By Heather Barrett
When: July 6-8
Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont
Description: Discover Vermont in an entirely new way by soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon with Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, and the Green Mountains in the background. Now is the time to reserve your hot air balloon ride for the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you would like to watch more than 25 colorful hot air balloons from the ground, there are a number of other activities to explore. There will be live entertainment, food concessions, a beer garden, craft vendors, and a "Kids Korner." This event has been named a Top 10 Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The event will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and kick off with a twilight balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.
When: July 20-21
Where: Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont
Description: Do you think of Vermont when you think about craft beer? Well, Shermans Travel does, because they named Burlington, Vermont the 4th top city for beer lovers in the world! In the United States, Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state according the Brewers Association. So, for you beer lovers, Vermont has an event for you! Over 40 craft beer brewers will celebrate the 20th Anniversary Vermont Brewers Festival on the shores of Lake Champlain.
When: July 20-22
Where: Killington, Vermont
Description: Wine enthusiasts, save the date for the Killington Wine Festival this July. Spend a relaxing weekend in Killington, Vermont, while participating in a variety of wine focused events. The signature event, the Grand Tasting, will happen on Saturday starting at 12-noon, where you can choose from over 450 wines from 40 wineries.
When: July 22
Where: Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont
Description: Here's another event for your taste buds! It's the 4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Want to know a fun fact about Vermont? Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! At this Vermont event there will be over 200 cheeses to sample and purchase from over 40 cheese makers. There will be an additional 20 artisan food producers, and 20 wineries and breweries. Is your mouth watering yet? The event will also feature a number of educational seminars, a cooking show, and a cheesemaking demonstration. Shelburne Farms is an ideal setting for the event where additional activities include walking trails, wagon rides and a farmyard for children. A big part of Vermont Woods Studios reason for existence and our main mission is forest conservation. So we would like to point out that Shelburne Farms manages about 400 acres of woodlands filled with all types of beneficial trees. Their sustainable forest provides heating fuel for their buildings, lumber for wood products and habitat for wildlife. We applaud their "green forestry" practices and environmental stewardship!
When: July 27-29
Where: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Description: After a 6 year hiatus, the Art and Craft Festival has returned to the Shelburne Museum. This event will have over 150 artists and artisans with a variety of media. This family-friendly event will also include kids' activities, craft demonstrations, live entertainment, and food. This is a great opportunity to experience Vermont culture, buy local products, and enjoy delicious food.
Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.