(22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart January 9, 2016 23 Things Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. Share This Tweet Share See Also (14) Tour Vermont’s Scenic Byways. You'll discover historic farms and barns, village historic districts, country cemeteries, and covered bridges. Be sure to shop at every village store and buy Vermont-made products. (3) Have lunch or dinner at a restaurant in an historic building. Pick one where chefs use Vermont-produced food. Check out the Vermont Fresh Network for a great start. (16) Get married at the Grand Isle Lake House. A beautiful site and a PTV-owned property on Lake Champlain.