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6 Ways to Enjoy a Vermont Winter Beyond the Slopes

You don’t need a lift ticket to experience Vermont at its winter best. From ice skating at one of the country’s longest skating trails to farm-to-table cuisine and local-first spa culture, there’s lots of ways to enjoy winter in its natural state.

16 Fun Activities for Kids in Vermont

From visiting local farms and sampling creemees, a local term for rich, sweet soft ice cream, to riding bikes across Lake Champlain, Vermont has lots for kids to discover. Here are 16 things for the whole family to enjoy.

Skiing and Painting the Vermont 20

Artist Carrie Pill spent a winter skiing and painting Vermont’s ski areas en plein aire. Here’s what she learned from a season spent translating the Green Mountain State’s scenic beauty into art.

Rikert Nordic Center

FIND YOUR DECEMBER

As December brings sparkly snow, chilly temperatures and new views of the Vermont you love, find your winter joy with this month's Staytripper from Vermont's Seven Days, including holiday shopping and new ways to get outside.

Ice Skating at Spruce Peak

Discover Winter in Vermont

Embracing winter in Vermont can mean forging new traditions, revisiting old spots and finding new ways to appreciate the season’s beauty, despite the cold. This issue of Staytripper is your guide to getting out there.

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Five Reasons to Visit This Winter

Whether you’re outdoorsy, love local food or just want to explore winter in its original state, Vermont should take the top spot on your winter must-do list.

Sunny Skiing during a Vermont Winter

A Long Winter Weekend Up North 

Opportunities to experience winter in northern Vermont are as bountiful as the region’s snowfall. Inside, winter experiences both indoors and out.

Cross country skiing in Vermont

Heading Outside in January

Snow is here to stay for another few months, so it’s time to get outside and make the most of it. Vermont weekly Seven Days explores ways to dive head-first into January in Vermont.

Mini shredders play in lift line at Stowe, Vermont.

ONE DESTINATION FOR THREE GENERATIONS

Stowe, Vermont is for skiers, non-skiers, families and more.

A ski lift at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT.

A Guide to Skiing in Vermont

Regardless of your experience level, there is a mountain calling your name.

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Embrace Holistic Wellness with Sauna Life

Time in the sauna is a centerpiece of Nordic life, said to rejuvenate and offer time for meditation and healing. Sauna company Savu is looking to infuse that philosophy into Vermont.

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Dogsled Through Winter Wilderness

A dogsled outing offers an unmotorized, quiet but invigorating ride through mostly groomed trails. The dogs tug the sled up and down hills, around twists and turns, through woods and past ponds.

Snowshoes wait on the porch at Liberty Hill Farm Inn

Get a Taste of Farm Life

Staying at Liberty Hill Farm lets guests experience everyday life on a working farm, including milking cows and bottle-feeding calves. Some families return every year for the sense of serenity farm life affords.

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Winter Must-Dos

A cozy artisan craft market in Burlington, a chance to get out and bathe in the forest’s beauty, and a snowshoeing adventure to wine and cheese are on your winter must-do list.

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7 Things to Do Indoors This Winter

Winter’s joy can be found indoors as well as out, from indoor waterparks to remote saunas in the woods, and art classes to the performing arts. Here’s your inside guide to finding things to do in Vermont this winter.

Slopeside Eating and Drinking

Slopeside Snacks and Pours

A great day on the hill calls for some serious après. Restaurants with fun, vintage flair and hearty local fare welcome skiers and riders.

Hiking Camels Hump in the Winter

Winter Hiking Safety Tips From a VT Search and Rescue Coordinator

Winter hiking is among the best ways to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the season. Before you go, brush up on safety tips from the experts.

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Dive into February

Cross-country skiing, inspirational virtual events and new ways to look at the beauty of our surroundings in nature await in the midst of February. Explore ways to find your groove.

Staytripper Series - Springtime in Vermont

MARCH FORWARD

March in Vermont is a month of shifts, from cold weather to warm, from snow to the first rains that signal spring. Check out Seven Days' March guide and get excited.

Stone Church

In Brattleboro, a Church is an Atmospheric Music Venue

Rambunctious metal shows, intimate folk music gatherings, and everything in between find space and a stage at Brattleboro’s Stone Church, which reopened as a live music venue in 2016, enlivening Brattleboro’s arts scene.

5 Places to Stay for Foodies

Country inns, picturesque B&Bs, lavish hotels, and unforgettable resorts offer gourmet and hyperlocal menus alongside world-class hospitality, immersive experiences, and luxurious accommodations.

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Maple for the Family

Vermont maple products are kitchen staples, adding sweetness and delight to dishes from breakfast to dessert and all kinds of snacks in between. Find your family's next favorite way to use Vermont maple.

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How to Use Maple

Who better than a Vermont chef to explore creative, unexpected uses for Vermont maple syrup? Learn new ways to use Vermont’s sweetest product in your kitchen and get some new recipes.

Step 5 of the process is boiling the sap.

Quintessential Vermont's Sweet Surprise

Superb skiing, robust autumn foliage and rich cheese provide a taste of Vermont, but the real sweetness comes in its maple syrup.

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MUD SEASON-SAFE HIKES

Bright sunshine and warmer days beckon hikers outside, but as the snow melts, muddy trails become more vulnerable to damage. Add these recommended areas to your spring hiking list.

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Hope Springs Up

April in Vermont is a hopeful time, with baby animals, longer days and warmer weather. This spring, find more of the Vermont activities we love.

5 Craft Beverage Experiences in Central Vermont

While Vermont has the most breweries per capita, Green Mountain wineries, cideries, and roasters boast delicious local pours too, serving products in tasting rooms with immersive, unique atmospheres.

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Five Tips for Visiting Vermont in the Spring

During a Vermont spring, temperatures can fluctuate from a winter jacket in the morning to a t-shirt mid-day and the need to grab a sweatshirt once the sun drops over the mountains. Muddy roads and tender trails can factor into travel plans. As you plan your spring trip to Vermont, here are five tips to make the most of it.

4 Inspiring Northern Vermont Performing Arts Spaces

Independent performing arts spaces bring to life creative, inspiring, and entertaining takes on the classics, as well as original plays and shows. Grab your tickets and check out these one-of-a-kind performing arts spaces in northern Vermont.

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Nine Vermont Beers to Drink

Prime your palate for Vermont's craft beers - and replenish your existing stash once you finish it - with these suggestions for a regionally available beer a day from a Vermont beer expert.

How to Eat Gluten-Free

Savor a Glut of Gluten-Free Options

Discover gluten-free options on menus around Vermont, including beers and hard ciders, breads, baked goods, and elevated classics like cheese, wraps, smoothies, and salads.

Fisherman with a catch in Vermont

Why to Hire an Outdoor Guide

Planning a trip with a guide lets you drop the map and focus more on the adventure. A guide is your entry to the local experience.

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A PET-FRIENDLY ITINERARY

Vermont’s 251 Club members explore the state, sometimes with their four-legged companions. Get their recommendations for places to visit with pets and find pet-friendly lodging in Vermont.

Vermont road trip snacks

SNACKS TO PACK

Seven Days has your snack-packing list for any and all Vermont road-trip adventures, from locally grown apples to fresh-baked bread and local cheese.

Blackberry Swirl mountain bike ride

The Joy of Shredding Vermont

Vermont’s mountain biking scene is next-level. Get to know two of our state’s most acclaimed female riders and get inspired to plan a MTB trip of your own to the Green Mountains.

Vermont Signature Events

Whether you're looking to take on all comers in a stein holding contest at Oktoberfest, stroll a historic southern Vermont downtown sipping wine and sampling soup, or sample Vermont craft beers while visiting with cows, the Green Mountain events calendar is full.

Capital City Farmers Market

Five Resources to Plan Your Trip to Vermont

Planning for future travel can boost your mood and give you something to look forward to. As you plan for future travel to Vermont, use these five resources to find inspiration.

Vermont farm to table dining experience

Farm-to-Table Dining in Vermont

Farm-to-table dining puts Vermont’s flavors and fields at the heart of every plateful. Sample local cheese, Vermont-grown meat, Green Mountain produce, and more.

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Vermont’s Outdoor Communities Cultivate Space for BIPOC Joy

For people of color, creating space and an accepting community outdoors provides the opportunity to discover the peace, connection, and authenticity that comes with trying new activities and experiencing Vermont’s natural beauty alongside peers..

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Women’s History on the Long Trail

In 1927, the first trio of women through-hiked Vermont’s Long Trail, kicking off almost 100 years of women’s history on the trail. Inside, meet the Three Musketeers, the first female president of the Green Mountain Club, and more trailblazing women.

Tips for visiting a farmers market

TIPS FOR VISITING A FARMERS MARKET IN VERMONT

Outdoor farmers markets are a great place to sample Vermont spirits and enjoy prepared foods with the Green Mountains as a backdrop. Enjoy live music and discover other goods like pottery and jewelry while meeting growers and makers. Make the most of your experience with these tips.

  

Philo Ridge Farm

Experience Harvest Season at Philo Ridge Farm

Charlotte’s 400-acre Philo Ridge Farm’s restorative agricultural practices yield savory hyperlocal meats and produce, served year-round with a seasonal menu at the farm’s kitchen.

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Wheelchair-Accessible Vermont Adventure

Blogger and wheelchair user Cory Lee tours Vermont for a week of accessible adventure in the fall, from sampling maple syrup and seeing wild birds up close to taking in beautiful waterfall views on accessible trails.

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Camaraderie and Inclusion Make Vermont’s Outdoors More Accessible

Finding and creating community within Vermont’s outdoor spaces is crucial to making them more accessible for BIPOC people and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Read about some fun affinity group adventures from Powered Magazine.

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Recreation for Every Body in Vermont

Boardwalks and rail trails make Vermont’s beautiful outdoor views and invigorating hikes and recreation opportunities available to everyone, regardless of skill or ability level.

72 Hours in the Okemo Valley

Vermont’s Scenic Route 100 Byway winds across the Okemo Valley, through the Green Mountains and small villages that offer outdoor concerts and festivals, miles of backcountry by bike or on skis, and rich historic architecture. Here’s how to spend three days there.

72 Hours in the Lake Champlain Valley

The Lake Champlain Valley cradles the shore of Lake Champlain, and with every season, the landscape transforms, showcasing local character. Diverse experiences abound, including riding your bike or walking across Lake Champlain, picking your own produce at farm markets, and a vibrant performing arts scene.