Vermont has 30 cross country ski areas dotting the state north to south, east to west. The first two cross country ski areas in the country, Trapp Family Lodge and Mountain Top Inn & Resort, started in Vermont and both remain top choices for cross country skiers near and far.
Cross country skiing is a great way to get the whole family outside and enjoying winter, as its easy to learn and inexpensive. You can find cross country ski options at or nearby many downhill resorts and it’s a great way to spend a day off the mountain to take in the gorgeous winter views or get a good workout. You can even take baby along in a backpack or a rented pulk sled, if you want to get the whole family out.
Our family has been skiing at Bolton Valley for several years now and in that time it’s been impossible not to hear tell of Bolton’s famed backcountry. Being a bit of an adrenaline junkie, I love the exhilaration of downhill skiing. I’m often the first one in my family in line for the lift in … Read MoreRead More
Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe has always had restaurants that celebrated the Austrian heritage of its founders, but until recently they were missing that greatest of traditional venues – the von Trapp Bierhall. This is the kind of restaurant that’s short on ceremony and long on homey, hearty specialties, the kind of restaurant where you can … Read MoreRead More
Fireplace? Check. Gorgeous views of the Green Mountains? Check. Comfy beds? Check. Access to snow sports? Check. Hot tub? Check. Other than the obvious essentials like food, beer and wine, this is what I need to have a great vacation. Add in my husband, son and the grandparents, and it’s the recipe for a perfect … Read MoreRead More
The image of Julie Andrews circling around an alpine meadow in the middle of the Austrian Alps is one of the most iconic scenes in an iconic film. And part of what makes The Sound of Music so rightly famous is the fact that its story is based on a real one. What happened to … Read MoreRead More
Salt and pepper, cream and sugar, bread and butter, maple syrup and Vermont – some things are just meant to go together. As a huge maple syrup aficionado (I put it in everything from my homemade bread and granola to salad dressing and sauces.) I was excited to go on the Sugar Maple Tour during … Read MoreRead More
Smugglers’ Notch, more often referred to as “Smuggs,” is well-known as a top family ski destination in Vermont, and is often found on the Top 10 lists for family ski destinations in the world. I’ve mentioned this friendly fact to multitudes of families planning ski vacations to Vermont, but have never had the firsthand … Read MoreRead More