In most destinations, fall and winter are the quietest travel seasons of the year. However, when the warm summer weather departs, Vermont does not lose its attractiveness. In autumn, the changing leaves create beautiful forest panoramas, and the winter brings out both the quaint charms of rural Vermont and its many adventure sports options. As long as you can find the perfect accommodations in which to enjoy one or both of these seasons, Vermont is the ideal off-season vacation destination. One of the best regions to base yourself is the east-central part of the state, near the towns of Woodstock and Quechee.
Because of its endless rural landscapes, Vermont is one of the best places in the country, perhaps in the entire world, to view colorful fall foliage. Any scenic byway will take you past miles of bright oranges, reds and yellows. Most years, the fall colors peak between October 1st and 10th. The Shires of Vermont Byway, also known as Route 7A, passes between Manchester and Bennington. It offers some of the best views of colors during early October. You could also try to ski area of Killington and the nearby Quechee Gorge, which both offer great panoramas from high altitude. The town of Quechee is home Balloons over New England. This company offers hot air balloon rides that provide the ultimate fall color vantage point.
Silver Lake is a fall-time playground. Water-sports season is over by October, but you can still enjoy a canoe paddle without having to contend with too many boats on the water. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, meanwhile, gives visitors a glimpse into the past of rural Vermont. When autumn turns to winter and the first snow falls, the park offers sleigh rides and special holiday events. Culture-lovers can head to the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College to see musical performances, stage drams and visual art exhibitions.
When winter sets in, Vermont becomes a paradise for skiers. The Killington Ski Resort is the best place in New England for swooshing down the slopes. The resort features 140 trails that are spread across six mountains. There is also a terrain park and 500-foot half pipe for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. The smaller Suicide Six Ski Resort is located in the town of Woodstock. This is a very family-friendly place that is ideal for novices. More than two-thirds of the runs are appropriate for beginner or intermediate skiers.
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, Vermont is especially charming. Many people who have experienced a December in Vermont think that the state is the perfect setting for the holiday season because of its timeless rural landscapes and warm quaintness. To get the most out of a holiday season stay in Vermont, you have to choose the right accommodations. Few Vermont vacation estates can match Twin Farms when it comes to rural atmosphere, luxury, comfort, and access to all the Southern Vermont has to offer.
The 300-acre Twin Farms bills itself as Vermont’s only five-star experience. It is hard to argue with that assertion when you see the rural-chic cottages and suites that guests here get to choose from. Wood floors, fireplaces and hot tubs provide both warmth and comfort, while the unique design of each accommodation makes for a wonderful range of choices. Perhaps even more attractive is the way that Twin Farms defines “all-inclusive.” Everything, all food, drink and on-property experiences, are included in the rate. You won’t be left out of anything because you don’t have the right “package.���
Twin Farms is within a short distance of all the Vermont attractions that we mentioned above. But more importantly, those special intangibles (namely the rural vibe that Vermont does better than an other state in the US) can be found in every corner of Twin Farms. In short, it is the perfect New England vacation estate.
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