Testing the Waters of Vermont's 'New Normal'

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Testing the Waters of Vermont's 'New Normal'
By Carolyn Fox

In this 12th edition of Staytripper — which marks a full year of guidance for safely exploring the state during a pandemic — we find ourselves at a transitional time. In accordance with the Vermont Forward reopening plan, restrictions have been easing on masks, travel, gatherings and events. The changes feel both incremental and transformative all at once. Summer festivals are slowly appearing on the calendar, retail shoppers have resumed leisurely browsing, diners are more comfortable inside restaurants, and out-of-state tourists are back in our midst.

Ready to start gathering with groups of people? Try outdoor yoga in a Quechee forest canopy or al fresco films in a White River Junction parking lot. Tired of takeout? Dine pond-side in Ferrisburgh or by a chef's kitchen garden in Middletown Springs. Craving a getaway? Keep it in-state with a road trip to Rutland, an art adventure in Windsor or an overnight at Rudyard Kipling's historic Dummerston home. This issue dips a toe into our so-called "new normal."

Stay at Rudyard Kipling’s Historic Home

The writer Rudyard Kipling made his home in southern Vermont in the late 1800s and wrote several of his critically acclaimed works here – and now visitors can call his painstakingly restored home theirs, too, for a vacation.

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Explore the Path of Life

This Windsor sculpture garden interprets the human experience, including joy and oblivion, through outdoor sculpture. Wander the trail and follow up its spiritual experience with local beer.

Outdoor dining in Vermont

Outdoor Dining This Summer

Vermont’s summers mean warm weather, late sunsets and the perfect atmosphere for outdoor dining. Seven Days’ food team runs down some of Vermont’s finest outdoor dining options.

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Exploring Downtown Rutland

Downtown Rutland is home to outdoor art aplenty, history, delicious local dining and stores that offer the unique and unexpected. Go along with a Seven Days reporter to explore, and then plan your own trip.

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Your June To-Do List

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore as many of these Vermont June offerings as pique your interest, from outdoor canopy yoga to arts events and live entertainment.

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.