New York By Rail: Your Amtrak Travel Guide to Destinations From New York City to Vermont and Canada

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Vermont

Amtrak Train Stops: Rutland (RUD), Castleton (CNV) Stations

 

Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of Rutland in the mountains of Vermont.

 

Getting to the Green Mountain State is as easy as taking the Ethan Allen Express or Vermonter lines on Amtrak! Make stops in Castleton and Rutland to discover the true small-town Vermont spirit and charm, combined with a quietly beautiful rural landscape.

 

WHAT'S NEW

 
The Adventure Center at Killington has given the resort ten new fair-weather attractions, including the SkyeRide, Skye ropes course, Terra-Maze, disc golf and the Snowshed scenic lift ride. Book Amtrak to KLT station, and Gramps Shuttle will transportr you to the Killington Grand Hotel. More informationkillington.com
From RUD Station: 16.3 miles car; 39 minute bus

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Burlinton Segway Tours allow you to see more of the city than you could on foot. Narrated one or two-hour tours begin withtraining, followed by visits to the waterfront and Battery Park for Adirondack Mountain views. More information: burlingtonsegways.com
From ESX Station: 7.5 miles car
 
The new Hermit Thrush Brewery produces Belgian-inspired ales using "green" technologies. Brewery tours are offered on Friday and Saturday. The tasting room and art gallery are open year-round. More information: hermitthrushbrewery.com
From BRA Station: .3 miles car; 7 minute walk; 8 minute bus

 

WHAT'S NEARBY

 
The American Precision Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts. Housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, it holds the country's largest collection of historically significant machine tools and the Machine Tool Hall of Fame. More information: americanprecision.org
From WMN Station: .5 miles car; 10 minute walk
 
 
The Chaffee Art Center features a gallery showcasing artwork by Rutland-area artists. The Center offers art classes for all ages, and hosts spring and fall "Art in the Park" Fine Art & Craft Festivals. More information: chaffeeartcenter.org
From RUD Station: 0.5 miles car; 10 minute walk; 9 minute bus
 
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center showcases works by regional and international artists. Upcoming exhibits include: flow-MOTION: Michael Sacca; Wishing for the Moon: Karen Gaudette; and Visions from the Edge: An Exploration of Outsider ArtMore information: brattleboromusuem.org
From BRA Station: 1 minute walk

 

WHAT'S NOT TO MISS

 
In the smallest U.S. capital city, the Vermont State House is one of the oldest and best preseved state capitols, dating back 150 years. Free guided tours are offered year-round of the Greek Revival structure, toped by a distinctive gold leaf dome. More information: vtstatehousefriends.org
From MPR Station: 1.8 miles car
 
Quechee State Park in Hartford is ome to the Quechee Gorge, "Vermont's Little Grand Canyon." At 165 feet it's the deepest gorge in the state, formed by glacial activity 13,000 years ago. It can be viewed from the U.S. route 4 Bridge and from trails on both sides. More information: vtstateparks.com
From WRJ Station: 6.4 miles car
 
The Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory gives 30-minute guided tours year-round that demonstrate the ice cream manufacturing process, and end with a free sample. Outside, visitors can stroll through the Flavoe Graveyard of retired flavors. More information: benjerry.com
From WAB Station: 1.9 miles car; 23 minute bus
 
 
In Vermont, simple traditions meet new experiences to create endless possibilities. With its welcoming citizens, picturesque villages and unparalled landscapes, the state is a gathering place for those who value farm and food, culture and community and are ready to store up memories that will last a lifetime in the course of exploring it. These down-home events, chosen as their favorites by many Vermonters, will provide an introduction to how grand simple pleasures can be.

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Unless you've visited, it's impossible to know how intense the colors of Vermont's autumn can be; how romantic a winter evening in front of the fire at a cozy inn; how sweet the syrup from maple trees can taste; how heart pumping the climb to the summit and heart stopping the vista below.

Vermont and Vermonters are serious about hospitality and devoted to caring for each other, for those who visit and for the natural beauty and surroundings, which means visitors return frequently, often to stay and make Vermont home.

Come spring, about 60 farmers' markets throughout the state feature a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits, honey, goat and sheep farmstead cheeses, sumptuous breads and baked goods, and freshly picked garden bouquets. There's no better way to savor the bounty than on a bike tour, pedaling your way from cozy inn to inn, or in the fields, touring a farm and harvesting the ingredients for a evening meal.

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Summer seems custom-made for exploring more than 800 lakes and 7,000 miles of rivers and streams. It's easy to rent a kayak or canoe, or, if you don't care to paddle, to cruise Lake Champlain in style on the Sprit of Ethan Allen tour boat. Whether boat or streamside, Vermont's fishing is renowned for warm and cold water species from salmon to trout to rainbows and bass. Check Yoga.org, the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association, for info. 

Crisp temperatures, apple harvests and bean suppers complement fall's vibrant and world famous foliage season, providing ample reason to take a road trip with a picnic in hand. Vermont's network of ten designated byways (Vermont-byways.us) unveil the towns and villages settled when America was young. The winter brings the deep mountain snow, a delight for skiers and snowboarders, as well as enthusiasts who embrace sleigh rides, snowman building, ice pond skating and snow shoeing, as well as those "insiders" who thrive on antiquing, art galleries and eclectic shopping.

On Your Bike in Vermont, bike paths in Stowe, Burlington and the 26-mile rural Mississquoi rail trail between St. Albans and Richford provide a not-to-be-missed landscape for premier foliage viewing without premier exertion. The popular touring route in Waterbury-Stowe is described as taking the cyclist "past panoramic mountain views, under ‘haunted' covered bridges, through woods and pastures, along and over small rivers, into one of Vermont's best known villages." Check Vermontvaction.com for links to a host of biking resources.

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Looking for a different sort of vacation? If a peaceful break from mainstream attractions appeals, you may enjoy a taste of farm life. Stay a night, weekend, or longer. You could do a turn as a farmhand-milking cows, tending sheep, picking apples-and really earn one of those big family breakfasts to fuel your day.

Some farms offer antique filled and comfortable accommodations, while all provide some of the most beautiful scenery and friendly faces on the planet. For details, check the Vermont Farms Association at Vfarms.org

Antiquing Vermont, it's said, is a kind of sport. The thrill of the hunt is engaged in out-of-the way barns and multi-dealer shops where you'll find furniture, fashions and age-old fixtures and collectibles. The Vermont Antique Dealers Association, Vermontada.com, will guide you to your quarry. For fans of traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft, visit Vermont State Craft Centers (Craftcenters.vermont.gov) and mark your calendar for Open Studio Weekend in spring and fall; Vermontcrafts.com for details.

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Winter is not for skiers only Vermont's winter beauty can be appreciated from many vantage points other then schussing down a slope. There's dog-sledding, moose-tracking, snowshoeing and the gentle pleasure of horse-drawn sleigh, followed by a relaxing hour in a full-service spa. The Travel Planner section at VermontVacation.com will help you hone in on precisely the sort of adventure or amenity you're looking for.

Killington, Okemo, Stratton, Stowe…with 17 alpine ski resorts and more then 30 cross-country ski centers, Vermont has the terrain to thrill skiers and snowboarders at every level. A growing number of snowshoeing trails, established in may communities and at resorts, have turned the woodlands and forests into winter arenas where exercise and contemplation go hand in hand. Skivermont.com will keep you updated on skiing conditions and clue you in to evens and deals.

 

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