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5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall

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

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6 Dog-Approved Adventures to Check off your Summer Bucket List

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, Scenic13838564_10154459601843689_541115032_o

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, FundraiserDSC_0620

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 // HikeStratton fire tower

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.

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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, Scenic13838569_10154445910228689_373180282_o

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.

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Stratton Mountain: Your Summertime Dream Gym

Stratton Mountain, Vermont: the perfect summer destination for laid-back vacationers seeking a relaxing getaway or thrill-seeking outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventure. Visitors wanting to take it easy can explore the Village, boasting a locally sourced food scene, excellent retail therapy and full-service spa. But for those looking for more action, here’s how to turn your summer trip to Stratton into the alfresco getaway of your … Continue reading Stratton Mountain: Your Summertime Dream Gym

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Venture Vermont: Stratton Pond Hike

Have you ever felt like you just needed to unplug? These days our culture is so clogged with technology. Emails literally at our fingertips, photos and snapchats of who’s doing what, where they went to dinner, how cute their dog is. While these are all great advances in the world we live in, sometimes, it’s just nice to get away. And that is exactly what … Continue reading Venture Vermont: Stratton Pond Hike

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6 Labor Day Activities Kids Will Love

It’s that time of year again. The air is starting to get cooler, the kids are back to school and it’s the unofficial end to summer – Labor Day Weekend. Here at Stratton, we’re celebrating the amazing, warm, carefree Vermont summer with the first ever Summer Village Fest. While we’ve got a packed events list for the weekend, here’s our top picks for the best family … Continue reading 6 Labor Day Activities Kids Will Love

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Elevate your Practice | Mid-Mountain Hike & Yoga Classes

Mix up your practice by taking it out of the traditional yoga studio and up the mountain. Mid-Mountain Hike & Yoga is the perfect way for an active yogi to end a weekend spent in Southern VT. Filling a two hour time slot from 10:00am-12:00pm, participants start off by congregating at First Run Ski Shop in the Village. Here, we not only get a chance to get … Continue reading Elevate your Practice | Mid-Mountain Hike & Yoga Classes

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Stratton Yogis take their Practice off the Mat

 If one lesson was learned at this year’s spectacular Wanderlust Festival, it’s that yoga practice isn’t limited to a mat in a workout room. Thousands of yogis traveled to Stratton Mountain for Wanderlust to stretch it out on stand up paddle boards, hammocks, slack lines and mountain trails. Inspired by this growing trend, Stratton Mountain yoga instructors will be taking their teaching practice off the … Continue reading Stratton Yogis take their Practice off the Mat