Hey guys! Welcome to our blog on Vermont in winter! We are Scott and Megan (aka Bobo and Chichi) – a couple who have been travelers, bloggers and content creators since 2013. Scott grew up in Huntington Beach, California and went to school for Broadcast Journalism. After graduating he did a little bit of a ‘gap year’ backpacking through Southeast Asia.
Megan grew up on a farm in Northeast Ohio. She worked as a buyer in the fashion industry in California for about five years before needing a change – due to her demanding work schedule she was never able to travel.
We met through friends and had shared desires to travel. Scott went to teach English in South Korea and Megan followed. While in South Korea we started our blog (www.boboandchichi.com) as a way to connect our family to our life in Korea and also create content to inspire other ESL teachers to get out and explore the countryside of Korea during their year teaching. We decided to expand as a general travel blog and the rest is history!
Staycation in Mount Snow, Vermont this Winter
Since relocating to the East Coast we really have wanted to explore New England, and Scott has a love of snowboarding and snow adventures. The only visit we have made to Vermont so far was in the south where we stayed around Mount Snow in the most adorable A-Frame cabin rental.
We used that as our base to explore the area for four days including stops in Stratton and Wilmington. While driving around was insanely beautiful, we did take the time to really just enjoy the cabin we booked too, plus buy and try many of the epic craft beverages that come from Vermont – specifically the hazy IPA beers from local craft breweries and the dry ciders!
We found that Vermont might be our favorite destination in all of the US for craft beverages! We are hoping to plan a return visit to Vermont in the fall and next winter too to explore more of what this state has to offer.
Why Vermont is Such a Winter Wonderland!
Vermont is a winter wonderland – from some of the best skiing mountains on the East Coast to all kinds of outdoor activities like ice skating, snow tubing, winter hiking and snowshoe/cross country skiing trails and of course, the scenery itself feels straight out of a snowglobe or greeting card. If you haven’t already, you need to visit Vermont in winter!
We loved everywhere we went in Vermont. We adored our cabin, but visiting the covered bridges in the snow and charming roadside stores like the Stratton Parsonage and Worn New England were unexpected gems too – we loved pulling over and taking photos of these places in the snow.
Also the ice skating rink we visited at Farm Road Estate, West Dover felt like something straight out of a charming painting! We felt like the scenes worth photographing in Vermont were endless. We didn’t take our DSLR up on the mountain when we were enjoying a day on the slopes at Mount Snow but the heavy snow covered trees were really beautiful to see.
Best Things To Do in Vermont in Winter
We would have to say the best things to do in Vermont in winter would be spending at least a full day on the mountain snowboarding or skiing, and spending time enjoying some winter wellness activities – whether you book a place that has a hot tub like we did, or visit one of the local spas to ease and soothe your muscles after a couple of days of mountain snowplay.
You can also pick an activity like snowshoeing or winter hiking, visit a few of the charming covered bridges, taste the flavors of the area (especially the craft beverage scene) and visit the beautiful towns along the way. We were especially fond of a place called Wilmington and we had lots of fun taking scenic drives in the snow stopping at unexpected gems along the way.
Book a Lodge or A-Frame Cabin in Vermont
We recommend booking lodging based accommodation for your winter adventures in Vermont. For example if you want to hit the slopes for a majority of your trip, you probably want to pick a lodge located right on the mountain. We noticed there were a few that had ski-in and ski-out rooms.
If you are looking for a home away from home we recommend finding a nice cabin rental that has all the amenities you are looking for. We stayed in a gorgeous A-Frame cabin just a few minutes drive to Mount Snow that was equipped with a fireplace to cozy by in the evenings, and even a hot tub where we were able to soak our muscles after a day at the slopes and just unwind a little surrounded by the winter beauty and alpine forest.
Best Way to get Around Vermont in Winter
If you are coming to Vermont from New York City like us, there are options where you can join a bus that makes a day trip up to a ski resort that takes care of all your transport. But, if you are planning a multi-day trip we suggest having a car so you can get out and explore the area a bit as it’s too beautiful to spend multiple days here and not take some scenic drives.
Need to Know Before you Go
You need to dress warm for Vermont! We were surprised with how chilly it got. Luckily we both were prepared with layers, great snow boots, ice grips for our boots and plenty of layers. You will want to make sure you bring enough layers for the type of winter activities you plan on doing. Apart from that, just be open to exploring unexpected gems you find on the way!
We would like to leave you with our favorite memory from our winter trip to Vermont. Seeing how we both live in New York City, we sometimes need a break from the energy of the city and surround ourselves with nature. By booking a spacious cabin with all of the essentials we wanted to stay cozy – like a fireplace and a hot tub – we were able to enjoy the best of winter.
We felt completely relaxed and comfortable even just at the cabin enjoying the gorgeous surroundings and a glimpse of what life is like for those who are lucky enough to call this area of Vermont home in the winter season.
One of our most fond memories was sitting under the stars in the hot tub at our rental sipping on an ice cold cider from a local cider maker, and just feeling completely relaxed and recharged to return back to normal citylife.