Catamount Arts and First Night North 2024 invite revelers near and far to come to St. Johnsbury for the 31st year of Vermont’s favorite and longest-running New Year’s Eve performance festival. Featuring about 175 performers in nearly 70 shows in venues throughout St. Johnsbury, First Night North guarantees a full nine hours of fun for the whole family. The eagerly anticipated festivities, presented by Catamount Arts in partnership with the First Night North committee and countless community supporters, will take place Sunday, December 31st, from 3pm to midnight.
The fun begins an hour earlier than usual with early bird entertainment for all ages, especially those whose bedtime falls well before midnight. Celebrants with enough stamina for the full nine hours of live entertainment will have 70 shows to choose from, including storytellers, dance, magic, circus, comedy, juggling, and music, culminating in a community countdown, the raising of the First Night North Ball of Lights, and a midnight dance party to welcome the New Year.
Musical acts include a wide range of soloists, duets, choirs, and bands offering nearly every imaginable genre: bluegrass, folk, jazz, Celtic, blues, R&B, contemporary and classic rock, polyphonic, country, Latin, and swing, not to mention riveting performances on harp, organ, didgeridoo, and more.
Tried and true favorites will include Fairbanks Planetarium shows, Bob and Sarah Amos, Tritium Well, Marko the Magician and Hypnotist, and the Family Fun Fair. Two dozen new attractions are slated this year, including karaoke, hosted by Open Stage, and performances by Cirque Us, Halcyon Chorale, and Alyx the Magician.
There will be plenty to eat throughout the festival, both indoors and out, as food trucks, community centers, and venues up and down Main Street prepare a variety of tasty vittles ranging from full dinners to desserts and snacks as well as First Night’s traditional and beloved pancake supper.
Patrons are encouraged as always to sample a variety of entertainment, and shuttle service will include RCT electric buses running continuous 15-minute loops among performance venues. Buses can be flagged down anywhere along the route.
Since 1993, First Night North (formerly First Night St. Johnsbury) has been a family-friendly, substance-free festival aiming to redefine New Year’s Eve as a community-wide holiday, gathering friends, families, neighbors, visitors, long-time First Night revelers and first-timers alike to celebrate the New Year in a season typically characterized by short days, cold temps, and long, dark nights. First Night North unites community through shared cultural celebration, deepens appreciation and access to visual and performing arts, and encourages people of all ages to come out, despite the dark and cold, and share a magical evening of joy and spectacle with loved ones and new friends.
For many, both in and outside the Northeast Kingdom, First Night North is a cherished family tradition, drawing generations together year after year. Indeed, for many local families, an entire generation has been raised coming to First Night, and are now bringing their own children to the event. First Night North families know the special magic that comes with spending the first moments of every New Year among community.
First Night North is very much a community function, relying not only on regional performers, businesses, organizations, and vendors, but on a large and dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteers get free First Night admission in exchange for one two-hour shift.
For more information about First Night North 2024, including the complete schedule of performers and how to purchase admission or become a volunteer, visit www.firstnightnorth.org, call 802-748-2600, or visit Catamount Arts at their pop-up box office in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street. Buy admission buttons before Christmas to take advantage of early bird pricing.
Please be reminded that Catamount Arts’ Eastern Avenue building will remain closed through First Night, but buttons will be on sale that day at the info booth on Main and Eastern, St. Johnsbury School, and Catamount’s pop-up box office in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street.
Fall Foliage in Vermont is more than just a season; it's a full-on experience. A mesmerizing display of vivid oranges, fiery reds, and sunlit yellows stretch as far as the eye can see, painting the canvas of the Green Mountain state. But where does one start to explore this autumnal wonderland? Enter Basin Harbor Resort, your ideal fall foliage basecamp.
Nestled amongst the serene shores of Lake Champlain, it's not just a luxurious lakefront haven but also your gateway to thrilling hikes, mouthwatering culinary delights, and that rejuvenating crisp, autumn air. Dive in to discover a Vermont adventure that promises memories and stories as vibrant as the foliage.
|Day 1||Basin Harbor | Button Bay Trail | Snake Mountain|
|Day 2||Mt. Philo | Shelburne Bay | Burlington OR Camel's Hump|
|Day 3||Adirondack State Park|
Morning: After a relaxing night’s sleep at your lakefront cottage hideaway, you’ll be rested and ready for an early (yet leisurely) morning hike along the Button Bay trail. Following past the golf course, this 2+ mile excursion will bring you through vibrant forest trails to Button Bay Point where dramatic views of Lake Champlain and the foliage across the lake await. There are many opportunities to extend your morning hike with loops and trails leading throughout Basin Harbor’s stunning 700-acre property.
Once you make your way back to the cottage, it’s time to fuel up for breakfast/brunch at the unbelievable Ardelia’s breakfast buffet. Like everything at Basin Harbor, this buffet is comprised of quality ingredients and perfect presentation. We were particularly partial to the whipped ricotta crepes (with caramelized bananas!) and the chef-carved sea salt & maple candied bacon station. What a way to start the day!
Afternoon: After breakfast, it’s time for the second hike of the day (we have to burn off those crepe calories somehow). Twenty minutes down the road (we suggest taking Jersey Street to really capitalize on those Autumn views) in nearby Addison, VT, you’ll find Snake Mountain. Pay no attention to the name, we’ve yet to spot a snake while hiking here, instead, you’ll find peaceful wooded trails and sweeping summit views. There are several routes to choose from, but we suggest the West Trail to Hotel Overlook.
A four-mile out-and-back hike (~2.5 hours round trip), the trail up is moderately rated with one or two steeper areas, but primarily consisting of gradual and consistent elevation gains. As the name suggests, there was a stunning hotel at the top of the mountain at one point, but a fire in the mid-1920s left just the large foundation behind. This foundation is the perfect spot for a picnic or water break as there are many nooks and crannies to lean against and rest up for the hike back down. The views here are stunning and endless, as you look out onto Lake Champlain, local farmlands, and the Adirondacks below.
Post hike, it's time to hit the charming streets of Vergennes. Head back north (this time taking VT22-A) and you’ll find quaint village shops and delicious eateries around the central town green. Take a breather and dig into the culinary wonders at Vergennes Laundry. Part bakery/part café, with a dash of Montreal flair and French gourmet tradition. We usually like to give a specific recommendation on what to order, but quite honestly everything here is next-level delicious. Just a few doors up, be sure to visit some excellent boutiques, like The Joy Shop and Malabar, where take-home treasures abound.
Evening: When you’re planning on six hikes in three days, it’s important to take your downtime seriously. Luckily Basin Harbor has all your basecamp needs covered. Dinner reservations are waiting for you at Basin Harbor’s Red Mill, a renovated sawmill serving up local comfort foods, cold beers, and excellent cocktails. After dinner, you’ll find movie nights, bonfires, or calming lakefront strolls before hitting the hay for a great night's sleep.
Morning: A leisurely morning awaits, as you either grab a hot coffee and breakfast sandwich from Basin Habror’s Breezeway Cafe or hit up the breakfast buffet for round two (with all the options they have to choose from, there’s no way to have tried them all in just one go!).
After squaring away breakfast, head up Rt. 7 until you get to Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte, VT. The perfect hike to start your day, Mt. Philo has several routes to the top, but we’ve always been fond of the Summit Trail from the lower parking lot. While steep in spots, the trail is well maintained and there are many great places to stop, rest, and enjoy being out in nature.
Massive boulders, winding trails, and secret turnoffs are all part of what you’ll find on the lower section of this trail, followed by a quick ascent up steep, yet fun, routes to the summit. Expect this 1.7 mile out and back trail to take roughly an hour and fifteen minutes round trip, but we absolutely suggest budgeting additional time to spend at the top. Long views of Lake Champlain, from beyond Basin Harbor to the south and past Burlington to the north, are always worth the extra time to appreciate.
Afternoon: After taking in Mt. Philo, you’ll continue heading north on Mt. Philo Road, which is particularly stunning this time of year. Winding country roads, with excellent views of Vermont Farmland and fall foliage can be found everywhere you look as you make your way to Philo Ridge Farm for an early lunch.
This 400-acre sustainable farm, cafe, and restaurant is one of our absolute favorite stops in the entire state, as their attention to detail and quality is top-notch. Farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients make the sandwiches, salads, and soups absolutely mouth-watering, and with the fall bounty recently harvested, you can rest assured that your lunch will be phenomenal.
Following lunch, drive north along Lake Champlain to the Shelburne Bay Loop at Shelburne Bay Park. Following the shores and rising above in dramatic fashion, you’ll find cliff faces looking towards both Burlington and back to the east, small bridges crossing babbling brooks, and gentle woodland paths. This 2.5-mile loop will take approximately an hour to complete, but if you want to continue the adventure, Shelburne Farms is just two minutes away where miles of additional trails can be found.
After hiking along the lake, it’s time to make your way to Burlington where you’ll find the many eclectic shops of Pine Street. We love stopping into The Soda Plant, a small business market collection featuring more than 40 studios, galleries, shops & services. You’ll also want to make a pit stop for a chocolate tasting at Lake Champlain Chocolates - who can resist?
Evening: As the sun sets, you’ll make your way to either Church Street Marketplace (a pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants, shops, galleries, and more) or to Waterfront Park (a Lake Champlain boardwalk with stunning views), for an evening stroll. After getting some air and seeing the sights, it’s time for dinner, and while there are many excellent options to choose from, we love the timeless classic American Flatbread.
Wood-fired pizzas served around multiple hearths, this warm and welcoming atmosphere is just what the end of day two’s adventure called for. All the pies here are excellent but we always seem to gravitate towards Punctuated Equilibrium (kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, fresh rosemary, red onions, Vermont creamery chevre, mozzarella, grana padano, fresh herbs) and Power to the People (chicken, buffalo sauce, red onions, carrots, blue cheese dressing, mozzarella, grana padano, fresh herbs).
Day 2 Alternative: Hinesburg
Now if you’re in the mood to kick things up a notch and really test your hiking mettle, this slightly more aggressive option is up to the challenge.
Morning-Afternoon: Breakfast this morning is at Three Squares Cafe in downtown Vergennes. As the power you need to conquer the peaks, it's best to eat up. Also, grab one of their sandwiches or burritos to-go as a summit meal refuel.
Afterward, you’ll be heading east to Huntington, VT to find the third-highest mountain in the state, Camel’s Hump. Appropriately named as you'll see, Camel’s Hump is a challenging hike and a ton of fun, so bring extra water. A six-mile out-and-back hike, Camel’s Hump will make your legs burn and your heart pound, but the steep path up is packed with scenic lookouts and unique natural features that bring you above the treeline.
The summit scenery is certainly the payoff as on a clear day, the foliage views that await are nothing short of breathtaking. With 360º panoramas, the mountains and the trees below are filled with vibrant reds, oranges, greens, and yellows that would make any painter proud.
Evening: After your four-and-a-half-hour adventure, you’ve earned some well-deserved R&R back at Basin Harbor. Take in the sunset at your cottage and catch up on some reading, make the most out of their hot tubs and pool, or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the Champlain Lounge.
No matter which route you take, be sure to find your way to Ardelia’s for dinner as Chef Chris Bonniver has prepared an unbelievable Fall Dinner Menu. From 24hr Slow Roasted Bone-In Short Rib (charred sweet onion soubise, porcini mushroom, olive oil marcona almond, hakurei turnip, coca nib, and sorrel) to Kabocha Squash Ravioli (brown butter, crispy sage, confit cranberry, caramelized walnuts, salsify, mascarpone cheese, and fig), and Scuttleship Farm Lamb Shank (white beans, garlic sausage, escarole, roasted peppers, preserved lemon, arugula chimichurri, and Lucques olive vinaigrette) - your dinner will be just as sensational as the views from your hike.
Now we know that this is a Vermont-centric guide, but one of the amazing things about having Basin Harbor as your foliage home-base is their proximity to Adirondack State Park.
Morning: After a quick breakfast sammie from Breezeway Cafe, it’s time to head out on a guided tour of the largest park in the United States, which just so happens to be across the lake. A short, scenic boat ride on Basin Harbor's EScape brings you to a cliffside cove where you’ll head out into the park for a hike amongst the pristine landscape. A moderately difficult hike, you can expect winding trails through deep forest paths, and gorgeous fall scenery on this hour-and-a-half day-hike. As you head back across the lake, take in the views of Basin Harbor from this vantage point, as it has welcomed visitors from near and far to enjoy foliage in Vermont for five generations.
Afternoon: It’s time to check out and reflect on the simultaneously relaxing and adventurous time you’ve spent amongst the Green Mountain foliage. From fine dining to mountain-top picnics, casual waterfront strolls to thrilling, heart-pounding expeditions, boutique shopping to hot-tub decompressing - this has been a trip to remember and be proud of.
Fall into Foliage: To book your own Autumn Adventure and enjoy discounted room rates of up to 35% off during most weekdays, make Basin Harbor your Fall Foliage basecamp and find your cottage now.
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Hey there, leaf peepers and cozy cabin lovers! When the calendar flips to fall, there's nothing quite like a Vermont Fall Getaway to sweep you off your feet and fill your Instagram feed with envy-inducing snapshots. It’s not an exaggeration when we say that the whole state turns into a jaw-dropping canvas of reds, oranges, and golds that screams 'road trip' louder than a car packed with excited weekend warriors.
But where to stay during this foliage getaway? The stunning selection of cabins and cottages below are sprinkled throughout Vermont's picturesque locales and set in charming little havens nestled among trees that are practically on fire with autumn hues, (not to mention featuring amenities that make you feel right at home amidst the great outdoors)!
Stick with us as we dig into the most Insta-worthy cabins and cottages that you've got to check into this fall. We're diving deep into what makes each spot unique, from sipping morning coffee with panoramic views to snuggling up in the coziest corners that Vermont has to offer. So grab a hot cup of cider, and let’s get this leaf-peeping party started!
Where do we even start? Vermont is like stepping into a live-action painting once fall rolls around. Trees practically competing to show off their best reds and oranges, while the mountains play backdrop to your personal autumn movie. And those crystal-clear lakes reflecting the fiery foliage? It’s nothing short of amazing. So, if you're looking to bask in Mother Nature's best show, you'd better believe the Green Mountain State has got front-row tickets with your name on it.
But it’s not all about sitting back and enjoying the view – though, we wouldn’t blame you if that's your jam - Vermont has this incredible knack for serving up a smorgasbord of adventures, from hiking trails that lead to jaw-dropping vistas, to mountain biking and cycling routes that offer the freshest of air and the cleanest of lines. And when the sun dips low, how about unwinding at a cabin with a hot tub waiting to soak your worries away? Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a chill-seeker, Vermont’s fall season is your playground.
Okay, here’s the cherry on top: these drop-dead gorgeous spots are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from major cities. We're talking easy-breezy drives from New York City or Boston. Imagine swapping the concrete jungle for a foliage-rich paradise in just a few hours, making it the ultimate weekend retreat. Plus, with scenic drives that have you reaching for your camera at every turn, getting there is half the fun! So, rev up those engines and hit the road because Vermont is ready to welcome you with open arms and vibrant views!
Without further ado, here's our handpicked list of the top Cabin and Cottage Getaways for a magical Vermont Fall Foliage experience.
Location: Nestled in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, The Summit House promises an unforgettable retreat just a mile away from the bustling downtown. Whether you're here to gaze at the phenomenal fall foliage or to catch the morning light filtering through the forest right from your bedroom, this prime location got you covered. Seriously, a 5-star rating from 95% of recent guests can't be wrong!
Amenities: Step inside and prepare to be wowed. This isn't just a cabin, it's a haven of modern comfort blended with rustic charm. Picture yourself unwinding by the modern wood-burning fireplace, a cool drink in hand, and your favorite shows playing on a massive 50" TV. And that spa-style rainfall shower? Pure bliss after a day exploring the mountains. With the convenience of self-check-in and an array of top-notch amenities including a fully equipped kitchen and WiFi, you're all set for a cushy stay. And let's not forget the private patio, where you can kick back and soak in the gorgeous views.
Activities: When you're not lounging around enjoying the chic interiors, the vibrant town of Stowe offers a treasure trove of experiences. Get ready to explore the charming downtown brimming with quaint shops and cafes or venture out on a myriad of heart-pumping hikes to take in the awe-inspiring fall foliage that the region is renowned for.
Rates: Planning to hole up in this slice of paradise? It's going to set you back about $533 per night. But trust us, for a getaway that promises not just a stay but an exceptional experience, it's totally worth it. Plus, with rave reviews and a near-perfect rating, you know you're in for a treat!
Location: Get ready for a distinctive lakeside escape that screams personality at every turn. Situated on the picturesque banks of Lake Champlain, Basin Harbor is a sprawling paradise that offers not one, not two, but a whopping 74 unique cottage choices for your very own slice of lakeside bliss during your Vermont Fall Getaway.
Amenities: Bid goodbye to the cookie-cutter vacation experience and say hello to a place that embraces individuality and charm. Each cottage at Basin Harbor is a testament to creativity and personal taste, boasting distinctive layouts, decor, and features that echo the golden days when families would send in their own specs and designs for a personalized lakeside oasis. But don't fret, modernity has graced Basin Harbor too, with a slew of renovations that bring in contemporary comfort without compromising the unique charm of each cottage.
Activities: Ready to embrace the outdoors? Basin Harbor is your playground! Spread across 700 acres of pristine tranquility, this is where adventure meets relaxation. Tee off at the golf club, dip into the heated outdoor pool, or indulge in a spirited game of pickleball or croquet on the perfectly manicured courts and lush lawns. Oh, and your furry best friend? They're going to have the time of their life at Fanny's Beach, a dedicated doggy swim area.
Rates: For the specifics on rates, check out Basin Harbor’s online reservation platform, or better yet, give their friendly front-desk a call to help set up a personalized pick that suits your style and budget. Trust us, diving into the details is part of the fun here!
Location: We know what you're here for - those lush multi-colored mountains and that crisp Vermont air! Nestled in the rustic embrace of Granville, this snug loft offers the perfect vantage point to soak in all of that majestic beauty and more. Picture yourself amidst the natural wonders, just a stone's throw away from exhilarating hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures.
Amenities: When it comes to comfort, this great loft doesn't hold back. Though compact, the space radiates an enormous charm and coziness, thanks to the mini-fireplace/stove that warms up your space after a thrilling day outdoors. And can we talk about those copper countertops and handrails?
Activities: Your schedule here could be a whirlwind of outdoor adventures or a tranquil retreat amidst nature - the choice is yours! Either way, you've got hiking and biking options galore mere minutes from your front door. And once back, why not enjoy a warm soak in the hot tub while drinking in the expansive views from the patio or the upper deck? Remember, the breathtaking vistas are a part of the package!
Rates: Ready to whisk your significant other for a memory-making escape? The price is just as cozy as the loft itself, at an average of $206 per night. Trust us, this little haven is big on exceptional experiences without breaking the bank.
Location: Welcome to your secluded retreat in the woods of Southern Vermont! Just imagine, being fully immersed in nature with 17 vertical feet of floor-to-ceiling windows, offering you an uninterrupted view of the forest canopy. And don’t worry about missing out on nearby attractions, with Bromley Mountain’s Adventure Park just a 15-minute drive away and vibrant Manchester within a 25-minute drive, boasting fine dining and delightful spas.
Amenities: "Tiny" doesn't mean compromising on luxury! This tiny home has everything you need for a cozy and indulgent stay. Cook up a storm in the full kitchen, enjoy movie nights with the in-home theater, and let your worries melt away in the expansive 71-inch soaking tub.
Activities: Whether you're hiking peaks and valleys at nearby state parks or exploring apple orchards and mountain biking parks within a 20-minute radius, there's no end to the adventures that await. And after a day of exploring, return to your private sanctuary nestled amidst the trees, providing the perfect blend of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Rates: Ready for a luxury retreat without the luxury price tag? This unique getaway is all yours for an average of $275 per night. Considering the one-of-a-kind experience you’re set to have, it’s an absolute steal!
Location: Just 20 minutes away from the Sugarbush Resort, this gem is tucked away in the serene embrace of Roxbury, VT. With 330 acres of woods surrounding you, lovebirds seeking a cozy nest during their Vermont Fall Getaway have hit the jackpot. Picture yourselves waking up to the gentle rays of the morning sun, exploring the walking trails, and maybe even engaging in a bit of impromptu birdwatching.
Amenities: Leave the chaos of the city behind and step into a world where modern comforts and rustic charm meet. From the cuddly leather loveseat to a fully equipped kitchen where you can whip up some breakfast with the complimentary local eggs and homemade preserves, this cabin is a slice of heaven. And the cherry on top?
Activities: Whether it's a BBQ session on your sunny deck, cozying up by your very own fire pit, or venturing out to nearby attractions like the Warren Covered Bridge or hiking trails, adventure is just around the corner. And with the Mad River Valley offering an array of activities, your getaway can be as laid-back or action-packed as you want!
Rates: Planning a romantic escapade has never been this rewarding. For an average price of $185 per night, you can unlock the doors to this paradise, where every moment is a memory in the making. Go ahead, treat yourselves to a vacation that’s a perfect blend of luxury and nature.
Location: Ready for a fall vacation that's all about vibrant foliage, private beaches, and sunset campfires? Say hello to your dream getaway nestled in Vergennes, right on the magnificent shores of Lake Champlain. Picture yourself having a laid-back morning with views of the Adirondack mountains, or perhaps, embarking on a historic journey with a short drive to Chimney Point State Historic Site. And hey, if you're into birdwatching or game walks, the surrounding area is your playground.
Amenities: Welcome to your "large" tiny house that's packed with all the comforts of a home and then some. Let's talk about those bedroom lofts, each boasting a comfy queen bed promising restful slumbers amidst the serene surroundings. Plenty of room for everyone!
Activities: The cabin itself is an adventure waiting to happen. Venture down simple paths leading to spectacular overlooks of the lake, relax in the hammock or get your adrenaline rushing with some kayaking - the choice is yours. Not to forget, the private shale beach beckoning you for some sun-soaking sessions if the weather is cooperative. Working remotely? The fiber-optic WiFi has your back, allowing you to stay connected amidst nature.
Rates: Gear up for a stay that won't break the bank, with prices averaging at $345 per night. Considering the private beach access, well-appointed interiors, and the pristine location, we'd say it's a steal. And remember, the vibrant colors of Vermont in autumn are priceless!
Location: Picture this: You're perched on a hill just a smidge away from the vibrant heart of downtown Stowe, enveloped in the sounds of Vermont trees and nature. Sound surreal? Welcome to The Canopy House, your gateway to the very best of Vermont's breathtaking fall foliage, a mere hop, skip, and a jump from the bustling Main Street of Stowe and only 9 miles away from Stowe Mountain Resort. But hey, it's not just about the spectacular views; you've got the von Trapp's lively brewery scene just 5 miles away and hiking trail options galore for all those autumn escapades.
Amenities: Step into an oasis that marries modern luxury with rustic elegance. The Canopy House is where your comfort meets style, boasting amenities that cater to both relaxation seekers and tech-savvy travelers. Lounging in a living room adorned with OM Home Furniture while enjoying the warmth of a crackling fire? Yes, please! And we haven't even gotten started on the six-person hot tub under the starry Vermont sky!
Rates: Fancy a stay at this enchanting retreat? It's yours for a stellar rate of $464 per night. With a 4.93 rating from a whopping 279 reviews, it's clear that guests find value in every dime spent here.
Location: The Trout Cabin is your tranquil log cabin set amidst the lush greenery of Londonderry, VT, with Magic Mountain practically at your doorstep and the shimmering trout pond just a stone's throw away. Whether you're a hiking enthusiast eager to hit the trails or someone looking for a quiet refuge, this cabin, minutes from Magic Mountain Resort (and the famous Black Line Tavern) and a 4-minute drive from the Lowell Lake State Park, has got all bases covered.
Amenities: We're talking rustic vibes with all the comfort of home. The cabin comes equipped with a cozy kitchen area housing a stovetop, microwave, and coffee maker - all ready for you to whip up some homely meals. And don't forget about the BBQ set up outside for some grilling fun. For those chilly nights, the fireplace indoors promises warm and snug evenings. And get this, if you’re up for the adventure, you can enjoy a refreshing outdoor shower with a stunning view of the Green Mountains to boot!
Activities: Now, this is where the fun begins. Get ready to dive into a world of adventure with hiking trails and mountain biking just a walk away. And for the angling aficionados, your very own trout pond is waiting for a session of fly fishing. Fancy a quiet day instead? The porch facing the pond promises serene moments amidst nature. Trust us, with an almost perfect score of 4.9 out of 5, you're gearing up for an exceptional stay.
Rates: Ready to nab that September special with a cool 15% off on mid-week bookings? It's all about seizing the moment here. The prices are a steal, especially when you consider the wealth of experiences awaiting you.
Location: Ah, Eden, Vermont, the place where dreams come true, especially at this teeny tiny cottage nestled right on the water's edge of Lake Eden. Imagine waking up to serene beachfront views, just a stone's throw from the sparkling lake that beckons you for a morning swim. And when it's time to venture out, you're just minutes away from attractions like the Green River Reservoir State Park and a hop, skip, and jump from downtown Stowe. Your scenic adventure in the Northeast Kingdom awaits!
Amenities: This one-room cozy paradise packs a punch when it comes to amenities. Offering everything you need to make your stay comfortable and memorable - a fully-furnished kitchen, a snazzy corner shower, and even an incinerating toilet. Settle down in the living area, with a foldable table set for four and enjoy your meals with a panoramic view. Did we mention the loft that houses a king-size bed and a TV equipped with a VCR for a nostalgic movie night? You're all set!
Activities: Whether you're here for the summer splash or winter wonder, this cottage has got you covered. Dive into a plethora of water activities with kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes available for rent. Picture yourself gliding through the lake, basking in the sun, and taking in the scenic vistas.
Rates: Here comes the sweet part - not only does this little retreat offer a tranquil getaway, but it also doesn't break the bank. Head on over to the booking platform, and make sure to glance through the hospitality welcome guide section "essentials" to get all the deets on what you need to bring along. Your perfect vacation is just a click away!
Location: Cradled amidst the scenic beauty of the “Golden Triangle” of Southern Vermont, Seesaw's Lodge is your ticket to a breathtaking retreat that brilliantly blends the old Vermont world charm with modern luxuries. Imagine gazing at the spectacular mountain views and soaking up the warm southern exposure right from your snug cabin or the expansive seven-bedroom lodge. Yes, this is real, and it's all set to welcome you for an unforgettable Vermont Fall Getaway.
Amenities: Step into any of the recently rebuilt cabins, and you'll be greeted with spaces that exude warmth and comfort. Think living rooms flaunting exposed beams, mud rooms with floors radiating heat, and kitchens brimming with modern amenities for a seamless stay. Relaxing by the gas fireplace or taking in the cool Vermont air from your private deck balcony. And guess what? Each unit promises high-speed wifi, air-conditioning, and large smart TVs to keep you entertained throughout.
Activities: Whether you're meandering through the scenic paths at Mad Tom Orchard, or catching the panoramic vistas from Stratton Resort’s gondola, the local experiences here are nothing short of magical. Kids and adults alike will love the vibrant corn mazes and pumpkin patches at Equinox Valley Nursery - don't forget to snag a fresh apple cider donut while you're there! And when it comes to dining, Johnny Seesaw's Restaurant on site is a meal to remember, dishing out comfort food with a fresh Vermont twist. Trust us, it's a culinary journey you don't want to miss.
Rates: The rates here vary depending on the season and the type of accommodation you choose. But rest assured, the unique blend of vintage charm and modern comfort at Seesaw's Lodge offers bang for your buck. For the most accurate pricing, check out their official website or give them a ring.
Location: Nestled in the serene setting of Castleton, VT, this lakefront retreat known as "Blues Views" stands as your private gateway to the alluring waters and majestic nature vistas of Vermont.
Amenities: Imagine stepping into a home that blends the charm of the 1920s with the modern comforts of today. This dog-friendly sanctuary boasts a full suite of amenities, including a cozy sunroom perfect for late-afternoon chit-chats, a well-equipped kitchen to whip up your culinary delights, and central AC to keep you cool when the leaf-peeping adventure heats up. And don't forget about that high-speed WiFi, keeping you connected for all your streaming and social media needs.
Activities: It's all about lakeside bliss at the Blues Views. From boating to fishing, biking to hiking, an array of activities awaits you just a few miles from your home base. And with picturesque lake views gracing almost every room, you'll have the perfect backdrop for all your vacation selfies and group photos. Trust us, your Instagram feed has never looked this good!
Rates: The rate details are as dynamic as your vacation plans, so just hop on over to the site, plug in your preferred dates, and hit 'Book Now' to get an accurate quote. Oh, and if you're bringing along your furry friend, rest easy knowing the nightly pet fee is included in your quote.
Location: Calling Montpelier home, this delightful Vermont Cottage is nothing short of a fairy tale waiting to unfold for couples. Nestled snugly amidst Vermont's lush foliage, you are just a short drive away from cultural gems like the Vermont Historical Society Museum and the illustrious golden-domed Vermont State House. Oh, and for those scenic walks you've been dreaming about? Hubbard Park is just 10 minutes away, making those impromptu picnics amidst nature a total breeze!
Amenities: From the second you step in, the cozy allure of this one-bedroom haven wraps you in a warm embrace. This isn't just a stay, it's an escape into a world where modern comfort meets rustic charm. Whether it's the free WiFi keeping you connected or the air conditioning ensuring you're always the perfect temp, this cottage is equipped to pamper. And let's not forget the outdoor space - think morning coffee sessions on the deck, or crisp romantic dinners in the lanai. Sounds dreamy, right?
Activities: When it comes to keeping yourself engaged, the area around Montpelier is a treasure trove of wonders. Dive deep into Vermont's rich history with a visit to the nearby museums or simply grab a pair of comfortable shoes for a romantic stroll in Hubbard Park.
Rates: Looking to score the ultimate romantic getaway? Starting at $225 per night this is a steal! With an exceptional 5/5 rating, this slice of paradise offers you not just a stay, but memories that you'll both adore.
Location: Tucked away in the heart of Londonderry, this modern A-Frame chalet is your gateway to Vermont's vibrant foliage season. Ready to taste some of the best local cheeses and veggies? Taylor Farm is just a breezy 10-minute walk from your doorstep.
Amenities: Once you step inside, it's all about laid-back luxury. The chalet comes kitted out with everything you need for a home-away-from-home experience. Picture yourself waking up in one of the three sumptuous bedrooms, brewing a cup of coffee in the private kitchen, and enjoying breakfast with a view on the deck or patio.
Activities: Beyond the confines of this comfy retreat, Londonderry charms with its natural beauty and vibrant community vibes. Whether it's a tranquil walk along the West River, a bit of weekend shopping at the nearby Manchester Designer Outlets, or a delicious visit to Honey Pie, there's something for everyone.
Rates: Ready to snag this comfy corner for your next getaway? $500 per night seems more than doable for this three-bedroom beauty!
Before you dash off to capture the golden hues of Vermont’s picturesque foliage season, we've got a few tidbits to make your getaway nothing short of perfect. Here’s the low-down on the best times to witness the state's vibrant fall canvas and some packing tips to keep your adventure comfy and fun. Trust us, a well-planned trip is the first step to an unforgettable Vermont vacation!
Let's talk timing. To catch Vermont in its full fall glory, you'd want to mark your calendars for late September to early October. Now of course, this is not an exact science, as depending on weather and temperature each year’s foliage progression may differ, but if you want to make the best bet, these are the times we aim for. You can always stay up to date with our Fall Foliage Report for more in-depth progress.
Alright, onto the packing game. Vermont's autumn has that crisp, cool air that brings out the adventurer in everyone, but when the sun is shining things can get pretty toasty. Here’s what you should toss in that suitcase:
1. Layers, Layers, Layers: Think cozy sweaters or flannels, light jackets, and scarves (we’ve been loving our new foliage-hued flannel from Howler Brothers!) The temperatures can be quite the chameleon, shifting from chilly mornings to warm afternoons.
2. Footwear: Trust us, you'd want to bring your comfiest pair of hiking boots or sturdy sneakers, perfect for those foliage walks or a spontaneous mountain hike.
3. Outdoor Gear: Planning to immerse yourself in the outdoor offerings? Don’t forget to pack binoculars for bird watching, or maybe a portable hammock to really soak in those scenic vistas.
Ready to roll? Your Vermont fall adventure awaits, packing in a world of vibrant colors, leisurely outdoor pursuits, and memories that'll last a lifetime. Let's make it one for the books!
So, gear up, adventure seekers! Vermont is laying out the red (and orange, and yellow) carpet, beckoning you to an autumnal extravaganza that's nothing short of legendary. This isn't just a vacation, it's a recharge, a revitalization, and a chance to nab the best fall selfies to spice up your feed. Let's make those weekend plans a riot of hues and fun. From rustic cabins to lakeside frolics, it's all waiting for you in good ol' Vermont. Go on, seize the season and book your quintessential fall retreat, Vermont style!
Got your own leaf-peeping adventures or snapped some vibrant vistas? We're all in to hear and see it! Shoot us your stories at [email protected] or share them on your socials with #WeAreVermont. Let's keep the Vermont vibe rolling and the adventure chronicles coming.
Till then, keep the wanderlust alive and the cameras ready. See you amongst the leaves!
Labor Day Weekend is soon upon us, and what better place to spend it than Vermont's very own Stratton Mountain Resort? From Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4, we're not just talking about a mere escape; we're talking about an experience that threads the needle between relaxation and a heart-pumping adventure.
Let's break it down day by day.
Your extra-long weekend kicks off with a panoramic ride up the Gondola. Picture this: a fifteen-minute lift ride (where you’ll enjoy stunning vistas of the late-summer/early foliage coverage below) brings you to the summit of southern Vermont's highest peak. Once at the top, you can enjoy a short hike to the Fire Tower, take a breather and a picnic at the Hubert House deck, or just take a minute to appreciate your dramatic surroundings. On your way back down, spot the iconic summit bear and perhaps snap a photo or two for the ‘gram.
Feeling sporty? Dive into the Mountain Bike Park, tailored for all—from the cautious newbie to the daring downhill veteran. With more than 10 miles of downhill single-track trails, there’s something for everyone.
And if two-wheelers aren't your thing, rev up your engines for the ATV Summit Tours. New this year, this 90-minute round-trip tour will take you up winding mountain trails from the Sun Bowl to the summit and is absolutely exhilarating.
Oh, and don't forget to take breaks—perhaps a stroll through the Sidewalk Sales at Stratton Village? With 30-70% off name brands such as Burton, The North Face, Rossignol, Smartwool, GoPro, and more - you’ll find deals that might just make your jaw drop.
Now, if you fancy serenity wrapped in a scenic backdrop, the 27-hole Championship golf course awaits your swing.
Start your weekend right with the Stratton Foundation Golf Tournament. Described as one of the top resort courses in New England, you’ll find three distinct nine-hole layouts; Forest, Lake and Mountain. But, it's not just about the game or that picture-perfect setting, it's about the cause. Each stroke supports the Stratton Foundation, which has been impressively stepping up in response to the recent flooding.
Yoga enthusiasts, prepare to find your Shangrila. Start your day with a Mountain Top Yoga session. As you stretch and meditate, you're above the clouds and miles away from any stress or distraction at home. Serenity paired with a view—what more could one ask for?
As evening approaches, it's showtime! Get ready to sway and groove as the one and only The Wailers (yes, that Wailers!) take center stage. Get in the groove with OG reggae, and dance the night away with those iconic classics!
If you thought Saturday was packed, Sunday's got its own lineup. Fuel up your morning with another session of Mountain Top Yoga. Once you've found your zen, it's time to gear up for an all-day treat. Blues, Brews & BBQ 2023 promises tantalizing flavors, rocking music, and a selection of the finest local brews.
Wind down your adventure-packed weekend with one final Mountain Top Yoga session, or an invigorating swim in the many local swimming holes. Reflect, relax, and be pumped you decided to make the most of your holiday weekend up on Stratton.
Don't let this Labor Day be just another long weekend. Turn it into a story. An adventure. And remember, tickets for specific events fly off the shelves, so best to grab yours early!
Make the most of a long weekend: Book a Friday and Saturday night stay at Stratton Mountain and get a Thursday or Sunday night complimentary for a true Vermont getaway. Book Your Long Weekend at Stratton
Ever dreamt of a grand, lakefront estate that's pure Vermont luxury, wrapped up in a $26.2 million bow? Welcome to Grosse Point Estate, folks - the palatial epitome of Vermont's jaw-dropping beauty and a true slice of heaven for all the billionaire leaf-peepers out there.
An old-school, elegant stone residence sits on a whopping 345 acres of pristine Vermont land. Built in 1906, this historic 10,000-square-foot stone house is your ticket to living the grand Vermont life.
Wake up every morning and take in over 30 miles of Lake Champlain views. With sweeping lake vistas both to the north and south, prepare for an all-you-can-see buffet of tranquil blue water. It's so stunning we wouldn't blame you if you feel the need to pinch yourself each day, just to be sure you aren’t still dreaming.
But Grosse Point offers more than just a magnificent main house. It's a world unto itself, complete with five guesthouses, usable barns, and even a farm manager's house. Picture inviting your friends to your very own New England retreat, where each party can retire to their own charming cottage after a day, out on the water, or finding foliage, or of golf out on your private 9-hole course.
This majestic estate offers 1.5 miles of lake frontage with three large docks, promising endless days of lakeside relaxation and water-based fun. So, whether you want to dip your toes in, go for a morning swim, or launch your yacht, Grosse Point has you covered.
With the majority of the property covered by a Nature Conservancy Conservation easement, you can rest assured that the tranquil beauty of this place is here to stay. Meaning this slice of Vermont heaven is going to stay heavenly.
Grosse Point is on the market for only the second time in a century. So if you've got a spare $26.2 million lying around, here's your chance to own a chunk of Vermont's rich history. Even if you're not ready to cough up the cash, you can still drool over the photos and daydream about living the high life.
Listed by Wade Weathers of LandVest, you can check out the full listing and prepare to be wowed.
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Are you looking to get out and explore Vermont this summer? Vermont’s state parks are exactly what you’re looking for. With more than 50 unique parks to explore, get ready to be mesmerized by breathtaking landscapes, serene lakes, and exhilarating trails. From the tranquil shores of Burton Island to the rugged beauty of Smugglers' Notch, Vermont’s state parks are the perfect launching pad for a Green Mountain adventure.
Whether you're a first-time VT visitor or a seasoned Green Mountain explorer, these parks offer a slice of paradise. From kayaking on serene lakes to hiking through lush forests, each park has its own unique allure. And it's not just about the parks themselves - nearby attractions, charming lodging options, and farm-to-table dining experiences will add an extra touch of magic to your expedition. So pack your sense of adventure and get ready to uncover the beauty, excitement, and hidden treasures that await you in Vermont's stunning state parks.
Located in Lake Champlain, Burton Island State Park is a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts. A short ferry ride over will bring you to Burton Island’s stunning shorelines and panoramic views - which are perfect for swimming, boating, and kayaking. The island also offers hiking trails that lead to hidden coves and picnic spots. For those who love camping, Burton Island State Park provides amazing island camping experiences in their lakefront lean-tos and tent sites.
Nearby attractions include the picturesque bike trails along Lake Champlain and the historic village of St. Albans. When it comes to lodging, we happen to love the charming Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast, or if you don’t mind a bit farther of a drive, Hotel Vermont in nearby Burlington is a chic boutique winner. For dining, don't miss the great eats at Twiggs Gastropub or the craft beers at 14th Star Brewing Company.
Nestled along the shores of Lake Bomoseen, this state park is a hidden paradise. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, try your hand at fishing, or rent a boat to explore the lake's serene beauty. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the trails that wind through dense forests and offer breathtaking views.
Within 10 miles, you can check out the Pond Hill Ranch Rodeo (one of the only rodeos in the state), or you can have a night at the track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. For a unique lodging experience, check out the cozy Lake Bomoseen Lodge and Taproom, or we like this great VRBO cottage. Satisfy your taste buds with farm-to-table delights at The Taproom or eat dockside at Lake House Pub and Grille.
Prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic Camel's Hump, Vermont's iconic mountain peak. Camel's Hump State Park offers a network of hiking trails that take you through lush forests, alpine meadows, and breathtaking vistas. As you ascend the mountain, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and lakes.
Within a short distance, explore attractions like the scenic Stowe Mountain Resort or the charming village of Waterbury, home to the renowned Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory. For a unique stay, consider the cozy Green Mountain Inn, perfectly located in the middle of downtown Stowe. Treat yourself to a farm-to-table dining experience at Hen of the Wood or sip craft beers at The Alchemist Brewery.
Nestled around the picturesque Elmore Lake, Elmore State Park is a tranquil haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Swim in the clear waters, relax on the sandy beach, or embark on a scenic hike up Elmore Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Don't forget to bring your picnic basket to enjoy a leisurely lunch by the lake.
For a unique lodging experience, this rustic cottage farmhouse on Airbnb is as tranquil as it gets. Just down the road in Morrisville, be sure to visit Lost Nation Brewing, for great food and amazing local craft beers.
Emerald Lake State Park, with its sparkling lake and lush forests, offers a perfect retreat for nature lovers. Swim, fish, or paddle in the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Green Mountains. The park's hiking trails lead you through serene woodlands and provide glimpses of wildlife along the way.
Nearby in Manchester, explore attractions such as the legendary Northshire Bookstore or the breathtaking drive up the longest private-owned toll road in America at Equinox Mountain. Stay at the charming Banrstead Inn or indulge in a fabulous stay at the iconic Equinox Resort. For dining, savor farm-to-table delights at the Silver Fork or the Crooked Ram for truly excellent meals.
Tucked away in the heart of Vermont's wilderness, Green River Reservoir State Park offers a secluded retreat for outdoor enthusiasts. Paddle through the calm waters of the reservoir, surrounded by lush forests and untouched beauty. Hiking trails allow you to explore the park's diverse ecosystems, where birdwatching is a must for nature lovers.
Camping is the way to go at Green River, or make a day trip of it and enjoy a stay at the always-welcoming Smugglers' Notch Resort. Also, heading back to Lost Nation for pints and food is always advisable.
Jamaica State Park, nestled along the scenic West River, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Swim in the river's refreshing waters, explore the park's hiking trails, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic by the water. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the park's captivating Hamilton Falls, a spectacular waterfall hidden within the lush forest.
This amazing tiny house is the perfect home base for your Jamaica adventures, and there are also a ton of nearby camping areas, including the park itself. We always like to stop by Honey Pie for burgers and shakes, and you can never go wrong with a trip up to Stratton’s Village shops and restaurants.
With its picturesque lake and surrounding mountains, Lake St. Catherine State Park offers a serene and scenic retreat. Swim in the pristine waters, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or just take it easy on the sandy beach. The park also features hiking trails that provide panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.
Stay at this quaint cottage for lakefront living or enjoy the luxury of The Wilburton just a short drive away in beautiful Manchester. Satisfy your taste buds with farm-to-table delights at the rustic local favorite, Barn Restaurant.
For breathtaking views and scenic beauty, Mount Philo State Park is a must-visit destination. A short hike to Philo’s summit where you'll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. The picnic tables and grills are ideal for a sunset outing.
Within the area, explore attractions like the Shelburne Museum or the charming town of Vergennes. Stay at the cozy Basin Harbor or head a bit farther north to the Hotel Vermont in Burlington. Starry Night Café has been serving up delicious dishes for years and is always the perfect treat. Similarly, you could head North on Rt. 7 to Fiddlehead Brewing Company where you can enjoy a wood-fired pizza from Folino’s and a pint or two from the eponymous brewery on site.
Tucked away in the picturesque Northeast Kingdom, New Discovery State Park offers a serene and secluded retreat. Don't miss the chance to spot wildlife, including moose and deer, during your explorations. They call the Northeast Kingdom God’s Country, and this gorgeous state park is certainly adding to the allure.
No summer trip to the NEK is complete without time spent on Kingdom Trails, so be sure to get in your mountain biking fix on the hundreds of single-track trails found here. For the best of it all, you’d be wise to stay at the Wildflower Inn, where many of the trails begin and riders and hikers alike gather for end-of-day drinks.
Vermont State Park Tips:
- Pack essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, hiking shoes, and plenty of water.
- Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak summer months.
- Respect the environment by practicing Leave No Trace principles and following park regulations.
For detailed information on all 55 of Vermont's state parks, be sure to visit the official State Parks website. It's your go-to resource for everything you need to know about these incredible natural destinations, including park amenities, activities, and directions.