Flower Power: Staytripper, Spring 2022

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Flower Power: Staytripper, Spring 2022
By Carolyn Fox

Springtime may conjure visions of cheerful tulips and fuzzy baby lambs in freshly green fields, but let's be realistic: In Vermont, our vernal equinox looks pretty much like winter. The calendar says spring will be in the air soon enough, so we're sniffing it out in this issue of Staytripper, Seven Days' road map to rediscovering Vermont.

Tap in to the sweetness of this transitional time at the statewide Maple Open House Weekend or Killington's all-outdoors Vermont Brewers Festival, both of which return for the first time since the pandemic began. Or see the season change at Huntington's Birds of Vermont Museum, where avian enthusiasts can catch sight of migrating species.

But watch out for mud! Though it's tempting to break out the hiking boots at first thaw, we're sharing tips from Vermont State Parks staff on how to choose your outdoor adventures wisely. Until the higher-elevation trails are ready, allow us to suggest the Brattleboro Words Trail, a literary celebration of southeastern Vermont.

We've also got three scenic dining destinations for you to try, plus an overnight at the distinctive Wilburton resort in Manchester. By the time Ballet Vermont leaps into action with its Bees & Friends program in May, those tulips really will be sprouting.
Brattleboro words trail


Historic newspaper offices and the favored haunts of American literary giants (you’ll have to read to find out who…) await along the Brattleboro Words Trail. Explore Southern Vermont’s literary history at your own pace.

Dining local in Vermont

Dine Local in Vermont

Spring kicks off the growing season in Vermont. Immerse yourself in local food at farms and restaurants statewide and soak up Vermont’s farming culture.

Birds of Vermont Museum

Winging It at Birds of Vermont Museum

Each morning, Huntington’s Birds of Vermont Museum hosts bird monitoring walks where visitors can learn about native bird species, distinguish between bird calls, and spend time in the forests that surround the museum.


It’s All in the Family at Wilburton Resort

Manchester’s Levis family has hosted guests at the Wilburton Resort with warmth and ingenuity for 35 years. Visitors can take part in dog sleepovers, the Become a Vermonter experience, and more.

State parks in the Spring in Vermont

How to Access Vermont State Parks in the Spring

It’s tempting to head outside at the first thaw – but before you do, read this guide to safe and respectful Vermont State Parks access during the spring, including where to access parks and how to protect muddy trails.

Spring events in Vermont

Vermont Spring Events

Vermont’s signature Maple Open House Weekend returns for two consecutive weekends in March, and in May, take in Ballet Vermont’s “Bees and Friends,” a dance celebration of 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.