August 4, 2012
Vermonters rival Portlanders with their love of all things beer, and the state has some of the best time-tested craft breweries. The Hops in the Hills Beer Festival ($20; okemo.com) is low-key and family-friendly but it offers the perfect excuse to taste some of the region’s best beers—Harpoon, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Switchback, Sam Adams, Allagash, and Saranac, to name a few. After tasting some of the entries in the highly competitive Chicken Wing Competition, quaffing some ales, and listening to live music, head out for an afternoon hike on the six-mile Healdville Trail to the top of Okemo Mountain.
Stay: The nearby Inn at Water’s Edge ($125-$250, including breakfast; innatwatersedge.com) is a classic country inn with welcome modern updates like Jacuzzi tubs. The 150-year-old English pub serves—you guessed it—beer and comfort food.