4800 Basin Harbor Road,
Vergennes, Vermont 05491
Phone: 802-475-2300 Toll Free: 800-622-4000
Basin Harbor Club is a beautiful historic resort located on Lake Champlain. The classic Vermont resort offers a variety of lodging options to make you feel right at home. Whether you’re a big family, a couple looking for a quiet getaway, or looking for a venue for a special event, Basin Harbor has the perfect accommodation for you. The resort offers activities and entertainment for every season and vacation. Some guests are content to just relax in one of their Adirondack chairs and read in the gardens, where others enjoy golf, waterskiing or a dinner on the North Dock.
Jay Peak Resort
830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, VT 05859
Phone: 1-800-451-4449; Fax: 802-988-4049
Jay Peak Resort is Vermont's NEW premier
4-season destination with over $300 million in
new amenities including: three hotels, a 50,000
square foot indoor water park, a NHL sized
indoor ice arena, golf course, eight
restaurants/dining options, spa, a 60 person
year-round aerial tram, and 350 person
Killington Resort &
4763 Killington Rd., Killington, VT 05751
Phone: 802-422-6200, Toll Free: 800-621-MTNS
(6867) Fax: 802-422-1399
Spanning seven mountain areas, including Pico
Mountain, Killington Resort features access to
190 trails and 29 lifts, plus the highest
lift-served terrain in Vermont from the
4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak. During the
summer, Killington features an 18-hole
Championship Golf Course, Disc Golf, Mountain
Biking and Hiking served by the K-1 Express
Lake Morey Resort
Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045
Phone: 802-333-4311; Toll Free: 800-432-1211; Fax: 802-333-4553
Vermont's four-season, full service resort situated on the picturesque shores of lake morey. Tastefully appointed guest rooms - many with breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Waters Spa, 18-hole Championship golf course, boating, tennis, fitness center, formal gardens, ice skating, x-c skiing, snowshoeing and more......
Mad River Glen
PO Box 1089, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: 802.496.3351 Fax: 802.496.3652
High in the mountains of Vermont, there is a ski
area like no other. A place where skiing is still a
sport, not an industry. A place where skiing remains
an outdoor adventure in a pristine, natural setting.
A place so perfect, its loyal skiers are banding
together to protect and preserve it forever.
Mad River Valley
The Mad River Valley is active Vermont, pastoral,
but never passive. Drive through the Mad River
Valley and you'll be struck by its classic New
England landscape and architecture - a mountain
ridgeline, a winding river, hillside farms, covered
bridges and steepled villages.
Newport City Renaissance Corporation
194 Main Street #208, Newport Vermont 05855
This is Newport. Return to the real Vermont. A place for people in the know. Genuine hospitality. True farm to table experience. Four-season destination. South of the border. International Lake. Authentic Vermont. Newport. Genuine by Nature. The Newport City Renaissance Corporation serves as a catalyst transforming Newport's community and economic development.
Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association
PO Box 212, East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-4124, Toll Free: 800-884-8001
Plan your next Vermont Vacation in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom! Nestled between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River in northern Vermont, Vermont's Northeast Kingdom offers breath-taking scenery, outstanding lodging and dining, ecotourism and agritourism, Vermont made products, a rich diversity of art, and recreational opportunities which have gained the Northeast Kingdom national and international recognition.
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
57 Pond Street, Clocktower, Ludlow, VT 05149
We are a regional chamber of commerce
representing the Towns of Andover, Cavendish,
Chester, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth and
Sojourn Active Vacations
939 Ferry Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445
Phone: 802 425 4771, Toll Free: 800 730 4771
Sojourn is a boutique tour operator offering
bicycling and active vacations in the US and
Canada. We're known for our one-of-a-kind
itineraries, exceptional tour leaders, and
personalized service. In addition to a full
season of tours, Sojourn offers custom private
group tours for LGBT travelers.
Stratton Mountain Resort
5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain VT 05155
Stratton Mountain Resort offers a variety of
outdoor activities including winter and summer
sports, health and wellness options, and events.
A wide range of lodging choices from hotel to
condominiums are available. We welcome all types
of groups and can provide conference facilities
and professional planning for your outing or
Stowe Mountain Lodge
7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe VT 05672
The six-story, 300-room luxury New England
resort draws on the architectural tradition of
turn-of-the-century summer camps created by the
great families of New England. The lodge's
exterior features a picturesque faÁade of woven
timber and shingles that draw upon the natural
harmony found in nature, as well as stone veneer
created from local quarries, and expansive glass
to bring the beauty of the lodge's outdoor
surroundings to the indoors.
Waterbury Tourism Council
PO Box 468, Waterbury, Vermont 05676
You won't find a more convenient location to
enjoy the Vermont experience. Right off
Interstate 89 at Exit 10, Waterbury is central
to Stowe, Montpelier, Burlington and the Mad
River Valley where ski resorts, popular
attractions, and nature's recreational
opportunities abound. Our village is full of
historic buildings, including the recently
restored 1875 train station still in use today
as an Amtrak stop. Waterbury is home to some of
the country's best known specialty food
manufacturers such as Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream,
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters, but the atmosphere is still
classic Vermont small town, full of charm and
Vermont Winter Activities
is an ďoutdoorsyĒ place and winter does not slow us
down. In fact, things really pick up around here when
there is beautiful snow on the ground and trees. Donít
forget your camera when youíre packing to come here.
Skiing is huge of course but itís not the only thing to
do. There are also dog sled rides, sleigh rides,
snowmobiling, skating, sledding, snowshoeing, and even
fishing. Probably the easiest way to get information is
to ask the innkeepers where you will be staying. Theyíre
usually knowledgeable and current on options,
conditions, prices, and discounts. But thatís just one
approach and if you like doing your own research, just
fire up your favorite search engine, type in Vermont and
the type of activity you are interested in, and youíll
find plenty to read.
Hereís a small list of places to get started.
All the downhill (alpine) ski areas have websites, each
of which is very in-depth. Vermont is home to 18 major
ski areas, and perhaps a handful of small private and
Mad River Glen is a gay-welcoming ski area that is
ideal for the outdoors person who wants the real deal
without any of the whistles and bells. Itís a place you
go to ski, not pose or hang around the lodge all day.
These are enthusiastic skiers and they love sharing
their unique mountain with beginners and experts alike.
They donít make as much snow as other ski areas but they
know how to groom and take care of what they get - which
is a couple hundred inches a year. MRG is the place
local Vermont skiers love to go especially when there is
fresh snow. MRG is owned by some 1500 shareholders. If
youíve ever wanted to own a ski area, hereís your
chance. A share costs $1750 and they have a payment plan
if you canít pony up the full amount right away.
If you want to shop around for ski areas, go to the
Vermont Ski Areas Association web site. Itís a very
comprehensive and well done site.
Cross country skiing is popular and there are 30-some
cross country ski areas throughout the state. The
Vermont Ski Areas Association web site also has a
list of cross country ski areas. Vermont even has a
cross country ski trail that runs the length of the
Catamount Trail is 300 miles long and free to use.
It is North Americaís longest cross-country ski trail.
The trail starts in Readsboro Vermont on the
Massachusetts border and winds its way through the Green
Mountains to North Troy on the Canadian border. Along
the way, the trail connects eleven Vermont cross-country
ski centers, and passes by many country inns and lodges.
The Trail is accessible to skiers with a wide range of
abilities and offers a variety of terrain from
breath-taking mountain climbs to gently rolling fields
and woodlands. Snowshoers are also welcome to use the
What could be more romantic than snuggling under a
blanket while going for a sleigh ride through the fields
and woods? There are many, many places throughout
Vermont that offer sleigh rides. Again, the best place
to start getting information is from your innkeeper.
Some of the larger resorts offer sleigh rides for both
guests and non-guests but there are also a good number
of small, independent operators who donít have web
sites. Expect to pay around $50 for a 20 minute ride.
Have a need for speed? Try a dog sled ride. This is
getting more and more popular as dog sled owners find
they can supplement their hobby with paying customers.
There arenít too many people who have done this so if
youíre looking for something new and unique, this may be
the ticket for you. In north central Vermont, try
Peace Pup Dog Sledding,
Atii Sled Dogs, and
Eden Mountain Dogsledding. There is also a web site
that has a partial listing of Vermont dog sled ride
After youíve tried dog sledding, you may be ready to try
snowmobiling. Believe it or not, there are more than
4,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Vermont. The largest
system of trails is operated by VAST, the
Vermont Association of Snowmobile Travelers. This 36
year old private non-profit organization is one of the
oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S includes
over 140 clubs statewide, with over 45,000 members. If
you want to bring you own snowmobile, you have to
purchase a Trail Management Assessment ($95 for non
residents of Vermont in 2006) and show proof of
registration in your state as well as proof of
insurance. See the FAQ page of the web site for details.
If you would like to rent a snowmobile, there are
several places to do this. One of the larger operators
Snowmobile Vermont which has operations in Stowe,
Killington, and Okemo. They use new or nearly new
snowmobiles with heated hand grips, and they supply
helmets and boots. The 2006 cost for two people on one
snowmobile is about $160 for a two hour back country,
guided tour but there are less expensive options too.
There are other organizations around the state so ask
your innkeeper what is available locally.
There are skating rinks throughout the state. In
Waterbury, the indoor
Center of Washington West opened in 2003, and
operates year around with skate rental available. In
winter, there is the Jackson Arena in Stowe (covered but
open on the sides); in Waitsfield, there is the outdoor
Skatium; and in Morrisville, an indoor facility called
CREW Arena. The web site
Arena Maps has links to the 20
Vermont ice rinks with web sites. But if you want the
old-fashioned kind of pond skating, thatís here too.
Check with the local outdoor outfitter for possible
skate rental and location of some good skating ponds and
whether or not the ice is thick enough to skate on.
There is so much sledding in VT, we even have a couple
of companies that have developed high tech sleds. One is
Hammerhead Sleds and the other is
Mad River Rocket. Take
a look at their web sites Ė youíll be surprised at their
products. The Hammerhead site has a great database of
sledding hills around the USA. Of course, we have the
old fashion sled, tube and toboggan equipment too. Your
innkeeper might have a few sleds lying around and
perhaps even a hill on the property or nearby. If not,
there are outdoor outfitters such as Umiak in Stowe and
Clearwater Sports in Waitsfield that can rent or sell
If you like looong runs, try Lincoln Gap Road in Warren
in the north central part of the state, not too far from
Mad River Glen. Itís right off Route 100 and easy to
find. Just go to Warren and ask around if you donít see
it. Everyone there knows where it is. Use the part of
the road that is closed in winter. Sometimes you will
need snowshoes to get to the top. Also, weíve tried the
community hill in Stowe Ė itís behind the elementary
school. Good hill, fairly long, a couple of bumps, but
not extreme. Rental sleds are available from Shaws
General Store on Main Street in downtown Stowe. But
Vermont is just one big collection of hills, so you can
find a place to sled no matter where you are in the
Snowshoeing has grown in popularity because itís so
enjoyable and easy to do unless youíre climbing
mountains. In fact, itís safer than winter walking in
boots because the shoes have metal teeth (more
accurately described as metal fangs) on the bottom.
Theyíre great in case you reach icy hillsides. And,
unlike skiing for instance, you donít have to go to a
specialized area to do it although many of the ski areas
will have trails for snowshoeing. Any summer hiking
trail is a snowshoe trail in winter.
If you want to do some research before you get here, the
best site is
Tubbs Trail-Net, a collection of great
snowshoe trails around the world.
Tubbs is Vermont
company that has been manufacturing snow shoes for
years. You can find that brand and many others at all
the outdoor outfitters and many ski shops throughout the
state. Some of the outfitters will have guided snowshoe
tours on the best scenic trails known only by locals.
Many innkeepers have them on hand for their guests too.
If youíve never snowshoed, youíll find it easy to do and
a great way to get a walk in the woods.
Fishing in winter? Yep . . . you know . . . ice fishing!
Ever seen the movie ďGrumpy Old MenĒ starring Walter
Matthau and Jack Lemmon?* Then you pretty much have the
picture. But if youíve done everything else there is to
do in Vermont and want to check off the gamut of winter
activities, here is the final frontier. Some fishing
guides like to work year around so theyíll add ice
fishing to their repertoire. They have an ice shanty (or
several) set up on the lake with all the equipment. All
you need to do is show up and sit on the chair. Pretty
cool, huh? Buy a red checkered wool hat with ear flaps,
take your camera on the ice fishing trip, and scare your
friends back home.
A good source to find an ice fishing guide, as well as a
reliable resource for any outdoor activity year-around,
go the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association web site, the
Vermont Recreation Directory.
Dress in layers, be careful, have fun!
(Actually, a good movie made in 1993 also starting Ann
Margaret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollack,
Ossie Davis, and Buck Henry).
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