April and early May are quiet in Vermont. With winter behind and summer ahead, spring forges its way in with a soft, fresh awakening.
Early spring’s visitors share our secret: April and May are a time to relax, rediscover, and take your time. Time by the Red Clover’s hearth, in the warmth of the outdoor Jacuzzi, over a glass of wine, enjoying the local cuisine. And time in the Killington Valley, too. There’s still plenty to do here in Vermont, and moderating temps and growing daylight makes it easy to awaken at your own pace.
Spring Skiing & Riding
Some of the best skiing and riding of the year t Killington Mountain Resort comes in the Spring. The crowds thin out, the snow softens to velvety corn, and the lifts keep turning. With the most snow-making (we’ve heard anywhere), the resort stays open typically until June, paring down runs until only Superstar remains (site of the Women’s Downhill competition). Get out early before the bumps start to grow, then watch the hot dogs while drinking a cold beer in the sun at the Umbrella Bar.
Vintage ski signs and other one-of-a-kind finds for home and special occasions all under one roof? It’s true (and so much more), at the Greenbrier Gift Shop in Killington. For the gear-lovers, great end-of-season winter deals abound at Roots, Black Dog Sports and other ski shops around Killington Resort, and you could feed your shopping appetite at lunch while browsing for all manner
Woodstock as well as Merchants Row in Rutland offer a walkable downtown, cafes, and eclectic goods. The Vermont Farmers Market in Rutland runs through early May in their winter space and in mid-May opens outdoors through the autumn.
Any time is a good time for a spa day. Enhance your Red Clover relaxation with a day at the Spa at the Woods Resort in Killington or the Five Elements Salon & Day Spa in Rutland. From indulgence to wellness, you’ll be scrubbed, wrapped, massaged and balanced. You’ll leave feeling great when you take a day to get away from it all.
Vermont Food: Making Magic
In spring, the Killington region’s attractions all seem to have a common theme: food. Walk the grounds of the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site and meander up to the Plymouth Cheese Company, making cheese and offering samples year ‘round. Baird Farm maple syrup gift shop is open throughout the year, and craft beer tours and tastings are available at Long Trail Brewing, just a short drive away, and at Killington Beer Company (Saturday only). Right here at home there are rooted-in-Vermont food adventures at the Red Clover with seasonal dinner menus, wine dinners, and chef’s tastings, and an extensive country breakfast is always included.
Spring into Hiking
With an overlook to Killington and Pico Mountains, winter hiking to Deer Leap along the Long Trail is stunning any time of year. Texas Falls, along Scenic Route 100 in Hancock, offers some of the best of Vermont, despite its southern handle. Deep snow persists along higher, shady elevations in spring, and we have snowshoes to help out. Melting snow is crystalline under a strengthening sun, with icicles forming on craggy rock outcroppings along quiet roadways. Ponds and rivers come to life, brimming with spring snowmelt and providing fresh habitat as beavers, deer and moose stir to life in the forest. It’s a photographer’s paradise. (Once the ground thaws permanently, many Vermont trails are closed for a few weeks – ask us about hiking the back roads, instead.)
Spring’s ever-changing palette nudges to summer gradually as Vermonters witness the quiet season in the Green Mountain State. We’re here to help you find your adventure, any time of year – let us know what you’re looking for!