Featured Destination: Vermont

Dream Away in the Green Mountain State

When you imagine a getaway to Vermont, hotels magically turn into quaint inns, ski slopes are pristine, blazing-red maple trees drip with syrup, and hillside farms offer artisanal cheeses along country roads. But this isn’t a dream sequence—it’s Vermont. For generations, its bucolic mystique has drawn almost as many visitors as residents here. Just pick a season—any season—and make plans to get far away from your usual routine.

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Things to do in Vermont

West Coast Highlights

Take the Lake Champlain Byway to hit all the regional highlights on Vermont’s “west coast,” including the Lake Chaplain Islands. Book your hotel in Burlington and take a trip to South Hero, where you can visit Snow Farm Winery—Vermont’s first vineyard. Just another 20 minutes north, at Grand Isle, Hyde Log Cabin—the oldest in the U.S.—welcomes history buffs and schoolchildren alike.

Trail the Mountain Chain

Green Mountain National Forest isn’t just for skiing. It’s also a serene destination for outdoor adventures like hiking, skiing, cycling, hunting and fishing—amidst breathtaking beauty and thundering waterfalls. The famous Appalachian Trail crosses through the southern section of the preserve, while historic Long Trail follows the mountain chain from Canada to the Massachusetts border.

Cheese Anyone?

The fertile valleys, laden with crops and cows at the base of Vermont’s mountains, mean you’ll find some of the best farm-to-table restaurants here. Artisan cheese, wine, craft brews and distilleries dot the landscape, making for a wide range of potential road-trip stops. If you need inspiration, grab a “Vermont Cheese Trail” map—the tour pretty much covers the entire state.

Vermont Hotels

Vermonters love their land. And they love sharing it with all the visitors who come for relaxing, uncomplicated getaways year-round. Hotels are easy to book through Choice Hotels, where you’ll find great rates, rewards and all the travel-essential amenities.