Hey all! I know I've done a few posts like this in the past. But in light of my impending graduation in just 18 days (!!!), I'm feeling nostalgic lately about some of my favorite things and places in VT - many of which I'll be visiting for the last time very soon, and some of which I've already said goodbye to...for now, that is. Incoming First Years, take note!
If you've been reading along on Stories of St. Mike's, you know you can find me here almost every winter weekend! Even if SMC didn't offer a $65 season pass (!), I think Smugg's would still be my mountain of choice. A wide variety of trails, an easily navigable size, gorgeous views, and a great group of people made Smugg's a fast favorite from the beginning!
It's no leisurely stroll through the woods, but Camel's Hump has been one of our favorite hikes for a reason. You just can't beat that view! Bring lots of water, lots of snacks, and all of your motivation - you'll be rewarded at the top!
While we only hiked the Nebraska Notch trail twice, we wish we'd found this gem earlier! You don't get that incredible mountaintop view that Camel's Hump offers, but if you take the trail to Taylor Lodge, you'll come to this cute little cabin! Take a lunch break and be sure to sign your name in the book. This beautiful hike offers a lot of visual variety, and still provides a workout without the intensity and elevation gain of Camel's Hump.
If you still want a workout and a view but aren't looking to make a day out of it, opt for Philo! This quickie hike offers substantial elevation gain in only a twenty minute trip up. But believe me, you'll want to stay at the top for a little while! Take in the views of beautiful Vermont farmland below, lounge at a picnic table, and I'd recommend taking the Devil's Chair route back down!
Our House Bistro
Anyone who knows me knows this is my spot. Amazing food, drink, a fun atmosphere, and great people have made Our House our favorite restaurant in the area. And of course, it doesn't hurt that it's only a few minutes from campus! Get one of their many incredible specialty mac and cheeses (their Cheeseburger Mac is pictured above!), and be sure to start with an order of fried pickles. You'll thank me later!
Al's French Fries
You can't beat a quick trip to Al's for a burger, fries, and a shake! (Can you tell I'm not counting any calories up here? But hey, by now you know we hike.) This fun, old school diner-themed spot is locals-approved, so that should tell you everything you need to know. Get there - you won't regret it!
If you're looking for something a little on the healthier side, look no further than The Juicebox! Just off of Church Street and a little more reasonably priced than other similar places in the area, this is our go-to spot for smoothies, acai bowls, and a whole bunch of other good-for-you treats.
Nothing says "Vermont" quite like this adorable self-service pie stand in Underhill, VT! Drive right up, pick your pie from a variety of weekly flavors (Raspberry pictured above!), and leave your money in their designated box! Use their provided throw-away silverware and plates to have a slice right then and there, or take it straight home to enjoy later. Either way, Poorhouse Pies is an absolute must visit! (Fun fact: it's been featured in a PBS documentary! Check it out!)
Church Street & the Waterfront
These two go without saying! Just get there...as often as possible!
Shelburne Orchards have been one of my very favorite off campus spots for a while! Pick some apples, grab a bag of doughnuts and a cup of hot cider, and enjoy the fun, classic atmosphere! And don't forget to make a pie later, too.
Magic Hat Artifactory
***This one is 21+. If you're of age, the Magic Hat Artifactory is a fun, unique spot for free samples and a cool tour!
What will be your favorite spots? Thanks for reading, and be sure to stay tuned for the next Sum-It-Up Sunday on the 30th!