Vermont's mountains stretch only about 4,000 feet up, so for the best view in the state, leap out of a plane: Vermont Skydiving Adventures (4369 Rte 17, West Addison; 802-759-3483, vtskydiving.com) offers tandem dives for $230. If you'd rather stay grounded, take in the verdant views courtesy of the Bike Center (74 Main St at Mill St, Middlebury; 802-388-6666, bikecentermid.com), where weekend rentals run $35 for a hybrid bike and $70 for a road cycle. When the time comes to pump the brakes, relax with a free tour and beer samples at the Otter Creek Brewery (793 Exchange St near Elm St, Middlebury; 802-388-0727, ottercreekbrewing.com; Sat 5pm). When you get the munchies, make a pit stop at American Flatbread (137 Maple St near Main St, Middlebury; 802-388-3300, americanflatbread.com). The company's frozen pizzas are available in supermarkets nationwide, but meaty pies (like the New Vermont Sausage, featuring pork sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, mozzarella and Parmesan for $18.50) can be ordered only in the Vermont company's three restaurants.
The Old Hotel B&B (233 East River Rd, Lincoln; 802-453-2567, oldhotel.net; rooms start at $65 per night) offers old New England charm and hospitality (its husband-and-wife owners are also a local pastor and teacher, respectively), complete with a charming backyard garden and sunny front porch; feline fans will be pleased to find that the hotel's friendly cats keep guests company. "It's magic," says Addison County local and New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian, whose novels (often set in Vermont; Secrets of Eden is his latest) have drawn plenty of attention to the state. "When my wife and I had our 25th wedding anniversary, we loved the Old Hotel so much we put our guests there."