Not everybody likes to hit the slopes in the winter months. If you're somebody who doesn't plan on doing any skiing during your winter vacation in Vermont, we've got a few suggestions of winter fun activities just for you:
Get Out in the Snow - Even if the action of a mountain resort isn't your cup of tea, there are plenty of quieter ways to get out in the snow. Vermont's cross-country skiing centers offer a wide range of peaceful escapes from groomed trails over open meadows to sheltered tracks through whispering pines. Or, you can leave it all behind on a pair of lightweight snowshoes and head out into the back country.
Try Sledding Again - It's not just for kids anymore. Vermont has two companies making sleds for adults and redefining what it means to have fun in the snow.
Go Ice Skating - Most Vermont towns and villages have a community skating rink. Your innkeeper might also be able to suggest a park or pond that the locals use for skating. You say you don't have skates - most rinks offer rentals.
Take a Sleigh Ride - Many inns and farms offer traditional horse-drawn sleigh rides, some with jingle bells!
Ride a Snowmobile - If you've never tried it, snowmobiling is easy, comfortable and surprisingly addictive.
Hit the Spa - If your idea of relaxation has nothing to do with speeding down a mountain side, slow things down with a luxurious day at the spa. Throughout the state, dozens of inns and resorts feature full service spas and fitness centers.
Watch the Dog Sled Races - The sight (and sound) of 16-dog teams racing over a frozen lake is hard to match.
See Where It's Made - Instead of killing time in the base lodge, see how Vermonters make world-class ice cream, furniture, teddy bears, blown glass, cheese, chocolate, pewter and much much more. Check with your innkeeper to learn what’s in your area.
Catch a Concert - From jazz to folk to classical, Vermont's music scene is busy and eclectic.
Track a Moose - Walking in the woods after a fresh snow can yield countless discoveries.
Tour a Brewery - Vermont is home to dozens of micro-breweries. Some of the larger ones offer tours.
Hit a Sugarhouse - In late winter, the sap starts running and the sweet smell of maple fills the air.
Browse for Antiques - The selection is often comparable, and the prices better, than you'll find further south.
Try Ice Fishing - Find out why all those structures pop up on Vermont's ice-covered waters.
Walk a Covered Bridge - Vermont is home to 106 covered bridges.
Shop a Country Store - Before the shopping mall, America depended on the local general store. In Vermont, we still do. Check out our Shopping & Products page.
Join a Contra Dance - In Town Halls and school gyms, the community square dance is a Vermont hallmark.
Go Outlet Shopping - Vermonters appreciate a good bargain. You'll find some of the best at outlet stores in Manchester and Essex.
Dine at a Church Supper - One of the cornerstones of Vermont's tight-knit communities, the church supper is a popular meeting place for locals and those just passing through.
Calendar of Events - There are many activities going on throughout the state all the time. Check our Calendar of Events to see what's happening!