Embracing Nature Ahead of a Vermont Winter

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Embracing Nature Ahead of a Vermont Winter 

Ah, November, that ornery, ashen month of plunging temps and four o'clock sunsets! Winter is coming, all right, and under the shadow of a global pandemic that prevents cozy, light-filled indoor gatherings, the season ahead might seem very dark indeed.

But November is also traditionally a time for gratitude, and this month's Staytripper aims to remind you of Vermont's windfalls: a relatively low statewide infection rate; locally owned businesses working hard to serve their neighbors; close, ample access to Mother Nature; and, of course, the sweet promise of snow and all the fun to be had in it.

This issue is a road map to continued safe exploration and enjoyment of Vermont, from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to a luxurious stay at a historic estate with cute farm animals.

As writer Chelsea Edgar notes in her story about winter hiking, Norwegians embrace the concept of friluftsliv, or the uplifting effect of getting out in nature, whatever the weather. It's a spirit well suited to Vermont, and one we hope will help you embrace this season.
Horseback riding in a Vermont Fall

Life is Better on Horseback

Go along with Seven Days to Lajoie Stables and read about adventures on horseback in Smugglers Notch, then get inspired to enjoy stick season on horseback yourself.

Entrance to Inn at Mountain View Farm

Sanctuary at Mountain View Farm

East Burke’s Inn at Mountain View Farm combines luxury with a connection to nature, the outdoors and farm animals. Rescued goats, horses and even a few barn cats welcome guests to this sprawling estate.

Biking in Stowe Vermont

Vermonting in Stowe

Stowe is home to some of the finest skiing, sightseeing, eating and drinking in the northeast. Explore a historic Vermont resort (hint: its hills are alive) and a paved recreation path.

Winter Hiking in Vermont

Winter hiking

Hiking in the winter affords one-of-a-kind views, as well as serenity and the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with being one with the elements. Learn how to safely hike in Vermont’s winters.

Rock climbing in Vermont

Late-Fall November Fun

From rock-climbing to some of the Green Mountains’ finest dining, there’s lots of fun to be had even as the trees shed their leaves in preparation for the joys of winter.

About the series

This series, a partnership between Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Seven Days, will run seasonally, presenting curated excursions in every corner of Vermont. The idea is to highlight the state's restaurants, retailers, attractions and outdoor adventures so Vermonters and visitors alike can plan safe, local trips and discover new corners of the state. Happy traveling, and stay safe.