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Between the rolling Green Mountains and the lower shores of Lake Champlain, this attractive college town is in one of Vermont's loveliest regions. Middlebury College keeps the town feeling young and keeps its cultural scene larger than one would expect in a small town. Poet Robert Frost's cabin at nearby Bread Loaf can be visited by a walking trail, and the mountains are webbed with hiking trails.

The annual summer Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest in America, is a literary institution that has for the past 86 years attracted talented writers to its workshops, lectures and classes. Rolling landscapes rise to small ...

Between the rolling Green Mountains and the lower shores of Lake Champlain, this attractive college town is in one of Vermont's loveliest regions. Middlebury College keeps the town feeling young and keeps its cultural scene larger than one would expect in a small town. Poet Robert Frost's cabin at nearby Bread Loaf can be visited by a walking trail, and the mountains are webbed with hiking trails.

The annual summer Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest in America, is a literary institution that has for the past 86 years attracted talented writers to its workshops, lectures and classes. Rolling landscapes rise to small mountains, with Middlebury Gap cutting a scenic road through them that challenges cyclists. An excellent historical museum, a Morgan horse farm, a brewery and miles of scenic back roads keep visitors busy. Not far from Middlebury is Lake Dunmore, with a state park and a waterfall. Above the lake rises the Moosalamo Recreation Area, miles of wilderness with hiking trails.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer is grand; for foliage, late September through mid October