Retro Summer Fun in Vermont

Compared to the seemingly endless winters, summers in Vermont can fly by. Therefore, it's important to cram as much warm-weather fun into those outdoor-friendly months as possible. While known for great outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, and farmer's market-hopping, we've found a few retro-inspired summer activities that are definitely worth checking out.

The annual Preservation Burlington homes tour  will be held on Saturday June 4th from 12-4pm. Unfortunately it won't be touring  modernist homes like it was last year, but this year's theme of Carriage Houses may prove to be equally fun for the voyeur in all of us and allow us to catch a glimpse of some unique homes.

The Sunset Drive-In Theatre is a welcome blast from the past that makes summer movie going a little bit more fun.  The last time I was at a drive-in movie was in the mid 80s as a pre-teen with my parents seeing License to Drive and Pretty in Pink at the Wellfleet in Massachusetts in a Pontiac 6000 station wagon.  I'm looking forward to trying the experience again!

Summer is the perfect time to visit one of the fabulous retro diners or creemee shops (aka soft-serve ice cream, for non-Vermonters) throughout Vermont.  Al's French Frys in South Burlington is a popular creemee destination complete with 1950s music hanging in the air along with the smell of greasy food and hot fudge. One of our favorite diners is Libby's Blue Line diner in Colchester.  The retro atmosphere can only be topped by their sassy waitstaff and fantastic classic Milkshakes.

If you're an Anglophile like us, then you must check out The British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont September 16th-18th.  It's New England's largest automobile show and celebration, and features classic cars from Minis to Morgans and Rolls Royces. In addition they have a large marketplace and food court where you can purchase British car-related items as well as classic British candy, condiments, food, and drinks.

Afterward you can complete your end of summer mod British day by grabbing a pint at Mr. Pickwick's Gastropub in Stowe village, which is a little bit of Olde England in New England.

As always we welcome other Vermont area retro fun summer suggestions, so please let us know of other events that may be going on!


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  2. A great link to Libby's diner is here: