Invented in 1899 for use on farm animals, the now-famous Bag Balm (91 Williams St., 800/232-3610, www.bagbalm.com ) product is these days used by people—to soothe cuts, scratches, skin irritations, and abrasions. It’s made right in Lyndonville at the Dairy Association Co., where you can swing by for a visit and pick up a canister for the winter.
Browsing is encouraged at Green Mountain Books & Prints (1055 Broad St., 802/626-5051, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.), a quiet shop stocked to its gills with used and rare books and old maps and prints.
Need to gear up before hitting the slopes? Do it at East Burke Sports (Rte. 114, East Burke, 802/626-3215, www.eastburkesports.com ). The shop sells whatever you need for cycling, skiing, hiking, camping, or snowboarding, and has a well-trained staff happy to help with the selection process.