THE BEST WAY TO VERMONT
From LAX, United, US Airways, Delta and JetBlue provide connecting service (change of planes) to Burlington. Restricted round-trip fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $508. Public transportation outside the Burlington area is minimal, so plan to rent a car.
WHERE TO STAY
The Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square, Middlebury; (802) 388-4961, http://www.middleburyinn.com. A New England landmark with views of Middlebury's town green. Standard rooms start at $119.
The Kimball House, 173 Glenside Ave., Hardwick; (802) 472-6228, http://www.kimballhouse.com. A postcard-perfect bed-and-breakfast in a restored Victorian house. Standard rooms from $89, including breakfast.
WHAT TO DO
There is no Wallace Stegner Museum or formal way to explore his Vermont literary legacy, but here are two related itineraries that may be of interest to Stegner fans:
Explore Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Campus, a 25-minute drive from downtown Middlebury, stopping along the way at the Ripton General Store and the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail (www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/greenmountain/recarea/?recid=64941). On your way back to Middlebury, stop for a drink at the Waybury Inn (457 E. Main St., East Middlebury;  388-4015, http://www.wayburyinn.com). If you travel in August, check the dates of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (http://www.middlebury.edu/blwc); nightly literature and poetry readings are free and open to public.
Explore Greensboro, Stegner's longtime summer vacation hangout. Greensboro is tiny, but you can easily spend an afternoon lounging on its village green, swimming in nearby Caspian Lake and window-shopping in craft boutiques. After sunset, head to nearby Hardwick, a funky Vermont town and home of popular Claire's Restaurant & Bar (41 S. Main St.;  472-7053, http://www.clairesvt.com. Dinner entrees about $11-$25.)
TO LEARN MORE
State of Vermont Tourism, http://www.vermontvacation.comCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times