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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.

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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. 

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.

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Spend a Day at the Vermont Maple Festival

Kid-Friendly Carnival

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.

Pancake Breakfast

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.

Sap Run

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.

Maple Store

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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Now that you know about the Vermont Maple Festival, it’s time to start planning your getaway! Our luxurious rentals have everything you need for a fun family vacation, including comfortable rooms, gourmet kitchens, and spacious living areas. We even offer a number of specials and packages to help you save on your trip! 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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Vermont Cheese Trail!

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.

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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.

2. Golf

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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Now that you know about the best Killington summer activities, it’s time to start planning your getaway to Vermont! Our luxurious vacation rentals have everything you need for an action-packed summer, including outdoor fire pits, grills, private hot tubs, and more. We even offer a variety of specials and packages to help you save on your trip! 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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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

Summer Thrills

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!

Winter Thrills

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.

High-Speed Thrills

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!

Nearby Thrills

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! 

Festival Events

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.

Battenkill Riversports

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!

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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!

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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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!

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Featuring 45 miles of trails, staggering vertical drops, and a full-service mountain bike shop, the Killington Bike Park in Vermont is ideal for those who love to ride. From easy-going dirt roads to rugged single track, this park offers mountain bike trails for all ability levels and is a wonderful place to pedal. Open throughout the mild summer months, a trip to the bike park is a must when you visit the Green Mountain State – and it’s just minutes from GetAway Vacations! Here’s what you can expect to see at the Killington Bike Park.

Explore Killington Bike Park

Serviced by the K-1 Express Gondola, the Killington Bike Park offers a 1,700-foot vertical drop spread across five mountain areas. The park’s trails range from mellow beginner routes to challenging downhill and freeriding areas, and those with more experience can enjoy a variety of natural and man made features on select trails. Lessons and tours are also available for those who are just starting out, so you can learn how to tackle The Beast with the best of them.

Riding Lessons & Guided Tours

For those who haven’t yet mastered the art of mountain biking, Killington’s Max 5 Learn to Ride Package will teach you the basics. You’ll learn everything from bike handling to reading the terrain during a 2-hour session with a certified instructor, and a full-day bike rental and protective gear is included. Lessons are available at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM each day, so you’ll have plenty of chances to hone your skills!

Or, if you know how to ride but are weary of taking on the trails on your own, the tour guides at the Killington Bike Park have over 20 years of mountain bike experience and will gladly guide your journey on the mountain. Guests can enjoy a 2-hour session offered at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM daily, and reservations are recommended, so be sure to call ahead!

Killington Mountain Bike Shop

Located at the Snowshed Lodge, the Killington Bike Shop has everything you’ll need for a day of adventure. Visitors can purchase trail passes, bike rentals, and gear, including clothing and accessories from renowned brands like FOX, Camelbak, Dakine and The North Face. The experienced shop staff can also service a wide variety of bikes and will get you back on the trail in no time. Or, if you don’t have a bike of your own, the shop can set you up with a bike that best matches your ability and riding style.

Ride Back to GetAway Vacations!

Before you head out, be sure to check out a Bike Park trail map, then book your stay in one of our Killington vacation rentals! Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, our beautiful homes feature luxurious amenities like sprawling decks, hot tubs, grills, and spectacular views, so you can relax and unwind after a long day of adventure. We can’t wait to hear about where the trails take you!

For more information on things to do in spring in Vermont, download our free Killington vacation guide.

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