The museums keep on coming as you roll down Route 7: In Ferrisburgh the Rokeby Museum, once an official stop on the Underground Railroad, preserves the history of four generations of remarkable Robinsons. Ahead of its time in every way, the family was made up of Quakers, abolitionists and artists...
Addison County is a biker’s dream come true. The terrain ranges from flat, open expanses along the lake to rolling roads dotted with dairy farms. But the county’s most challenging ride is over its three — count ’em, three — Green Mountain gaps: Middlebury, Lincoln and Appalachian. It’s a grueling ride — great training for a triathalon. If you get too hot, you can take a dip in any of the rivers that run alongside the roads, especially at Bristol Falls and under the bridge in East Middlebury.
You could say there's a "French spot" along Route 7 between Middlebury and Ferrisburgh. For years, Christophe Lissarrague served up spectacular French fare in Vergennes. To the south, Roland Gaujac used to cook at the 1796 House, a longtime landmark along Vermont's western corridor. Keep reading...
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Button Bay State Park
Button Bay is one of the best beaches on Lake Champlain: The water’s clean, and you can rent canoes and kayaks right there. If neither swimming nor boating appeals, there’s always the area’s unique geology: flat round “button-like” rocks along the shoreline are great for skipping. Seventy-three campsites including 13 lean-tos and two cabins, beckon if you feel like staying over. Samuel de Champlain, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and Ben Franklin all did. Photo: Carol Dingley
Trail Around Middlebury
Middlebury is a walking town. But if you’re really ambitious, there’s a 16-mile Trail Around Middlebury — a project of the Middlebury Area Land Trust. A combination of hiking trails, dirt roads and paved highways, TAM stretches from the Otter Creek Gorge Preserve to the Battell Woods. Want more? There’s hiking galore in the woods en route to the Middlebury Gap, around the college’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton.
Vermont Folklife Center
The original Vermonters — Native American Abenaki — have a voice at the Vermont Folklife Center. So do the Vermont descendents of slaves. With an archive that consists of more than 3900 tapes, the organization aims to document and conserve the state’s cultural heritage, including groups making history today. Exhibits rotate seasonally.
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