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The resort at Pico Mountain has come a long way since it opened on Thanksgiving morning in 1937. It was a blustery day, and skiers held tight to a 1,200-foot towrope powered by a Hudson motorcar engine as they rose up the mountainside and tried to get reception on their rotary-dial phones. Today, the mountain is striped with 52 trails and seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. Gentle learning terrain beckons newbies, smooth cruisers give intermediate skiers an easy ride, classically narrow New England steeps entice beginning and intermediate skiers, and a double-black-diamond trail challenges advanced athletes. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers interested in tricks can use the jumps, boxes, and rails in the Triple Slope terrain park, and the Snow Sports School sharpens the skills of first-timers and seasoned pros alike.

Although the resort has advanced in size and technology, it maintains a personalized, small-mountain charm. The trails all converge at one convenient central base area whose lodge boasts a sports center with a heated pool and a sauna. Guests can grab a beer and a burger or slice of pizza beside the crackling stone fireplace at the Last Run Lounge before retiring to their hotel room or condo.

73 Alpine Drive
Rutland,
VT
US

Sculpted through scenic mountainside terrain, Green Mountain National Golf Course spans 6,589 yards of arching fairways and multi-tiered greens. Engulfed by dense tree lines and rising mountain faces, the course's narrow fairways call for a cautious approach, and those boldly teeing off with a driver or 17th-century musket may end up hacking their second shot out of the woodsy rough. As golfers traverse the course, elevated tees, greens, and cresting fairways give way to panoramic views, letting golfers glimpse the contoured terrain and drink in ancient rock formations shaped by glaciers and the species of colossal paleontologists that ruled the continent prior to their extinction. A full-length driving range, short game practice area, and putting green fine tune players' club-wielding prowess, and a fully stocked pro shop offers up equipment and gear to help guests loop the links in style. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,589 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 138 from the farthest tees * Five tee options

Barrows-Towne Rd.
Killington,
VT
US

Fort Ticonderoga and its surrounding grounds are like one big history book. Following its construction by the French in 1755, the strategic military outpost was conquered first by the British and then by American forces?marking one of their earliest victories during the Revolutionary War. After independence was secured, Fort Ticonderoga became one of the country's earliest tourist destinations, and one that continues to draw visitors today.

  • Size: 2,000 acres surrounded by mountains and the waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George
  • Eye Catcher: the staff, who dons the garb of Revolutionary soldiers from the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion
  • Permanent Mainstays: 18th-century weapons including America's largest 18th-century cannon collection, everyday objects from soldiers, large collection of 18th and 19th century art.
  • Crown Jewel: the King's Garden, where flowers surround brick walls and walkways, off of which shaded tables let patrons enjoy a quiet picnic
  • The Building: the main exhibitions occupy 10,000 sq. ft. of a restored 1756 soldiers' barrack
  • Outdoor Activities: walk a trail up Mount Defiance for a birds-eye view of the fort or rent a canoe to view it from the water
  • Special Events: regular drum corps performances and nighttime firings of 18th-century artillery
100 Fort Ticonderoga Rd
Ticonderoga,
NY
US

More than 560 horses come to life when you ignite the engine inside one of The Racing School's authentic stock cars. The ensuing roar engulfs the entire vehicle, and your body rumbles as you grab the steering wheel and look towards the track. No stop signs. No pace cars. Just grip the steering wheel and drive?a race-car driver is born.

The Racing School has facilitated more than 14 years of thrilling moments just like this (and documented many of them on video). The staff here consists of current and former professional racers, who teach novices how to handle traditional stock cars, racing trucks, and other high-octane vehicles. Once instructors cover acceleration, braking, warp speed, and the other essentials, training culminates with a driving experience at professional-level tracks, including Waterford Speedbowl, Devils Bowl Speedway, and Thompson Speedway. Here, the experts give newbies the freedom to drive like pros, encouraging passing and letting drivers set their own pace.

2743 Vermont 22A
Fair Haven,
VT
US

No matter what direction their houses might actually be facing, most of the roofs in the United States point toward Slate Valley, a 24-mile-long stretch between New York and Vermont. That region not only produces most of the nation's roofing slate, but also has an intricate history that reaches all the way back to the 1800s.

  • The Building: Slate Valley Museum fills a New World Dutch Barn, which was built around 1840
  • Eye Catcher: a worn-down and beat-up 1951 LJT Mack Truck, which once hauled finished slate?and then blocks and rubbish?for the Tatko Bros. Slate Company

  • Don't Miss: Neil Rappaport's black-and-white photographs of Slate Valley's quarries, workers, and earliest bunny ears
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Dream and the Reality, which explores how various immigrant groups came to work in the slate quarries
  • Visiting Exhibit: Slate as Muse?a collection of sculptures, photographs, and watercolor paintings by 19 artists who used slate as medium and subject
  • While You're in the Neighborhood: take a self-guided driving tour through local quarries and other slate-industry sites
17 Water St.
Granville,
NY
US

The Great Houdini, Ethel Barrymore, and Will Rogers?these are just a few of the legends who have graced the stage of the Paramount Theatre. Since it first opened as The Playhouse Theatre in 1914, the venue has been a go-to destination for entertainment. Vaudeville stars performed live revues throughout the 1920s, and celluloid icons appeared on the theater's movie screen in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Not even the dwindling film industry and rampant platform heels of the '70s could lower the curtain forever. After closing down in 1975, the Paramount went through dramatic renovations that modernized the space while preserving its vintage charm. The building reopened in 2000, and today continues to welcome acts as diverse as rock concerts and film series beneath its ornately stenciled ceilings.

30 Center St.
Rutland,
VT
US