By: Cassie Russo They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Who’s “they” anyways? I wouldn’t consider myself old, but this being my 21st season on snow, it’s been a while. My parents put me on skis the moment I mastered walking without wobbling so hard that I fell to the ground. I am told that I was fearless on my skis – bounding down the … Continue reading Conquering My Fear: Learning to Ski (again) as an Adult
December 19, 2015 | Cassie Russo Christmas may be a week away, but this morning certainly had me dashing down the stairs in my pajamas as though Santa paid a visit last night. The morning started like any other, with my alarm nudging me awake before the sun woke from its slumber. I opened my eyes with hesitation, but as I rolled over and peeked out my window … Continue reading Powder Day Feelings
Let’s take time to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the outdoors. Swap the liking for hiking, the clicking for apple picking and email sending for family time spending. Start your digital detox with these activities, and unplugging will leave you rejuvenated to start the fall season. Discover foliage at new heights Catch a ride on the Stratton gondola and before you know it you’ll be … Continue reading 5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall
Since it’s Vermont Beer Week, we called on our local expert to give us some tips on beerfests in general , and specifically what you will find during Stratton’s Columbus Day Weekend event. Greg’s (Meuleman’s Craft Drafts) Guide to Beer Festivals First, don’t go to an event just because it says “beer festival.” Don’t get me wrong, beer is a good thing. But on occasion … Continue reading Expert Tips on How To Navigate the Brewfest
To every season there is a beer … and here in Vermont you’ll tap into some of the best in every style from crisp wheat to deep stout, from a bubbly framboise to the trendy sour. While IPAs are never out of style or season, 2016 is the year of the dry hopped sour, according to bon appetite as well as Stratton’s local beer expert … Continue reading Stratton Mountain, Where the Beer Trails Meet
Adventures in southern Vermont are more fun with your furry family member. Here’s our top picks, specially approved by Stratton dogs.
1. Lye Brook Falls // Hike, Scenic
After an approximate 2.2 mile hike through the scenic Lye Brook wilderness, you and your pup will be greeted by the breathtaking 125-foot tall Lye Brook waterfall. Difficulty level is moderate, with only a few fairly challenging inclines. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Getting there: Follow Glen Road in Manchester and bear right at the fork to turn onto the Lye Brook Access Road, clearly marked.
2. West River Trail // Walk, Bike, Scenic
The 16-mile West River trail welcomes walkers, runners and mountain bikers looking for a dog friendly adventure in southern Vermont. Be sure to stop by the Ball Mountain Dam (pictured above) for spectacular views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Trail access and parking directions found here.
3.Heels to Paws 5K // Event, Run/Walk, Fundraiser
For this Stratton tradition, four legs are as welcome as two! On October 8, runners and walkers will explore Stratton’s 5K route to raise money for Second Chance Animal Shelter. This year’s race is accompanied by the Columbus Day Weekend Brewfest!
4. Stratton Firetower // Hike
Venture to the crossroads of the Appalachian and Long Trail with your four-legged friend. Hike to Stratton’s summit (explore uphill trails here) and reach the fire tower trailhead off of Mike’s Way. From the summit, the moderate hike is 0.7 miles one way. The firetower offers 360-degree views of the green Mountains – pictured above.
We suggest fido stay leashed at the bottom of the firetower should you decide to climb it.
5. Stratton Pond // Hike, Camp
Up for a challenge? Once you and your pup reach the Stratton Firetower, venture north on the Appalachian and Long Trail to the scenic Stratton Pond. Grab supplies from First Run Ski Shop in the Village and make it an overnight camping trip or do it all in a day!
6. Batenkill River // Walk, Swim, Scenic
Pick any spot on the 59.4-mile-long river that flows through Vermont and New York and your pooch is sure to be satisfied to take a dip in the cool water on a hot summer day. Visit the Arlington Green swimming hole for a perfect Vermont day.
As you make summer vacation plans, consider the Green Mountains of Vermont. Not because of our famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, maple syrup, breathtaking views and farm-to-table lifestyle, but because… You want to bathe in natural springs, waterfalls and lakes. You want to pick your line, experiencing an entirely unique and personal venture. The driving force pushing you to travel is adventure. Dogs aren’t dogs in Vermont, … Continue reading 5 GoPro Photos that will Inspire a Vermont Vacation
We’ve all been there. You find that perfect fantasy-looking dish on Pinterest and think, “Hey, I can make that. Easy.” Two hours later, you have a kitchen counter laden with over-priced grocery store fruit or flour – a testament to your hard work gone awry as you realize you may need a bit of culinary guidance. (At least, I’m hoping this has happened to others besides myself…). … Continue reading 6 Easy Ways to Step Up your Culinary Game
One thing’s for sure – there’s no shortage of scenic views here in southern Vermont. Luckily, when the weather’s too hot to earn the scenic views via hike, there’s swimming holes waiting for you to kick-back, relax and enjoy the view. Arlington Green // Cool off at this stunning quintessential Vermont swimming hole in Arlington. Bring a chair or towel to lounge on the small grassy area, … Continue reading 6 SoVT Scenic Swimming Holes You Have to See This Summer