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Day Three: Woodstock to East Burke (90 Miles)
Make your way to the northern part of the state and the town of East Burke. Here, more than 150 miles of mountain bike routes branch out into a network called the Kingdom Trails ((802.626.0737; kingdomtrails.org). Rent bikes at East Burke Sports (802.626.3215; www.eastburkesports.com) and cruise into the countryside on a soft forest singletrack dusted with pine needles and falling leaves of every color. Give camping a rest this night and splurge at one of New England's favorite family getaways, the Wildflower Inn (802.626.8310; www.wildflowerinn.com; rooms range from $115 to $230, including breakfast). Owners Jim and Mary O'Reilly have eight children, so they know how to keep kids happy. They have hay rides, a petting zoo with sheep and goats, a playground, pool, tennis courts, batting cage, basketball courts, and an exquisite view atop Darling Hill.
Days Four and Five: East Burke to Stowe (60 Miles)
Spend your morning on a six-mile canoe jaunt just outside of Stowe on the Lamoille River. BertÂ’s Boats (802.644.8189; www.bertsboats.com) offers canoe rentals and shuttles to the Lamoille. You'll snake your way slowly through the fields of corn, seeing far more cows than humans. Nearing the end of the paddle, 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, comes into view.
That afternoon, rent bikes at Clearwater Sports (802.496.2708; www.clearwatersports.com), in the heart of Waitsfied, and venture on a 15-mile bike loop through the quintessential Vermont towns of Waitsfield and Warren. The relatively flat bike ride, via State Routes 100 and 17, goes through two covered bridges and more of that oh-so-fertile Vermont farmland in the valley below Sugarbush ski area.
Camp that night at the base of Mount Mansfield at Underhill State Park (802.899.3022; www.vtstateparks.com/htm/underhill.cfm), in the Stowe/Jeffersonville area. Part of the 34,000-acre Mount Mansfield State Forest, four trails lead from the campground to the peak of Mount Mansfield. Wake up early the next morning to avoid the crowds, and choose the popular Sunset Ridge Trail, a three-mile push to the summit with great views of the Stowe countryside. Afterwards, celebrate your accomplishment at the Ben & Jerry's Factory (802.882.1240 x.2285 for reservations; www.benjerry.com/scoop_shops/factory_tour) in Waterbury, where you can take a half-hour tour of the facility and learn how they make such favorites as New York Super Fudge Chunk. For dinner, Stowe has a slew of family-friendly restaurants on Mountain Road, including Flavor (802.253.3075), Piecasso (802.253.4411), and Gracie's (802.253.6888).