Words by Myra Foster Unlike white shoes, spirits aren’t really limited to a season. But springtime does invite us to put a fresh twist on cocktail hour with lighter liquors like vodka, gin and rum. We’re lucky to live in Vermont where some of the world’s best brews and spirits are crafted; you are lucky that many of the finest are shipped well beyond our … Continue reading Stir it Up! Vermont Spirits Make the Best Springtime Cocktails
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
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
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
From yoga classes, meditation, failed inversions and humbling moments spent delving into my practice – no textbook in the world could have prepared me for what I’ve learnt at Wanderlust. For the past four summers, I have been privileged enough to attend Wanderlust Stratton. Each year, I set my intention with the hope of coming out the other side a changed woman. It wasn’t until … Continue reading Explore the Uncomfortable: How Wanderlust Changed Me
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