Route 100 stretches 216 scenic miles along the spine of the Green Mountains through 33 classic villages and towns, from Stamford to Pittsfield to Westfield.

Some of Vermont’s most notable ski areas and attractions can be found along the route, including Mount Snow, Okemo, Sugarbush, the Vermont Country Store, and Ben & Jerry’s.

Starting at the Massachusetts border, Route 100 travels north-south and ends just below Newport. Route 100, which earliest origins date back to the 1700s, follows rivers and the contours of the Vermont landscape, making it one of the most beautiful and popular roads in the Green Mountain State.

Here are 19 places on Route 100 worth stopping for on your next road trip:

Cask and Kiln Kitchen in Wilmington

Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington at the junction of Routes 100 and 9, the Cask and Kiln Kitchen offers a delicious seasonal menu, creative cocktails, and a sophisticated yet cozy vibe. The restaurant, located in a building that dates back to the 1930s, includes finer dining on the first floor with a casual lounge upstairs. (4 North Main Street/Route 100, Wilmington; 802-464-CASK (2275); caskandkiln.com)

Sticky Fingers Bakery in West Dover

Since first opening in May 2010, Sticky Fingers Bakery has made a name for itself as a local bakery. Serving homemade pastries, ice cream, desserts, cookies, breads, and celebration cakes, Sticky Fingers is worth the trip.  (210 VT-100, West Dover; 802-464-9463; stickyfingersvermontbakery.com)

Mount Snow in West Dover

As one of the very first ski areas on the East Coast, Mount Snow offers skiing, mountain biking, golf, hiking trails, and children’s summer camps.  With a summit elevation of 3,600 feet, Mount Snow offers 87 trails and a variety of terrain for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders. In the summer and fall, it’s an incredible place to explore the outdoors with scenic views and a dynamic mountain biking trail system. (West Dover; 800-245-SNOW; mountsnow.com)

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-The Cask and Kiln Kitchen in Wilmington

Meulemans’ Craft Drafts in Rawsonville

Like beer? So do the folks at Meulemans. This roadside beer store at the junction of Routes 30 and 100 offers an extensive beer list, from Burlington Beer Orbital Elevator to Trout River Rainbow Red to 14th Star Maple Breakfast Stout. They also stock hard cider and plenty of non-Vermont beers, including Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and New Belgium’s Fat Tire. Cans, bottles, and growlers available. (8814 Route 30, Rawsonville; 802-297-9333; craftdraughts.com)

Honeypie in Rawsonville

The couple behind the James-Beard nominated SoLo Farm and Table opened Honeypie in an old gas station in Rawsonville, just across the street from Meulemans’ Craft Drafts. Owned by Wesley and Chloe Genovart, Honeypie offers a tasty selection of burgers, lobster rolls, chicken sandwiches, house-made sausage sandwiches, fries, beer, wine, soft drinks, and milkshakes. (8811 Route 30, Rawsonville; 802-548-4999; eatathoneypie.com)

The Inn at Weston

The 13-room Inn at Weston on Route 100 is one of my favorite places to visit in Vermont. My husband I were married in Weston in 2004 and we celebrated with a small reception at the inn. Over the years, we’ve returned to the Inn at Weston for anniversaries and weekend getaways. Enjoy a candlelit dinner in the inn’s cozy dining room and don’t miss the inn’s fabulous breakfast prepared by innkeeper Linda Aldrich. While you’re there, enjoy the Vermont Country Store, Weston Playhouse, and nearby skiing or hiking. (630 Main Street/Route 100, Weston; 802-864-6789; innweston.com)

Vermont Country Store

Owned and operated by the Orton family since 1946, the Vermont Country Store started as a small mail-order business before becoming one of Vermont’s top visitor destinations.  The store is known for selling practical, offbeat, and hard-to-find items, such as Dr. Scholl’s sandals and children’s Fisher Price record players.  The Vermont Country Store also carries jewelry, classic kitchenware, soap, cheese, candy and much more. (657 Main Street/Route 100, Weston; 802-824-3184; vermontcountrystore.com)

Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo is a family-owned ski area that is home to 121 trails and five mountain areas that include Jackson Gore Peak, Solitude Peak, South Face, Glades Peak and South Ride. The year-round Adventure Zone is sure to please all ages, and mountain biking and golf make this southern Vermont resort the perfect outdoor playground.  (77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow; 800-78-OKEMO; okemo.com)

Green Mountain Sugar House in Ludlow

This family-owned maple sugaring business got its start more than 50 years ago, when David and Marjorie Harlow opened a sugarhouse near the shore of Lake Pauline. In 1985, the couple sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Doug Rose. They continue the tradition of tapping trees, boiling sap, and packing syrup into jugs and glass bottles. They also make their own maple candy, maple cream, and maple nut brittle. Don’t forget to order a maple creemee while you’re there. (820 Route 100, Ludlow; 800-643-9338; gmsh.com)

Killington Resort

Killington gives skiers and riders of all levels a choice of wide-open groomed cruisers, narrow classic New England runs, moguls, and trees. The resort, which is home to six mountains and an Adventure Center, is also where you’ll find professional women skiers racing at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Thanksgiving Weekend in 2017 and 2018. In the summer, you can golf, mountain bike, and hike. The mountain’s access road has plenty of options for dining, lodging, and shopping. If you’re looking for a great meal, try one of our favorites, The Foundry. (4763 Killington Road, Killington; 800-734-9435; killington.com)

Original Country Store in Pittsfield

The Original General Store is one of the best country stores in Vermont. The store sells wine, coffee, smoothies, snacks, beer, as well as burgers, BLTs, and pancakes.  In the back of the store is The Backroom, a tiny restaurant that seats 20 people in a communal dining setting from November to June. (3963 Route 100, Pittsfield, VT; www.vermontsoriginalstore.com)

Moss Glen Falls in Granville

A tour of Route 100 must include Moss Glen Falls, a magnificent 30-foot waterfall. The falls are located on the western edge of Route 100 in the Granville Gulf Reservation, a six-mile, winding stretch of untouched wilderness between Rochester and Warren. (Route 100, Granville)

Sugarbush Resort

With 111 trails spread across two mountains—Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen—Sugarbush has something for skiers and riders of all ages and levels. Trails on Castle Rock are known for being among the most natural and challenging expert terrain around. In the summer and fall, enjoy hiking, a zipline, downhill biking, scenic lift rides, and more. (102 Forrest Drive, Warren; 800-537-8427; sugarbush.com)

American Flatbread in Waitsfield

George Schenk arrived to the Mad River Valley in 1979 as a ski bum. After working in local restaurants, he started making wood-fired, clay oven flatbreads. In 1990, he opened American Flatbread along Route 100, and the rest is history. Pizzas are baked in a primitive, wood-fired oven heated to 800 degrees and served to guests in the cozy Lareau Farm dining room. With an emphasis on local produce, American Flatbread is more than your average pizza joint. It’s a slice of Vermont. (40 Laureau Road, Route 100, Waitsfield; 802-496-8856; americanflatbread.com)

Prohibition Pig in Waterbury

Once home to the widely-acclaimed Alchemist brewery (until Hurricane Irene heavily damaged the building in 2011), Prohibition Pig came onto the scene the following year. The restaurant has made a solid name for itself, serving up frothy house-brewed IPAs and ales, as well as local beers from Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest. Come for the beer and stay for the outstanding comfort food, which includes poutine, chicken and biscuits, and beef brisket. (23 South Main Street/Route 100, Waterbury; 802-244-4120; prohibitionpig.com)

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-Honeypie in Rawsonville

Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury

Vermont’s most popular tourist attraction is also one of the tastiest places to visit. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who started scooping their famous Vermont ice cream 40 years ago, are the guys behind Cherry Garcia, Heath Bar Crunch, and Chunky Monkey.  Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Route 100 factory for 30-minute tours, free samples, and a gift shop. (1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road/Route 100, Waterbury; 866-258-6877; benandjerrys.com)

Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center

Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of New England’s largest producers of fresh apple cider—last year they used 7.5 million pounds of apples. Cold Hollow draws busloads of visitors who watch cider being made on a vintage 1920 press, then sample the goods. While Cold Hollow has always been a place to pick up a variety of specialty foods like apple jelly, butters, and sauces, you can now add hard cider to the mix. Their relatively new hard cider, Barn Dance, is sold exclusively at Cold Hollow in the Apple Core Luncheonette & Brew. (3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road/Route 100, Waterbury Center; 800-3-APPLES; coldhollow.com)

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum celebrates Vermont’s remarkable skiing and snowboarding history—showcasing everything from snowsuit fashion to lift technology. The museum, which houses more than 7,700 ski items, rotates exhibits annually and highlights pioneers of Vermont skiing in its hall of fame. (1 South Main Street/Route 100, Stowe; 802-253-9911; vtssm.com)

Couture Maple Shop & B&B in Westfield

Not far from the Canadian border is Couture’s Maple Shop, a long-established maple producer selling maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple barbeque sauce, and more. In addition to their maple syrup business, owners Jacques and Pauline Couture run a small B&B in their 1892 farmhouse, as well as operate a dairy farm on the property. (560 Route 100, Westfield; 802-744-2733; maplesyrupvermont.com)

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