Destination guide

Outdoor fun in the sweet state of Vermont

Covered in forests and topped with snowy mountains, Vermont is a real outdoors destination, whether it's discovering foliage in the fall, or enjoying the powdery ski slopes in the winter. The USA's largest producer of maple syrup, stay in Vermont vacation rentals and you can explore rustic maple syrup factories, as well as cider mills and small farms spread around the state. Montpelier, the capital, is small and compact, with a charming downtown area full of artisanal shops, cozy cafes and upscale restaurants.

Things to do

Sample cider and maple syrup made in Vermont

Vermont is famous for making maple syrup, and there are several farms where you can observe production and try different varieties. At Sugarbush Farm, you can take a walk through the sugar maple trees, before exploring the house for a history tour and indulging in a syrupy sampling session. Finally, head for the farm shop for some bottles to take home. Another state specialty is cider, so visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill to see it being made the old-fashioned way. Pick apples from the orchard, then try using a press, before sampling some locally-made cider.

Activities

Ski and enjoy the mountains of Vermont

Vermont has many mountains and, with heavy snowfall in winter, has become a popular ski destination. Many Vermont vacation rentals cater for skiers, with easy access to the trails to enable more time on the slopes. Killington Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas on the east coast, with 155 trails and a 6-mile beginners' run, known as the Juggernaut, which takes you down gentle, pine tree-lined slopes. Stratton Mountain has 97 trails and a popular terrain park for snowboarders, and, at its base, there's a charming small town, with a cozy apres-ski scene and boutique shops.

Weather

Cozy vacations in chilly Vermont

Vermont tends to have long, cold winters – the temperature at high elevations is even colder. This is great news for skiers, with plenty of powder on the slopes. Many Vermont vacation rentals have open fireplaces, so you can enjoy cozying up in the cold weather. Fall is also a popular time to visit, with crisp air and colorful foliage, making it ideal for long country walks. There are short summers that can reach up to the low-80s, and mild springs with lots of showers, giving the state a fresh feel.

Natural features

Explore Vermont's forest and mountain landscape

Vermont has several state forests, with mile upon mile of unspoiled scenery. Green Mountain National Forest is great to visit in the spring, when it's lush and green, or in the fall, when it has a blanket of orange-hue foliage. Hiking trails take you past serene lakes and waterfalls, and, during the winter months, the trails are covered in snow, ideal for snowshoeing or Nordic skiing. Reach the state's highest point via a 5-mile trail up Mount Mansfield. Through rocky trails, you'll see Atlantic tundra, covered in hardy year-round florals, before working your way to breathtaking summit views.

Where to stay around Vermont?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,447 vacation rentals near Vermont. From 462 Cabins to 2,055 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vermont for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Vermont?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vermont. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Waterbury: 1,020 vacation rentals
  • South Hero: 245 vacation rentals
  • Burlington: 226 vacation rentals
  • Stowe: 749 vacation rentals
  • Killington: 759 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Vermont! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Vermont?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vermont:

  • Waterbury: 1,020 rentals
  • South Hero: 245 rentals
  • Burlington: 226 rentals
  • Stowe: 749 rentals
  • Killington: 759 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Vermont?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Vermont are:

  • Lyndonville, VT (LLX-Caledonia County): 181 vacation rentals
  • Burlington International Airport (BTV): 413 vacation rentals
  • Newport, VT (EFK-Newport State): 197 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Vermont?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Vermont. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Smugglers' Notch Resort: 643 rentals
  • Mount Snow: 956 rentals
  • Sugarbush Ski Resort: 234 rentals
  • Jay Peak Ski Resort: 149 rentals
  • Grand Isle State Park: 353 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vermont listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Vermont

Waterbury
1,020 vacation rentals
South Hero
245 vacation rentals
Burlington
226 vacation rentals
Stowe
749 vacation rentals
Killington
759 vacation rentals
Ludlow
724 vacation rentals
Manchester Center
367 vacation rentals
Montpelier
1,195 vacation rentals
Warren
328 vacation rentals
Middlebury
550 vacation rentals
Brattleboro
705 vacation rentals
Colchester
244 vacation rentals
Wilmington
454 vacation rentals
Bennington
978 vacation rentals
North Hero
106 vacation rentals
Rutland
1,363 vacation rentals
Burke
120 vacation rentals
Waitsfield
285 vacation rentals
Jay
120 vacation rentals
Shelburne
287 vacation rentals