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Enjoy a Vermont September

Words and photos courtesy of Seven Days

Embrace the State With Vermont's 'Staytripper' 
By Carolyn Fox

In a typical year, summer is the busiest season for Vermont's tourism industry — and fall foliage attracts visitors to our Green Mountains from across the globe. But as we bridge these two seasons in 2020, nothing is normal. Due to the pandemic, interstate as well as international travel has slowed, and Vermont vacations look a lot different.

As we reported stories for this issue of Staytripper, Seven Days' monthly road map to rediscovering Vermont, we heard a familiar refrain from tour and lodging operators: While they've lost a great deal of out-of-state tourism — and money — they're welcoming more and more Vermonters who are seeking safe getaways and playing tourist in their own state. Many are discovering its hidden gems for the first time. If there's a silver lining to the pandemic, perhaps it's a newfound appreciation for the natural beauty right under our noses.

This issue will guide you to it, from impressive mountain biking vistas to outdoor dinner parties to remote pond-side cottages where you have no option but to unplug. Whether you choose to follow a serene kayak route on Lake Champlain or wade into a river on a fly-fishing adventure, we encourage you to embrace this state — and state of mind — and splash right in.


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.

Paddling-1-James Buck

A Paddling Adventure on Lake Champlain

Paddling in Vermont is one of the best ways to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the great outdoors. Get top tips for your next paddling excursion with Vermont weekly Seven Days and two women who’ve made a lifestyle on the water.

Fishing-3-Oliver Parini

Fly-Fishing in Vermont

First time fly-fishing? It’s good to go with a guide. Vermont weekly Seven Days takes you through a beginner’s first trip angling Vermont’s waterways, and presents tips and tricks for a successful trip.

Adventure Dinner

Get Adventurous With Dinner

Vermont’s abundance of local food and creativity means even cooking dinner can be an adventure. Vermont chef Sas Stewart throws “adventure dinners,” inviting family and friends to secret locations and cooking creatively for them. Get her tips on throwing your own safe, socially distanced and delicious adventure dinner.

Quimby-1-courtesy of Quimby Country

Solitude and Serenity at a Vermont Retreat

Quimby Country is among Vermont’s most secluded retreats, with everything you need for a memorable vacation with the family, your partner, or your friends, from tennis, swimming, paddling and fishing to quiet places to recharge and relax.

Outdoor Adventures

Get Outside in Vermont This Fall

Mountain biking, disc golf and yoga in scenic Vermont are wonderful ways to enjoy seasonal weather outdoors. Find places to try all three, as well as insider tips to get the most out of your trip, with Vermont weekly Seven Days’ guide.