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7 Things To Do in Vermont for the Total Solar Eclipse

Maple Total Solar Eclipse

Vermont’s last total solar eclipse was in August of 1932. We can thank our lucky stars that the Green Mountain State is once again in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8! If you’re venturing north to catch this rare sight, these are the top 7 things to do in Vermont that don’t involve the eclipse.

According to the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury a Total Solar Eclipse is what happens when the “moon aligns perfectly with the sun.” A sight for (shielded) eyes! Before gawking at the sky, make sure you have the proper eye wear. The Official 802 Solar Glasses, along with an eclipse guide, can be found here.

After you’ve marveled at this solar event, venture around Vermont to make more memories. The Green Mountain State has an abundance of activities to enjoy. Add one or more from the below list to your Total Solar Eclipse itinerary.

Go for a scenic stroll

There are plenty of sights to ooh and aww at on the ground. In April, it’s likely that snow will still pad the summits of Vermont’s mountains, but the scenery at eye level is still stunning. Enjoy a walk or bike ride down the Lamoille Valley rail trail. Visit Shelburne Farms where you can stroll from the entrance to the lake via the North Gate Path, which is open in the winter. In Colchester, check out the Causeway Trail that juts out into the middle of Lake Champlain. There you’ll be confronted with the wild beauty of New York’s Adirondacks.

Visit a Country Store

Part of Vermont’s charm is owed to the country stores that dot the state. Filled with fudge, maple syrup, sharp cheddar, unique gifts and swaths of flannel, there’s something for everybody. From the Champlain Islands to southern Vermont, you can pick up something up that commemorates your time here. Or, simply make the stop to find something to snack on. (We recommend maple candy for your drive!)

Here is a starting list of stores to visit:

Shelburne Country Store

Marvin’s Country Store

Vermont Country Store

Hero’s Welcome

Stowe Mercantile

Jefferson Country Store

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Try a Creemee

What appears to you as soft serve is, in fact, a creemee. This subtle shift in dessert happens the second you cross the state’s border. Maple is, naturally, the favored flavor, commonly combined with black raspberry for a sweet-tart twist. However, you can always stick with the chocolate and vanilla classics. Creemees are a delicacy. They must be tried.

While summer is creemee season, and most stands shutter for winter, spring often welcomes their return.

Here is a creemee map of Vermont. Call to check if creemee’s are available.

Go Antiquing

Need a vintage maple tin to complete the vignette on your kitchen hutch? You’ve entered the right state. There are plenty of antique stores to browse, before and after the eclipse. The Vermont Antique Mall in Quechee is a must stop if you’re keen on exploring treasure troves. Flip through a vintage edition of Vermont Life or scout vintage LLBean for your New England inspired wardrobe.

Enjoy a craft beer

When you think of Vermont perhaps maple, cheese and flannel jump to the forefront of your mind. It’s likely that you also think of breweries. In 2019, as reported by VTDigger, Vermont led the nation in breweries per capita. There were 11.5 breweries per 100,000 adults who were 21 or older.

The craft beer scene is hopping. Grab a cold one at one of Vermont’s beloved craft breweries, and remember to drink responsibly!

Discover your favorite flavor of maple syrup

It’s tough to avoid real maple syrup in Vermont. From restaurant menus to creemee swirls to country stores and bucolic street-side stands, it’s easy to find our favorite sweetener. But did you know that there is more than one classification of Grade A maple syrup? You might have to search a little further to find your flavor. Grab a sample kit and taste test all three classifications: Golden, Delicate, Amber, Rich, and Dark, Robust.

They’re all spectacular, but you may find you favor one flavor over the others.

Visit the Fairbanks Museum

The St. Johnsbury institution is an excellent place to watch the eclipse. On April 8, the Fairbanks Museum will host a family-friendly event that includes educational programs and a craft table. Learn about eclipses before you marvel at this rare sight, and you might just appreciate it a little bit more.