6 Best Vermont Winter Towns to Visit

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6 Beautiful Vermont Towns to Visit This Winter

Updated Nov. 21, 2021

“The snow is sparkling like a million little suns.” – Lama Willa

White-capped mountains, icy ponds, and snow-covered meadows make winter in Vermont so beautiful. So does the warmth and coziness of many Vermont towns, where you’ll find ski areas, inns, sledding hills, general stores, and restaurants. Here are six of the best Vermont winter towns to visit.


My hometown of Manchester manages to feel festive all winter long. Stroll through Manchester Village to see the Equinox Resort and historic homes along Historic Route 7A. Go ice skating at Riley Rink or go sledding on the hill across the street from Burr and Burton Academy. Shop at the Northshire Bookstore, or ski at Bromley, Stratton or Magic Mountain. For dinner, try The Silver Fork or The ChantecleerVisit www.manchestervermont.com.


best vermont winter towns
Woodstock is the perfect New England town to visit, and winter is no exception. The first rope-tow opened here in 1934, and the town is picture perfect when there’s a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Visit the historic Billings Farm and Museum, see raptors up close at Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in nearby Quechee, or hit the slopes at Suicide Six Ski Area or go cr0ss country skiing at the Woodstock Nordic Center. If nothing else, take a walk around this beautiful town and enjoy a winter cocktail or dinner at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Visit www.woodstockvt.com.

East Burke

For a small town, Burke has a lot to offer in the winter. Not only is this Northeast Kingdom community home to Burke Mountain Resort, it’s also where you’ll find Burke Mountain Academy—a world-renowned school for ski racing (its famous alums include ski racing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin). Another way to enjoy the outdoors is to head over to Kingdom Trails for fat biking and Nordic skiing. While visiting East Burke, enjoy pastries and coffee at Café Lotti and dinner at Juniper’s Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn.  Visit www.burkevermont.com.


best vermont winter towns
Warren is like a second home to me. I lived there in the late 1990s and rented a drafty converted barn in Warren when my husband and I moved back to Vermont 11 years ago. I tell people that my heart is in southern Vermont, but I also adore Warren and the rest of the Mad River Valley. While you’re visiting, be sure to stop by The Warren Store and dine at The Pitcher Inn. Go skiing or snowboarding at Sugarbush Resort. Try Nordic skiing or snowshoeing at Ole’s Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe or Blueberry Lake Cross Country & Snowshoeing Center. Visit www.madrivervalley.com.


Stowe is one of Vermont’s most popular winter destinations, and it’s easy to understand why. Take a stroll on Main Street (Route 100) and see the classic Stowe Community Church. Stop by the fantastic Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum, Shaw’s General Store, or the Country Store on Main. After a day on the slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort, head over to the Alchemist Brewery and Visitor Center, and grab dinner at Piecasso or Idletyme Brewing. Visit www.gostowe.com.


best vermont winter towns
Weston is another town that is close to my heart. Dave and I were married in Weston in 2004 and we’ve returned over the years to visit. Weston is a romantic place, and it’s absolutely magical during the winter months. Explore the famous Vermont Country Store or stop by the Weston Village Christmas Shop and Weston Village Store. If you want to ski, try Magic Mountain or Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry, or Okemo in Ludlow. Visit www.weston-vermont.com.

What are your favorite Vermont towns to visit in the winter?


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  • Janet Mahan
    Posted at 22:04h, 04 December Reply

    Love Warren, Waitsfield, Waterbury. My heritage is there going back over 200 years. Beautiful historic area

    • Erica
      Posted at 22:23h, 04 December Reply

      Hi Janet — Wow, that is impressive! The Mad River Valley is an incredible place — just beautiful and timeless. Thanks for saying hello! -Erica

  • Dolores
    Posted at 22:21h, 04 December Reply

    Lake Bomoseen, Castleton, VT

    • Erica
      Posted at 22:25h, 04 December Reply

      Hi Dolores — That is a wonderful area! I always enjoy taking Route 30 down from Middlebury to Bomoseen — such a gorgeous drive. Thanks for saying hello! Happy winter!

  • Rocky
    Posted at 19:12h, 05 December Reply

    Montgomery! The fun side of Jay Peak. With lots of restaurants, shops and nightlife, it’s much more fun to stay at a B&B there and enjoy the apres ski attitude at the mountain’s base!

    • Erica
      Posted at 11:46h, 07 December Reply

      Montgomery is a lovely little town. Just beautiful. Thanks, Rocky!

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