To set the mood of my Vermont adventures, I stayed in Shelburne which is a few short minutes outside of the bustling city of Burlington (home of the UVM campus).
Shelburne is very much a laid back and unwind type of atmosphere, where you sit on the shores of Lake Champlain and watch the geese and loons fly into the soft cherry sunset with a glass of wine in hand.
I stayed at the Heart of the Village Inn Bed & Breakfast right on a triangle corner in Shelburne. I stayed in the Sheburne room myself, but each and every one of their rooms are uniquely perfect with their combination of modern and antique architecture, furniture, and color schemes.
Anatoly and Rose are excellent hosts, keeping the stunning building running to its full potential and creating a welcoming home for travelers. They created their website to be used as an “All-In-One” stop for Shelburne, Vermont with restaurants, museums, historical facts, and things to do all in one spot in addition to information about the bed and breakfast itself.
Upon arrival, you are given a list of breakfast options that they whip together especially for you and to your liking. I chose a crustless quiche and raisin toast with raspberry jam but there are simply too many perfect options!
I stayed with a friend just across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire and spent hours adventuring around the Dartmouth oriented town from brunch at Lou’s to the Skinny Pancake crêpes.
A not so secret cove is King Arthur’s Flour. Not only can you watch the creation of their famous bread but also spend a few minutes browsing their wide selections of cooking items and sit down for famous pastries and sandwiches over a cup of coffee.
Over in Williamstown, Vermont I found Playground 2000 before heading to the Ladder Grill for blackened sirloin and garlic mashed potatoes after a day of driving.
The Inn at Shelburne Farms is a perfect place for a romantic getaway or stunning night on the shores of Lake Champlain. Be sure to call ahead and make reservations here:
Their menus shift constantly with an emphasis on sustainable and fresh farm grown ingredients right from the farms surrounding the Inn.
Maxi’s is a perfect place to grab breakfast, brunch, or have breakfast for lunch and dinner like I tend to do… (peek below for a juicy burger).
Driving through Vermont, I stopped in Montpelier – the capital – and found charming little coffee shops to fuel my chai and espresso needs.