Vermont Activities for Every Season
Situated just minutes down the road from the Grafton Inn, Grafton Trails is a great place to stretch out your hiking legs. Take the path past the ponds and alongside the biking course for a leisurely hike through the woods. In summer, the Trails offers mountain bike camps for kids, a bike terrain park, swimming, paddleboat rentals, canoeing, and hiking.
In winter, Grafton Trails is a destination for Nordic skiing with 15km of groomed terrain (5k of which has snowmaking capabilities), plus snowshoeing and snow tubing. Ski, snowshoe and fat bike rentals are available at the Trails’ warming hut. We also offer sleigh rides on select dates throughout the winter.
This healing arts and yoga studio, specializing in craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, psychotherapy and yoga classes, operates on-site at the Grafton Inn. Enjoy some deep mind and body therapy or just drop in on a class — Mountain, Mind, & Movement will add an extra layer of relaxation to your travels.
The Grafton Inn features two private tennis options for those craving a good game. Just beyond Barrett House, you’ll find a large hardcourt tennis court, open to all guests of the inn.
You don’t have to go far for this Vermont summer activity. Hiding amongst the lush flowers of the Inn’s backyard lies our very own swimming pond open all summer long. A shallow beach area is perfect for wading and splashing, and the deep end’s rocky wall is a launch pad for cannonballs.
Active Pursuits Across Southern Vermont
From its rolling green hills to its hidden swimming holes, Vermont’s landscape holds the key to your next adventure. Ski the peaks of the Green Mountains, take a hike on the Long Trail, or find serenity exploring the town green. With these Vermont activities, you’ll uncover beauty in every vacation day.
The Long Trail
One hour — With its southern half connected to the Appalachian Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail is ideal for the hiker looking to conquer the mountains of Vermont. This trail stretches the entire length of the state, coming in at 272 miles in total. However, even if you’re not an avid hiker, the Long Trail can be accessed throughout the state, making it a prime hub for day hikes and overnights alike.
Retreat Trails, Brattleboro, Vt.
45 minutes — Enjoy nine miles of mapped trails and carriage roads adjacent to the Brattleboro Retreat. These trails have five entry points, all easily accessible from downtown Brattleboro.
Nelson Withington Skating Facility, Brattleboro, Vt.
45 minutes — Part of the Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, Vt., this skating rink offers public skating hours in the winter as well as season passes. While there are plenty of ponds to skate in southern Vermont, this facility is perfect for those looking for a glossier surface on which to hone their skating legs.
Skiing, Snowboarding, & Tubing
40 minutes — Located in Peru, Vermont, Bromley Mountain is a great winter destination for families. The only major ski area with southern exposure in New England, this ski resort offers all of its 47 trails in the sun.
15 minutes — Our most convenient ski mountain, Magic may be smaller than its southern Vermont counterparts, but, trust us, it’s no less exciting. In addition to boasting 1,700 vertical feet of skiing and trails with slopes up to 45 degrees, skiers are also permitted to ski anywhere within Magic Mountain’s boundaries. Plus, families can also enjoy tubing and sledding at their Alakazam Tube Park.
30 minutes — This is one family ski resort with imagination — trails groups on different mountains are named according to a theme, such as the Native American names on the main mountain and the astronomy-related names at the top of Jackson Gore. Like Magic Mountain, Okemo Resort also offers tubing and sledding.
Sleigh Rides/Trail Rides
Horses for Hire
40 minutes — Explore the Green Mountains the old fashion way, and ride the trails on horseback. Based out of Peru, Vermont, Horses for Hire welcomes all ages and provides instruction in both the English and Western riding styles.
Friesians of Majesty
15 minutes — Dreaming of dashing through the snow? Friesians of Majesty offer 45-minute long, horse drawn sleigh rides along their private trails. If you prefer a warmer ride, charter a horse drawn carriage for a romantic trot through the hills.
Snowmobile Tours at Mount Snow
50 minutes — Get a thrill with one of Vermont’s oldest guided snowmobile tours. All ages are welcome and riders are provided with the newest high-tech Polaris snowmobiles, helmets and boots.