Natural beauty, interesting places, and unique adventures abound in Vermont. With its bucolic forests, pastoral fields, and idyllic valleys, it is not hard to find a romantic spot. From vineyards and chocolates to zip lining and tours, Vermont is sure to offer up a first date location you will never forget. Here are the 10 best in the state.
A great place to visit any time of year, this vineyard made more than 25,000 bottles last year. A gold medal winner multiple times at the International Cold-Climate Wine Competitions, you can enjoy tastings in front of a cozy fire with complimentary Vermont cheeses. All wines are made from grapes grown on the farm, making for a first date that is sure to impress.
ArborTrek has been getting some top-notch press lately, and why not? Flinging yourself down the mountain along the treetops at breakneck speed is bound to appeal to adrenaline junkies and naturalists alike. But zip lining isn't just a summer sport! With snow-capped trees and frozen brooks below, you and your date will get to rappel off platforms and observe flora and fauna from a whole new perspective.
If your idea of a sweet first date involves chocolate, you can’t do better than Laughing Moon Chocolates. Offering free “chocolate dipping demonstrations” at 2 p.m. daily, as well as samples and workshops teaching you to create your own chocolates, Laughing Moon makes chocolate using sustainably responsible decisions about resources, raw ingredients, and materials.
Lake Champlain stretches from Canada in the north to about halfway down both New York and Vermont at the south end. Samuel de Champlain credited with “discovering” the waterway, although Native Americans had long used it. With its many coves and islands, what could be more romantic than sailing under the stars or by sunset with a bottle of wine and the subtle slap of the water rhythmically rocking the boat?
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Sometimes history can be very romantic. President Calvin Coolidge was raised in rural Vermont and sworn in as the 30th president by candlelight in the same house he grew up in. See this historic room and the town at the President Coolidge State Historic Site. It is an early American story and town preserved in time, as well as one political story that is heartfelt and touching.
Think bucolic forests, pastoral fields, majestic mountains, glacial mountain lakes, clear night skies where constellations shine bright, and thousands of miles of hiking trails, and you have about got it. For any naturalist, this is a dream, but in Vermont, we call it our backyard.
Since 1991, Snowmobile Vermont has been showing off the backcountry trails of Vermont like no other. With locations in Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow, and Stowe, no matter what part of the state you are in you are not far from the best snowmobile tours in the state. From remote trails to straightaways where you throttle down, there’s a lot to see on this unique date option.
Take an old-fashioned "one horse open sleigh" with the Percheron and Belgian draft horses Justin, Tom, Donny, Mack, Bret, or Jack. See the Vermont countryside from a romantic seat for two. Covered bridges, open brook, and winding wooded trails await as you look on, snuggled under warm blankets. This winter wonderland ride can only be found here in Vermont, and it will spark romance for a lifetime.
As the story goes, in 1789, Vermont native, “Justin Morgan received a colt from Springfield, MA as a debt payment.” He observed the horse was handsome and capable of great physical feats and that his offspring all seemed to carry these athletic and aesthetically pleasing genetics. And so the Morgan horse born. The farm is open to the public and offers tours for horse-lovers of all kinds.
There is no doubt that poetry is romantic. So, pay your respects to one of America’s most well-known rural poets at the graveyard at the Old First Church. The congregation, established in 1762, saw generations of Frosts come and go but Robert’s grave is unique. It reads, “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”