- Nathanael Asaro
- Kayaking on the Waterbury Reservoir
Vermont is known around the world as a playground for hardy tourists. Nearly 13 million out-of-staters visit these Green Mountains in a typical year, seeking out the natural attractions, full-service resorts, charming inns, craft breweries, farm-to-table restaurants, and indie retailers peddling Vermont-branded souvenirs. In an average year, these travelers pour almost $2.8 billion into our state's economy.
This year, of course, is different. A required quarantine period of up to 14 days is limiting travel into Vermont during the COVID-19 pandemic. And Vermonters who might usually vacation elsewhere are subject to similar restrictions in other states. For myriad reasons, it makes sense to stay put this summer.
Fortunately, Vermont is a great place to explore, and Seven Days created Staytripper to guide you. Looking to paddle lazily down a river, cuddle an alpaca or catch some R&R in a private cabin? How about an outdoor sculpture stroll or sipping wine by the vine? Read on for our road map to socially distanced adventures across the state.
And remember, spending your money at local establishments really matters — this year, especially. So, vacation within driving distance, support the Vermont economy and enjoy tourist-free access to places you've always wanted to go. There have never been so many good reasons to hit the local road.