Astride their trusty snowmobiles, the knowledgeable guides at Jay Snowmobile Adventures help visiting adventurers conquer the winter landscape during tours of picturesque Vermont snowscapes. One- and two-person tour packages begin at the outfitter’s home base, located 3 miles from the entrance of Jay Peak Resort. From there, groups wind through the wilderness of Jay, Vermont and parts of Westfield for up to two hours, exploring the snowy nooks and frost-covered crannies of Jay State Forest and the nearby countryside. They rarely make the trip alone, though; moose and white-tailed deer often dot the secluded paths, ready to pose for snapshots in their most photogenic outfits.
As the sun sets and the city lights begin to twinkle, the catamaran of Croisière Le Montréalais beckons guests with its glowing neon blue or pink deck. With revelers aboard, the bright lights dance across the inky waters as Le Montréalais heads out into the night. And while the ship may creep silently through the waters, the decks are anything but quiet as up to 300 guests mingle on two indoor and three outdoor decks. The design of the boat is sleek and modern, with ice-blue lighting, pure white furniture, neon mood lighting, and synthetic grass on the outdoor deck and the ceiling of the up-side-down putting room. A dance floor and full sound system invite guests to dance the night away, and menus provide sustenance with bites of salmon tartar, pork ravioli, and lamb sliders.
McMaze Corn Maze was established more than a decade ago by Sandy McDonald, who designed the family?s first 3.5-acre corn maze when he was just 14 years old. Over the next 10 years, Sandy and his family watched their endeavour blossom into a year-round family-friendly business that hosts seasonal activities year-round. Fall is the family?s busiest season, when visitors flock to find spooks in their farm playground and wagon rides, and explore the pumpkin patch to search out a perfect specimen to be turned into a pie, jack-o?-lantern, or organic football helmet. The original hand-carved corn maze has since multiplied into five separate mazes, including a ?haze maze,? which mystifies wanderers by sending them on a seemingly endless journey through fog and lights, and a door maze that presents 52 possible exits.
Winter snowfalls fail to stop the McDonalds? love of celebrating, and so they invite families back to the 120-acre farm for old-fashioned sleigh rides through the woods, made all the more festive with hot chocolate and homemade cinnamon buns. Once the ground thaws in the spring, the farm comes alive again as guests descend upon the fields to help plant the first pumpkin seeds and welcome the arrival of baby farm animals as they parachute down from passing blimps. Homemade ice cream keeps things cool throughout the summer as pig and duck races entertain spectators of all ages, and parents stock up on corn on the cob and other farm-fresh produce.
As riders learn the names of ancient trees and watch a stream meander through the mountains, wind rushes past their ears. That?s because they are following two guides along courses set by an overhead belay zip line?only stopping to traverse a swinging suspension bridge or rappel down toward the forest floor. ArborTrek Canopy Adventures immerses outdoor lovers in the natural landscape of northern Vermont's Green Mountains, leading participants along state-of-the-art challenge courses while educating them about the land.
The trained, certified staff of zip line guides is versed in wilderness rescue and first aid as well as ecology, geology, and the local histories of areas such as Vermont?s Green Mountains. On each tour, two guides lead groups across interconnected zip lines, aerial bridges, rappelling walls, and other challenge elements. All the while, they follow a path that reveals facts about local history and ecology, such as which trees are native and what eggs forest rangers hatched from. ArborTrek?s builders design each course to work with the environment, and they minimize their environmental impact by consulting with local foresters, wildlife experts, and engineers.
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures is located at Smugglers' Notch Resort, ten minutes from Stowe Mountain Lodge. Visitors can bookend their adventure experience with an array of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to swimming and canoeing.
Four generations of Boydens have lovingly tended hundreds of acres of land that make up Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits. Plucked from more than 8,000 vines, these grapes are transformed into European-style wines, aged in French oak barrels in the on-site cellar. The results are 18 different products, including red, whites, and fruit wines as well as ice wines, hard cider, and cream liqueurs, which can be sipped by the glass on the patio, during tastings, tours, or at home.
Spanning 140 feet and welcoming up to 424 shipmates, the Spirit of Ethan Allen III stages public and private cruises along Lake Champlain's shoreline in prime view of the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges. Furnished with heating and air conditioning, each of the ship's three decks seat guests for an array of occasions, including luncheon cabaret shows, brunches, dance parties, and murder-mystery dinners all fueled by the ship's executive chef. The captains disclose historical tidbits and folklore during daily narrated scenic cruises and remain quiet during nightly sunset cruises to let guests groove to background music, sip on spirited beverages, and fill out long-overdue tax forms.