Vermont, USA: Day Trip to the Green Mountain State

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Pre-COVID, I went to Vermont for a day trip with my roommates and truly it was one of the most unforgettable day trips that I did. You will not believe it but this was 2 summers ago when my traveller’s heart was still on fire. I have always wondered what happened to that fire. The following year was difficult because of the adjustments that I had to do for my new life in Canada and the demise of my long term relationship. Those issues slowly extinguished the passion I had for the life I have always wanted. The blog that I worked so hard to grow started to have few posts which in turn also had just a few clicks. But I had a lot of healing to do and self-focusing to prioritize so blog contents have become less frequent. Yesterday, I sorted out my photos because I am already running out of space on my phone when I saw all my photos in Vermont. How nostalgic to look at it now and how happy I look at these photos, so I decided, now is the best time to post it.

It was a day trip but I changed outfit twice. Lol. I did it for my fashion blog as well and I’m just glad my roommates are supportive. We drove early in the morning, around 5 AM as far as I can remember and we arrived at the border just before the break of dawn. Below are the places we visited on this unforgettable road trip.

1. Smuggler’s Notch State Park and Spruce Peak in Stowe

Smuggler’s Notch State Park was our first stop after hours of driving. We followed a scenic but extremely steep and narrow Smugglers Notch Road through Mansfield Mountain to get to the State Park. It was a good way to stretch and marvel at the beautiful scenery. It was also the first US State Park I have ever visited. The entrance we went to is the entrance to the campground and because the state park is huge, we only strolled for few minutes because it will take us a day if we want to explore the whole state park. Not ideal for day-trippers. 

Then we drove for a few minutes to get to Spruce Peak, a luxurious 4-diamond resort in Stowe. We were able to stroll in their village, basking in the beautiful morning sun and ride the Gondola for a magnificent aerial view of the mountains.

What a life indeed! I can’t wait to go back to Vermont this fall to see the different colours of the mountain.

2. Moss Glen Falls

Our next stop was the Moss Glen Falls. We hiked for about 30 minutes to see the falls. The trail I must say is easy, but slightly steep and muddy. Some boardwalks were set up so hikers will not plunge into a pool of muddy trail. The route is also scenic, we stopped a couple of times to take photos of the lush greeneries. 

Moss Glen Falls is a 125 ft falls that lies inside the C.C. Putnam State Forest in Stowe. I was a bit disappointed when we arrived at the viewing deck because there is barely any water falling from the falls, it was summer so I assumed the falls are drying up. It was a good and fun hike anyhow.

3. Ben and Jerry’s Factory

This was probably the highlight of our trip to Vermont. Not everyone knows it, but Ben and Jerry started in Vermont in 1978, founded obviously by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The long history and success of the small turned big business put Vermont in the spotlight as the State that launched the very popular ice cream. 

This is Ben & Jerry’s iconic Cowmobile, a modified mobile home used to distribute free scoops in a unique, cross-country “marketing drive” back in 1986. 

And of course, I ordered the most popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream!

4. The University of Vermont in Burlington

Commonly called “UVM”, it stands for the Latin words Universitas Viridis Montis which translates as the University of the Green Mountains. It was established in 1791, the same year Vermont became the 14th U.S. state.

The Billings Memorial Library was built in 1883 and the university’s library until 1961. 

The Old Mill, the oldest building of the university. Today, the Old Mill is home to the Departments of English, Economics, Geography, and Political Science. 

Monument of Ira Allen, the founder of UVM.

UVM campus is beautiful and spacious. Old building architectures have been preserved to maintain its glory and the lawn is properly landscaped. Wherever I stand, everything is just picture perfect! This is where I had my second outfit photoshoot which I blogged here.

5. Lake Champlain in Burlington

This beautiful lake is named after Samuel de Champlain, a 17th-century French explorer who encountered it in July 1609. Lake Champlain is part of two American states; Vermont and New York and one Canadian province; Quebec, but most of the Lake Champlain is in the United States.

The refreshing thing about Lake Champlain –is its lack of bustle and over-development. There’ are lots of things to do, like biking, cruising the lake, or just do nothing and just appreciate its calm and relaxing ambiance. 

6. Church Street Marketplace in Burlington

Downtown Burlington’s open-air mall is where you’ll find historical architecture, street entertainers, and places to shop and dine. We did not dine since we were full when we went there, so we ordered some refreshments in Starbucks. I also found a Lily Pulitzer boutique which was on sale, but holy smokes, it is still expensive. I also remember, my roommate and I went inside the “Fjallraven Kanken” store to ask how it is pronounced. We believed her, but when I went home and googled the proper pronunciation, she is still incorrect. Lol!

This is the life-sized statue of popular local jazz artist Big Joe Burrell in front of Halvorson’s Upstreet Cafe. I don’t know him, but I find the statue interesting as it seems like he is pointing at me.

This is the “Everyone Loves a Parade!” mural in the Church Street Marketplace alleyway. It is custom-designed by renowned Canadian muralist Pierre Hardy, widely-known for his inventive and meticulously-detailed large-scale pieces. It depicts Grand Master Samuel de Champlain leading the charge along Church Street.  

That’s it for my Vermont adventure. I am hoping that after COVID, when our lives go back to normal, I will be able to travel again. I still have a lot of travel to post but this is a good way to start. I hope you enjoyed my blog. Comment below if you have questions.