Guests at our cottages often ask us for suggestions of places to visit and things to see.This page includes links we have found useful or interesting, as well as links suggested by previous guests. If you know of any other services or attraction that should be listed, please drop us a note as we try to add to the list on a regular basis.
A travel/culture/vacation site, with information ranging from skiing to camping to state history, is www.VirtualVermonter.com
A fairly extensive listing of listing of businesses, restaurants, and attractions in the Lake Champlain Valley can be found at www.LakeChamplain.com
The official state tourism site is VermontVacation.com.
The Web site for Vermont Living magazine offers extensive listings of activities at www.vtliving.com/index2.shtml
A wide variety of interesting Vermont information can be found at www.vermonter.com
The regional Chamber of Commerce site is www.vermont.org
A fascinating and colorful account of the early history of Fletcher is at www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/FranklinFletcher.html
If you get a speeding ticket or have other legal issues or questions, a handy directory of contact information is at http://www.courtsystem.org/vt/
To obtain a Vermont fishing license (temporary for a short visit or for the full season) go to https://www.vtfwdsales.com/online/index.php
Restaurants, Music, etc.
The most complete listings of restaurants, cultural events, etc., are in the free weekly newspaper Seven Days. You can probably pick up a copy in area stores and other business establishments, but current listings are online. Just go to http://www.sevendaysvt.com/ and click on the various tabs for restaurant descriptions and reviews, live music, and virtually any other events.
The general site run by the ski area association is www.skivermont.com .
The big ski area and year-round resort near the Fletcher cottage is Smugglers Notch, popularly known as “Smuggs.” For information, click on www.smuggs.com/ . NOTE: We can provide you with coupons for a 15 percent discount on ski passes, but we urge you to also check the Smuggs site to see if there may be bargains offered there–a fairly frequent occurrence.
If you would like to explore great ski areas other than Smuggs, several are within an hour or two of driving. Information about Stowe is at www.stowe.com, or a slightly longer drive will bring you to the Waitsfield-Warren area, which includes Sugarbush at www.sugarbush.com and Mad River at www.madriverglen.com. Others within a reasonable driving distance are Jay Peak and Burke Mountain.
The Burlington Book Festival, which comes up in September, is described at www.burlingtonbookfestival.com.
During the warm times of the year, horseback riding is a popular activity. Nearby to the Fletcher cottages is Vermont’s largest horseback riding facility, Lajoies Stables
One of the biggest summertime attractions for Vermont visitors is the Shelburne Museum. For information, click on www.shelburnemuseum.org .
A very short drive from the Fletcher cottages is the famous Boyden Valley winery. For information on visits and tours, click on www.boydenvalley.com .
Stowe is a short drive from Fletcher in summer, when the scenic road through Smugglers Notch is open. Stowe has many summer attractions, including its famous Alpine Slide. For information, go to http://summer.stowe.com/activities/summer_attractions/ .
Many of our guests have enjoyed touring Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory in Waterbury. Information is at http://www.benjerry.com/.
Tours of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company have also been popular. Information is at http://www.vermontteddybear.com/.
If you enjoy gliding and soaring, you’ll want to check out http://www.sugarbush.org in Warren.
For information about Vermont’s famous granite quarries, a good source is www.central-vt.com/web/roa/.
The biggest cruise ship on Lake Champlain is the Spirit of Ethan Allen. Cruises range from lunch-hour jaunts to major events, between May and October. For information, click www.soea.com .
If you’re interested in the Vermont City Marathon, click on http://www.runvermont.org/.
For information on the annual Discover Jazz Festival, click on www.discoverjazz.com.
Information on the Vermont International Film Festival is at www.vtiff.org.
If you’re interested in Burlington’s alternative music scene, the site to visit is www.bigheavyworld.com .
As noted, this is far from being a comprehensive listing, and additional suggestions are always greatly appreciated.