Nestled in the heart of New England, the quaint state of Vermont attracts thousands of visitors who want to experience rural charm and simple natural beauty. Despite the state's cold climate, visitors can find plenty to do while enjoying the outdoors and walking between popular attractions. The state's largest city, Burlington, offers plenty of urban attractions, including seasonal festivals, art galleries, traveling museum exhibits and concerts.
- Name of location Stowe, VT
Mid-January is a drag, so break out, and hit the carnival. About five days of "blah-relief" is available in this winter wonderland, snow sports and ice carving included. Kids Carnival Kaos brightens up the days for the younger set, and you can get going again with snow volleyball and snow golf tournaments. The Village Night Block Party has been termed "infamous," so don't miss that, and "zany" sporting events occur throughout the carnival. The annual NICA ice carving competition is not to be missed; young and old enjoy this event.
- Name of location Brattleboro, VT
Mid-February, when most are feeling winter-bedraggled, the Winter Carnival offers 10 days of fun and celebration to revive the spirit. Snow sport competitions and live entertainment lure people out of their warm nests to defy the cold and fully enjoy themselves. Outdoor activities like ice-fishing, skating, sleigh rides and a parade flout the weather and top it off with fireworks. Indoor events are just as exciting with the Queen's Pageant, junior Olympic events, pancake breakfast, karaoke, variety show, country & western jamboree and a beach party.
- Name of location Stratton mountain, VT
Since 1983, the world's best men and women snowboarders have competed annually for large cash prizes in this competition. Parties follow events throughout the competition because...snowboarders are there. Until 2012, this event was held on Stratton Mountain, but it has moved to Vail, Colorado.
- Name of location Statewide, VT
Sugarhouses around the state open up for syrup-making demonstrations, weather permitting, and opportunities to taste maple syrup products about the third weekend of March. Each sugarhouse has something unique to offer and plenty of goodies. It's a tasty celebration of the maple syrup season.
- Name of location Saint Albans, VT
About three days at the end of April, sugar house tours and sap runs celebrate the glories of maple syrup. The carnival, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, contests and antique show lure visitors, and the art exhibit, grand parade and youth talent show keep them here. Naturally, there is a pancake breakfast, but the 5K and 10K runs work off the calories. Oh wait, maple syrup has no calories during this festival, does it?