BARRE • Barre is home to art and history. Known internationally as the Granite Center of the World, downtown Barre and the famous Hope Cemetery feature memorable large-scale and intimate sculptures. Enjoy exhibits at the Vermont History Center and shows at Studio Place Arts and the Barre Opera House that push the envelope with new work in the visual and performing arts. Granite from the He(art) of Vermont ( hĴp:/ /bit.ly/1BMwKAI ) is a great tour of what makes Barre and the surrounding region so special. BRANDON • A trip between two points along Vermont’s western north-south corridor should include a leisurely stop in Brandon. Visitors will ęnd gifts that express Vermont’s stunning art and crafts, wearables and collectables, and an eclectic variety of antique shops, dining establishments, galleries and homewares stores. For the non- shopper, there’s Civil War era history at the Brandon History Museum and Welcome Center. BRISTOL • Flanked by the Green Mountains, Bristol’s walkable downtown boasts small, unique shops, delicious dining and great local brews. The handsome town green and gazebo host community events throughout the year. Equally notable is a plant nursery with beautiful demonstration gardens, arguably the best ice cream you’ll ever enjoy, and a gracious New England bed-and-breakfast noted for its restaurant and grounds. MIDDLEBURY • The historic town center straddles scenic views of the falls at OĴer Creek, restaurants oěer riverside dining featuring the best of local foods, beer, wine and spirits. Shops include bookstores, collectables, clothing, and destination art and craft galleries. Museums include the Middlebury College’s Art Museum, Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Vermont Folklife Center and National Museum of the Morgan Horse. More than Factory tours, demonstrations and tastings are available at Danforth Pewter, Maple Landmark Woodcraft and Woodchuck Cider and there’s more! MONTPELIER • America’s Small Town Capital - is the smallest in the nation, and one of the most picturesque. The fully restored 19th century State House welcomes visitors from all over the world. Next door the Vermont History Museum chronicles Vermont’s history. Numerous restaurants, boutique shops and bookstores means that browsing here can take hours. POULTNEY • Someone who adores Poultney describes it as a quintessential New England village with its white steepled churches an expansive town green and recreation opportunities abound with Lake St. Catherine State Park, the D & H Rail Trail, Slate Valley Trails (mountain biking), Pond Hill Ranch hosting horseback riding and the biggest professional rodeos in New England all summer long, an 18 hole public golf course, the Stone Valley Arts Center, with Green Mountain College sharing its numerous cultural and education resources. Combine this with a town walking tour that unearths centuries of captivating history, and you’ll come out even. RANDOLPH • Just oě 1-89 at the cross-roads of several important routes, Randolph is the geographic center of the state and is the cultural center of the region. The downtown oěers shops, eateries and the Chandler Center for the Arts, the White River Craft Center and the Randolph Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest movie theater. Motorcoach parking: Prince Street parking area. – 33 – Visit VermontTourismNetwork.com for more information about Vermont and these businesses.