There are a lot of fun things to do with the help of Mother Nature's resources. There are so many things you can do & see. Vermont takes time to see! Enjoy favorite pastimes in the Summer such as hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or paddling and of course playing a round of golf on smoothly groomed hillsides can be enjoyed throughout the state in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Join other "leaf-peepers" to gaze in wonder at the brilliant colors during Fall Foliage season or go skiing or snowboarding on one of the many snow-covered mountains in the Winter.
Visitors to Vermont often receive a cozy, old-fashioned welcome at lodgings that can range from small Bed & Breakfasts to Country Inns to modern Resorts with spas and other luxuries.
Historic sites feature the people and places of the American Revolution; fascinating museums as well as art and theater & music venues help offset the abundant outdoor and winter activities. Shopping in country stores, galleries, museum stores, or at sprawling outlet communities is welcomed and encouraged. At day’s start or day’s end, native refreshments include maple syrup, apples, cheese, and chocolate. The beauty of Vermont ranges from rustic to refined, and it all feels special to the Vermont way of life.
Joe's Pond - West Danville, VT
Vermont remains a superb destination for country drives, mountain rambles, and overnights at country inns. A good map opens the door to back-road adventures, and it's not hard to get a taste of Vermont's way of life. The numbers tell the story: Burlington, Vermont's largest city, counts around 39,000 year-round residents; Rutland sits at around 17,000; Montpelier, the state capital, about 8,000; Brattleboro and Bennington, perhaps 8,500 and 9,500; Stowe and Manchester have between 4,000 and 5,000 residents; Woodstock and Chester about 3,000.
The state's total population is just a shade over 600,000, making it the second smallest state in terms of population, the sixth smallest in geographic area, and in return, making it one of only a handful of states with more senators (2) than representatives (1) in Congress.
Sunset on Lake Champlain June 2008
Lake Champlain, the nation's sixth-largest freshwater body lies at the northwest border with New York State and Canada. The state is split east-west by the Green Mountains, which are popular for recreational activities. The eastern border with New Hampshire is defined by the Connecticut River. Vermont is the only landlocked state in New England which leads to its often being short-changed in guides to the region. Its highest point is Mount Mansfield at 4,393 ft, and its lowest point is Lake Champlain, at 95 feet.
The state is extremely rural, its valleys littered with farms.
Among the state's major exports are cheese, maple syrup, marble, slate, and granite. Tourism is also a very large industry in Vermont, as skiers travel from Boston, New York, Canada, and elsewhere to ski resorts up and down the Green Mountains spine during the winter. In summer, the many bed and breakfasts fill up with couples and families wanting to visit the state's small towns and wild areas. Vermont's autumn foliage is known for being the most spectacular in the country, and possibly the world. It occurs quite early -- usually mid-September to mid-October. The only time that the visitor might try to plan around is "Mud Season" (March-April), when unpaved ground becomes unwalkable during the thaw. Even Mud Season has its charms, though.
Kettle Pond - Groton State Forest
For leaf peeping, all of VT is good for this. But the Northern most part starts and ends it's foliage earlier then the central and southern most parts of course. Peak season is right around the tail end of Sept. and into the beginning/middle of Oct. Any later (or much earlier) than that and you may just miss out on the whole lot of it. The Northeast Kingdom is great for special little taste of Vermont.
You may want to think about heading to the Stowe area. Check out: http://www.gostowe.com/
During September and October, Vermont's wooded mountains burst into fiery color. Hotels, restaurants, and roads fill quickly during this season, so make reservations early. Columbus Day weekend is usually the most crowded. The small geographical size and rural character of the state make it easy to view foliage from almost any location. Bus and bicycle tours will often guide tourists to the best foliage-viewing areas. Several ski resorts in the region offer foliage-viewing ski-lift rides to mountaintop overlooks. Foliage season begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. During peak, most deciduous trees will display some color change. Maples will blaze orange and red; birches, ash, and aspen will glow yellow; and oaks will turn a warm purplish-brown. After peak, the leaves drop and color quickly fades from the hillsides over the next week or so.
Foliage change is partially triggered by cold, so "peak" will arrive sooner in the north of the state and at higher elevations, moving south and down during the season. Bring warm clothing and an umbrella, as the New England weather can be unpredictable.
Church Street Marketplace - Burlington, VT.
Vermont's largest and perhaps most cosmopolitan city, Burlington beckons with the perfect blend of old New England charm, arts, culture and nature. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, Burlington is one of those places you can't help but fall in love with. During the spring and summer, the streets come alive with festivals and outdoor concerts. The picnic benches, playground and bike paths of Leddy Park are filled with warm weather revelers, and opportunities to swim, fish or just kick back on the beach abound. In the fall, the Burlington Bike Path is bustling with leaf peepers who come to view the vibrant autumn colors. In winter, lace up your ice skates and head to the Paquette Arena or grab your skis and head to any of the nearby resorts. Church Street Marketplace, with its early 1900s architecture, great restaurants, live entertainment, one-of-a-kind shops and well-known stores, is the focal point of the downtown area.
Anytime of the year is a good time for chocolate. Be sure to stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates for a tour and taste.
Snuggled between the Winooski River and Lake Champlain, Burlington enjoys no shortage of superlatives, having been recognized variously as "America's Dream Town," as one of the "10 Great Places to Raise a Family," and as having one of the country's top Main Street districts. Indeed, Burlington distinguishes itself with a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown area and myriad cultural opportunities, including one of New England's top jazz festivals (the University of Vermont's acclaimed Lane performance series), museums, and seasonal performances by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Thanks to the handful of area colleges and universities, the town's youthful vigor lasts year-round, resulting in an eclectic music scene one that has spawned the likes of Phish, whose homespun grooves enjoy a near-religious following nationwide. Add to the mix the city's close proximity to the scenic Green Mountains a nature-lover's wonderland popular for its ski resorts, hiking trails and, of course, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and it's little wonder that so many people visit Burlington once only to discover that they never want to leave.
Spanning four, pedestrian-friendly blocks smack dab in the middle of the Queen City's historic downtown, the unique Church Street Marketplace represents a wide range of architectural styles, including Victorian and Art Deco. The Market boasts more than 100 retailers, which range from colorful street vendors to familiar stores like Old Navy, Banana Republic, Yankee Candle, and Border's Books. In addition, visitors will find scores of terrific restaurants and bars, as well as the exclusive Burlington Town Center Mall and its high-end specialty shops.
Church Street Marketplace - Burlington, VT.
I recommend dining, drinking, and dancing (if that’s your thing) at Nectar’s while in B-town, VT. Well known as the place where Phish got it's start, this classic downtown bar and grill is a favorite with locals and student crowds. The pubby interior, punctuated by stark white walls and dark wood trim, offers cozy environs for a quick lunch or an evening gathering with old friends. The menu features a bevy of standard bar fare, including burgers, hot sandwiches and great fries. In the evening hours, bartenders sling cocktails and microbrews, while the booths and barstools fill up with a veritable "who's who" of local color there for the nightly offering of live music.
So, while you are in Vermont, check out Burlington.
It's the largest city...but most likely the smallest "big" city you have ever seen. The Church Street Market Street is great. (the pedestrian only shopping street) Grab a coffee or beverage of your own preference and walk Church Street.. it’s quaint and worth the visit.
Suggested Burlington Itinerary:
Travelers heading to Burlington Vermont have many options to choose from when deciding what to see. Unlike many Vermont towns that can be thoroughly explored by walking down half a dozen streets, Burlington itineraries can take several days to complete. Some Burlington suggested itineraries are outlined below.
On their suggested itineraries Burlington visitors can do worse than starting at Battery Park. Situated on a lakeside promontory at the northwest corner of the city’s business district, the park offers a good vantage point for visitors to orientate themselves to the city and plan Burlington itineraries. As its name indicates, the park served as a military camp during the War of 1812. Burlington suggested itineraries would then take the visitor to the revitalized waterfront area.
On their suggested itineraries Burlington shoppers should head to the Church Street Marketplace, perhaps the best place in Vermont for shopping.
Street performers enliven this area in the summer, but the lively pedestrian mall is worth a visit year-round. Burlington’s best music clubs are located near Main Street at the end of the mall.
Owl's Head Summit
If you have more time for your Burlington suggested itineraries, you may want to take advantage of the activities at the waterfront. The floating Community Boathouse has sailing lessons, rental boats, and tour boats that make scenic excursions daily. In the summer months, the waterfront is alive with Vermont events, like the popular Vermont Brewers Festival. A free cable car leaves from here to continue Burlington itineraries to Church Street and the University of Vermont.
On their suggested itineraries Burlington visitors should be sure to visit the campus of the University of Vermont, which contains many fine 19th-century buildings, including Billings Library (now the student center) and the towering Old Mill. Burlington itineraries should follow the North Prospect Street, the site of many historic buildings. Burlington suggested itineraries include a visit to the Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art, which has one of the best permanent collections in New England. Another gem worth seeking out is the university’s Perkins Museum of Geology. The museum features a skeleton of a whale dug up by railroad workers in 1849. The whale provided evidence that Lake Champlain was once a saltwater arm of the Atlantic Ocean.
Downhill from the university is the historic Hill District, a must on all Burlington suggested itineraries. The neighborhood of stately 19th-century homes was built with wealth from the city’s rich sawmills. Most homes have now been converted to commercial use; some are now fraternities or sororities.
Burlington suggested itineraries for history-minded visitors would include a visit to Winooski, burial place of Ethan Allen, the most famous figure in Vermont history.
The restored Ethan Allen homestead recreates life in Allen’s time. The grounds are open year-round; the house can be visited by appointment. Allen’s brother, Ira Allen, once owned a hydroelectric damn on the Winooski River where it meets Lake Champlain and is credited with founding the University of Vermont.
A great daytrip on Burlington itineraries would be a visit to nearby Shelburne Museum. The museum has one of the most unique collections of American folk and fine art. The sprawling complex also displays whole buildings from around New England, including a 1890 railroad station, a lighthouse, and a round barn. The 42-acre grounds alone are worth Burlington day trips, the formal gardens, intimate courtyards, and fragrant lilacs are all elegantly landscaped.
Spanning some 45 acres and featuring 37 buildings, the Shelburne Museum preserves New England's proud, pre-industrial traditions, like the historic Lake Champlain Lighthouse, an old-fashioned covered bridge, carriages and sleighs, 18th and 19th century furniture, and even the remains of an old jail cell. This place is really interesting, and neat to check out if you have the time.
Shelburne Farms is another sight worth seeing on Burlington itineraries. In the late 1800s, heirs to the Vanderbilt fortune bought 4,000 acres of land on a peninsula into Lake Champlain. They destroyed many buildings and forests on the land and replaced them with carefully planned woods, colossal Tudor-style barns and stately mansions. Huge mounds of earth were moved to create artificial hills.
The farms are now a non-profit venture focusing on working farming.
Of course, if you have enough time in Burlington, you will want to explore more of Vermont. Taking a fishing trip on Lake Champlain, hiking in the Green Mountains. or, in winter, skiing at Stowe, Killington, or another Vermont ski resort, is an excellent idea for a Burlington itinerary.
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Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
I would also recommend Killington, VT (just outside of Rutland). for the Fall Foliage (as well as the ski trails in the wintertime). There are a lot of tourists (as well as natives) that travel there to check out the foliage. My personal favorite destination in Vermont is Killington for the foliage and the skiing as well. You’ll find farms and orchards in the area, especially along Routes 7 and 100. The latter being the better choice for those traveling up North from down South. And Rt. 100 is just a good route to take, much more scenic than the highway.
Got a sweet tooth? Chances are you've already had a brush or two with this homegrown scoop of Americana.
Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, Heath Bar Crunch, “Phish” Food, Mint Oreo Cookie, Karamel Sutra, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, (I could go on and on…) Ben & Jerry's famously ingenious flavors and colorful brand-names have earned the company a loyal following both in the U.S. and abroad. Visitors to the Green Mountain creamery may participate in 30-minute guided tours, watch a 7-minute film in the Cow Over The Moon Theater, and pay a visit to FlavoRoom to sample the newest offerings. Reservations are encouraged for groups of 10 or more; however, no reservations are accepted during July and August.
Driving with Okemo Mtn. in view.
Okemo Mountain, located in Ludlow, VT is beautiful to visit as well.
Ludlow also hosts a bunch of great Maple syrup shops and a few cheese factories. Also Stratton Mtn. is great for “mountain” camping. Check out: http://www.stratton.com/index.htm
Woodstock Middle Bridge
Quechee Gorge (located in White River Junction which borders New Hampshire) is definitely worth a visit, though I'm not too keen on Woodstock. Nice town, just very touristy now.
In the summer, there are some awesome sliding trails on Pico Mountain, if you get over that far, and have enough time.
It’s called “Alpine sliding”. It is a lot of fun. If you get the chance to do it, take advantage of the opportunity. It will be the funnest things you have ever done Google it, trust me.
Quechee Gorge Autumn View
If you’re up North, a good place (usually) for leaf peeping is the Northeast Kingdom (around St. Johnsbury and north). Much like Church Street in Burlington, St. Johnsbury has a lot of nice little shops. Nice little town. While in the area, I suggest touring Vermont’s own Cabot Creamery in Cabot, VT (which is near St. Johnsbury) to get a true experience of the whole cheese making process of the Nationwide famous Cabot Cheddar Cheese. And then continue down the road and definitely check out Edelweiss Bakery in Johnson for lunch. They have the best in the area in regards to amazing sandwiches and baked goods. You can read up on them in Vermont Magazine. Also check out the Boyden Valley Winery on Route 15.
If and while in Southern Vermont, I recommend stopping at the Vermont Country store (there’s one in Weston and one in Rockingham) - Click this link: http://www.
vermonthi.com/vermont-country-store.html. There’s also Mach’s “General” store in Pawlet, VT. They sell all sorts of things. Stopping in Vermont’s general stores is a must, if just to see what they are like since I haven’t seen anything like them elsewhere. For example, a true Vermont general/country store has a large assortment of nuts and bolts to a wide variety of "made in Vermont" items. They offer homemade soup, chili, salads, cookies and pies along with a full-service snack bar. There is something for everyone in their many departments. Including automotive, hardware, gardening, toys, grocery, beer and wine, sporting goods, stationery, and a gift shop. The friendliness of the staff makes this a truly enjoyable visit.
VT Country Store - Wintertime Rockingham, VT.
You can find not only a friendly smile but also just about anything else you are looking for. They have a wide variety of grocery and deli items, hardware, automotive, pet food, sporting goods and a gift shop. There you can find a wide variety of "made in Vermont Products" and delicious Cabot extra sharp cheese right from the wheel. At Mach's General Store in the heart of Pawlet, VT, (located just south of Killington and Rutland, next to Danby, and just west of Mount Tabor, Ludlow, and Weston) you can look through the floor and see a view of Flower Brook.
They even have a snack bar w/an extensive variety of menu items bound to satisfy any visitor’s tastes. I believe they are open for lunch and dinner. This is my favorite true Vermont Country Store and I highly recommend stopping by for a visit, mosey through the aisles and enjoy a true country store experience, if you’re traveling to or through the southern region of Vermont.
A true Vermont general store - Mach's General Store, Pawlet, VT.
If you’re into golfing, Vermont golf courses are nationally acclaimed. The rolling terrain of Vermont’s valleys are ideal for course designers and the state’s natural beauty provides a perfect setting for Vermont golf courses.
There are more Vermont golf courses per capita than in any other state in the nation except Florida and another one seems to appear every year.
Every region of the small state now has interesting, challenging, well-groomed courses and the best Vermont golf courses are as good as any in the world.
Vermont Country Store - Weston, VT
Manchester Vermont has several well renowned golf courses. Ekwanok Country Club, Gleneages Course at Equinox Resort, and Manchester Country Club are all rated among the best Vermont golf courses.
Opened in 1900, Ekwanok marked an architectural departure for American golf courses. Its lung fairways, sculpted greens, and innovative bunker placement designed to challenge an accomplished golfer while still accommodating a weaker player drew favorable comparison with some of the famous courses in Scotland. The 595-yard 7th hole at Ekwanok is probably the most famous of any Vermont golf course.
The unique design included a 60-foot hill that bisects the fairway from the 300 to the 370 yard mark. Ekwanok remains one of Vermont’s best golf courses; green fees begin at around $85.
Vermont Golf Equinox Resort
In Burlington Vermont golf courses seem to springing up all over town. The Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington, Burlington Country Club, and the Links at Long Farm are the best-rated places for Burlington Vermont golf. Burlington Vermont golf has a long history. Waubanakee Country Club of Burlington was one of just seven charter members of the Vermont Golf Association when it formed in 1902.
Master golfer Jack Nicklaus designed the Vermont National course.
Opened in 1998, the championship course has five sets of tees, giving the 18 holes a varied distance between 5,156 and 7,035 yards. The front nine is gentle and rolling, reminiscent of a Scottish links course, the back nine is more rugged, with dramatic rock outcroppings and ledges offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and water.
Despite the popularity of Vermont golf courses, the sport remains the state’s second favorite behind skiing. For many years, ski resort towns faced a dilemma: how to attract people to all the hotels and restaurants in the summer? They seem to have found the answer to their problem in golf. Today, almost every major ski area has a Vermont golf course active in the summer. Many of these Vermont golf courses are as good as the ski resorts that look down on them. Stowe, Stratton, Mt Snow, Jay Peak all have at least one top-class course; Killington has several.
A day on a Vermont golf course is a great thing to do on a Vermont vacation.
Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your gear or don’t feel confident in your game, many Vermont golf courses, especially those at ski resorts or hotels, offer rentals and lessons.
Three of my favorite things to do in Vermont are skiing, hiking, and fishing (also ascending natural rock formations, but I wouldn’t say Vermont is particularly notable for it’s rock climbing). So let’s start with hiking…
Vermont is a perfect place for hiking, with miles of trails through scenic mountain forests and pleasantly sculpted farmland.
The most famous trail for hiking in Vermont is the Long Trail, a 270-mile footpath that runs from the Vermont-Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. Built between 1910 and 1930, this venerable Vermont hiking trail is the oldest long-distance walking path in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains, crossing over Vermont’s highest peaks as it meanders through the backwoods of the Northeast’s most rural state. Many other Vermont hiking trails branch off from the Long Trail, so the footpath offers endless choices for Vermont hiking, from several-hour jaunts to extended backcountry backpacking, many of which will take you to some of the state’s best fishing spots.
One of the most popular sections of the Long Trail for hiking southern Vermont begins at Route 11 west of Peru Notch and goes to the top of Bromley Mountain.
The one-way hike takes four hours. Another good path for hiking southern Vermont begins in Townshend State Park on Route 30 one mile south of Townshend, Vermont. Here the Long Trail passes and alder swamp, a brook, and a hemlock forest as it runs to the top of Bald Mountain (two hours). If you are hiking southern Vermont on the Long Trail, you are walking on a section of the Appalachian Trail. This lengthy trail runs in a continuous path from Georgia to Maine and was modeled after the Long Trail.
Abigail Summits Owl's Head - Groton State Forest
While it coincides with its parent Vermont hiking trail, the AT, summits such notable peaks as Stratton Mountain, Glastenbury Mountain, and Killington Peak (the wintertime ski resort).
The AT separates from the Long Trail at Maine Junction and turns east, crossing the White River and the Connecticut River as it enters New Hampshire.
View From Mount Equinox SkyLine
There are about 70 rough shelters on the Long Trail, but the footpath also passes several good inns as it crosses the Green Mountains. One cozy hotel is the Inn at Long Trail, a small lodge situated where the famous Vermont hiking path crosses Route 4 near Killington, Vermont. This unusual Killington hotel draws its décor from the outdoors: there are large boulders inside the inn itself! The inn offers special rates to hikers completing the entire Long Trail or Appalachian Trail.
There are also several good Vermont hiking trails around Middlebury in the center of the state.
One good, short path for hiking in Vermont begins on Route 73 at Brandon Gap and climbs steeply up Mount Horrid. Another good place for hiking in Vermont is Mount Mansfield State Forest and Little River State Park near Stowe Vermont. One trail in the park reaches the site where a Civilian Conservation Corps unit was stationed in the 1930s.
You don’t have to be in the Vermont wilderness to find some great Vermont hiking trails. A 9-mile path along Lake Champlain begins in downtown Burlington Vermont.
The Long Trail and many other Vermont hiking trails are maintained by the Green Mountain Club.
The club headquarters in Waterbury is a good place to pick guides and maps to the extensive networks of Vermont hiking trails.
If you live in the northeastern United States and like to snowboard or ski Vermont is the place to go. Vermont ski resorts are among the best and biggest in the nation and several are truly world-class.
Even before it absorbed nearby Pico Mountain, Killington Resort was the largest of all Vermont ski resorts.
In the winter months, Killington becomes one of the largest cities in the state with over 2,000 people work at the resort alone. Killington has over 90 miles of trails, with an impressive 60 miles of trails covered using artificial snowmakers, more than all other Vermont ski resorts. With all these trails, Killington has terrain for every level of skier.
Stowe Mountain is the quintessential place to ski Vermont. Known as the "Ski Capital of the East," Stowe was the first of all Vermont ski areas when it opened in the 1930s. Stowe is characterized by its long, winding trails, the longest of which is over three and one half miles. Stowe is situated on the side of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s largest mountain, and its 2,360-feet vertical drop is one of the longest of all Vermont ski areas. Stowe is a good resort for serious intermediate and advanced skiers.
Families looking to ski Vermont should head to Okemo Mountain, the most child-friendly of Vermont ski areas.
Over 97% of Okemo’s are covered by snowmaking, more than any other ski resorts in Vermont. The trails at Okemo are mostly designed for novice and intermediate skiers, while the well-maintained terrain parks and half-pipes are popular with snowboarders. Okemo offers Vermont ski packages with reduced or free ski passes for children. Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, and Smuggler’s Notch are also renowned as family-friendly ski resorts in Vermont.
Killington Mtn. Trails
Other good ski resorts in Vermont include Stratton Mountain, which is popular with young professionals from New York and Connecticut. In recent years, Stratton has gained a reputation as a snowboard-friendly resort. The half-pipe in front of the base lodge is the site of the annual U.S. Open Snowboard Championships.
The southernmost ski resorts in Vermont are Mt.
Snow and Haystack. These areas offer Vermont ski packages, so a ticket at one resort is good for the other (and also for Killington). The mountains are smaller than some of the mega-size Vermont ski areas, but both offer a good selection of intermediate terrain.
Sugarbush Ski Resort.
Two central Vermont ski areas, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, have reputations as good resorts for advanced and expert skiers. Mad River is characterized by steep, rugged terrain. Sugarbush is known for its formidable steep runs near the top and in front of the main base, but its north mountain also has some good beginner trails.
Prices at Vermont ski areas seem to rise every year, but there are still some good Vermont ski packages available.
Many hotels, especially those associated with resorts, offer Vermont ski packages that combine accommodation and lift tickets. Multi-day tickets at most Vermont ski areas are discounted, and reduced-price single day tickets are sold at many stores and hotels close to the big resorts. It is also worth checking the websites of ski resorts in Vermont for special discounts.
Mount Ellen - Sugarbush Resort.
Mount Ellen, VT - taken 2/10/08, at the top of the North Ridge Express quad. Upper FIS and Black Diamond in the background (Summit Quad on wind hold) Tons of snow, Powder Day!
One of the best things about skiing is the stunning natural beauty that can be seen from the top of mountains or on ski lifts. Because many Vermont ski resorts double as golf resorts in the summer and others have hiking paths, mountain biking trails, or horse riding tracks, this natural beauty is often accessible to non-skiers in the summer months. Visit one of the many Vermont ski resorts and discover why so many people love to ski Vermont.
Before skiing took the state by storm in the 1960s, fishing was Vermont’s leading tourist industry.
Its lakes and streams were nationally renowned and fishing lodges in Vermont attracted visitors from around the world.
Zealous fishing, river damming, and waterside property development have led to a decrease in fish stocks, but for fishing Vermont retains some of the best waters in the Northeast. Inland waters of Vermont are stocked with over 300,000 yearling landlocked salmon, brook, brown, lake and rainbow trout. This area encompasses over 500 miles of streams and rivers, and over 70,000 acres of lakes and ponds.
Visitors are recommended to hire one of the many Vermont fishing guides to show them best places for Vermont fishing. The Orvis Company in Manchester Vermont hosts an acclaimed fly-fishing school on the Batten Kill, the trout stream that made Vermont fishing famous.
Orvis’s Vermont fishing guides give three-day courses weekly from April to October. Orvis Company was begun by the brother of the founder of one of the most famous fishing lodges in Vermont, Equinox Spa & Resort, a 19th-century retreat for wealthy city folk and now a modern luxury hotel. Other groups near Manchester, Battenkill anglers and Strictly Trout, have Vermont fishing guides to teach the art of fly fishing and lead groups fishing Vermont streams.
Abundant species of fish found while fishing Vermont rivers include rainbow trout, pickerel, small-mouth bass, perch, and bass. Central Vermont is known for its great warm-water lake and pod fishing. Bomoseen, Dunmore, and St. Catherine lakes are good for rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Fairlee and Morey lakes have bass, perch, and pickerel, among other species. Vermont fishing guides from Yankee Charters in Middlebury will rent gear and set up trips on Lake Champlain, which is stocked annually with salmon and lake trout. Several places around Burlington Vermont offer boat rentals and marina services.
Fishing on Trout Club pond
Lake Champlain is not just popular for warm-weather fishing. In the winter, hardy folks will make ice-fishing holes here and in Lake Memphremagog (amonst many other popular lakes and ponds).
Vermont’s White River used to be known as a spawning ground for Atlantic salmon. Years of damming and development have reduced their stock, but there is now a huge fish hatchery on the river turning fry loose into the waters in the hope that they will return as adults, aided by new fish ladders built around hydroelectric dams all down the Connecticut River. If successful fishing Vermont streams for salmon could become a very popular angling pursuit.
Anglers must obtain a permit from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife agency.
Licenses for Vermont fishing are $20 for residents, $41 for non-residents (under 15 fish free). Non-residents can obtain 3, 5, or 7 day fishing permits for $15, $20, and $30 respectively. Consult the Vermont Fish and Wildlife office in Waterbury or call 802-241-3700 for more details and for information on daily catch limits.
Lake Champlain Vermont
Whatever it is you decide to do, I wish you safe and happy travels and enjoy your stay in my little home state of Vermont!