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  • 6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer
    6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer

    Update July 13, 2020: the Dorset Quarry is closed until further notice. Vermont swimming holes hold a special place in the heart of locals and visitors.. If you’re looking for a place to jump off rocks or wade in shallow waters, Vermont is home to dozens...

  • 10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer
    10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

    *updated May 21, 2019* Summer in Vermont is short, so there’s a lot to pack in. Whether you feel like hiking, biking, swimming or catching a live performance, there are endless possibilities for soaking up Mother Nature. Here are ten ways to make the most of...

  • Swim in Vermont: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes for Cooling Off
    Swim in Vermont: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes for Cooling Off

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to map out places to go kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in Vermont.  Here are nine lakes, swimming holes, and ponds worth visiting this summer in Vermont. (By no means is this a complete list,...

  • 5 Lakes in Vermont You Need to Visit
    5 Lakes in Vermont You Need to Visit

    Looking for lakes in Vermont to swim, kayak, boat, or even scuba dive in this summer? Vermont may be New England's only land-locked state, but you'll still find plenty of water in the Green Mountains. Here are five lakes in Vermont worth visiting: Lake Bomoseen Lake Bomoseen, the...

  • Summer Perfection at Bristol Falls Swimming Hole
    Summer Perfection at Bristol Falls Swimming Hole

    What’s your favorite swimming hole in Vermont? I grew up swimming in ponds and brooks, and spent my teenage years jumping off marble rocks at the Dorset Quarry. While I enjoy swimming in the ocean and lakes, I feel more connected to nature when I’m splashing...

  • Curtis Pond in Calais
    Curtis Pond in Calais

    Several years ago I came across Curtis Pond while driving aimlessly along the back roads of central Vermont. The pond, located in the tiny town of Calais, includes a public swimming area and access for kayaks and canoes. This week I stopped by the pond to...

  • Wrightsville Reservoir in Middlesex
    Wrightsville Reservoir in Middlesex

    Just north of Montpelier on Route 12 is Wrightsville Reservoir. Located in the town of Middlesex on the north branch of the Winooski River, the reservoir is open during the summer months for swimming, boating, kayaking and canoeing. I used to spend countless summer days at...

  • Hapgood Pond in Peru
    Hapgood Pond in Peru

    I was 14 when I first visited Hapgood Pond in Peru on a hot summer day in June 1985. My friend Katie invited me to spend the afternoon at this beautiful spot in the Green Mountain National Forest. Like typical young teenagers, we spent hours gossiping,...

  • Summer Destination: Waterbury Reservoir
    Summer Destination: Waterbury Reservoir

    Tucked away between Mount Mansfield State Forest and Route 100 is the 850-acre Waterbury Reservoir. Accessible by Little River State Park to the west and Waterbury Center State Park to the east, Waterbury Reservoir is Vermont's ninth largest body of water (the largest body of...

  • Lazy Days at The Dorset Quarry
    Lazy Days at The Dorset Quarry

    This summer I'm looking forward to spending some time at the Dorset Quarry. Mined in 1785, the Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. It's now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern...