7 Reasons to Meet in Vermont
1. Impressive Options
From world-class inns and rustic lodges, to first-class hotels and incomparable resorts; Vermont boasts an unrivaled mix of attractions, opportunities, accommodations, and major cultural events, combined to create an outstanding repertoire of top-shelf options for feeding mind, body and soul.
2. Beautiful Surroundings
Your meeting in Vermont comes with breathtaking views... lush green mountains, white snow-capped peaks, shimmering lakes and sun-speckled streams; plus the kaleidoscopic reds, yellows and oranges of Vermont’s quintessential autumnal splendor. In Vermont, there’s a wow moment almost everywhere you look, and when your meeting attendees are inspired, great things happen!
3. Activities for Everyone
Though the scenery alone could mesmerize you for hours, fully enjoying the Vermont experience demands you dive right in. A stroll through a summer festival, a spectacular spa treatment, an afternoon hike, or a wine, cheese or craft beer tasting; the options truly astound! From premier concerts and distinguished museums, to fresh tracks through deep powder with local Olympians; in a word, the possibilities here are endless.
4. Vermont's All Wet!
Vermont has over 400 lakes, ponds, and rivers, intersected by countless brooks and babbling streams. You’ll find opportunities for sailing, fishing, tubing, scenic cruises, or simply swimming and lying on the beach. Home of Lake Champlain, the sixth largest body of water in the United States, Vermont is a place where water and water recreation are always part of the picture.
5. Farm-to-Table Dining
We take food very seriously in Vermont. In fact we’ve taken it to near celebrity status, and have no intention of slowing down. Vermont products have dazzled on the world stage, being named “best in the world” time and again. Names like Jasper Hill, Cabot, and Vermont Creamery cheeses astounded at the World Cheese Awards in London, while the peerless Heady Topper by the Alchemist Brewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Barr Hill spirits have brought the craft beer and spirit communities to their knees, and that’s with just one sip!
Vermont has a history of small, independent, innovative farms, and tough, independent-thinking people, which has translated into a cultural tradition marked by maple syrup and artisanal cheeses, artisanal chocolates, breads, beers, and of course, ice cream. After all, Vermont is the proud home of Ben & Jerry’s, and that creative culinary spirit runs through our veins and town squares like caramel fudge swirl.
Vermonters are serious about local food. You’ll find Vermont grown and cultivated products at resorts and restaurants, supermarkets and farmers markets across the state. Dining “localvore” is a Vermont way of life, and it's all here waiting for you to dig in.
6. World-Famous Libations
Beer aficionados love Vermont, they simply gush about it. We are the nation’s #1 brewery state per capita, and we host some of the country’s (and indeed the world’s) top-rated breweries including Hill Farmstead Brewery, the Alchemist (and their famous flagship IPA, Heady Topper), Magic Hat, Long Trail and a variety of popular statewide breweries and craft beer makers.
Not surprisingly, Vermont is leading the way in the hard cider and craft spirits revival as well. In the last few years, new cideries and distilleries have been popping up across the state to rave reviews. Try our effervescent sparkling or time-honored hard cider, ice cider, maple vodka, local gin, liqueurs, meads, or simply operatic pear brandy.
Vermont also produces award-winning wines, and vineyards can be found knitting the rolling hills from Shelburne to Groton and everywhere in between. Don’t forget to try our revolutionary Ice Wine; Vermont is one of only a few producers of this specialty dessert wine in the entire country.
Where it reigns, it pours! So pour and enjoy! Sidle up to the bar for a craft brewery, distillery or cidery tour; the perfect complement to any meal or meeting.
7. Outstanding Destination Advice
The Vermont Convention Bureau, a two-time Pinnacle Award Winner for Outstanding Destination Service, is available to not only help you find the ideal Vermont meeting or event location, but also to help you take full advantage of everything Vermont has to offer! We have the most innovative and inspiring team on hand to assist you in solving any planning problem you might run into, with the knowledge and experience to step in wherever the need arises, like filling your keynote speaker slot with one of Vermont’s impassioned entrepreneurs or agricultural leaders, or making sure you don’t miss a single opportunity to revel in Vermont’s abundant natural resources. We've got your back, and we've got you covered.