Why Vermont for Memorable Meetings & Events
Break the Ice, Break Routines
When it comes to icebreaker activities, Vermont offers plenty of options for your attendees to meet and mingle while making new memories. Take them on a thrilling adventure through the countryside at the Land Rover Experience Driving School at the Equinox in Manchester Village. The school’s team of professional off-road driving instructors will show your group how to navigate steep inclines and handle side tilts with grace. After the off-roading excursion, see if anyone in your group is a bird whisperer when they learn about falconry and hawk handling at New England Falconry at the Woodstock Inn and Resort. This one-of-a-kind experience will teach your group about raptor adaptions, conservation and more, and you won’t believe the buzz this activity will build after your guests tell their colleagues back home they learned how to lure hawks and owls at their last event.
Your group will also be able to brag about the fun and excitement at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smuggler's Notch in Jeffersonville. ArborTrek’s zip line canopy tours, treetop obstacle courses and rock walls offer your group a chance to challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally—while having a blast and building camaraderie. The courses and tours are designed to enhance teamwork and your attendees will love the thrill of soaring through the treetops and strengthening their leadership and communication skills.
Finally, don’t miss the chance to host an event at the Jay Peak Resort. The Pump House Waterpark offers your guests the chance to test their surfing skills on the Flowrider, improve their aim at the poolside basketball courts and practice their brave face while preparing for a ride on the 65-foot plunge slide. And if some people in your group want to try a different pace, they can ride the Tram to the top of the peak or try out the new climbing gym.
Treat your guests to the timeless beauty of Lake Champlain at Basin Harbor in Vergennes. Host a lakeside scavenger hunt or canoe race. Or let guests tee off on the resort’s 18-hole championship course. The Basin Harbor Club also has more than 16,500 square feet of indoor meeting space that can be customized to accommodate any type of event. While the lake resort offers plenty to do on-site, you can also spend a day exploring nearby Vergennes. This beautiful community has been nicknamed “the smallest city in America,” but don’t let the name fool you. There’s a lot to see and do in the quaint downtown.
To experience Lake Champlain’s charm, hop aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen. Your group can relax while taking in the spectacular views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks and the bustling Burlington waterfront. The Spirit of Ethan Allen offers scenic, theme, lunch and dinner cruises and has advanced audiovisual equipment with a full-service catering team. All you and your guests have to do is show up and enjoy view.
The Lake Champlain region isn’t the only place where attendees can enjoy Vermont’s natural beauty. Throughout the state, you’ll find more than 400 lakes and rivers to explore. Host a fishing excursion or teach your guests to sail. Treat them to a mountain hike or explore the lake by kayak.
One of the most popular ways to enjoy the state’s natural beauty is the famous Stowe Gondola SkyRide. As your guests ride to the top of the state, they will be amazed by the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and villages. Once at the top, they can hike back down or stay in the gondola for a beautiful return journey.
Local Eats and Drinks
After the adventures, take a bite out of the delicious culinary scene in Vermont. Home to hundreds of farms and organic growers, The Green Mountain State offers some of the finest farm-to-table restaurants in the country. Take your pick from any of the restaurants serving fresh cheeses, organically grown produce and humanely raised beef and poultry.
For an only-in-Vermont experience, host a tasting of Jasper Hill Cheese’s artisan blends. This creamery’s unique underground aging facility brings out the maximum flavor in all of its cheeses to capture what it calls a “taste of place.” Its Moses Sleeper will have your taste buds jumping for joy if you love French brie.
It’s not only Vermont’s chefs who make up the diverse culinary scene. Breweries like Hill Farmstead work its magic on locally grown hops, and The Alchemist uses local oats and spelt to make pale ales, session Indian Pale ales and stouts.
Easy to Enjoy and Easy to Explore
Besides your guests loving all there is to see, do and eat in Vermont, they’ll also love how easy it is to get there. Great meeting venues are within a four-hour drive of New York or two and a half from Boston. And for attendees driving in from the Great White North, Montreal is just an hour and a half up the road.