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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, Seven Days' road map to safely rediscovering Vermont, charts both paths in acknowledgment of the pandemic that's keeping many of us at home. 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.
Cross Country Skiing on a sunny day in Crafsbury

Discover Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a whole new way to enjoy the outdoors in a Vermont winter. With plenty of room to spread out, trails for all ability levels and the scenic beauty of the Northeast Kingdom, the woods at Craftsbury Outdoors Center has the goods.

Bark peeling off tree

Find Nature’s Healing Balm

Artist Elizabeth Billings finds inspiration and sanctuary in the woods of Vermont. Read about how she looks at the world and find inspiration to look for your own joy in the quiet of Vermont’s woods.

a wintry river scene in historic Ripton

Beauty and Spirituality in Ripton

Delicious local food and an invigorating walk down trails that honor and celebrate the various spiritual beliefs of different cultures await in scenic, historic Ripton.

Virtual Events to see from your living room

Virtual Events, Real Fun

Staying close to home? These virtual events, from an online book club at the Rokeby Museum to a circus spectacular on your couch, will help you feel connected to Vermont.

Fat Biking on a sunny day in Winter

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 weekly through mid-October, 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.