Thanks to its size and seven trillion gallons of water, Lake Champlain creates the perfect microclimate for growing grapes. East Shore Vineyard is one of its direct beneficiaries, with more than 8,000 vines creeping across 11 acres along the lake's shores.
Bob and Linda Livingstone planted the vineyard's first grapevines in 2000. In the years since, they've weathered the Grand Isle's challenges?including the notoriously unforgiving weather?to create award-winning wines that are now available in 160 retailers and restaurants throughout Vermont. But fans don't have to go shopping or hide in a sommelier's cummerbund just to get a taste of the vineyard's products. Instead, they can visit its Burlington-based tasting room and pair sips with Vermont-made cheeses and chocolates.
At Vermont Teddy Bear's factory in Shelburne, Vermont, workers happily sew together cuddly teddy bears of all sizes and for all occasions, from the 6-foot Giant Hunka Love bears for significant others to adorable tiny cubs for kids. Each plush, handmade gift arrives dressed in outfits designed for almost any holiday, from a bear decked out in Santa gear for Christmas to a bear dressed in a turkey outfit for Thanksgiving.