For those not into snow sports, it’s nice to get away from the cold winter months up north for sunnier destinations like Florida, Texas and Arizona. But when summer month roll around and the mercury rises up north- and it’s downright uncomfortable down south- there’s no better place to be than Vermont. And there is no more bustling spot in the Green Mountain State from spring to fall than southern Vermont.
Everything from cultural exhibits to the beauties of nature are waiting for southern VT visitors every summer. The Brattleboro Gallery Walk, for instance, is among the largest congregation of art exhibits in the state. Over 25 venues open their doors to art lovers, displaying the paintings, photographs and sculptures of local and national artists. A perfect way to spend summer Friday evenings, the Gallery Walk takes place the first of every month.
Also taking in the beauty nature has to offer on the Battenkill River with a canoe or kayak tour is an excellent way to spend the day. Stretching 60 miles from East Dorset, the Battenkill River flows west as a tributary to the Hudson River. A perfect meandering waterway to enjoy the slowly flowing waters on a warm summer day on a kayak, canoe or inner tube, the Battenkill channels crystal clear waters average a depth of no more than 8 feet.
Once you pull ashore and dry off, you can take in the thrill of the best mountain biking trails in the country. The Green Mountain Forest is a 400,000 acre parcel of public land through which you can zip on your mountain bike. Trails built throughout the park in 2010 now total 8 routes total close to 80 miles winding throughout the park.