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Vermont Road Trip! From Burlington to Bennington

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An April 2006 trip to Vermont by Mr. Wonka

Try 6! Photo, Burlington, Vermont More Photos
Quote: We hit the road for the green pastures of Vermont, with stops in Waterbury, Burlington, Stowe, Bennington… and beyond!

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

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Hotel | "Econo-Lodge"

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Photo, Shelburne, Vermont
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Wookies have apparently been exploring the greater Burlington area lately. How can I tell? Well, judging by all the hair that covered our bathtub at South Burlington’s Econo-Lodge, you’d think that Chewbacca was the last one to use the shower.Things started off rather well at the Econo-Lodge, which boasts "New rates! New management! FREE high-speed Internet!" on its sign out front. Located on Shelburne Road, which is lined with all sorts of hotels with varying levels of outward cleanliness, the Econo-Lodge would be our chateau for the evening based solely on price and its relative closeness to downtown Burlington. At $40/night plus tax, how could you go wrong? Plus it’s just down the stree...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
3164 SHELBURNE RD
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
(802) 985-3377

Innsbruck Inn at Stowe

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Hotel

Innsbruck Inn at Stowe Photo, Stowe, Vermont
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As soon as we pulled into the gravel driveway, we knew the charming little Austrian lodge named the Innsbruck Inn was exactly what we’d been looking for.Located at the foot of Mt. Mansfield on the outskirts of historic Stowe Village, the Innsbruck Inn bowled us over with its quaint Old World charm, a host of spot-on guest amenities, and the fact that since our visit was during the off season, we practically had the whole place to ourselves. That meant no battles for the Ping-Pong table, the ‘80s-style arcade games, the sauna, and best of all… we were the only ones using the outdoor whirlpool during the evening. Um, yeah—we didn’t want to leave the next morning.The resort has a very ‘70...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Innsbruck Inn at Stowe
4361 Mountain Rd.
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-8582

Best Western New Englander Motor Inn Photo, Bennington, Vermont
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Bennington, Vermont, was certainly one of the more… depressing towns we visited on our jaunt around the state, but hey hey, we actually had a good time during our stay. So I’ll give credit where credit is due—checking into the Best Western New Englander Motor Inn was the first pleasant surprise of our brief visit in this old town."Whether it’s for business or for play, the Best Western New Englander Motor Inn is the ideal place for your stay" boasts the hotel’s flip-card brochure. Now, I’m not sure our stay fell into either the "for business" or the "for play" categories—who goes to a Best Western in middle-of-nowhere Vermont for play anyway?—but we were grateful all the same for finding i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Best Western New Englander Motor Inn
220 Northside Dr.
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802)442-6311

Shalimar of India

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Restaurant

Shalimar of India Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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Shalimar of India is a keen spot for tasty, spicy Indian food and a few bottles of $2.95 Magic Hat #9, the local’s brew of choice in Burlington. Located near a few college bars and just down the street from Pearl Market—which, according to our server at Sweetwaters, is the place "everyone on campus goes for beer"—this modest little joint was the perfect antidote to the pizza, pub grub, and Mexican food we’d been living on during our tour of Vermont.There’s nothing especially significant about the restaurant’s décor: bright yellow walls, red tablecloths, run-of-the-mill place mats, a few ceiling fans, and an odd chandelier that could have been had for $4 at a college-kid garage sale. Indian...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Shalimar of India
16 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 864-5693

Sweetwaters

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Restaurant

Sweetwaters Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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Sweetwaters is what it is—an American-style bistro with mostly standard menu items, a solid selection of beers and wine, and a sprawling sports bar inside. In other words, we knew what to expect when we grabbed a table in their outdoors patio… but were pleasantly surprised by the service, the food, and the beers. Nothing spectacular, but as far as restaurants on Burlington’s popular pedestrian mall go, this place has to be one of the best bets.With the small trees lining Church Street all lit up as the sun went down, the scene was set for a relaxing dinner amidst a mix of tourists and "dreadies" milling about in the area. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Thursday night, but had died do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Sweetwaters
120 Church Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 864-9800

Ben and Jerry's Factory

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Ben and Jerry's Factory Photo, Waterbury, Vermont
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Bet you didn’t know those cuddly, lovable old hippies Ben and Jerry sold out to a company by the name of Unilever a few years ago. That’s not to take anything away from the incredibly delicious, super-fattening, calorie-ridden ice cream these guys have churned out since the late ‘70s. No, I mention that somewhat surprising little nugget merely to demonstrate that tours of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory yield more than just free samples.Perched on a beautiful stretch of rolling hills in Waterbury, VT, the “BJ factory” is undoubtedly the biggest draw in the area. Sure, the Grandview Winery is just down the road, but after partaking in perhaps the most pathetic tasting session ever to take...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Ben and Jerry's Factory
Route 100 North I-89 Exit 10
Waterbury, Vermont
(802) 882-1240

Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Attraction | "Vermont Pub & Brewery"

Try 6! Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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We were on a mission to hit as many breweries and/or wineries as possible during our tour of the great state of Vermont. By all accounts we came up successful, with stops at Magic Hat, the Boyden Valley Winery, Grandview Winery (which was absolutely foul), and finally, the Vermont Pub & Brewery in downtown Burlington. I’ll be honest, we really didn’t spend too much time here, so I don’t have much to say about it beyond the draughts we sampled… but that’s what you’re coming here for anyway, right? So let’s go ahead and get down to business.First off, fantastic prices on the brews: $3.50 per pint, $1.75 for a half pint, 3-ounce samples for just $.75, and a tray of six samples (pictured b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2006

Vermont Pub & Brewery
144 College St.
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 865-0500