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Blog :: 07-2014

Top 3 Motorcycle Rides in Southern Vermont

Motorcycle rideSummer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh Vermont air. Many Vermont visitors enjoy spending time out in nature, on hikes, or doing adventurous activities. However, some just like to enjoy the twisting mountain roads and beautiful views to be seen on one of Vermont's many scenic drives. For those of you who prefer two wheels to four, we bring you some of Vermont's best motorcycle rides and routes.

These drives will show you the best of southern Vermont's roads, views, and all the small towns along the way. So gear up, twist the throttle, and enjoy these great southern Vermont motorcycle rides.

Motorcycle Ride #1: Scenic Route 100

The Scenic Route 100 Byway is a road so famous and popular it's even been featured in the New York Times. So when we tell you that it's also one of Vermont's best motorcycling destinations, you shouldn't be surprised.

The Scenic Route 100 Byway, after a recent expansion in 2013, now stretches more than 130 miles through the heart of the state -- from the southern border with Massachusetts all the way to Granville, near Montpelier. Along the way you'll pass through many picturesque towns and villages, and you'll experience some of Vermont's most iconic scenery. It also connects numerous recreational and cultural attractions, including many of Vermont's top ski resorts, three major golf courses and beautiful lakes that are popular with swimmers and fishers.

Motorcycle Ride #2: Through the Mountains on Route 30

The 75-mile run along Route 30 makes for very fun driving for those who enjoy twisty roads and mountain views. Starting in Brattleboro in southern Vermont, drive northwest on Route 30 to Poultney, at the Vermont-New York border. This route will take you through a good section of Green Mountain National Forest, a 416,000-acre national park, and along the West River, with plenty of scenic pullovers.

It also passes several of Vermont's authentic covered bridges, including the West Dummerston Bridge and the Scott Bridge in Townsend, making it a perfect ride for history lovers or those just looking for some good photo opportunities.

Motorcycle Ride past Dummerston Covered Bridge "Dummerston Covered Bridge" by Maliber, used under CC.

Motorcycle Ride #3: Skyline Drive

This last ride, instead of being a long tour, covers just 5.2 miles of Vermont road. However, those 5.2 miles include more than 3,200 feet of vertical elevation gain. Skyline Drive will take you to the summit of Mount Equinox, a 3,848-foot tall mountain in the middle of the Taconic mountain range.

Because the mountain is privately owned, this is the only ride on our list that includes a toll for access. However, the views and amenities are truly worth the price of admission. Guardrails protect riders and passengers from falls, and there are numerous picnic areas and pull-offs for pictures along the way. It might not be the fastest drive in Vermont, but it's certainly got some of the best views.

If you want to explore all of these great southern Vermont motorcycle rides, you'll need more than an afternoon. Take a break and put your kickstand down at one of our superb southern Vermont summer rentals. All the comforts of home plus more make these rental homes a perfect base camp for your summer fun.

Five Facts to Know About the Vermont Blueberry Festival

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Summer in Vermont means different things to different people. Some see it as the perfect time to get outside for hiking, mountain biking, or just seeing the sights. However, to others (especially those in Wilmington), summer in Vermont means just one thing: blueberries. For those folks, the Vermont Blueberry Festival is the biggest event of the year.

Vermont Blueberry Festival

We love the Vermont Blueberry Festival, and we'd love to see you and all your friends there. To convince you to come, we've put together some of the most essential facts you need to know about this once-a-year treat.

1. What Is the Vermont Blueberry Festival?

So, it's a festival about blueberries? Well, yes, but it's also so much more. The Vermont Blueberry Festival combines tons of great activities and summer fun under one banner, making it easy to get a whole summer's worth of activity in just a few days. It was originally started through the efforts of Janet Boyd of Boyd Family Farm in Wilmington, in combination with the Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce. Now, it's one of the Top 10 summer events in the whole state, and the neighboring towns and businesses share the blueberry festival spirit - "getting the blues" is a good thing.

2. What Can I Do There?

We hate to sound cliché, but a better question might be, "What can't I do there?" Over its ten-day runtime, the Vermont Blueberry Festival packs tons of activities and events into each day. A glance at the event calendar on the official website will give you an idea of how much is going on. In case all of those events overwhelm you, some of the highlights are:

- Blueberry Jell-O slip-and-slide - The Blueberry Festival parade - A blueberry river tube float - The Wilmington Village blueberry scavenger hunt - Saturday night's blueberry block party

These are only a few of the literally dozens of events planned over the festival's span. Visitors of every age and disposition will find something to enjoy, from hikes and nature walks to local breweries and beer tents to live music to an arts-and-crafts market.

3. Where Do They Get All The Blueberries?

As you can imagine, a ten-day blueberry festival consumes quite a lot of the tiny blue treats. That's where the partnership with the Boyd Family Farm becomes so important. Since the 1970's, the Boyd farm has been growing blueberries for the community. They presently have more than 500 highbush blueberry bushes on their farm, along with an apple orchard, raspberry bushes, a plant nursery, and honeybee colonies. All told, this is the perfect place to visit if you have a hankering for some fresh-picked fruits and veggies. You can also pick your own blueberries on one of their tours!

4. What Do They Do With All Those Berries?

Vermont Blueberry Festival TourIn short, they make more things out of them than you ever thought you could make out of blueberries.Luckily, the sheer variety of blueberry recipes you'll see here will prevent you from getting tired of them. You'll be able to enjoy a blueberry pancake breakfast one day, try a blueberries paired with cheddar and wine the next, then hit up the mid-day BBQ and Polish blueberry buffet to round things out. Then, grab some "berrylicious" treats at one of the market vendors, or make your own blueberry sundae. And we already mentioned the Jell-O: gallons and gallons of blueberry gelatin that makes the biggest, bluest, and most fun slip-and-slide you've ever seen.

5. Where Should I Stay?

Whether you're planning to come for the whole ten days or just for a few, you'll surely want someplace comfortable and convenient. After all, you'll probably be so full of blueberries at the end of the day that people might think you were an extra in Willy Wonka. That's why we suggest you roll on over to Chimney Hill, where you can get a spacious and comfortable short-term Vermont rental home for your stay.

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