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The Church Street Marketplace District is a business improvement district created in 1981, that includes the public street and all properties that abut Church Street between Pearl and Main Streets. It is a National Register Historic District and has been named one of the Great Public Spaces in America for its historic buildings, thriving retail trade, carefully maintained streets and walkways, and strong community support. (This excerpt taken from the Church Street Marketplace website)
ECHO currently welcomes more than 167,000 visitors annually into a 34,500-square foot, award-winning LEED-certified facility. Through more than 100 interactive exhibits; 70 species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians; major changing exhibits; a 2,500-square foot early learning interactive space; ECHO encourages visitors to view the natural environment as part of their neighborhood and to explore, learn about, and consider opportunities for stewardship.  (This excerpt taken from the ECHO Leahy Center website)
Planning a trip to Vermont and looking for things to do? We’ d love to show you around. Visit our flagship store to watch our master chocolatiers craft extraordinary chocolate right before your eyes. Learn how chocolate is made, where it comes from, and what makes our chocolates so delicious. And while you’re here, be sure to treat yourself to one of our specialty confections like Almond Butter Crunch, our famous chocolate truffle or enjoy a hot chocolate, espresso, or ice cream from our café. (This excerpt taken from the Lake Champlain Chocolates website)
For an unforgettable experience, just add water! (This excerpt taken from the Spirit of Ethan Allen website)
The mission of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is to bring the eighteenth century to life as it was with early Vermonters Ethan and Fanny Allen, and to create an understanding of the Green Mountain hero, as well as his role in creating the state of Vermont. (This excerpt taken from the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum website)
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Burlington, VT
(range: 6 miles)
North Beach is our largest beach and the only beach with active lifeguards in our summer season. With food concessions, a playground, restrooms with showers, picnic tables and grills, North Beach has something for everyone. During the summer months you can also rent kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards at our vendors kiosk and take full advantage of what Burlington has to offer. The park and beach are open all year. (This excerpt taken from the North Beach website)
This 100 acre park is open for use year round. Summer gate hours are 8:00 am-7:00 pm daily, starting the Tuesday after Memorial Day to Labor Day. This summer parking is allowed inside the park’s designated parking areas during the operating hours, as well as outside the park. The gate locks at 7 pm daily, make sure your vehicle is parked in the lot outside the entrance so you don't get locked in. The beach includes a designated swimming area and restrooms, the restrooms will be open June 18 - August 11 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm daily during the summer. Until June 18 and after August 11, please use the portalet located at the entrance of the park. The beach is open to the general public. There is several miles of trails for hiking, jogging, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. (This excerpt taken from the Red Rocks Park website)
Starting in 1961, Mickey and Ginny Cochran operated their backyard rope-tow with the support and commitment from the local community. Working together each year to cobble together the people, machinery and never-quite-enough-snow, they were able to introduce countless kids to a favorite Vermont winter pastime. “It was always a non profit,” Mickey’s son Bobby likes to joke, “becoming a 501(c)(3) just made it official.” (This excerpt taken from the Cochran’s Ski Area website)
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Shelburne, VT
(range: 9 miles)
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. That means learning that helps students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Based on Abenaki land, our home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. (This excerpt taken from the Shelburne Farms website)
It takes determination and dedication to be a winegrower in Vermont. This land is not for the faint of heart. At Shelburne Vineyard, we have been pioneers and champions of the Vermont wine region for over two decades.  (This excerpt taken from the Shelburne Vineyard website)
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