52 Weekend Getaways: South Burlington, VT

Ale bonding.

| Boston Magazine |

Peddling beers with names like Blind Faith, Lucky Kat, and Hex, the Magic Hat Brewing Company has a knack for capturing the eccentricities of hop-based beverages. But at its home brewery just outside Burlington, the company truly lets loose, with group tours led by guides who are even quirkier than the suds they sell, as well as an in-house bar that specializes in experimental — and sometimes not-yet-ready-for-market — creations. (Pass the green-apple beer, would you?)

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STAY: Shelburne Farms Inn, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT, 802-985-8498, shelburnefarms.org.

DRIVE: Three hours, 30 minutes

  • http://www.facebook.com/hailey.thompson.5249349 Hailey Thompson

    A great way to end the weekend, is through a relaxing sunset cruise through the Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise ship. They even include a light dinner. Check out, http://www.soea.com and under the small groups then under sunset cruises. Enjoy!