Discovering Vermont's Hidden Gems: A Non-Skier's Guide to Scenic Beauty, Cultural Delights and Outdoor Adventures

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  • Vermont

  • Active Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Arts & Culture

  • outdoors

  • local food

  • winter

Discovering Vermont's Hidden Gems: A Non-Skier's Guide to Scenic Beauty, Cultural Delights and Outdoor Adventures
Curator’s statement

Embrace the enchanting winter wonderland of Vermont beyond the slopes with this curated guide. Discover the magic of winter in Vermont through unique experiences that go beyond skiing or snowboarding. From exploring charming winter markets and savoring local culinary delights to engaging in outdoor activities like snow tubing or ice skating, my guide invites you to immerse yourself in the diverse and vibrant winter offerings that Vermont has to offer. Embrace the season with open arms and create memories that transcend the typical winter sports experience.

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Where to stay

Kimpton Taconic Hotel

Embrace New England charm at Kimpton Taconic Hotel, a boutique retreat in Manchester, Vermont, offering a cozy and elegant escape.

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Stratton Mountain Resort

Where outdoor adventure meets alpine elegance, experience the perfect blend of mountain charm, recreational excitement, and upscale accommodations in Vermont's picturesque Green Mountains.

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  • Snowmobiling Tour: Take a tour on a snowmobile. You will be able to experience the great outdoors and some beautiful scenery while on tours. The guides will ensure you are safe and stay on path. Dress as if you were going to go skiing! Make sure to book the tour in advance.

  • Historic Tours - Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home: For a minimal entry fee, you are granted access to the entire 12+ acre grounds. With different historic tours that are offered this is a great indoor/outdoor option for the history buff. If you still want to experience the snow and trails in Vermont without the slopes, you can take a trek on the trails and you are welcome to bring your own skis or snowshoes for trekking.

  • Art Galleries - Southern Vermont Arts Center: With the ever-changing exhibits in this gallery, it will be a place you can return to year after year. They also offer different classes and workshops for all ages, kids to adults! Check out their website for the most updated schedule.

  • Farm Visits – Taylor Farm/Taylor Farm Market: Visit this cute farm where you can purchase fresh eggs, locally made cheeses, maple syrup and more! For a small fee you can feed the farm animals like goats, horses, pigs and even a donkey. You can also plan a carriage ride to take in the beautiful Vermont countryside, with a mid-ride fire pit stop you can roast marshmallows and drink cider. Supporting local is a great way to not only experience the true Vermont, but to give back to the community.

  • Okemo Mountain Resort: While others are hitting the slopes, you can get your adrenaline pumping on the mountain coaster at Okemo. You can also go ice skating or grab a drink or two at the bar. They offer multiple spiked coffees, teas, and hot chocolates.

  • Stratton Mountain Resort: The village at Stratton Mountain Resort is out of a Hallmark movie during the winter time. With many shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone here! Not a snowboarder or skier but want fun in the snow? Try snow tubing at Coca Cola Tube Park, with time slots into the night time you are even able to do this activity under the lights!

  • Enjoy the resort/home: When I most recently went with a group of friends to Vermont, we had a mixture of people who would snowboard and others who did not. One of the best times we had was when we hung out at the house that we rented. We played games, cooked meals, and hit the hot tub! You paid for the stay, take advantage of all your hotel or rental home has to offer!

  • Antique Shops: Unearth hidden treasures and unique finds as you explore quaint villages and picturesque landscapes. Vermont's antique shops not only offer a glimpse into the past but also provide an opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind pieces that tell stories of bygone eras.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Vermont. Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Margaritaville at Sea vs Royal Caribbean.

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