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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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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.

Liberty Hill Farm

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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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.

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Make the Most of Winter

From favorite restaurants to recreation spots, Vermonters share their best tips for not just surviving, but thriving, during long Green Mountain winters.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Mountain Biking in Vermont

Shred Vermont’s Trails

Mountain biking in Vermont offers an immersive outdoor experience and the chance to leave behind the ordinary. Inside this month’s Staytripper, learn about Vermont’s trails, watering holes and two-wheeled adventure.

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So Much More to Maple

Vermont’s sweetest treat is a breakfast staple, but in Vermont, maple takes on starring roles on other tables, too, from maple-infused ciders and craft beers to sweet, smoky cheeses and sauces.

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Three Must-Visit Heritage Attractions in Southern Vermont

Contemporary art, American history dating back to the Lincoln presidency, and an immersive gallery, as well as Vermont’s largest outdoor sculpture garden, await in southern Vermont.

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Bikes and Brews Come Together in Stowe

Guides at Stowe’s 4 Points Tours teach the basics of mountain biking before guiding guests on explorations of Vermont’s trails and breweries. Guests can also customize their own tours with knowledgeable guides.

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72 Hours in Bennington, Vermont

Vermont’s Shires region is a stronghold of arts, history, culture, and things to do, as well as access to bountiful outdoor recreation options. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Bennington.

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Get to the Core of Apple Season

Picking your own apples, attending a harvest festival or fair, meeting and learning more about Vermont’s apple growers, and sampling unique cheese and cider pairings are just some of the ways to enjoy farm fresh apples.

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Mountains to Main Streets

Vermont’s mountains segue smoothly into walkable downtowns steeped in history. Maps of Vermont towns light up with local dining, shopping that feels like a treasure hunt, and the kind of scenic beauty you find on postcards.

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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.

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.

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.

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72 Hours in St. Albans, Vermont

Lake Champlain envelops St. Albans in northern Vermont, offering panoramic views and access to paddling, swimming, boating, and more. Discover what sets this recently revitalized, walkable downtown apart.

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72 Hours in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

Inspiring landscapes punctuated with mountains and the solitude that comes with spending time in the seclusion of nature, along with a focus on farm-to-table dining and outdoor recreation, are the highlights of time in the NEK.

Manchester Sculpture Park

Outdoor Art Shines at Manchester’s Seven Springs

Featuring 15 sculptures on 20 acres, this southern Vermont sculpture park is the project of a couple committed to keeping art accessible to all. With no set path, visitors can explore the land at will and on their own time.

Middlebury Guided Adventures

Green Mountain Adventures Guides the Way

Lessons and guided adventures in kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing await in Middlebury, where Green Mountain Adventures leads the way.

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Post Mills Aviation Museum Celebrates Inventiveness

Aviation enthusiasts, Americana history buffs, and art enthusiasts will find hours of entertainment at Brian’s Museum of Rusty Dusty Stuff in Post Mills. The museum houses everything from hot air balloons to art by the late collector.

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Explore Vermont's Black History This Year

Virtual events, meetings, readings and storytelling, as well as in-person stops for those able to visit, await as we spend February honoring Vermont's Black history.

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How to Eat Like a Local in Vermont

As you travel Vermont’s rolling hills, farm stands, country stores, farmers markets, roadside food stops, and wineries and breweries are welcoming stops along your journey. Things to do surrounding local food can fill an entire weekend.

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How to Pair Vermont Beers and Cheeses

Cheese and beer are a match made in Vermont. Here’s your guide to finding the perfect cheese pairings for your craft pour.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Canoe Trail Connects Vermont to Canada, Neighboring States

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile waterway, stretches from Old Forge, N.Y., in the Adirondacks to the St. John River in Fort Kent, Maine, and includes 145.5 miles in Vermont. Paddle the whole thing or take one of the day trips outlined here.

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Vermont Cocktail Recipes

Vermont spirits punch up any cocktail. Find Green Mountain-inspired cocktail recipes for your next gathering here.

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.

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A Long Weekend in Stowe

Join outdoor adventurer Tyrhee Moore for a long weekend in Stowe, where he paddles at the Waterbury Reservoir, discovers Vermont’s world-class craft beer scene, and learns how to mountain bike at Trapp Family Lodge.

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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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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.

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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.

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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Three Walkable Vermont Downtowns to Explore

Small, walkable downtowns pack a lot of fun into a few square miles. Public art, farmers markets, and stunning historic buildings make for the backdrop for a Vermont vacation to remember.

Maple Breakfast Stout

Four Craft Beers Made With Vermont Maple

Vermont craft beer and maple go hand-in-hand as two of Vermont’s most lauded exports. Combine the two by sampling these four craft brews with a maple twist.

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Annual Vermont Events to Put on the Calendar

Live music enlivens a Vermont historic mill town, vividly colored hot air balloons fill the skies above Vermont’s deepest gorge, and family-friendly events fill Vermont’s annual calendar.

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72 Hours in Norwich, Vermont

Hands-on, family-friendly museums, locally owned shops and restaurants in a walkable downtown, and short hikes with striking views await in Norwich.

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September Adventures in Vermont

Vermont weekly Seven Days breaks down some of the adventures to be had in Vermont in September, as summer prepares to hand over the landscapes to fall, including adventure dinners, fly fishing, and adventures at northern Vermont’s Quimby Country.

Swift House

Middlebury’s Swift House is a Salon for Arts and Culture

New owners of Middlebury’s historic Swift House Inn say the inn’s three bedrooms “rhyme with” its Victorian beginnings, with new landscaping, a stone patio, and a continued theme of arts and culture.

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The Ethos of Vermont Beer Labels

Vermont brewers and artists work together to elevate the craft beer experience through eye-catching, educational art on labels.

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Your Table is Outside

Outdoor dining in a beautiful Vermont summer never loses any of its appeal. Our partners at Dig In Vermont put together a rundown of where to eat outside this season and how to book your table.

Scott Farm Orchard

Scott Farm Orchard Focuses on Heirloom Apples

Dummerston’s Scott Farm Orchard has been the hub of an heirloom apple empire since the early 20th century. Today, it’s a pick-your-own orchard, a festival and educational venue, and newly minted hard cider brewer.

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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.