Visitors to the smallest region of the state will
find a celebrated way of life with boundless
activities interwoven amidst a very diverse landscape.
Water flows and frames the region, from the
Connecticut River on the eastern border to the
Battenkill River on the western edge of the state so
swimming, boating and world renowned fly-fishing
are all readily accessible. The West River cuts a
centerline through the region, flowing southeast,
and routinely challenges white-water rafters for
cherished heart-pounding adventures, particularly in
the late spring/early summer following a bountiful
Day-tripping escapes may take you along Route 100 as it travels up the center of the region, offering colorful “peak” views that visually stun during the fall foliage season (mid-October). Mount Snow, Stratton, and Bromley Mountain resorts encourage visitors to explore on foot, via mountain bike, atop a chairlift and/or gondola, or even ‘seated’ in an alpine slide or zip line. Or remain behind the wheel and take in the scenery of the surrounding Green Mountains, New York’s Adirondacks to the west and the Berkshires to the south as you climb Mount Equinox’s auto toll road to the summit.
Quaint and often quiet villages abound and trigger thoughts of a bygone era. Discover old-time country stores like the Vermont Country Store in Weston with gadgets and gizmos, quirky antiques and penny candy, or pop into a local crafts fair. Visit the makers of handcrafted artisanal aged cheddar cheese in Grafton village and pair your selections with fresh bread, Vermont products and a bottle of wine for an impromptu picnic. Attend a performance at a summer playhouse, or tour museums such as Hildene, the Lincoln Family 24-room Georgian Revival Mansion in Manchester, and historic sites such as the Bennington Battle Monument where in 1777 General John Stark, aided by the Green Mountain Boys, defeated the King of England’s troops.
Got a shopaholic to appease? Manchester is a town filled with dozens of outlet stores, sure to appeal to any bargain-hunter and dedicated shopper. Golfing enthusiasts will not have to look far to find a golf course that fits them to a ‘tee.’ Cyclists can travel the many back roads to quietly enjoy the countryside or tackle the challenge of mountain trails at a host of ski resorts, some with lift-served access to the summit for heart-racing descents.
From the very rustic “back country hike in/hike out” sites to full service RV parks, there’s no reason not to explore this region of Vermont.