Quechee Lakes is a mecca for all things winter in Vermont. With more than 5,200 snow covered acres, families of all ages take it outdoors to enjoy snowshoeing, fat biking, ice skating and sledding. The 15km of well-groomed Nordic trails, 13 Alpine trails, terrain park and Quadzilla lift at Ski Quechee delight members and guests throughout the winter months. A true wonderland for all ages, The Quechee Club’s amenities and signature events are just part of what makes it such a spectacular winter get-away.
Vermont is packed full of great travel destinations and with Quechee’s central location and easy access to Interstates 89 and 91, it’s the perfect home base for those wanting to road trip and see the sights. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Done-in-A-Day – Vermont Winter Destinations, all within driving distance from Quechee Lakes. These hot spots are ideal for both thrill seeking and relaxed sightseeing. Spend the day exploring the very best Vermont has to offer and you’ll still be home in time for dinner at Quechee’s very own Murphy’s Tavern.1.) Hit the Slopes – Little State, Big Ski Mountains
Less than 45 minutes from the village of Quechee Lakes are several of Vermont’s largest ski & ride resorts. There’s more to experience than meets the eye when touring the states sky-high winter destinations. Visit Killington and take a ride on the Beast Mountain Coaster, a 4,800 ft. long alpine mountain coaster that twists and turns through snow covered tracks. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride while you kick back and relax during a mile and a quarter commute in an 8-person cabin to the top of Killington’s 4,241 ft. peak. For those who prefer low altitude excitement, a trip to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT is a great place to take in a snowcat drawn sleigh ride or guided snowmobile tour. Visit SkiVermont.com for a full list of Vermont ski areas.
2.) Bask in the Brew Ha-Ha - Vermont Brewery Tours
There is no place quite like Vermont to appreciate the abundance of fine craft brews. Vermont brewers are making magic here in the mountains and you can check out a ton of cool breweries only a short drive from Quechee. For those looking to let their designated driver off the hook, the Quechee Club offers off-campus brewery tours led by our professional recreation staff. Visit Harpoon Brewery, only 20 minutes from Quechee Lakes, walk the Path of Life Garden with winding footpaths and tunnels, and shop the artisan stores on site. In under 30 minutes you can enjoy a cold one at Longtrail Brewery in their riverside pub & restaurant inspired by the Hofbräu House in Munich, Germany. For those looking for that hard to find microbrew, visit the VT Brewers Association for a list of Vermont breweries.
3.) Say Cheese – Vermont Dairy Tours
You know that old saying “When in Rome”? Well, when you’re in Vermont, cheese is the name of the game. Visit the Vermont Cheese Map to plan your route. Vermont has over 50 cheesemakers producing more than 150 artisan varieties. Many of these farms have tours and retail stores you can visit. Pop into Cabot Creamery in Montpelier, VT, a cooperative founded by 94 pioneering dairy farm families in 1919. Grafton Village Cheese was founded in 1892 by a group of farmers in the green mountains of southern Vermont who wanted to maximize their surplus of milk by working together to produce cheese. They hauled their extra milk to the co-op for cheese making, where the milk could be stored longer in the days before refrigeration. These and other neat stories await you.
4.) A Sweet Escape – Vermont Maple Syrup Tours
Pure Vermont Maple Syrup is among the state’s sweetest assets. Learn how the sap from freshly tapped sugar maple trees is crafted into the sweet treat the state is well-known for. A visit to Vermont just wouldn’t be complete without learning a little bit about the labor-intensive love it takes to produce this liquid gem. Many Vermont sugarhouses offer tours all year long, like Sugarbush Farm, only 5 minutes from Quechee’s village community. Spend the day fireside, boiling down a pot of sap or hop on a tour bus with the Vermont Maple Association and visit a variety of maple producing farms, wineries and orchards.
5.) Cultivate an Earthy Experience - Vermont Farm Tours
What makes Vermont so very special is its abundant farmland. The state’s best farm tours, like the one at Shelburne Farms where they take you beyond the fields of fruits and vegetables by offering wine tours of their vineyard and cheese making classes where participants can take home their own artisan mozzarella. There is no better place to learn about gardening, sustainability and the nuances of farm to table philosophy than right here at the root of the movement (pun intended). Visit Vermont Farm Tours and Vacations to learn more about available Done-in-a-Day tours. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a sleigh ride or experience your first llama trek through the woodland trails of the Green Mountain State.
For more information about Quechee Lakes seasonal vacation rentals or membership opportunities, please visit www.quecheeclub.com or contact the Quechee Club by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (802) 295-9356.