Hope Springs Forth in the April Issue of Staytripper

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Hope Springs Forth in the April Issue of Staytripper
By Carolyn Fox

In this issue of Staytripper, we spot signs of spring and sow seeds of hope. The snow has melted (fingers crossed), crocuses have emerged, and we've already hit 50-degree days when some cold-hardy Vermonters get out the shorts and flip-flops. (You know who you are.) Along with the warming weather, the pandemic is slowly ebbing and restrictions are easing on travel and multi-household gatherings — aka getting together with our friends. Finally, we can say the days ahead look brighter.

But safety still comes first, of course. We invite you to make the most of mud season but continue to emphasize outdoor or socially distanced options. Will you wander through an expansive sculpture park in Manchester? Stroll among carved granite at a Websterville quarry? Cuddle a goat at a Townshend farm? Even relatively close-to-home destinations can be transporting.

Spring fun with kids in Vermont

Goats at the Big Picture Farm

The Big Picture Includes Baby Goats

Townshend’s Big Picture Farm offers socially distanced opportunities to stay on a real working Vermont farm and interact with goats, chickens and a fertile garden, as well as enjoy its fruits with meals.

Classic red barn in Vermont

The Evolution of Happy Vermont

Blog and podcast Happy Vermont explores the lesser-known corners of the state, advising locals and visitors on the best places to get to know other parts of the state than they’ve previously explored.

Walking trail in Vermont

Early Spring Walks and Eats

Warmer weather and longer days heralds the arrival of easier exploration around Vermont’s forests, trails and downtowns. Seven Days paired a trio of spring walks with local food sure to hit the spot.

Sam Chambers cross country skiing

Sam Chambers Guides Vermont Exploration

Whether you yearn to explore Vermont from the air, the water, the backcountry or the trails, Pitcher Inn guide Sam Chambers can help you find your way around and learn new ways to experience the wonders of the Green Mountains.

 Baby lamb at the Billings Farm Museum

Three Things to See This April

April’s sights abound. A Vermont spring means a return to outdoor art, the arrival of baby farm animals sure to delight, and a time of cultural rebirth. Seven Days showcases three things to see this spring.

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.