When you’re growing weary of the hustle and bustle of the big city, there’s no better place to recharge your spiritual battery than Vermont. A largely rural state that’s dotted with winding country roads, family farms and quaint small towns, Vermont is the perfect place to roam in search of outdoor adventures, great local food and drink and a slice of authentic Americana that’s largely disappeared elsewhere. From spectacular views on Lake Champlain and atop Mount Mansfield, to a classic general store and the smallest state capital city in the U.S., all in all visiting Vermont is good for the soul.
10. Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
A visit to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks is the quintessential Vermont experience. Located about three miles outside Montpelier, Morse Farm is a working farm that’s been producing pure maple syrup for over 200 years. Morse Farms offers free tours of its authentic sugar house (syrup tasting included) as well as its “woodshed” theater where a brief video about the Morse sugar production methods and history is shown. The light-hearted video is narrated by Harry I. Morse, Sr., a sixth generation sugar maker. Morse also has a large store that sells its pure maple syrup and other decadent maple-based cream, candy, cookies and granulated sugar. The store also features other locally-made crafts and goodies like Cabot cheese. For a uniquely Vermont treat, try their maple syrup soft serve ice cream.