We are making a last-minute, first-time trip to New Hampshire and Vermont next week. After flying into Manchester, we'll drive through New Hampshire and enter Vermont around St. Johnsbury. Here is our beginning plan for where to drive in Vermont: Hwy. 15 to Stowe, Waterbury and Montpelier. Montpelier on I-89 to Burlington Burlington down Hwy. 7 to Woodstock, Ludlow, and Weston From here, we need to return to Manchester and can take I-91/I-89 or a more scenic route if there are small towns we should see. We are interested in the scenery and culture, a little artisian, local food shopping. We have two days and nights. Will this route give us a good overview of Vermont, and can you suggest other stops/routes we should add? Also, we are looking for small, good Bed and Breakfasts where we can enjoy the local culture. Tnank you!
First of all, Rt 15 does not go directly to any of the places you mentioned. In order to get to Monpelier from 15 you will need to take Rt 12 from Rt. 15.It would be better to take Rt 2 from St. Johnsbury to Montpelier, then take I-89 west to Waterbury, Rt 100 to Stowe. Then come back down 100 to I-89 and go on to Burlington. Or, you could go North from Stowe on 100 to Morrisville, and then west on Rt 15 thru Johnson, Jeffersonville, Cambridge, Underhill, Jerico, and Essex Jct into Burlington. (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE Rt 108 from Stowe to Jeffersonville as it is closed in winter until early June) I lived in Cambridge for 35 years. From there you seem to know where to go. Don't forget to stop when you see signs for "Sugarhouses" in operastion boiling sap into Maple syrup. this is the season for that.
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