People have been asking me where I’m going for vacation this summer. Nantucket? Cape Cod? The coast of Maine? No, I don’t think so. Our summer plans might be a weekend in Manchester or a day trip to Woodstock, but I doubt we’ll venture east of the Connecticut River or south of Route 9.
I admit there are months of the year when I desperately long to escape the Green Mountains. But I have trouble leaving when summer in Vermont is so beautiful and there’s so much to do. Why would I want to leave when I’m surrounded by lush scenery and so many festivals and activities?
Summer in Vermont is the Green Mountain State’s Finest Season
Everywhere you look, you’ll find arts events, recreational opportunities, and culinary festivities across the state. If you’re visiting Vermont this summer, here’s are some of my top five picks.
The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival
The sixth annual festival on July 20 at Shelburne Farms will feature over 200 cheeses from more than 40 cheesemakers, as well as dozens of artisan food producers and local wine, beer and spirit producers. Tasting, pairing and sampling opportunities will be coupled with cheesemaking and cooking demonstrations, and workshops throughout the day. The event sells out in advance every year, so order your tickets today! We’re looking forward to returning to the event this year — our first time back since 2010. Visit vtcheesefest.com.
Swimming at the Dorset Quarry
The Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. Mined in 1785, the quarry is now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern Vermont. On a summer afternoon, you’ll also find adults, kids, families and couples enjoying one of the best swimming holes in Vermont.
Exploring Equinox Pond
If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’ll know that Equinox Pond in Manchester is one of my favorite places in Vermont. Equinox Pond is a scenic and peaceful spot located near the base of Mount Equinox in Manchester. A one-mile walking trail loops around the pond while horseback riding and mountain biking are permitted on the preserve’s designated trails. Swimming and boating are not allowed at the pond, and fishing is reserved for Equinox Resort guests who are required to make arrangements through the hotel.
South End Food Truck Stop
Every Friday evening at 5 p.m. , locals and visitors flock to the South End Food Truck Stop, located outside of Arts Riot on Pine Street in Burlington, to enjoy burgers, barbecue, beer and more. The summer event debuted last year and became an instant hit. This year, organizers are expanding seating and vendors, and music is now featured weekly.
Hiking the Long Trail
Lace up your hiking boots! The Long Trail, the oldest long distance trail in the United States, is a 272-mile footpath that follows the main ridge of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Long Trail crosses some of the state’s highest peaks, including Killington Peak, Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield. What’s great about the Long Trail is that you can access it from so many places in Vermont — from Route 11/30 in Winhall to Route 108 in Stowe.
So that’s my summer in Vermont list. What would you add?