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Great Summer Mountain Towns

by Sarah Tuff

Bristol, Vermont

The hills are alive with: Swimming and ice cream

Get elevated: Summer in Vermont means two things: The first is swimming holes—those sun-warmed pools of water that gurgle deep within the Green Mountains. The second is ice cream—not Ben & Jerry's, but a simple cone of soft-serve, known in these parts as a creemee and spelled in various ways. Bristol, a tiny town at the foot of Dearleap Mountain in the central part of the state, has the best of both Vermont traditions. To make them even sweeter, work up a sweat by hiking up Mount Abraham, a 4,006-foot peak that takes about four hours round-trip. Then strip off the socks and shirts for a plunge into Bristol Falls (two miles east of Bristol on Lincoln Gap Road), where you can wade behind a 15-foot waterfall, explore caves, and bake on the boulders before hitting the Village Creeme Stand for a maple-syrup sundae. The views from the venerable yellow shack on Route 116 rival those from Mount Abraham. Cap it all off with a local microbrew at the Bobcat Café and a bed at the Inn at Baldwin Creek.

Peak time: July and August (when the water's warm enough)

Inn at Baldwin Creek
Tel: 888 424 2432
Doubles from $110

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