For family members not of the game-playing persuasion, but who also want to get out of the house for a day trip, consider some of these options nearby to Green Mountain Game Day locations.
Barre / Montpelier
Barre has a small downtown shopping district, which includes the Local Agricultural Community Exchange. Montpelier, a few miles up the road from Barre, has somewhat more in the way of downtown diversions, including multiple bookshops, a music shop and boutiques.
A short drive up the interstate, take the factory tour at Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury. Or go a little further along to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, or even further up to Stowe, the ski resort and associated businesses.
The Burlington area offers a number of recreational and shopping opportunities: the Underhill and Camel’s Hump state parks, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the Shelburne Museum, the Fleming Museum, the Church Street Marketplace, Burlington Farmers’ Market and University Mall.
Within 20 minutes’ drive of Lyndonville: hike Mount Pisgah overlooking gorgeous Lake Willoughby, mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails, take a drive on the Burke Mountain scenic toll road, visit the Great Vermont Corn Maze, visit Twin Pines for some recreational tree climbing, or go horseback riding at D-N-D Stables. Or, just bring along your canoe, kayak or fishing poles and head up to Lake Willoughby or Crystal Lake and spend a quiet day on the lake.
If it is a nice, clear, sunny day and you’d like to make a longer drive (just over an hour), head up to Jay Peak Ski Resort and take the tram to the top of the mountain. The view is absolutely amazing. To make it an even better trip, pack a lunch and have a picnic at the top of the mountain. Don’t forget your camera or warmer clothes.
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You might visit the Otter Creek Brewery, tour the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, explore the Robert Frost wayside trail in Ripton, learn about the cultural traditions of Vermont at the Vermont Folklife Center or go further afield in Addison County.
The Montshire Museum is just down the road from the grange hall. Travelers might visit the Dartmouth campus, go shopping in West Lebanon or discover the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.