Five Reasons to Visit Vermont in the Winter

Whether you’re outdoorsy, love local food or just want to explore winter in its original state, here’s why Vermont should take the top spot on your winter must-do list.

1. Scenic Beauty and Culture

Swirling flakes and mountains frosted with fresh powder turn Vermont into a winter wonderland. Wherever you stand, Vermont’s winter views offer the opportunity to embrace the changing seasons and be inspired by performances, museums and galleries. See the season from a summit, a historic downtown, through the lens of your camera or from a window basking by a fire. Nature sets the stage for Vermont's Signature events, like themed festivals, winter carnivals and holiday celebrations. 

hiking during winter at little river state park, waterbury Vermont

2. The East’s best winter recreation

Vermont rolls out the white carpet for skiers and riders. More than 7,000 acres of downhill terrain at 20 alpine resorts and 30 cross-country centers await, with trails for all ages and ability levels and plenty of chances to hone your skills with an instructor. If skiing or riding aren’t your thing, explore the woods in winter on snowshoes, a snowmobile or a hiking trail. Those who prefer ice to snow could try ice fishing or a 4.5-mile ice skating loop in Fairlee that traces the edge of Lake Morey under open sky.

3. World-class lodging

Vermont’s innkeepers put a roof over your head in style. Each stay offers a different way to experience Vermont, from a bed and breakfast to a food-forward farm stay or resort. Waterford’s Rabbit Hill Inn has been named one of the best in the world by Travel + Leisure and Barnard’s Twin Farms gets a similar nod from Forbes. Vermont resorts include fun for the whole family, from sledding and snow tubing to an indoor waterpark, laser tag, arcades and an indoor playground. (You know, besides all that other outside fun.) Search lodging and start planning.

Lodging at an inn in Vermont during the winter months

4. Farm-to-table dining experiences

Vermont’s farmers, chefs and producers fill plates statewide with delicious and local food. Before you find a table, check out maple sugarhouses, orchards, hands-on farm experiences and other ways to learn where your food comes from. Then, find a Vermont restaurant. Before you leave, take some Green Mountain flavor home with you from cheesemakers, maple sugarmakers, chocolatiers and other producers.

5. Craft beer

Vermont’s craft brewers are making a global name for the Green Mountain State. With more breweries per capita than any other state, Vermont is home to brewers like the Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and von Trapp Brewing. Nanobreweries are innovating around the state, meaning great beer is around practically every turn.  

Hiking in a snowcovered forest in vermont


Lakes, mountains, galleries, museums, performances, festivals, trails, restaurants, farms - there's no shortage of adventure in Vermont.

Statewide Events Calendar

Concerts, festivals, theatre, and many more large and small events are happening all over the state. See upcoming events and start planning.

outdoor recreation


Vermont is home to unique lodging, world-class recreation, local food, shopping, history and art in beautiful surroundings. Plan your trip with our directory.