A snowboarder takes time to reflect before riding down the mountain.

Bundle Up and Explore Our Vermont Snow Globe

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Bundle Up and Explore Our Vermont Snow Globe
By Carolyn Fox

We encourage you to bundle up and explore our snow-globe bubble. Whether you hit the Nordic trails or the mountain slopes, you can still enjoy après sips and snacks nearby — for takeout or around a fire pit. And if snow's a no-go, how about embracing the dark, starry night? The December skies promise some exciting cosmic events.

What's that? You still have holiday shopping to do? Buy from the Main Street merchants in your town, or follow our guide to navigating the big city — Burlington, that is. Decked out in twinkling lights, may it bring you some cheer this season.

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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.