The Cheese House Route 7A, Arlington, VT 802-375-9033-formerly part of a chain of cheese wedge shaped buildings, now a standalone with only a glimmer of its cheesy past. But you can buy cheese here.
The Sugar Shack – Sugar Shack Lane Arlington, VT 05250 (802) 375-6747-right near the cheese house, maple syrup and maple stuff
Lodging-Candlelight Motel-4893 Historic Route 7A, Arlington, Vermont 802-375-6647-reasonable wont get stabbed motel
Meridian’s Music, 19 Elliot St., 05301
Tones Music, Route 15, Johnson, VT 05656
Outback Pizza-Brick Oven thin Pizza and Club with live music.
McGrath's Irish Pub, at the Inn at Long Trail, Route 4, Killington, (802) 775-7181, serves light fare (soups, sandwiches, desserts) along with hearty dishes like shepherd's pie and Guinness stew (each $6.95). There is live music on weekends. open until 2 a.m.
Most motels from downtown Rutland to the Killington, 12 miles away, are served by transit, known simply as The Bus. Tickets cost $1, but most lodging establishments give tickets to guests.
Mountain Meadows Lodge, 285 Thundering Brook Road, Killington, (800) 370-4567, sauna, outdoor hot tub. The lodge has a variety of winter equipment, including toboggans and snowshoes, for guests. Massages are available. Rooms start at $85 for two with a full breakfast.
Snowed Inn, a bed-and-breakfast at 104 Miller Brook Road, Killington, (800) 311-5406, outdoor hot tub. Each room has private bath, cable TV and phone; two rooms called suites have a fireplace and a Jacuzzi. Rates range from $85 to $240 for two.
Beattie's Trailside Lodge, 115 Coffee House Road, Killington, (800) 447-2209- rooms are furnished with built-in single and double bunk beds. Rooms are advertised as TV- and phone-free; two movies are shown nightly in the common rooms. There is an outdoor hot tub. A general wake-up call is sounded at 7 a.m., and family-style meals are served at set times. A number of packages are offered, with prices averaging about $45 a person, including meals.
Turn of River Lodge 5672 Route 4, Killington, (800) 782-9867, 60's- era ski lodge, has 12 rooms, most with private baths and dorm-style rooms that sleep up to 20. Rates from $23 a person for a dorm room, and from $54 for a private room for two, including breakfast.
The Wobbly Barn, Killington Access Road, Killington, (802) 422-6171. steakhouse, four bars, dance floor and stage where live music may range from swing to rock.
The Paramount Center, 30 Center Street, Rutland, (802) 775-0903, Gets National acts and off broadway stuff.
Seven days is the local alternative weekly.
Pure Pop, 115 S. Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
Near Burlington, in the town of Winooski, Vermont is the club Higher Ground featuring many Alternative acts. Higher Ground, One Main Street, Winooski, VT 802.654.8888
Burlington is home of the University of Vermont and it is also the home of old hippies (like Ben and Jerry) and new hippies (like Phish). Phish was the house band at Nectar's in downtown Burlington.
Downtown has the Church Street pedestrian district with outdoor dining and shopping. Lake Champlain is a five-minute walk down the hill, and the waterfront has more restaurants, and various tour boats. You can also take a ferry across the lake, and take your car along to upstate NY.
Where to stay
Just outside Burlington is Richmond, home to a
19th century B&B called the Richmond Victorian Inn (191 East Main Street, 888-242-3362). $75-$125 a night.
In Burlington, there's the Willard Street Inn (349 Willard Street,
802-651-8710), which has guest rooms for $125-$225.
Burlington's high-end hotel is the Radisson (60 Battery Street,
800-333-3333). With rooms ranging from $159 to $209, there are in-room whirlpools and views of both the mountains and the lake.
What to do
Burlington is all about enjoying nature during the day, then drinking beer at night. There are no less than four ski resorts within an hour (Stowe, Sugarbush, Smuggler's Notch and Bolton Valley: call 802-223-3443 for info).
There are inexpensive factory tours of Ben & Jerry's (Rte. 100, Waterbury, 802-882-1260).
Where to eat
Smokejack's (156 Church Street,802-658-1119) "bold American food," with a particularly enticing corned beef dinner.
For seafood in a waterfront setting, there's both Isabel's (112 Lake Street, 802-865-2522) and Shanty on the Shore (181
Battery Street, 802-864-0238). The food's not fancy, but the view is great.
Burlington is a beer drinker's paradise; microbrews reign supreme and cost about $3.50 a pint.
Nectar's (802-658-4771) has live music every night, and no
cover charge. Music ranges from blues to jazz to rock.
The Rusty Scuffer offers an alternative to white guys drinking pints of Magic Hat Ale; the club has a different theme every night.
Ri Ra (123 Church Street, 802-860-9401) has the best Guinness in all of Burlington.
Fairlee Motel and Drive-in Theater, 1809 U.S. Route 5 North
Fairlee, Vermont 05045, (802)333-9192
Motel open-year round, Drive-in open end of April through mid-September. The name says it all!
Mt. Holly, VT
Sugarbush Farm-591 Sugarbush Farm Road Woodstock, VT 05091 (802) 457-1757 follow a scary dirt road to a farm with cheese and maple and greatest of all, smoked meat
Vermontasaurus is a 25-foot-tal folk art representation of a dinosaur at the Post Mills Airport in the town of Thetford, Vermont.