Spring Offers Tons of Top of Vermont Activities

Often we hear guests say “I guess it’s quiet during mud season in the spring, since there’s nothing to do.”

We’re always surprised by this because just like every other season, spring offers a great mix of outdoor and indoor options for those visiting northernmost Vermont.

Hiking the Long Trail in Vermont

Walking & Hiking

Hiking is always a great option in any season in Vermont, but spring offers special views. Once the trails open in mid-April, guests can enjoy a 5-mile hike along the Long Trail to Devil’s Gulch, an amazing rock formation the size of a house. Or they can simply walk along the higher elevations of the trail to fire towers or high peaks overlooking all of northern Vermont and southern Quebec.


Fishing season opens this Saturday, April 13, and for those who love hunting for trout, the Montgomery area has some amazing stashes of brown and brook trout. Our suggestion is under the covered bridges, where there are some nice deep holes where brookies love to hide. As the weather gets warmer, find one of our waterfalls, under which the trout love to congregate to avoid warmer water.


Ever hit a drive atop a mountain and watched it sail as if it’s going to travel for dozens of miles? Jay Peak Resort has a wonderful course we can highly recommend. There are also some wonderful semi-private courses in Enosburg and Bakersfield to enjoy.

Boating and Paddling

If you’ve got your own kayak or canoe, we recommend Green River Reservoir State Park, just 25 minutes from our door. It’s a beautiful undisturbed site with a huge lake, clean water and lots and lots of wildlife. If you need a bigger lake, Lake Champlain or Lake Memphremagog certainly will fit the bill.

If a guided tour is more your speed, there are several outfitters in the area we can recommend that will either provide you with a boat, or better yet, lead you on a tour to find all the hidden wonders others might miss.

Ice Cream (and other goodies)

No trip to Vermont is complete without trying a Vermont creemee. This soft-serve confection is a sure sign that spring is here and summer’s coming soon. The Pinecone Snack Bar is our favorite place to score one, but you’ll find creemee stands anywhere in Vermont. You can also plan a trip to tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, and while traveling there stop off for Apple Cider doughnuts and other goodies.

Whatever your spring getaway plans, we hope you’ll stay with us at the Phineas Swann, and use us as your base for exploring!

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