Producing over 5.5 million pounds of syrup annually, Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple in the United States. During the spring sugaring season the Vermont Maple Foundation helps organize and promote the Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. The event celebrates Vermont’s heritage and the tradition of maple sugaring. During this event the public can visit sugar houses all over the state and partake in various activities and tastings…sweet! Besides sugaring, Vermont is also known for dairy farming and CHEESE!!! Farming has always played a major role in the rural life of a Vermonter. It was a way of living and a means of survival. Today many efforts are being made to preserve open farmland and farming-for example, farm stays. See what it’s like to be a farm hand; get your hands dirty, spend the night, and wake up to a true country breakfast. With 107 covered bridges, Vermont holds the record for having the most bridges per square mile. Set against the rustic New England landscape, these bridges evoke a sentimental feel for days since past. With today’s technology and GPS, it isn’t difficult to map out a route. Plan a trip to take in the vibrant Vermont fall foliage and visit some of these authentic landmarks. One such doable day trip includes The Silk Bridge, Paper Mill Village Bridge, Henry Bridge, Chiselville Bridge, and West Arlington Bridge. (Directions). For more information on Vermont’s covered bridges, visit the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges website. Ever been dog sledding? Visit Ken’s gorgeous Siberian Huskies at Peace Pups Dog Sledding at Lake Elmore. Open year round, activities include winter dog sledding tours, skijoring, dog scooter outings, and wheeled dog sled rides. This is an exciting way to get out into the woods of the Green Mountains and absorb the wonder of nature’s beauty. Peace Pups also offers bicycle tours. If you are lodging nearby, they will even come pick you up and take you to the trail. If you’re into snowmobiling or want to experience the thrill for the first time, Vermont has over 3,900 miles of trail groomed and maintained by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST). Journey the great white highway and winding back roads of the North Country and see some remarkable New England scenery. Many motels, hotels and resorts are located right on the trails for easy access. In addition to snowmobiling, Vermont has many ski areas that offer any and every kind of snow activity from alpine to cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding and more. Some top area resorts are located in Stowe. Killington, and Bromley. Finding a place to stay in Vermont won’t be a problem either. There are dozens of bed and breakfasts and other accommodations guaranteed to make your Vermont stay a pleasurable one. Many of the small towns offer some great dining experiences. After dinner, stroll the streets and shop at various antique and specialty stores. For a little relaxation and fun, Vermont’s the place to be. For more information on places to stay, please visit our directory.