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Best Attractions in Vermont | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Attractions in Vermont | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards
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Best Place to Make a Splash | Pump House Water Park, Jay

Looking for fun in the Green Mountain State? You won’t have to look far! Read our picks for the best attractions in Vermont for 2014.

BET PLACE TO MAKE A SPLASH:
PUMP HOUSE WATER PARK, Jay

Skiing mecca Jay Peak’s recent spate of development has made it an all-season destination. This top indoor attraction includes a chute that rockets riders to a splashdown at 45mph, a “river” with its own rapids, and a gentler kids’ area. 830 Jay Peak Road. 802-988-2611; jaypeakresort.com

BEST CAPITAL CITY STAGE:
LOST NATION THEATER, Montpelier

The capital of Vermont is a stage capital as well. From Shaw to Simon, Wilde to Wilder, “the theater with heart in the heart of Vermont” has presented classic and modern plays and musicals at Montpelier’s City Hall Auditorium Arts Center since its relocation in 1989. 39 Main St. 802-229-0492; lostnationtheater.org

BEST SCARY STROLL:
QUEEN CITY GHOST WALK, Burlington

Actor/author Thea Lewis offers several different nighttime tours that highlight the area’s haunted past, including a visit to UVM (“one of the most haunted campuses in the country”), a spine-tingling stroll through Lakeview Ceme­tery, and “Darkness Falls,” a ghostly tour of downtown Burlington. 802- 51-1313; queencityghostwalk.com

BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE:
MYSTERY ON MAIN STREET, Brattleboro

If the butler did it, you’ll catch him here. Vermont’s only mystery and crime bookstore stocks titles ranging from vintage noir to Brattleboro’s own Archer Mayor, including signed and collectible volumes, in a browser-friendly environment complete with comfy sofas. 119 Main St. 802-258-2211; mysteryonmain.com

BEST ISLAND GETAWAY:
BURTON ISLAND STATE PARK, St. Albans

Vermont’s only full-service island state park is a short ride on a motor launch from St. Albans Point. Camp, swim, hike, rent a canoe or rowboat—and enjoy the state’s only park canteen offering light meals, beer, and wine. The state’s passenger ferry leave from Kamp Kill Kare State Park. Hathaway Point Road. 802-524-6353; vtstateparks.com

BEST OVER-THE-TOP MANSION:
WILSON CASTLE, Proctor

Here’s a rarity in a state not known for ostentation: Built in the 1870s by a Vermont doctor and his aristocratic English wife, this imposing brick “castle” boasts 32 rooms, 13 fireplaces, and a wealth of stained glass and elaborate woodwork. Tours daily in summer; murder mystery weekends in September. 2708 West St. 802-773-3284; wilsoncastle.com

BEST ROCK SHOW
ROCK OF AGES GRANITE QUARRY TOURS, Barre

Central Vermont’s granite foundations have supplied the world with this durable stone for more than a century. Watch workers cut great blocks of granite from the 600-foot quarry walls; then tour workshops where artisans sculpt statuary and memorials. 560 Graniteville Road. 877-870-9057; rockofages.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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One Response to Best Attractions in Vermont | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards

  1. Vicky Tebbetts May 14, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Many thanks from Rock of Ages Granite Quarries for the “Best Rock Show” designation. We’re humbled, Yankee; the award rocked our socks off! And we are delighted that you agree with us that touring our granite quarries, watching stone crafters at work, and trying your hand at granite bowling or sandblasting at the Visitors Center quite frankly… rocks.

    And we’re curious about the designation: “Best Rock Show”?

    We’re between a rock and a hard place here because it turns out that “Rock of Ages” is also Broadway hit rock musical, as well as a 2012 movie starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.

    While Barre, Vermont isn’t quite Broadway, we haven’t been living under a rock. We like to think we’re hip, good-looking, and rock around the clock with movie stars. But honestly we know a great deal about the “other” Rock of Ages because their news is pretty much what our Google alerts continue to faithfully return.

    One thing we know: don’t rock the boat. If Yankee says we here in Barre, Vermont, present the best rock show, we’ll take it!

    Check out our blog post about the award at http://www.rockofages.com/en/gift-shop-a-tourism/vc-blog.

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