A June 2006 trip
to Vermont by alighieri3
Quote: A lovely and restful three days in Vermont.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2006
Route 100, Box 128
The pancakes were huge, falling off the plate huge! I couldn't come close to finishing mine, and my fiance just barely got through three quarters of his (and believe me, he has a very hearty appetite!)
What was most surprising and pleasing to me was the wide variety of options for vegetarians. They had veggie substitutes for every breakfast meat that they offered. I was able to get a huge Dutch pancake stuffed with tons of cheese and veggie bacon.
The food was delicious--seriously, it was so good that it had me considering moving to Vermont just so I could eat there whenever I felt the urge! The coffee was delicious and from a local company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The service was friendly and fast. I'm sure that the servers are always amused by the faces of the patrons who gasp (like we did) when they see the size of the portions!
If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Stowe, I highly recommend stopping by this very family-friendly place for breakfast! I still wake up some mornings thinking about the breakfast I ate there!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2006
Dutch Pancake Cafe
Grey Fox Inn
Stowe, Vermont 05672
There aren't as many types of fish on display here as there are at other aquariums I've visited. The focus is mainly on the local environment and the inhabitants of its local waters - not only fish, but also plant life and even tribes of people who have lived along the shores. I learned a good deal, but was a little disappointed, if only because it wasn't quite what I expected.
At the end of our visit, we found the "Grossology" exhibit, which is on display at the aquarium until September 4th. At this point, we succumbed to the child-like atmosphere and played a giant operation game (yes, like you remember from when you were a kid, with the red nose that lights up when your tools hit the sides), guessed the smells trapped in bottles, and played a quiz game that taught us about gross bodily functions.
Capping off the day this way made it a little more fun. All in all, I'd recommend the aquarium wholeheartedly to those with children, but not so much to those without.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2006
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
1 College St.
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Attraction | "Ben & Jerry's Factory Store & Tour"
We were first brought into the small movie theater to see a film about Ben and Jerry's beginnings. It was entertaining and informative, but I already knew most of the information in the film, so it was a bit of a let down. From there, we were taken to a spot above the factory where we could view the ice-cream being made. Unfortunately, we were packed so tightly into the space that unless you were one of the lucky few who got the spots by the windows, you couldn't really see what was happening in the factory. To compensate for this, they do have two televisions that show the machinery being described, but it's not really the same thing—I'm in the factory, I want to see the factory, not a pre-made film.
We moved from this room to the final part of the tour—the free ice-cream. It's a nice sized sample, and of course it's quality, but by this point I just kept thinking to myself "this is it? this is the whole tour?" In the end, I wished I could have my $3 back so I could buy a cone of ice-cream which would have been far more enjoyable.
There was one good thing about the tour, though. You're free to pretty much roam about the area as you like. We walked over to the flavor graveyard, where there are tombstones set up to honor retired flavors. This was a fun trip down memory lane that we were able to do at our own pace. The land is beautiful, and there is a small playground set up for the kids. My advice to those who are thinking about taking this tour is save your money, buy some of the ice cream, and spend the time walking around the grounds. You'll have a full tummy and a nice walk in beautiful Vermont.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2006
Ben and Jerry's Factory
Route 100 North I-89 Exit 10
Woodstock, New York