North America Vacations
Vermont | Green Mountains | Adult Only
Vermont Middlebury to Stowe Green Mountains Vacation PackageGet inspired by Vermont's picturesque countryside and quintessential farmlands settled in the scenic Green Mountains
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Vermont Green Mountains Adult Vacation
Known for its picturesque countryside featuring farms and rugged forest-studded mountains perfect for skiing, hiking, and biking, Vermont inspires adventurers and creatives alike. Visit poet Robert Frost’s farm, explore classic towns like Middlebury, summit Stowe Mountain, delve into the quintessential world of horses, and discover many local goods such as maple syrup and cider. Explore the rejuvenating landscapes that roll throughout the Green Mountains of Vermont, settled in the northern Appalachian Mountains, on Vermont biking tours and hiking escapades. Capture the idyllic scenery with your camera as you pass under iconic covered bridges like the Pine Brook bridge, stroll through the small village of Stowe, and get your fill of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream straight from the Vermont source.
Vermont Middlebury to Stowe Vacation Package Highlights
- Watch as cheesemakers turn raw milk into delicious Vermont cheddar and take a wander through the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, stretching five stories high and sitting on nearly 2 acres of land.
- Visit and stay in Middlebury, a classic Vermont town that was once the home of beloved poet Robert Frost.
- Hike and bike past refreshing waterfalls, like the Falls of Lana, Granville Falls, and Warren Falls in the Green Mountain National Forest.*
- Taste Vermont’s maple syrup and iconic ice cream; for the adults, enjoy locally made maple bourbon.
- Immerse yourself in the history of Vermont’s skiing and snowboarding culture and origins as you peruse Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
**Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Take a bike tour near Mount Mansfield, Vermont's tallest mountain standing at around 4,393 feet
Explore and eat lunch at Trapp Family Lodge, where you'll learn about the famous von Trapp family from Austria who inspired the 1965 Sound of Music movie
Step back into an earlier time as you tour the Webb Mansion on Shelburne Farm's property; explore farmhouse rooms from the 1840s decorated with early American furniture and textiles
Burlington, Vermont BTV
Burlington, Vermont BTV
Burlington, Vermont | Shelburne Farms Tour | Webb Mansion
Burlington, Vermont Arrival: Welcome to Vermont! Your guides will pick you up in the morning from your pre-trip hotel.
Burlington, Vermont: Though Burlington is the largest city in Vermont with around 43,000 residents, it still offers a small-town charm. It is nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain and within the Green Mountains, with church steeples poking above the forested landscapes. This historic lakeside city, now known as a funky college town famous for being the first city to source 100% of its power from renewable energy, has raised up historic icons like the American rock band Phish and the United States Senator Bernie Sanders.
Battery Park to Shelburne Farms Biking: Hop on your bike at Battery Park and begin your ride with spectacular views overlooking Waterfront Park, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack mountains. On your way to Shelburne Farms, you’ll pass by Burlington Bay, Shelburne Bay and ride through charming coastal neighborhoods.
Shelburne Farms Tour: Once you’ve arrived at Shelburne Farms, get ready to reward yourself with an incredible tour. Watch as cheesemakers turn raw milk into delicious Vermont cheddar and take a wander through the Farm Barn, stretching five stories high and sitting on nearly 2 acres of land.
Webb Mansion Tour: The next stop takes you on the Webb Mansion Tour. Also located on Shelburne Farm, this 1840’s farmhouse captures the essence of the Colonial Revival style. As you visit many of the ‘40s rooms, the recreated early American furniture and textiles will take you back to a simpler time. Afterward, step out into the Brick House’s stunning gardens that showcase sweeping views of the farm.
Transfer Time: 1 hour
Middlebury, Vermont: This college town located on the western border of Vermont is a center for arts, museums, artisan food and beverages, and quaint small businesses. It has served as the home of beloved poet Robert Frost, and hosts both summer and wintertime outdoor enthusiasts year-round.
About Middlebury Inn
At the Middlebury Inn, you’ll take a magnificent step back to a simpler time when the day’s worries were solved by sipping sweet tea, and the warmth of New England hospitality was ever so present. This historic Inn was built in 1827 and is now a favorite amongst those traveling to the delightful town of Middlebury. The Inn features a restaurant and bar, and rooms are equipped with all the necessities. The real charm is in its ideal location near Snake Mountain, quaint downtown boutique stores, and many local breweries.
Robert Frost Farm | Branbury Park | Falls of Lana | Morgan Horse Farms
Robert Frost Farm Tour: Set on 150-acres of pristine property and surrounded by the Green Mountains National Park, Robert Frost Farm is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored. Meander the peaceful grounds, then step inside for a tour of the Frost Farmhouse. Here, you’ll see firsthand where Robert Frost crafted his award-winning poems.
Branbury State Park Biking: Next, we’ll take to two wheels to discover the beauty of Branbury State Park. Ride along the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore with stunning views of Mt. Moosalamoo as a backdrop. Keep your eye out for hidden waterfalls and caves tucked between towering trees and unique plants, and be sure to stop from time to time to take in the expansive views.
Falls of Lana Hiking: Now we’ll strap on the hiking boots and take a short but breathtaking hike to the Falls of Lana. After 30 minutes of winding your way down through a dramatic gorge, you’ll be met by a series of cascades and horsetails charging down the river. If the weather permits cool off with a swim in the cool waters.
University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farms: Located just outside Middlebury is the famed Morgan Horse Farm. Home to many Arabian colts, these horses are a sight to see with their great strength, agility, and endurance. Wander the grounds to watch these fantastic animals in training and learn about modern-day horse breeding.
Abbey Pond | Granville & Warren Falls | Bourbon and Syrup Tasting
Abbey Pond Hiking: Start your day off right with an optional hike to Abbey Pond. The trail starts with a moderate uphill climb then levels out until you reach Abbey Pond and its cascading waterfalls. Hike back the same way and keep your eye out for woodpeckers, redwing blackbirds, and other playful songbirds.
Granville to Warren Biking: Wind your way along the famous Route 100 in the Green Mountain National Forest as you bike from Granville to Warren. This 10-mile ride showcases the region’s peaceful forests and playful creatures as you challenge yourself with a moderate uphill climb followed by a nice descent into the lovely resort town of Warren.
Granville Falls: Located just off the road is one of Vermont’s most charming waterfalls, Moss Glen Falls. Here, water cascades 50 feet down the angled rock in thin streams until it reaches a shallow pool at the bottom. The longer you stay to ponder these flawless falls, the more you’ll appreciate how elegantly the water seems to glide down the rock.
Warren Falls: The next stop is at Warren Falls. A much-loved Vermont favorite and an ideal spot to cool down. The falls themselves are impressive, with water twisting and turning between giant granite walls. However, the main reason locals come here is for the cliff jumping. If you’re feeling brave, join for a safe jump off a rock ledge or simply enjoy a plunge in one of the many alluring pools.
Transfer Time: 1 hour
Local Distillery: Hopefully you’ve worked up a thirst as the next stop is at a local distillery. Here, in a beautifully renovated horse barn, adults can sample their renowned maple bourbon, and kids can try (non-alcoholic!) rum barrel aged maple syrup.
About Clay Brook Hotel
Settled slopeside and surrounded by lush forested hills, this hotel offers adventurers all the contemporary amenities needed to relax as well as in-room jacuzzis, a game room and gym, outdoor pool and hot tubs. With a touch of modern countryside flair, the Clay Brook Hotel is a cozy and welcoming home away from home in Warren, Vermont.
Craft Shops | Pine Brook Covered Bridge | Ben & Jerry's | Cider Mill
Explore Craftsman Workshops: Take the opportunity to check out local Vermont-made craft shops where creative juices overflow. From pottery, to woodwork, to arts and crafts you may have never thought of, you’ll enjoy the works of designer minds.
Pine Brook Covered Bridge Route Biking: Hopping back on two wheels, we’ll soon discover one of the most iconic 19th-century covered bridges in Vermont. A pleasant 7-mile ride takes us along North Road, through charming forests, and under the Pine Brook Covered Bridge.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream: Nothing tastes better than delicious ice cream after a long bike ride, which is why our next stop is at Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury. This small town is home to the first factory built in 1985 and manufactures a whopping 350,000 pints per day. As you enjoy your tasty treat, you’ll love learning about Ben & Jerry’s history in Vermont.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill & Gift Shop: Also located in the charming town of Waterbury is the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Here you can walk the beautiful grounds, wander through their shop packed to the brim with tasty treats, and watch fresh raw cider being pressed in their vintage rack-and-cloth press. Plus, for those of age, be sure to sample their authentic Vermont McIntosh cider.
Stowe, Vermont: This quaint slopeside village in northern Vermont is home to just over 200 people, yet visitors flock to the town each year to get their fill of skiing, New England countryside scenic routes, and outdoor adventures near Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak which overlooks Stowe.
Night On Your Own: Enjoy a night on your own this evening for dinner. Your guides will give you restaurant options to choose from in the area and will provide ideas on things to do on your own time. Alternatively, feel free to just relax tonight after a wonderful activity-filled day!
About Green Mountain Inn
Green Mountain Inn is filled to the brim with charm. In operation since 1833 in Stowe, you’ll find it has the perfect blend of modern amenities, cozy touches, legendary New England hospitality, and glimpses into its rich history. Around the grounds, two restaurants, an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, massage center, fire pits, and beautiful gardens can be found, all with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Sterling Pond | Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum
Sterling Pond Hiking: Our next adventure brings us on a short, but challenging, hike to Sterling Pond. After just over a mile of uphill hiking, you’ll be rewarded with a fairytale-like pond surrounded by pine trees and tucked amongst mountains, between Smuggler’s Notch Ski Area and Stowe Mountain Resort. Take in the views and listen to the peaceful sounds of nature before heading back down the same path.
Trapp Family Lodge: Step into “A little of Austria… A lot of Vermont” at the Trapp Family Lodge, where the famous von Trapp family story that inspired 1965 The Sound of Music film comes to life. The family, originally from Austria, settled in Stowe, Vermont on an enchanted farm and invited guest to stay at their 27-room lodge and home. The lodge you’ll visit today for lunch is a rebuild of the original structure that was lost to a 1980 fire, but still boasts a mesmerizingly quaint touch of Austrian culture. And of course, the recent von Trapp generations continue to run the magnificent property.
Brookside to Stowe Village Biking: Our next, short but breathtaking, bike ride takes us from Brookside to Stowe Village. This 2.5-mile stretch is nestled under Mount Mansfield, with dense forests on either side.
Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Tour: Satisfy your curiosity about the origins of skiing in the idyllic Vermont mountains at the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum. Whether you are a winter sport fanatic or not, you’ll be impressed with the rich, romanticized history and nearly 8,000 exhibitor items displayed here. The museum building itself is a relic: Set up in the town of Stowe’s meeting house that was built in 1818.
Moss Glenn Falls | Burlington, Vermont Departure
Moss Glenn Falls Hiking: For those ready to stretch their legs in the morning, we’ll head out on an optional hike to Moss Glenn Falls. This short but stunning 3-miles out and back trail follows an old woods road and brings you to a fantastic viewpoint of the falls.
Burlington, Vermont Departure: Your guides will shuttle you back to Burlington to get ready for your departure home.
Transfer Time: 1 hour
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Burlington airport (1:00 pm) or your Burlington hotel (1:30 pm).
Biking: Most bike rides on this trip are considered easy to moderate (10 to 20 miles, flat and/or rolling terrain). If a more difficult bike ride is included on this itinerary, more specific details will be included in the day’s activity description within the detailed itinerary. Bike rides are van supported, meaning that there will be checkpoints along the way in which you can access the van/guide if needed or can end your ride early. There will also be one guide accompanying the group by bike.
Hiking: Most hikes on this adventure are considered easy to moderate (2 to 4 miles with up to 400 feet of elevation gain). Oftentimes, we’ll do several shorter hikes over the course of one day. If a more difficult hike is listed on this itinerary, its mileage and elevation gain will be listed in the day’s activity description within the detailed itinerary.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments, and receptions, except one dinner on your own, are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, except one dinner on own your own, refreshments, and receptions.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets, and other necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags, and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities, and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- One dinner on your own.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
At Austin Adventures, our senior leaders, guides, and office staff are our lifeblood. These folks are with you throughout your journey and truly make the experience memorable. The team members are residents of many different places, from Western and Eastern United States to Europe and beyond. We strive together to make this company a provider of life-changing adventures and share two things in common: A love affair with the great outdoors and a passion for travel that changes our worldview for the better.