If you’re looking for a break in a place with a small-town feel and a mountain environment that’s beautiful and refreshing no matter when you plan a visit, you’ll find what you desire in Killington. The town and surrounding area offer a variety of things to do and see on your trip full of the ultimate relaxation that will free you from all your worries and stresses. Pack your summer and fall with the many activities and experiences of Killington and the surrounding area for a trip that will keep you busy and having fun all throughout your stay. Make sure to ask about bringing along your furry family members so no one is left out of the fun!
Killington Wine Festival
If you’re in the area on July 16, make sure the Killington Wine Festival is a part of your itinerary. The festival includes a month-long celebration of wine. Select wine retailers will offer sale prices on wines from Farrell Distributors, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Killington Pico Area Association (KPAA). There will be wine tasting options at participating restaurants, as well as a fully comprehensive “Wine Trail” sponsored by Farrell and Baker Distributors. Golfers can join in the Wine & Nine golf tournament hosted at the Killington Golf Course on July 18. There’s also a planned silent auction of gifts and donations from participating members, and 350 gift bags from Killington Road wine retailers with purchase of a supporting wine. This year’s theme for the event is Vineyard, Vintners, & Vintage, and guests are encouraged to wear their best vintage outfit.
While hiking the many winding trails is fun and potentially easy for most of the members of your group, those looking for a thrill may want to strap in and go vertical. Rock climbing is one of the many Killington activities, and this town is one of the most areas in all of Vermont for this activity. There are private, guided experiences that take you through the mountains whether you’re a beginner or expert. If you take a guided experience, safety gear including climbing shoes, harness, ropes, helmet, and other technical equipment are often provided.
Lace up your hiking shoes and head out to enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery that surrounds you. Killington has several winding hiking trails that take you through its natural beauty to destinations like Killington Peak and more. There are hiking trails that start and loop around to the adventure center, and others for the more adventurous that will take you through the surrounding area and offer opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Don’t forget a camera, as well as plenty of water and sun protection. For a wheelchair-accessible trail, try the 0.4-mile boardwalk of Thundering Falls Trail, which leads to the sixth-tallest waterfall in Vermont.
The golfers of the group will want to pack their clubs. Killington and the surrounding area have some great golf courses. There are two that are right in Killington, the Killington Golf Course and Green Mountain National Course, rated the best course near Killington. Choose from any one of the eight public, one municipal, or three private courses. Courses range from as short as nine holes and 1,107 yards (par 27) to as long as 18 holes and 6,765 yards (par 72). Make tee times in advance.
Snowshed Pond is a great place to get out on the water and enjoy a day on the water in the sun. Float or paddle along the pond and take in the stunning view of Killington Peak. Boats are single-rider, and you must be 14 or older to paddle.
Ben & Jerry’s
The ice cream company is headquartered in Waterbury, just an hour from Killington. The factory offers 30-minute guided tours where you can have a glimpse of the manufacturing process, as well as learn about the company’s history and enjoy free samples of many delicious flavors. Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and more adventurous flavors like Berry Sweet Mascarpone and Pumpkin Cheesecake and others, as well as light ice cream, frozen yogurt, and dairy-free options are available for sample.
Take a scenic ride where your rental car can’t take you. Guided ATV and UTV experiences take you to areas of Killington and the surrounding area that aren’t accessible by mountain bike, hiking, or car. Bring your camera for capturing the breathtaking scenery and local wildlife in their natural habitat. Tours are available in one-hour and two-hour blocks seven days a week from ATV Vermont. The season lasts until the end of October.
The Spa at the Woods
For the ultimate day of rest and relaxation during your mountain vacation, make sure to add some time at The Spa of the Woods. Pamper yourself with a variety of treatments including massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and whole-day packages. There are even treatments especially for men, as well as maternity massage and more. There’s a fitness center where you can swim in the lap pool, use the workout equipment, or relax in the hot tub.
Rockefeller National Park
If you have a national park bucket list, you can cross one off on your trip to Killington. Just 30 minutes from town is Rockefeller National Park. The breathtaking landscape is filled with sugar maples, ancient hemlocks, and more for an enchanted forest feel. There are hiking trails that wind along woodland carriage roads, and more. Benefit from the wealth of information provided by park rangers during a tour, which includes information about conservation and other efforts to protect the park and its natural glory. Seasonally special programs are offered and include information about locations associated with the Underground Railroad, abolition meetings, and the town’s free African American community. Hiking trails are open dawn to dusk year-round.
President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site
Take just a 30-minute drive from Killington and you can experience history. In nearby Plymouth, Vermont you can visit the birthplace and childhood home of 30th U.S. president Calvin Coolidge. The state historic site in Plymouth Notch is where Coolidge was born, raised, and took the presidential oath of office there on August 3, 1923, in the parlor of the home. You’ll want to plan for a morning or afternoon at the site, as it encompasses many acres. Points of interest include the homes of Coolidge’s family, their friends and relatives, as well as an 1840 church, 1890 school house and cheese factory, pre-1835 combination store/post office/dance hall, and agricultural structures. Enter the 1924 Summer White House and the nearby tourists’ cabins constructed in 1927 for those who came to explore the area around the president’s home. There’s a museum and education center where you can see the archives of the president’s private and public lives. Wander walking trails or spend time in the museum stores. If your stomach rumbles, there’s a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily, as well as a sheltered picnic area. Finish the trip with a somber visit to the hillside cemetery where Coolidge rests with seven generations of family.
If you like craft beer made from local ingredients, you’ll love Killington Brewfest in the fall. Every September 30th, Killington kicks off the fall with this special event. You might find brews from Killington Beer Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Foley Brothers Brewing, and River Roost Brewing, all breweries located in or near Killington. There’s also VIP and general tasting sessions on September 28. Designated drivers are available for $10.
For visitors who get their adrenaline rush on two wheels, there’s the Killington Bike Park. In its 30th season, the park is considered New England’s fasted-growing downhill mountain bike park. It features three high-speed lifts that serve over 30 miles of trails rated beginner to expert, and New England to Gravity Logic’s signature flow trails. The park is divided into three unique areas. Beginner and intermediate riders will want to negotiate Snowshed, an area with plenty of trails designed for them to build confidence. Intermediate and advanced riders should check out Ramshead, full of signature freeride trails with terrain designed for “graduates” of Snowshed. Those at the head of the pack will negotiate Killington Peak, which features trails with plenty of rock, roots, and other obstacles. Hours vary depending on the season, which starts May 29 and ends October 31. Make sure you follow equipment guidelines and be aware the park may be closed for construction or special events.
Enjoy thrills and adventure without leaving Killington. The adventure center has many activities to keep you busy and your adrenaline up. Negotiate your way through “Woodward Wrecktangle,” a course with ten unique, challenging obstacles, you’ll enjoy challenging your friends and family to see who can complete it in the shortest time. Hop on the Beast Mountain Coaster, a thrilling 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster track that twists and turns and banks through the woods of Killington and even includes some 360-degree corkscrews!
If flying high is how you get your thrills, check out the dual zip lines spanning across Snowshed Slope and Snowshed Pond, or ride The Soaring Eagle – a 600-foot-long, 100-foot-high ride that glides along at 30-miles-per-hour. The ride seats two for a breathtaking view. Strap in and try your hand at the Skye Ropes Course. It takes you as high as four stories into the air as you negotiate 42 separate obstacles, or strap in a little lower to the ground at the Trampoline Jump. The trampoline and bungee system give you the airtime you crave while staying closer to the ground. Bounce sessions are five minutes each, and the harness fits riders 30-240 pounds safely. Park hours vary depending on the season, which runs July 1 to October 11. There are day and single-attraction tickets as well as season passes.
Wellness Walking Path & Mountain Gym
Get some exercise that includes a hike as well as an outdoor gym. Start from the adventure center around Snowshed Pond for a 0.7-mile, moderately easy hiking loop most can negotiate. While the distance may be short, you’ll want to stop and try the outdoor mountain gym, which includes ten wooden features stationed between the Killington Grand Hotel and Snowshed Base Lodge. The gondola operates from July 1 to October 11 with a spectator-only (no hiking or biking of your own) period of September 10-12 for the Spartan Race.
Scenic Gondola Ride
Head up the 1.25-mile track on the K-1 Express Gondola. It takes you to the top of the 4,241-foot-tall Killington Peak, which is Vermont’s second tallest and highest lift-serviced peak. Enjoy breathtaking views and access to 15 miles of designated hiking trails, as well as the Appalachian and Long Trails. Stop in for some local eats at Peak Lodge before heading back down. The gondola operates from July 1 to October 11, with a ban on hiking and biking during the Spartan Race September 10-12.
Unforgettable Summer and Fall in Killington
When you stay in a vacation home provided by GetAway Vacations, you’ll have easy access to many Killington activities along with amazing shops, dining, and other attractions throughout the summer and fall. From single-family homes to condos and townhomes, you’ll find something that fits the vacation style and needs of your group. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in your rental’s fully equipped kitchen, then relax in an open living area, private bedroom, or private outdoor space. We also have rentals that bring you close to the mountains and welcome your pet for some R&R too. Pamper yourself with a premium unit for perks like stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, a private hot tub, game area, and more. We honor the health and safety of our guests and provide professional cleaning staff who wear masks and gloves while they clean, disinfect, and sanitize each rental property between guests so you can relax and be at ease knowing everything is safe and clean for your arrival and throughout your stay.
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No summer vacation in Vermont is complete without a trip to Tweed River Tubing. Situated on the White River in Stockbridge, VT, this tube rental company is perfect for those who want to beat the heat. Cars with Massachusetts and Connecticut license plates come in droves to spend the day floating down the river, with lush forests and looming mountain peaks as a backdrop. Here’s why an adventure with Tweed River Tubing should be on your Vermont to-do list.
How to Experience Tweed River Tubing
About the Owner
Chad Merriss grew up tubing on the White River. He had dreamt about running a tubing company for years, and when he was told that Vermont Tubing Company was closing, he decided to make that dream a reality. Vermont Tubing didn’t shut its doors after all, but Merriss still went forward with his plan and established Tweed River Tubing in the summer of 2011. The two companies have been coexisting peacefully ever since.
Today, Tweed River Tubing is a Stockbridge hot spot where visitors and locals come to drift lazily down the river. On the hottest days, Tweed River sells more than 100 tubes. Merriss even accompanies guests as a special tour guide if he’s heading out for an end-of-the-day sweep of the river.
Tips For Your Trip
Located at the junction of Route 100 and 107, Tweed River offers the best tubes in Vermont as well as the most fun stretch of river. They even provide life jackets, paddles, and a free shuttle back to the start point. Below are a few tips to ensure that your day on the water goes smoothly.
- Upon arrival, park your car in the field out back and drive slowly. Be sure to watch for children and pets!
- You’ll need to sign a waiver stating that you are responsible for yourself and your belongings. To save time, consider downloading a printable PDF of the waiver beforehand and bringing it with you.
- We highly recommend wearing strappy sandals, water shoes, or another form of footwear that is secured to your feet. Flip flops may get lost!
- Refrain from bringing any glass bottles or containers as they can damage tubes and pollute the river.
Pricing & Hours
Tweed River Tubing offers tubing adventures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Tubes are $18 Tuesday through Sunday and are just $15 on Monday. There are also special discounts for groups over 12. Call (802) 746-8977 for more information.
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After an unforgettable Tweed River Tubing excursion, head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals and unwind! Our properties are just a short drive from the river and provide unparalleled lodging in the Green Mountain State. Spend a cool summer night in one of our relaxing hot tub rentals, or enjoy the luxurious amenities at Mountain Green Resort. We even have pet-friendly properties for your furbaby! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Did you know that the Vermont Maple Festival has been a staple in St. Albans, VT for more than 50 years? It’s held on the last weekend in April and features a wide range of events and attractions dedicated to – you guessed it – maple syrup. Pure Vermont Maple Syrup is a hot commodity across the country, and the three-day Maple Festival is the perfect place to try it! Here are some things you should know before you go.
Spend a Day at the Vermont Maple Festival
The Vermont Maple Festival is a wonderful event for the whole family. If you’re traveling with kids, take them to the carnival at the District Courthouse parking lot on Lake Street. Little ones will love riding the carousel, and visitors of all ages can check out the adult rides. Don’t forget to test your skills on the classic boardwalk-style games!
Maple Festival Grand Parade
Floats, horses, marching bands, and fire trucks make their way down Main Street during the Maple Festival’s Grand Parade. Guests can stroll the sidewalk and browse a variety of food and beverage stands as the parade goes by.
Maple Syrup & Products Contest
The Maple Syrup Festival boasts the largest maple contest in Vermont. Here, sugarmakers from across the state compete for the prestigious “Best of Vermont” award. Each syrup is judged on its thickness, clarity, color, density, and flavor, and is carefully evaluated by an experienced panel. Other products like maple sugar cakes and maple cream are also judged.
Of course, the best part about the Vermont Maple Festival is tasting the syrup. At the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, guests can munch on light, fluffy pancakes, maple sausages, and local Cabot cheese – all dripping with ooey, gooey maple syrup. This event takes place at the City Elementary School on Bellows Street.
On your mark, get set, go! The annual Sap Run is held on the last day of the festival and is an awesome event for experienced runners and beginners alike. If you don’t want to trek all 8.5 miles on your own, feel free to grab a friend and partner up for a relay run. Winners receive a bottle of deliciously sweet Pure Vermont Maple Syrup after the sprint.
Don’t forget to visit the Vermont Maple Store before you leave the festival. This gift shop has a wonderful assortment of products including fudge, cookies, popcorn, salad dressing, and more. And they all feature Pure Vermont Maple Syrup as an ingredient! You can also pick up clothing items and souvenirs to bring home with you.
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Killington, Vermont is famous for its snow-covered winters. But did you know that summertime often steals the show? Warm, breezy days and cool, clear nights make this mountain town perfect for a family getaway. From hiking and biking to sightseeing and shopping, the list of Killington summer activities is endless! Here are just a few of our favorites.
Top 4 Killington Summer Activities
1. Hiking & Biking
Once the snow has melted, there’s no shortage of great places to mountain bike in Vermont. Our region’s bike trails are surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and lakes, providing an ideal backdrop for cyclists. Feel free to rent a bike and take a guided tour, or pick up a trail map and head out on your own. You can even join the Killington Pico Cycling Club (KPCC) and enjoy club rides each week from April to October! Visit the KPCC website to become a member.
If cycling isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There are plenty of Green Mountain hiking trails to explore. Killington Mountain offers 15 miles of designated trails for guests who want to hike to or from the mountain’s peak. Each route ranges in difficulty and length, making them suitable for a variety of ability levels.
Looking for a great place to practice your swing? Head to the golf course at Killington Resort. This 18-hole championship course was developed by Geoffrey Cornish and is one of the nicest in the United States. It even has a full-size pro shop on site! With a 2,000-foot elevation and incredible views, Killington Golf Course provides an unforgettable golf experience.
3. Killington Adventure Center
A trip to the Killington Adventure Center is perfect for a fun day out with the family. From bungee jumping and disc golf to a terra-maze and obstacle course, this facility is a must-see on your next summer vacation. Kids can search for treasure at Roaring Brook Mining while parents enjoy a relaxing, scenic ride on the K-1 Express Gondola.
4. Water Sports
When it’s time to cool off, head to Snowshed Pond in Killington and spend the day fishing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. The pond is accessible by both hiking and bike trails, and fishing is allowed from the shore around the pond. Swimming is not permitted. You can also check out Kent Pond, which is located just five minutes from Snowshed and is a bit larger. Both offer incredible views of Killington Peak so bring your camera!
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The Beast Mountain Coaster in Killington, Vermont is exactly what it sounds like – a total beast of a roller coaster! Open year round at Killington Resort, this thrill ride is fun for visitors of all ages. The 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster twists and turns through the woods, offering 360-degree corkscrews that are sure to surprise and delight. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a child-toting parent, “The Beast” is perfect for an afternoon of fun. Here are some things you should know about the ride.
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Take a Ride on the Beast Mountain Coaster
If you’re planning to visit in the summer, you’re in for a treat! You can experience the Beast Mountain Coaster in beautiful summer weather. You’ll shoot through green trees and down grassy hills, all while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Plus, you’ll be right next to the Killington Resort Adventure Center which features awesome summer attractions like bungee jumping, a ropes course, and a 5,000-square-foot maze. Be sure to check it out!
Riding the Beast Mountain Coaster in the winter gives you the chance to fly down the mountain in a completely different way. Take a break from skiing or snowboarding to enjoy the coaster, then try other winter activities like snowmobiling, tubing, or fat tire biking.
One of the best parts about The Beast is that you control your speed. Are you a full-speed-ahead kind of person? Go full throttle! If you prefer to have a little more control, no problem. Simply hit the brakes whenever you feel uncomfortable.
Single or Double Thrills
If you’re looking for adventures you can do as a couple, the Beast Mountain Coaster is fun to ride together. You can even take turns controlling the brakes. But if you’d rather go it alone (or if your significant other wants to go slower than you), you can go right after each other and watch the other person ride.
Children must be at least 36” to ride the Beast Mountain Coaster, and riders less than 52” must ride with an adult. Take your kids for the ride of their lives or let them head out alone!
We’ve already mentioned some seasonal thrills like bungee jumping and snowmobiling. But if you’re looking for even more fun, you’ve got to check out the SkyeRide. This ski lift/zip line combination takes you zipping along at a comfortable 30 miles per hour. It has seats for two and is perfect for couples or parents and kids!
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If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Killington, Vermont is the place for you! In addition to the thrilling Beast Mountain Coaster, we have some of the best skiing in the country and any outdoor activity you can imagine. When it’s time to relax, simply head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals and unwind. Our beautiful homes have amenities like jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, and more! View our accommodations to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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Since the first batch of Long Trail Ale came off the line in 1989, Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater Corners, VT, has blazed the trail for Vermont’s booming craft beer industry. Named after the 272-mile Long Trail hiking route, this state-of-the-art facility features a unique design and comfortable atmosphere that pairs perfectly with their handcrafted beer. And it’s just a 15-minute drive from GetAway Vacations! If you’re in the area, a trip to this award-winning brewery is a must. Here are some of the things you’ll find at Long Trail Brewing in Vermont.
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Spend an Afternoon at Long Trail Brewing Co. in Vermont
1. Pub & Restaurant
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Ottauquechee River, the brewery’s restaurant and pub offer a rotating menu of delicious eats and freshly-brewed beer. (Be sure to try the sharp cheddar ale soup made with Long Trail Ale and Plymouth Hunter sharp cheese!) They have more than a dozen beers on tap, from year-round staples to limited releases. There’s even exclusive small-batch brews from the Farmhouse Ales series. In the summertime, guests can grab a seat and enjoy relaxing on the spacious deck. The restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM.
2. Delicious Beer
Dedicated to creating affordable, American-made brews, Long Trail produces a variety of different beers using the finest ingredients available and Vermont’s best water. They are known mostly for their English-style top-fermented ales, however the popular Long Trail Ale is a Düsseldorf-style altbier. Guest favorites also include the deliciously tart Cranberry Gose, refreshing seasonal Summer Ale, and the limited-edition Blackberry Wheat Ale. Check their website for a full list of beers and see what’s on tap!
3. Sustainable Brewing Practices
Long Trail Brewing Co. is one of the state’s most progressive breweries and uses an environmentally-conscious process to create their incredible beers. The brewery gives the spent grain to local farmers to feed their cows, practices water conservation, and even has their own wastewater treatment facility onsite. They also utilize the Central Vermont Public Service electric company, which harnesses methane from cow manure and uses a digester machine to convert it to energy. 25% of Long Trail’s power is produced this way, making it the largest corporation using cow power.
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Can’t get enough of the Long Trail Brewing Co. in Vermont’s delicious brews? You can purchase their products throughout New England as well as in NJ, NY, PA, DE, MD, and VA! After an awesome trip to the brewery, come home to one of our beautiful Killington vacation rentals and unwind. Our luxurious and comfortable homes are the perfect place to relax, and since they’re just minutes from some of the best breweries in Vermont, you can enjoy a cold one (or two!) whenever your heart desires. We can’t wait to see you in VT!
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With the highest number of cheesemakers per capita in the United States, it’s no surprise that the Green Mountain State is also home to the Vermont Cheese Festival. Each year, visitors flock to the shores of Lake Champlain to try fine cheeses, taste local beer and wine, and meet all of the wonderful artisans who make them. From sharp VT cheddar to award-winning gorgonzola, the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival has something for everyone – and it’s all just a short drive from GetAway Vacations! Here are some of the things you’ll see at this year’s event.
Plan a Trip to the 2016 Vermont Cheese Festival
On July 17, 2016, head to the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn where you can enjoy tastings, cooking demos, educational workshops, and much more from 10 AM to 4 PM. You’ll mingle with over 40 award-winning cheese makers and artisan food producers and can try 200 different types of cheeses, beverages, and other delicious local foods like pickles, caramels, chocolates, and sauces. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the spectacular backdrop of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks!
The Vermont Cheese Festival will also host a variety of free events for guests to enjoy throughout the day. Be sure to check out the Cheddar Tasting, where you’ll learn how different breeds of cows produce milk to form various types of cheddar cheese, then make your way to the Cheesemaking Demo where you’ll watch cheesemakers in action in the production room. Guests who are 21 and up can also visit the Beer and Cheese Pairing, where you’ll join 3 cheesemakers and 3 brewers to discuss this iconic food and beverage duo.
Other Fun Festival Attractions
If you need a break from eating, hop on the wagon for a ride to the historic Farm Barn where you can watch the cheese making and meet the friendly animals responsible for the milk, including cows, goats, and sheep. Shelburne Farms is also open to the public for tours and hosts many different events throughout the year. The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival always sells out, so be sure to visit the festival website to purchase your tickets.
Visit the Vermont Cheese Trail
For those who just can’t get enough of VT’s signature cheese, The Vermont Cheese Trail is a scenic 280-mile loop that starts in Plymouth Notch and ends in Websterville, VT. Along the way, guests can stop at half a dozen factories and take tours, meet the cheese wizards themselves, and purchase the products made on-site.
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Before you start planning your trip to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, be sure to book your stay at one of our Killington vacation rentals! Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, our gorgeous homes feature outdoor fire pits, grills, private hot tubs, and more that will make your summer getaway unforgettable. Enjoy hours of fun at the festival, then come back to total peace and serenity and get ready for another day of adventure tomorrow. We can’t wait to see you soon!
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If you’re searching for an exciting vacation activity that won’t break the bank, you’re in luck! Tubing season is in full swing here in Vermont, where gentle waves and tumbling whitewater provide a fun, heat-escaping good time for visitors of all ages. The next time you visit the Green Mountain State, book your stay with GetAway Vacations and bring the whole family to these natural playgrounds for an awesome day of Vermont river tubing!
Some of the Best Places to Enjoy Vermont River Tubing
Tweed River Tubing
Just a 15-minute drive from Killington, Tweed River Tubing in Stockbridge, VT, is located right on the White River and offers tubing trips from 9:30 AM to 3 PM. Their professional staff will give you an overview of your trip and how long it will take on that day, and a free shuttle will be waiting for you at the end of your journey. When it’s time for lunch, head to one of the picnic sites available for tubers and enjoy a snack surrounded by nature.
Vermont River Tubing Company
Also in Stockbridge, Vermont River Tubing offers inner tube rentals and self-guided trips for just for $10. You’ll take a scenic shuttle ride up to the river, and then you’re on your own! Guests can enjoy a lazy 3-hour float trip surrounded by lush foliage, rock formations, and wildlife, and will even encounter exciting patches of rapids. The water here is crystal clear and usually no more than a couple of feet deep, so you can take a refreshing dip whenever your heart desires.
Great River Outfitters
Great River Outfitters offers a number of options for self-guided day float trips on the Connecticut River in Windsor, VT. This area is known for its natural beauty and undisturbed wildlife, where nearly-extinct bald eagles nest along the river banks. Their most popular tubing trip is 3 hours long and begins five miles upstream at Sumner Falls – or you can do a full 8 hour day trip and be picked up by the shuttle. They also have all of the gear you need, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! Be sure to check their summer schedule for pricing.
Although this campground is located in New York, Battenkill Riversports is just a 30-minute drive from Manchester, VT, and offers fun and exciting tube trips down the picturesque Battenkill River. You’ll pass under famous covered bridges, take on thrilling twists and turns, and enjoy spectacular views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. 1.5-hour tube trips are just $25 and 2.5-hour trips are $35.
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After a wonderful day on the water, come home to one of our Killington summer rentals and unwind! Featuring outdoor fire pits, grills, private hot tubs, and more, our gorgeous homes have everything you need for a wonderful family vacation. You can enjoy hours of fun in the sun, then come back to total peace and serenity in the heart of the mountains. We can’t wait to see you soon!
Each year, the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge takes guests on a wild goose chase through ancient forests, over mountain summits, and around spectacular landscapes near Dover, Vermont. Part hike and part treasure hunt, participants will search miles of trails for clues that lead to an awesome cash prize. If you think you have what it takes to complete the challenge, book your stay with GetAway Vacations and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Here are some of the things you’ll find during the 2016 Green Mountain Adventure Challenge.
Unlock the Mystery of the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge
What to Expect
This year’s game has a fascinating backstory, where guests must follow a series of clues found inside a time capsule that was buried many years ago. The capsule holds old photos, maps, and artifacts from a bygone era to create a puzzle that’s just waiting to be solved. While searching for clues, you’ll face a variety of challenges that require basic mental toughness and physical fitness, including hiking mountains, solving riddles, and following maps to find your way through the forest. Some clues may be obvious and others may leave you wandering for days, but the game’s demands are well worth it – winners will receive a huge cash prize and, of course, bragging rights!
What to Bring
Due to Vermont’s rugged terrain and the intense nature of the game, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes, multiple layers of outdoor clothing, and bug spray and sunscreen to protect you from the elements. It’s also a good idea to bring water and snacks to refuel when you get tired, and be sure to pack a camera to document your journey!
Play for a Cause
If a cash prize isn’t enough to motivate you, the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge is also a great way to raise money for charity. Four years ago, a family member of one of the event organizers was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the cancer was pronounced virtually undetectable. In celebration of this achievement and in support of all the incredible work they do, the organization will donate $10 of each contestant’s entry fee to help continue cancer care and research.
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The Green Mountain Adventure season opens May 24th and closes September 5th, which means that you can choose to play the game over the course of consecutive days, or break it up and complete it at your own pace. And, if you’re searching for somewhere to lay your head after an incredible journey, look no further than our Killington vacation rentals! Our comfortable homes provide a peaceful and relaxing retreat, and our luxurious amenities will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to take on another day of fun in the Green Mountain State. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!
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Situated 2,000 feet above sea level, the Killington Golf Course in Killington, Vermont is a par 72 Championship Golf Course and is one of the most beautiful golf destinations in the state. Noted architect Geoffrey Cornish was the mastermind behind this 6,186-yard course, which features unique terrain, snowmelt streams, and expansive vistas of the area’s signature green mountains. While playing, guests can enjoy a variety of amenities including a full-size retail pro shop, practice facility, on-course beverage cart and caddy shack, and much more – and it’s all just a short drive from GetAway Vacations! Here are a few reasons why the Killington Golf Course is a wonderful place to play.
What You’ll See at Killington Golf Course
With a 12,000 square-foot putting green and practice bunker, Killington Golf Course truly has something for everyone. Beginners can practice their swing with private lessons and multi-day golf schools, and those with more experience can enjoy a full season schedule of league nights and tournaments. After your game, head back to the Clubhouse Bar and Grill where you can enjoy delicious food, cool drinks, and indoor and outdoor seating. The course is open to the public May 28 through October 10, 2016, and guests can purchase a season pass or view daily rates online.
Other Great Places to Play
Green Mountain National Golf Course: Also located in Killington, Green Mountain features gently sloping fairways and generous landing areas that are ideal for experienced golfers and beginners alike. The course also offers practice facilities, a pro shop, an on-site grill, and breathtaking panoramic views, where century-old rock formations and rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop.
Okemo Golf Course: Situated in Ludlow, VT, Okemo Valley Country Club is an 18-hole championship course that features one-of-a-kind fairways and fresh mountain breezes. Guests can enjoy a variety of amenities including a 9,200-square-foot clubhouse and locker room, a full-service golf pro shop, and a 120-seat lounge and restaurant.
Jay Peak Golf Course: For a more casual atmosphere, head to the Jay Peak Resort Golf Course where you can enjoy an 18-hole round with a cart for just $50. The course also offers golf instruction and private lessons, so those new to the sport can learn to play like a pro.
Stratton Golf Course: Established in 1964, Stratton’s historic golf club has hosted six LPGA tour events and has a challenging course that features a 27-hole layout, comprised of forest, lake, and mountain nines.
Mount Snow Golf Course: With 18 holes and 6,943 yards of scenic mountain golf opens, Mount Snow Golf Club is a great place to tee off. The course was named one of the top 5 in the state by Golf Magazine and provides an expansive front nine and challenging back nine that winds through the wooded terrain.
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After a few rounds at Killington Golf Course, head back to one of our Killington vacation rentals where you can relax and unwind in the heart of the Green Mountains! Our beautiful homes feature a wide variety of amenities for guests to enjoy, including large, comfortable bedrooms, modern kitchen and living areas, and close proximity to all of the best golf courses in the area. We can’t wait to see you in VT!
Nothing says summer like sitting on a blanket in the grass and enjoying some great food, cold drinks, and live music on a warm day. This is especially true in Vermont, where a wide variety of festivals, concerts, and events take place virtually every weekend in the summertime. If you’re planning a trip to the Green Mountain State this summer, book your stay with GetAway Vacations and get your tickets for one of these incredible Vermont concerts!
The Top 4 Upcoming Vermont Concerts
1. Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series
Presented by Long Trail Brewing Company and Farrell Distributing, Killington Resort’s annual Cooler in the Mountains concert series will be kicking off on Saturday, July 16, 2016, and will feature eight free outdoor shows in the heart of the mountains. The concerts will be held from 3:30 to 6 PM each day, and guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy all of the awesome summer activities that Killington Resort has to offer. Be sure to check their website for the 2016 line-up, then grab a lawn chair or beach blanket and head to the Snowshed Base Area for some fantastic live music that the whole family will enjoy!
2. Champlain Valley Fair
Founded in 1921, the Champlain Valley Fair has been a Vermont staple for decades and is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Each year, the Fair packs incredible concerts, art exhibits, all kinds of animals, crafts, and much more into an exciting 10-day event. From August 26 to September 4, 2016, guests can enjoy big-name artists like country sensation Rascal Flatts, rock legends ZZ Top and Gregg Allman, and more at the Champlain Valley Fair.
3. Vermont Music Fest
Featuring two days of live music, food vendors, and fun for the whole family, the Vermont Music Fest in Waitsfield, VT, is a must-see summer concert. Starting on Friday, August 19th, festival-goers can enjoy performances by local Vermont bands and artists from 4 to 10 PM, then camp out under the stars in a tent or RV for even more fun the next day. Tickets are $30 for adults and free for children ages 13 and under, but spaces are limited so be sure to get yours today!
4. The Frendly Gathering
Located in Windham, Vermont, the Frendly Gathering Music Festival takes place on an old ski resort and was started by a group of six professional snowboarders. Here, guests can enjoy multiple music stages as well as fun activities like disc golf, yoga, hiking, and swimming, and a variety of food and crafts will be available for purchase. The festival attracts upwards of 3,000 people each year and helps to promote a sense of community and respect for locals and visitors alike.
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If you’re searching for the perfect homestead in between shows, look no further than our beautiful Killington vacation rentals! Our luxurious and comfortable homes are the perfect place to unwind and will provide you with peace and quiet you’ll need after a night of music, dancing, laughter, and fun. We can’t wait to see you soon!
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With its lush, green forests, sparkling lakes, and expansive National and State Parks, Killington, Vermont is a popular destination for hikers from all over the country. This picturesque region offers both rugged terrain and paved paths that entice adventurers of all ages and skill levels. Just a short drive from GetAway Vacations, visitors can enjoy miles of routes that wind up mountains, through dense woodlands, and along flowing rivers and streams, with a scenic backdrop of the Green Mountain State along the way! Here are some of our favorite Killington hiking trails to explore.
Spend a Day on These Killington Hiking Trails
- Bucklin Trail: This 6.9-mile trail up to Killington Peak offers a moderate hike with rewarding views. Guests will begin at the trailhead and can hike on flat and easy terrain before encountering some steep, rocky areas about three miles in. Once at the top, however, you’ll have a stunning panorama of the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks of New York, and even the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so be sure to bring a camera! The Bucklin Trail is open March through October.
- Thundering Falls Trail: Part of the Vermont Appalachian Trail, Thundering Falls is an easy hike on a 0.4-mile wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that leads to the sixth tallest waterfall in the state. From a viewing platform, visitors can watch in awe as the water cascades 140 feet down through a steep and narrow cataract.
- Gifford Woods State Park: Located at the base of Killington Mountain, Gifford Woods State Park is close to both the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail and is a popular spot for year-round hiking and leaf-peeping in the fall. Guests particularly enjoy the scenic 0.3-mile hike on the Gifford Woods Interpretive Trail, which features interpretive exhibits that explore the natural and cultural history of the Gifford Woods old-growth forest.
- Deer Leap Trail: The Deer Leap Trail is an offshoot of the Appalachian Trail and offers a short but rugged hike that ends with dramatic views of the Coolidge Mountain Range. The trail climbs quickly to a small ridge and through open birch forest before reaching an overlook. Hikers can continue to climb over Big Deer Mountain before descending to a junction with the Appalachian Trail. The total trip is about 3 miles, with an average hiking time of 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Killington Mountain Resort: Offering 15 miles of designated trails, hikers of all skill levels can enjoy a journey to or from the mountain’s peak. The routes range in difficulty and length, with easy, short trails under 2 miles and steep, moderate trails that are around 3 miles uphill. The difficult trails tend to be longer than 3 miles and have vertical climbs exceeding 1,500 feet, so don’t forget to bring some water!
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Now that you know about the best Killington hiking trails in the area, it’s time to start planning your adventure! When searching for the perfect homestead in Vermont, look no further than our beautiful Killington vacation rentals. After a day spent challenging the body, our luxurious and comfortable homes provide a peaceful and relaxing retreat for you to unwind and restore. We can’t wait to hear about where the trails take you!