Chart Your Approach to Midwinter With Staytripper

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Chart Your Approach to Midwinter With Staytripper
By Carolyn Fox

There are two ways to approach midwinter in Vermont. You can lean into the belief that there's no bad weather, just bad clothing, and head outside for whatever fun can be found in the snow, sleet or slush. Or you can give in to February fatigue, pop some vitamin D and hibernate at home.

No judgment here. This issue of Staytripper, charts both paths. While we encourage the mental and physical benefits of exploring the great outdoors — and the positive impact of supporting area businesses along the way — it's also possible to stay active, entertained and inspired in your own living room.

So snap into skis or livestream a local film series. Hop on a fat bike or join a virtual book group. Maybe do a little of each. These are difficult days; make February about finding what feels good to you.
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Outdoor Adventures in February

Biking, skiing and skating are just a few of the ways to take advantage of the winter wonderland Vermont turns into when it snows. Get outside and enjoy some socially distanced winter fun this February.

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.