Escapes BY ETHAN DE SEIFE Statehouse
The smallest of all state capitals is just a 45-minute drive down Interstate 89. In the glow of the goldendomed STATEHOUSE, “Montpeculiar” is where the political elite harmoniously coexist with resident hippies. Go on a Saturday to hang with the locals at the CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET — its cider doughnuts and live music will fuel you for the morning. For lunch, chow down at the MAD TACO, one of the best Mexican spots in Vermont. (Beware the hot sauces.) Then mosey over to BUCH SPIELER RECORDS to browse some vintage vinyl. After dining on old-school Italian fare at SARDUCCI’S, pop into hipster-friendly THREE PENNY TAPROOM for a Vermont beer or six. Bunk down for the night at the INN AT MONTPELIER. When you see the sun rise over the mountains in the morning, you’ll wonder why you don’t live here. Ponder that over an omelette at the classic COFFEE CORNER diner. 28 WHAT’S GOOD
COURTESY OF NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CIRCUS ARTS
COURTESY OF DARYL BURTNETT
SEVEN OVERNIGHT GETAWAYS CLOSE TO HOME
Burlington punches above its weight in arts, culture, food and nightlife. But it’s also small, as cities go. So sometimes it’s nice to get away, even for a night. Fortunately, there are 250 other towns in Vermont, many of which make for enjoyable little outings. Here are seven of our favorite destinations.
New England Center for Circus Arts
Brattleboro Three hours from Burlington, Brattleboro is on the far end of day-trippable. But unusual attractions like the NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CIRCUS ARTS — where you can swing from a trapeze in affordable H workshops — made it ideal for an overnight. Hungry after a long day on the high wire? Check out the fusion fare at ELLIOT STREET FISH, CHIPS & MORE, serving up falafels and spicy fries alongside battered haddock. For a one-of-a-kind musical experience, visit the ESTEY ORGAN MUSEUM, which commemorates the history of a bygone Brattleboro instrument manufacturer. One of the best places to stay in town has your evening’s entertainment built in. At the art-deco LATCHIS HOTEL AND THEATRE, you can catch an indie film downstairs and hit the sack upstairs.