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Staytripper Is Your Road Map to Early Springtime in Vermont

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Staytripper Is Your Road Map to Early Springtime in Vermont
By Carolyn Fox

Springtime is just around the corner, on March 20. That's not the only turning point in sight: Effective Feb. 23, 2021, people who are fully vaccinated and at least 14 days out from their final vaccine dose can now travel to and from Vermont without quarantine restrictions. As more folks are able to explore the state, Staytripper continues to present safe options for dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation.

Local travel has long been embraced by Vermont's 251 Club, which challenges participants to visit every single town and city in the state. Not surprisingly, the pandemic has brought a surge in new members eager to discover hidden gems close to home. In this issue, we hear stories from the club's nearly 70-year history.

Speaking of driving, we recommend a maple-themed road trip this time of year — Vermont's sugarhouse treats go way beyond syrup. Or you could experience creative outdoor dining: You might be surprised by the space heater, firepit and igloo options at local restaurants.

Prefer to commune with nature? Strap on your skis or snowshoes and traipse along a farm trail, or head to a rustic cabin in the woods. Or go jump in an ice-cold lake — Scandinavians aren't the only ones doing it these days.
Bristol Vermont

EXPLORE THE WHOLE STATE

Vermont’s 251 Club has surged in popularity as people get out to explore the majesty and wonder of Vermont, crossing off one town at a time. Hit all 251 at your own pace.

Maple Treats from Vermont Maple Products

MAPLE WORTH THE SEARCH

Events like Maple Open House Weekend may be off this winter, but there are still plenty of COVID-safe ways to enjoy Vermont’s high-quality and delicious local maple products. Find five maple food and beverage offerings worth the drive.

Skiing outside a Vermont Hut

Vermont Huts Offer Unparalleled Experiences

The Vermont Hut Association’s primitive, cozy and beautiful huts offer outdoor enthusiasts overnight access to the beauty of Vermont in all four seasons. Find your next dream vacation destination inside.

Outdoor dining beverages

How to Eat Outside This Winter

Outdoor dining remains one of the safer options for those looking to enjoy the atmosphere and quality local cooking of a Vermont restaurant. Read about safe (and warm) ways to enjoy outdoor dining this unusual season.

Outdoor activities in Vermont

Three Wintry Ways to Get Outside This March

How about a plunge into an icy river, or a wander around a classic Vermont farm? Whichever way you want to winter, Seven Days’ guide can help you find fun and fulfillment this season.

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.