5 Things You Must Do in Northern Vermont This Summer
With fabulous summer weather and a plethora of outdoor activities and festivals, it is no surprise that Northern Vermont is a one-size-fits-all summer destination. Whether you’re a local or a cheese-loving visitor, keep your summer packed full of fun with these 5 fabulous things you must do in Northern Vermont.
1. Get Your Bike Out
Northern Vermont has some of the best mountain and regular biking paths in New England, and there is a trail for anyone and any skill level. Seek some adventure on the impeccably maintained mountain bike trails in the Northeast Kingdom atop picturesque hills and winding down through beautiful wooded areas. Looking for a more paved path? Check out the 6-mile recreation path in Stowe, or bike the water surrounded causeway from Colchester to South Hero Island.
2. Backpack the Long Trail
If it’s after Memorial Day, consider hiking a part of the oldest long-distance backpacking trail in the United States, The Long Trail. Close in proximity to Derby and summiting the most prominent peaks in the Green Mountain Range, Long Trail is 272 miles long stretching from the Massachusetts border to Canada. If you are an experienced hiker looking to do a thru-hike of the whole 272-mile trail, expect a month long vacation because it generally takes up to 4 weeks to complete.
3. Eat Cheese Made By the Best
As the artisanal cheese state containing the highest number of cheesemakers per capita, the one thing Vermont knows is cheese. Taste this expertise at the 8th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival occurring in mid-July in Shelburne, VT. Meet the artisans, watch a cooking demo, and taste over 200 kinds of cheese paired with delicious wines. If you like a little chocolate with your cheese, check out the Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Landgrove, VT, in August.
4. Take a Stroll with Some Heifers
No, that was not a typo or a joke; the Strolling of the Heifers is one of the most iconic and most enjoyed festivals Vermont has to offer. Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation in farm and food businesses, this is a three-day event with music, food, dancing, local vendors, farm tours, biking, and of course the incredible parade led by decked out heifers and their 4-H companions.
5. Jump in a Lake
Vermont has its share of incredible lakes perfect for camping, picnics, swimming, relaxing, and water activities. Take in some sunshine along with beautiful views at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, Island Pond in Brighton, the lake in Elmore, or Silver Lake in Barnard. For a little more fun and action, consider paddling out in the lake or even down a local river in a tube, kayak, or Canoe.
Whether you’re renting a recreational vehicle or leaving your home for an extended vacation, contact Taylor-Moore Insurance to ensure you are prepared and covered in the case of an accident. Whatever summer adventure you seek, Northern Vermont has a trail, festival, lake, or cheese to satisfy your summer needs.