Vermont Family Vacations

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Families Will Love

  • Spectacular scenery and old-fashioned outdoor fun
  • Norman Rockwell-like towns
  • Leaf-peeping via Amtrak's Vermonter

Vermont Family Vacations Overview

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My own memories of traveling to Vermont as a child are as fond as any I have -- camping under the stars in the Green Mountains. Norman Rockwell Christmases at my grandparents' horse farm in Woodstock, where the snow drifts were so high we'd tunnel straight through them. Vermont remains a wonderful place to take the family. This great state is kid-friendly, outdoorsy, diverse and remarkably clean -- from the ground to the air. Vermont is one of those places that still feels like a hidden gem, even though it's not. It has nooks, crannies, winding roads and old-fashioned outdoor fun that will take your family back to the good old days.

Traveling Vermont by car is easy and incredibly picturesque -- the state's highways and five designated scenic byways are famously beautiful, particularly during leaf-peeping season. But realistically, a car tour of Vermont isn't on the itinerary for many families traveling with kids. Trains offer a fun alternative, and Amtrak's Vermonter route runs daily from Washington, D.C. to St. Albans, VT, stopping in Burlington and other popular spots.

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My own memories of traveling to Vermont as a child are as fond as any I have -- camping under the stars in the Green Mountains. Norman Rockwell Christmases at my grandparents' horse farm in Woodstock, where the snow drifts were so high we'd tunnel straight through them. Vermont remains a wonderful place to take the family. This great state is kid-friendly, outdoorsy, diverse and remarkably clean -- from the ground to the air. Vermont is one of those places that still feels like a hidden gem, even though it's not. It has nooks, crannies, winding roads and old-fashioned outdoor fun that will take your family back to the good old days.

Traveling Vermont by car is easy and incredibly picturesque -- the state's highways and five designated scenic byways are famously beautiful, particularly during leaf-peeping season. But realistically, a car tour of Vermont isn't on the itinerary for many families traveling with kids. Trains offer a fun alternative, and Amtrak's Vermonter route runs daily from Washington, D.C. to St. Albans, VT, stopping in Burlington and other popular spots.

Find more specific destinations in Vermont by reading Killington, Okemo, Stowe and Sugarbush.

Also see our Family Ski Vacations section for information on Vermont skiing. Read Less

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06/21/2013

Horse Heaven in Southern Vermont - a Secret Gem!!

We had such an excellent stay at Friesians of Majesty in Townshend, Vermont!! I have told all of my friends and family, it is truly a hidden gem with amazing horses - educational for kids and adults! ... We had such an excellent stay at Friesians of Majesty in Townshend, Vermont!! I have told all of my friends and family, it is truly a hidden gem with amazing horses - educational for kids and adults! Friesian horses are breathtaking black beauty horses from Holland, and Friesians of Majesty has almost 70 of them! The grounds are impeccable, the accommodations were 2 choices: a rustic cottage with a huge granite fireplace and 2 bedrooms or a large apartment that sleeps 5 on top of the mare and foal barn! We of course wanted to be near the horses, so we chose the apartment, which is modern and clean (a great point as it is part of the barn!) Every day the team at Friesians of Majesty works tirelessly dawn til dusk getting their horses ready for lessons, training, rides, or breeding. It is so interesting to see all of the parts working, and my kids (who didnt get cell service up there) were never once bored. At the farm, there were a lot of baby horses, and the staff was happy to allow us to handle, pet, and even lay with the babies! My girls each took riding lessons and were amazed at the movement and nature of the horses. They are intermediate riders as teenagers, and loved every minute of it! Being big horses is almost an intimidating thing, but each horse was sweeter and happier than the next! We are now slated to join one of the weeklong Teenage Girl Summer Camps that the farm has. I also learned that they hold Women's Weekend Camps for just the ladies, so that is also on my bucket list! My husband could not be more impressed with how professional the owners are and how much time they take to explain everything and anything to you! Thank You Thank You to Friesians of Majesty - it was an amazing weekend, and would be a dream come true for any horse loving family!!! Read More Read Less

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