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Vermont Money-Saving Tips

Winter Fashions

Pack warm clothing. Though winter in Vermont generally means sunny, clear days, don’t underestimate how cold the weather can get. It’s not uncommon to have sub-zero days, especially in the northern part of the state.

Book Ahead

Popular restaurants in Vermont tend to get booked up way in advance, especially in the summer and winter. To guarantee yourself a table, make your reservations for must-visit spots one to two weeks before you arrive.

Driving Time

Make sure to allot extra driving time during the winter when heavy snow slows traffic and even shuts down some roads.

Hotel Deposit

Most hotels, especially smaller inns, require a deposit when making a reservation and have strict cancellation policies. Canceling less than 21 days in advance, for example, may result in a hefty penalty – check hotel policy before you book.

Fall Foliage

Vermont boasts some of the best foliage viewing in the country. To get the scoop on the prime spots as well as the latest information on snow conditions for skiers, check the state's fall foliage reports at www.vermont.com/foliage.cfm

Vermont Cheese

Vermont is known for its cheese farms, which produce more than a 150 varieties including cheddar and alpines. Contact the Vermont Cheese Council (www.vtcheese.com) for guides to the famous Vermont Cheese Trail.

Fishing

With so many lakes and streams, Vermont is a fish-lover's dream. To learn about licenses and fishing areas, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Beat the Ski Crowds

Lodging rates tend to dip during the week, especially after the holiday crowds depart in January. Some ski resorts also offer lower lift ticket prices midweek, when there are fewer people on the slopes.

Ride the Rails

Amtrak's Vermonter train is a scenic, if time-consuming, way to travel to the state, with service running all the way from Washington, D.C. to St. Albans (in northern Vermont) via New York City and Springfield, Mass. Check the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com/deals) for frequent discounts and promotions.

Spring Ahead

Fall is an ideal time to visit Vermont, but hotel rates skyrocket during prime foliage season. Consider a late spring trip instead when everything is green and new, and prices are a bit more wallet-friendly.

Hit the Outlets

Score deep discounts on designer brands like Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors at the Manchester Designer Outlets (www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com) in southern Vermont and the outlets at Essex Outlets (www.essexoutlets.com) in the northern part of the state.

Avoid Sales Tax

Vermont's sales tax is 6 percent, but neighboring New Hampshire doesn't charge any. Hop the state line for shopping purchases and save.

Free Brewery Tour

Regional beer favorite Magic Hat offers free tours of its brewery in South Burlington, with no reservations needed. Stop by any time from 10am to 6pm Monday-Thursday, 10am to 7pm Friday-Saturday, or 12-5pm Sunday for a self-guided tour, or join one of the afternoon guided tours. Check the website (www.magichat.net) for scheduling.

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