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Spotlight On: Milton

Sand Bar State Park

 

Named for the natural sandbar that spans Milton and South Hero Island, Sand Bar State Park is the home of warmer weather fun for locals. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the park hosts recreational activities for all ages. Visitors can swim, kayak, canoe, picnic, play along the 2000’ feet of shoreline and birdwatch in the 1,000-acre Sand Bar Wildlife Refuge, a marshland located southeast of the park, home to muskrats, beavers, racoons, turtles and waterfowl. Bring your sunblock and enjoy the beautiful Vermont summers!

 

Arrowhead Golf Course

 

Located on the end of Murray Avenue. Arrowhead Golf Course welcomes golfers of every age and skill level to their Milton course. Named after Lake Arrowhead, the course offers various camps for kids and adults on its 18 holes. Arrowhead Golf Course is also a popular wedding, banquet and party venue. Rent the clubhouse and enjoy the gorgeous views on your special day! Don’t miss the live music and a buffet on Friday nights. Visit their website to book a tee time, see current rates, book your event and for more information.

 

Trails at Arrowhead Golf Course

 

Next to the Arrowhead Golf Course are four marked trails, each stretching over 3.5 miles around the course. For just $25 per family, you can purchase a yearly access pass for family friendly fun! Wooden bridges guide adventurers over brooks and marshy areas along the trails and pets are encouraged. The trails are well maintained in the summer and are ungroomed for winter use. Enjoy walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, biking and more, right in the heart of Milton. Visit the Milton town website for more information.

 

Lamoille River Walk

 

Flowing through the center of town, the Lamoille River Walk offers a 1.25-mile trail for visitors to explore. The trail heads are located at the Checkerberry Development and at Green Mountain Power. The Lamoille River is bustling with wildlife and scenic views and is open year-round. Enjoy trail hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, birdwatching, fishing and hunting along the lower stretch of this 85-mile waterway!

 

Milton Speedway

 

Formerly known as Catamount Stadium, then the Milton Speedway, the track was once the only legal dragstrip in the state of Vermont. The speedway held its first race in 1963 and as the sport gained popularity, people from all over Canada and New England would gather to watch the “backyard engineered” cars race around the dirt. At its peak, the Milton Speedway hosted many famous racers and engineers, both local and regional. The modified dragsters soon became too fast for the speedway and the track closed in 1971. The Milton Speedway was recognized with a plaque as a state historical site in 2019.

 

 

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    Spotlight On: Shelburne

    Shelburne Farms

     

    Shelburne Farms is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire a future of sustainable living. The farms offer a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages, working with local educators and other partner to foster education about sustainable practices. With 1400 acres to explore in every season, including pasturelands, woodlands, gardens and historic buildings, take a walk around the ground, enroll in a summer camp or take a class. Also, keep an eye for the farm’s food products at the local grocery store. Shelburne Farms is yours to enjoy!

     

    Vermont Teddy Bear Company

     

    Your visit to Shelburne wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Vermont Teddy Bear, located on Route 7. With bears and other creatures for every personality, occasion and circumstance, you are sure to find stuffed animal friend. Babies, kids and adults alike can enjoy a behind-the-scenes-factory tour, making their own bear in the design studio, and meeting the bear designer herself!

     

    Shelburne Museum

     

    Calling all history buffs! Experience American history, art and design, right in the heart of Shelburne. Founded by Electra Webb, the Shelburne Museum boasts thirty-nine individual structures over forty-five acres. Home to a variety of works of art, “a collection of collections,” including American folk art, French Impressionist paintings, quilts, dolls, New England architecture and so much more. Stop by to see the explore the buildings and gardens or take advantage of the online exhibitions!

     

    Eat (and Drink) Your Heart Out

     

    Whatever you’re hungry for, Shelburne has an eatery for you. Sip the tasting room at Fiddlehead Brewing Company, enjoy the wood fired pizza at Folino’s, shop your favorite local wines at the Shelburne Vineyard, and try the famous eclectic American fare at The Bearded Frog. Don’t miss the craft food and art gallery at Rustic Roots or burger night and drafts at the Shelburne Tap House either!

     

    Shelburne Orchards

     

    Off of Bostwick Road, Shelburne Orchards is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. A bustling apple haven during the fall harvest, Shelburne Orchards offers a variety of pre-picked and pick-your-own apples, freshly baked apple cider donuts and pies, peaches, plums, sour cherries, table grapes, pressed cider, hay rides, and pumpkins – to name a few. In the winter months, the orchard doesn’t stay quiet, instead the crew is hard at work distilling their very own Dead Bird Brandy from fallen apples! Stop by to explore the grounds, sip apple brandy in the tasting room, take the kids for a hay ride or even buy an apple tree.

     

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