Last week I got home from spending a lovely couple of weeks at our family home in southern Vermont! I know not everyone may be ready to hop on a plane just yet, so Vermont is a perfect place to go road tripping – whether you’re already in the New England area or are down in DC! And even if you aren’t comfortable driving or taking a train to a different state yet, I’d encourage you to save this page for future use as travel hopefully continues to open back up.
Vermont is absolutely beautiful during the summer – typically hitting the 80s during the day and cooling down into the 60s at night. There’s a ton of safe outdoor activities to do as well – both for those that love sports and the outdoors as well as the less woodsy types.
Without further ado, here are my recommendations for a fabulous summer trip in southern Vermont!
Things to do:
- Visit the Vermont Cheese Store in Brattleboro
- Go hiking or biking on one of the many fabulous mountains (Stratton, Bromley, Mount Snow, and Equinox)
- Visit the artisan shops in Brattleboro
- Go shopping at the designer outlets in Manchester (everything from Kate Spade to Theory to J Crew)
- Visit the iconic Northshire Bookstore
- Enjoy mountaintop yoga with views from the top of Stratton Mountain
- Stop by the Stratton Escape Room on a rainy day
- Have a spa day at the Equinox Resort
- Stop by the West River Farmers Market on Saturdays or the Dorset Farmers Market on Sundays
- Walk the Prospect Rock path for beautiful views on Manchester
- Visit President Lincoln’s family home in Manchester
Places to eat:
My main piece of advice is to call ahead to make sure these restaurants are open on the days you’re thinking of eating out. While Friday-Sunday is a safe bet, any weeknights can be hit or miss depending on each restaurant’s staff in the summer season.
- Red Fox Inn – check for live music every weekend! Also try out the famous apple pie!
- Gringo Jack’s – delicious Mexican food and hearty portions.
- Garlic John’s – delectable Italian food!
- Ye Olde Tavern – quintessential New England fare in a historic house.
- Verde – delicious locally sourced food that’s always perfect!
- The Fire Tower – a great mix of various cuisine at the base of Stratton.
- The Marsh Tavern – my favorite lunch spot for a classic New England meal.
- Mulligans – a hearty pub and restaurant that has something for every palate!
I hope this mini guide inspires you to visit southern Vermont this summer – it’s the perfect trip!