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Dipping a Toe in a Vermont Summer

Look forward to all the spring and summer has to offer. Inside June’s issue of Staytripper, find outdoor dining, gardens and historic places to stay.

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5 Iconic Vermont Swimming Holes

Vermont is rich with swimming holes, waterfalls, and places to paddle and cast a line. These five local-loved spots in southern Vermont feature waterfalls, beautiful state forest settings, and family-friendly recreation.

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Ride the Waves in Burlington

Families and friends gather at the Burlington Surf Club to ride the waves, go for a paddle or just enjoy the beauty of a Vermont summer.

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Pick Your Own Fruit This Season

From ripe, sweet June strawberries to blueberries and raspberries nestled under leaves, Vermont farms offer pick-your-own experiences all growing season. Find a farm for this family-friendly activity.

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JULY IN VERMONT

A Vermont summer, however fleeting, is full of opportunities to embrace the outdoors, from swimming underwater to ziplining through the forest canopy. Along the way, discover Black history and bed down in a romantic B&B.

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72 Hours in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

Inspiring landscapes punctuated with mountains and the solitude that comes with spending time in the seclusion of nature, along with a focus on farm-to-table dining and outdoor recreation, are the highlights of time in the NEK.

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Shred Vermont’s Trails

Mountain biking in Vermont offers an immersive outdoor experience and the chance to leave behind the ordinary. Inside this month’s Staytripper, learn about Vermont’s trails, watering holes and two-wheeled adventure.

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A Long Weekend in Stowe

Join outdoor adventurer Tyrhee Moore for a long weekend in Stowe, where he paddles at the Waterbury Reservoir, discovers Vermont’s world-class craft beer scene, and learns how to mountain bike at Trapp Family Lodge.

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Canoe Trail Connects Vermont to Canada, Neighboring States

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile waterway, stretches from Old Forge, N.Y., in the Adirondacks to the St. John River in Fort Kent, Maine, and includes 145.5 miles in Vermont. Paddle the whole thing or take one of the day trips outlined here.

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The Joy of Shredding Vermont

Vermont’s mountain biking scene is next-level. Get to know two of our state’s most acclaimed female riders and get inspired to plan a MTB trip of your own to the Green Mountains.

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Green Mountain Adventures Guides the Way

Lessons and guided adventures in kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing await in Middlebury, where Green Mountain Adventures leads the way.

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Three Walkable Vermont Downtowns to Explore

Small, walkable downtowns pack a lot of fun into a few square miles. Public art, farmers markets, and stunning historic buildings make for the backdrop for a Vermont vacation to remember.

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72 Hours in Bennington, Vermont

Vermont’s Shires region is a stronghold of arts, history, culture, and things to do, as well as access to bountiful outdoor recreation options. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Bennington.

72 Hours in Woodstock-Quechee

The Woodstock-Quechee region is filled with history and quiet charming towns and villages. Located along the eastern section of the Vermont Route 4 Scenic Byway, take in the history of the villages while exploring the region’s natural wonders, shopping and dining, and classic New England history and heritage.

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How to Eat Like a Local in Vermont

As you travel Vermont’s rolling hills, farm stands, country stores, farmers markets, roadside food stops, and wineries and breweries are welcoming stops along your journey. Things to do surrounding local food can fill an entire weekend.

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Your Table is Outside

Outdoor dining in a beautiful Vermont summer never loses any of its appeal. Our partners at Dig In Vermont put together a rundown of where to eat outside this season and how to book your table.

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September Adventures in Vermont

Vermont weekly Seven Days breaks down some of the adventures to be had in Vermont in September, as summer prepares to hand over the landscapes to fall, including adventure dinners, fly fishing, and adventures at northern Vermont’s Quimby Country.

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The Ethos of Vermont Beer Labels

Vermont brewers and artists work together to elevate the craft beer experience through eye-catching, educational art on labels.

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Three Must-Visit Heritage Attractions in Southern Vermont

Contemporary art, American history dating back to the Lincoln presidency, and an immersive gallery, as well as Vermont’s largest outdoor sculpture garden, await in southern Vermont.

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Bikes and Brews Come Together in Stowe

Guides at Stowe’s 4 Points Tours teach the basics of mountain biking before guiding guests on explorations of Vermont’s trails and breweries. Guests can also customize their own tours with knowledgeable guides.

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When Is Peak Foliage in Vermont?

Many travelers want to plan their Vermont fall vacations around peak foliage, when colors are at their brightest and most concentrated statewide. Peak foliage depends on a number of factors.

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Feast on a Vermont Fall

Vermont’s artisan food and craft beverage scene is world-renowned, and Vermont’s seasonal food offerings are unparalleled. From cider doughnuts to pie to coffee, check out what Vermont 251 Club members look forward to during their explorations of the state.

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Favorite Fall Activities for the Whole Family

A Vermont fall offers something to enjoy for the whole family, from pick-your-own orchards to delicious doughnuts and seasonal treats to exploring a Vermont corn maze.

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Meet Vermont’s Apple Growers

Vermont’s orchards produce fruit infused with the flavors of Vermont’s landscapes and seasons. As apples statewide begin to ripen, get to know Vermont’s growers via Dig In.

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Mountains to Main Streets

Vermont’s mountains segue smoothly into walkable downtowns steeped in history. Maps of Vermont towns light up with local dining, shopping that feels like a treasure hunt, and the kind of scenic beauty you find on postcards.

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Get to the Core of Apple Season

Picking your own apples, attending a harvest festival or fair, meeting and learning more about Vermont’s apple growers, and sampling unique cheese and cider pairings are just some of the ways to enjoy farm fresh apples.

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Fall For Vermont’s Historic Sites

Fall is the perfect backdrop to take in the captivating stories of Vermont’s beginnings. Vermont State Historic Sites Section Chief Tracy Martin outlines COVID-safe ways to experience Vermont’s history this fall.

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FOLIAGE: THE INSIDE SCOOP

Vermont’s 251 Club members aim to visit all 251 towns and cities in the state, giving them the inside perspective on where to see the best fall foliage. Check out their recommendations inside.

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THE BEST TIME OF YEAR IN VERMONT

For Vermonters, fall is for craft cider and cheese—with a view.

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Middlebury’s Swift House is a Salon for Arts and Culture

New owners of Middlebury’s historic Swift House Inn say the inn’s three bedrooms “rhyme with” its Victorian beginnings, with new landscaping, a stone patio, and a continued theme of arts and culture.