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Top Choice Farm in Southern Vermont

Merck Forest & Farmland Center

Encompassing over 3200 acres of high-country meadow and forest, this sprawling farm and environmental education center is a blissful place to experience Vermont's natural beauty and agricultural heritage. The park's…
Top Choice Homewares in Weston

Vermont Country Store

People come from far and wide to Weston's famed Vermont Country Store, a time warp from a simpler era when goods were made to last, and quirky products had a home. Here you’ll discover taffeta slips, Tangee lipstick…
Top Choice American in Brattleboro

TJ Buckley's

Chef-owner Michael Fuller founded this exceptional, upscale little eatery in an authentic 1927 diner over 30 years ago. Ever since, he's been offering a verbal menu of four seasonally changing items, sourced largely…
Top Choice Books in Manchester

Northshire Bookstore

Forming both the geographic and the intellectual center of the Manchester community, this thriving independent bookstore is the best in Vermont, with a sprawling collection of titles on every subject imaginable (inc…
Top Choice State Park in Southern Vermont

Jamaica State Park

With a long riverside hiking trail and campsites directly adjacent to the rushing West River, this is one of only two riverside state parks in Vermont. It's especially popular with kayakers and rafters for its annua…
Top Choice Historic Site in Manchester

Hildene

Outside Manchester, the 24-room Georgian Revival mansion of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, is a national treasure. Lincoln family members lived here until 1975, when it was converted into a mu…
Top Choice International in Bennington

Pangaea

Whether you opt for the tastefully decorated dining room, the intimate lounge or the small riverside terrace, you'll be served exceptional food here. The menu is full of fresh ingredients and international influence…
Top Choice Market in Brattleboro

Brattleboro Farmers Market

Offering a crash course in Vermont food, the market has more than 50 local vendors selling cheese, free-range beef and lamb, honey, pastries, maple syrup, fruit, veggies and healthy snacks to nibble on as you wander…
Museum in Bennington

Bennington Museum

Between downtown and Old Bennington, this ever-expanding museum offers 14 galleries of ongoing and changing exhibits. It features the world’s largest collections of Grandma Moses paintings and Bennington pottery, al…
Parade in Brattleboro

Strolling of the Heifers

Brattleboro's fun-spirited June celebration of community agriculture begins with flower-garlanded heifers mooing their way down Main St. Then come the bagpipes, 4H-ers, Vermont politicians, bad cow jokes from the pa…