It's summertime. In other words, you need a vacation. Everyone else might be heading to the coast this weekend, but not you. You're going to Vermont. The antithesis to the frenetic Jersey Shore, Stowe, Vermont, is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. Here’s how.
Fortunately, Vermont is a simple state with minimal roads so asking for directions shouldn’t be an issue. Upstaters, Big Applers and Brotherly Lovers should skip the interstates in favor of the more scenic and less smoggy Route 7, which skirts the state’s western border. From Boston take Route 89 northwest through New Hampshire to the Vermont border. Just past Lebanon, you can jog west on Route 4 and follow it to Rutland where it connects with Route 7. At Burlington, reconnect with 89 East toward Stowe.
No trip through Vermont is complete without a scoop of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Get yours and a 30-minute factory tour in Waterbury, which is just 10 miles south of Stowe off Route 89. There’s also a breathtaking view of the Worcester Range that's reason enough to make a pit stop.
Also in Waterbury is the local’s favorite Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which sells an array of delicious treats. Make sure to try the cider donuts, a classic Vermont Snack. Once you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, ride the sugar buzz north on Route 100 to your destination, Stowe.
Stay at the Trapp Family Lodge, founded by the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, for the perfect family getaway. Tucked away seven miles into the mountains, this 2,500-acre resort truly captures the essence of life in Vermont. Indulge in horse-drawn carriage rides, biking, tennis, yoga, swimming, and wine tastings to make your stay even more enjoyable.
If golf is your thing, head to the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Exclusive access to the Stowe Mountain Golf Club and proximity to the Stowe Country Club has earned this lodge the title of No. 1 Golf Resort in the Northern U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler.
For an authentic lodging experience, check in to the Green Mountain Inn at the heart of Stowe Village. Only a few miles from the resort, this 1833 classic offers everything you need for the quintessential Vermont stay. Each room is appointed with local, handcrafted furnishings. There’s a free shuttle to the mountain, an outdoor pool, and the historic Whip Bar & Grill conveniently located in the lobby.
Before settling into your cozy room, head to The Blue Donkey for dinner, where you'll find what many call "the best burger in Stowe." Located just two miles from downtown, they offer great service and, more importantly, Vermont-bottled beer.
Traveling through Vermont can often feel like a vacation in itself. Fortunately you're just getting started, and a big Saturday lies ahead.