Staytripper: Discovering Vermont's Best-Kept Summer Secrets

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Staytripper: Discovering Vermont's Best-Kept Summer Secrets
By Carolyn Fox

Google "hidden gems in Vermont," and Lake Willoughby appears in nearly every search result. Websites describe it as "breathtakingly stunning," "an idyllic spot" and "almost too beautiful to be real." In this issue of Staytripper, Seven Days' road map to rediscovering Vermont, we're setting off for the glacial lake deep in the Northeast Kingdom — and a number of the state's other best-kept secrets. Since now is peak summer, many happen to be water-related.

Do you know which Vermont state park has an island bistro you can canoe out to for lunch? How about where to float under a covered bridge on a lazy river-tubing adventure? Where should you head for a yoga session on a paddleboard — or with goats? What Vermont farm boasts the largest sunflower house in the United States? While this issue contains all the answers, don't read it just for fun facts. Let it inspire some unexpectedly excellent in-state travels.
Clearwater Sports - kayaking on the lakes in Vermont

Go with the Flow

Clear Water Sports helps travelers find their way along the mellow Mad River in tubes and kayaks. Go for a guided tour and enjoy the flow of the river. Just remember to bring shoes.

The Norwich Inn

Bed Down in Norwich

Whether you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail or looking for a historic spot to stay, the Norwich Inn has provided shelter in style for generations to such luminaries as Dr. Seuss and James Monroe.

Boats on Lake Willoughby

Mind the Gap

Lake Willoughby is one of Vermont’s most popular “hidden gems.” Its jaw-dropping fjord-like setting and classic lakeside community make it an ideal destination for summer travelers.

Paddling to Burton Island

Canoeing to Burton Island

A trip to Burton Island has a different feel – the lack of cars and natural beauty set the area apart. Read about an adventure canoeing there for lunch and whet your appetite to visit this Champlain gem for yourself.

Sunflower Fields in Vermont

Your Vermont August Checklist

Sunflowers spanning rooms and sustainable environmental education await in Vermont this summer. Don’t miss these unique, fun ways to spend August in the Green Mountain State.

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.