolate dipping demonstrations and sampling at 2pm daily. Then take the beautiful drive up and over Smugglers Notch and end your day in Burlington.
The Little Village of Woodstock, VT
Highlights include Simon Pearce factory where you can watch glassblowing and their onsite restaurant is truly a treat, Quechee Gorge with walking trails, Quechee Gorge Village offers shopping, and the Billings Farm and Museum has much to explore on this working dairy farm.
Montreal: Biodome, Botanical gardens, art museums, shopping old Montreal.
Bring your passport and visit Montreal for the day. Highlights include the largest natural science museum complex in Canada which includes the Montreal Biodome, Planetarium, Botanical Garden and Insectarium. Explore old Montreal and visit the many fine boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The Jean-Talon Market is a popular farmer’s market located in the Little Italy district. Be sure eat lunch at one of our favorite places—Schwart’s, for the best smoked meat sandwich on the planet.
People Watch on Lake George, NY
Taking route 9N offers the most scenic ride to Lake George as the road meanders along the lake and passes though charming towns like Hague; this is worth a quick stop. Lake George offers many things to do however; our number one activity is to people watch on a bench or on the patio of an ice cream shop to take in all the action. The town is motorcycle friendly and you will see lots of bikes cruising slowly down the road. Or hop on board one of the many cruises that are offered on the waterfront. If you are looking for a great lunch spot away from the crowds with excellent value and hearty proportions, check out The Silo Restaurant and Country Store in nearby Queensbury, NY. While in the area, visit Garden Time, a large garden center with plenty of fun outdoor structures to explore.
Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY
Bring out the kid in you and get closer to the natural world. Discover the story of the Adirondacks, meet one of their many animals at an animal encounter, enjoy live exhibits, watch all of their amazing movies in their theater, explore the exhibit halls, enjoy tons of hands-on experiences, guided canoe trips, and take a walk outside on their nature trail with an expert. The Wild Center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into our relationship with nature. They have a simple, yet delicious café onsite that is very convenient.
Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY
An open air museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Adirondacks. The museum has 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings. Some of our favorite exhibits include Logging the Adirondacks, Boats & Boating, Outdoor Recreation, An Adirondack Hunting Camp, Adirondack Rustic Furniture, and Everyday Life in the Age of Horses. Visitors can also enjoy the Lake View Café for lunch or picnic areas are available if you bring your own lunch.
Lake Placid, Ausable Chasm & Whiteface Mountain, NY
Enjoy shopping in the town’s boutiques such as the Adirondack Decorative Arts & Crafts store. One of our favorite places to have lunch is at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. Be sure to try their famous UBU Ale. Then explore the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Ausable Chasm offers many waterfalls and unique rock formations that can be explored by nature trails, rafts, lantern tours, or guided hikes. Finally, take a drive up Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway and stand in awe of some impressive views.