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A Stay-cation with a taste of France

End of school activities? Busy spring schedule? Errands to do? No time for date night? You could take a break from your Burlington errands and relax in an authentic French Bistro.

Just take a little detour from the big box stores in Essex to Church Street. There, on the corner of Church and College Street a little bit of Paris is waiting for you. Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge  serves authentic French cuisine with a touch of Vermont at prices not very much more than those chain restaurants. Continue reading A Stay-cation with a taste of France

Echo Aquarium: a Great Rainy Day Escape

During mud season (or any rainy day), families often find themselves cooped up in the house because winter sports are over, and it is too wet for spring/summer activities. What to do?

A good resource is the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

There are a lot of interactive exhibits, and children under 10 can easily spend all day, playing (and learning as well). Continue reading Echo Aquarium: a Great Rainy Day Escape

Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

You may be thinking that the Vermont Teddy Bear factory is just a place to sell tourists yet another teddy bear, but for Vermont families, the tour can offer a lot more.

All sorts of Bears, even a gift for Mom!

First, it is an easy one hour drive from Stowe through the rolling countryside. On the ride you will see the spring flowering trees in bloom and the new farm animal babies frolicking in the fields.

When you get to the Factory in the outskirts of Shelburne, VT, one of the first things you will notice are the picnic tables outside. They are great for bringing your own lunch or purchasing a snack inside to enjoy in the fresh air.

Inside, you get to watch as the teddy bears are made, from lay out to sewing and stuffing.  Much of this process is done by hand, so the steps are very interesting to watch.

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