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Blog :: 02-2013

Vermont Attractions With a Twist - Dog Sledding

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So you've tried all of the "regular" Vermont attractions - skiing, snowboarding, and skating - and now you're looking for something a little more, well, extreme? Look no more, because we've already found it. It's time to go dog sledding.

Dog SleddingLocated just north of Wilmington and Mount Snow near the intersection of Rte. 100 and Stratton Arlington Road, is the Husky Works Mushing Company. Husky Works is situated right on the edge of some of the most pristine and beautiful forest in southern Vermont. And with their special guided sled tours, you'll get to spend hours dashing through the snow behind their teams of powerful Siberian Huskies. This is truly one of the most unique of the southern Vermont attractions, and an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Husky Works operates on several hundred acres of privately-owned Vermont wilderness, ensuring that you'll get an unspoiled sledding adventure through some of southern Vermont's most enchanting terrain. With a tour route that includes snow-covered bridges, groomed trails and an exciting climb up Stratton Mountain, you're sure to find excitement and wonder on your guided tour through the snowy Vermont forests.

You'll also get to meet Husky Works' whole kennel of trained Siberian Huskies, including pups and dogs-in-training. This could be a great experience for those who want that authentic Yukon adventure, but without traveling the whole way to the Yukon. And your tour will expose you to other Vermont attractions, such as the chance to see deer, foxes and hares in their natural habitat.

Dog Sled TeamIf you're interested in getting the true dog sledding experience with Husky Works, make sure that you call ahead and book a reservation. Each tour takes about two hours - plenty of time to run through the woods and take in the scenery. Husky Works also recommends that you wear plenty of warm clothing, due to the snowy conditions and quick pace of the dogs. And if you're traveling with young children, you should be aware that those under eight years old aren't allowed on the tours, due to the long and somewhat rigorous nature of the trails.

Truly one of the most unique Vermont attractions in the area, the Husky Works Mushing Company is set to provide you with a full day of fun and adventure you won't find anywhere else in Vermont. And once you're done howling through the woods, you can retire back to your comfortable rental property, just a few miles down the road.


  1. Kimberlee crowder on

    My family is interest in a vermont vacation! Both my childern want to learn how to mush. They are 22 and 18 years old. This has been a dream for them since ice ( our husky)passed away when Chris ( my son)was 16. If you could likely send me information on your program I would appreciate it. Thank you
    • Ken Spicer on

      Hi Kimberlee, the best way to get in touch with Husky Works is by e-mail (rides@huskyworks.com) or phone (802.896.3478). You can also look around their site to see what types of dog sled rides they offer! We hope you'll have fun — dog sledding is a great way to see the landscape!
      • Patty Killion on

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          Great Family Things to Do in Vermont this Winter

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          If you're looking for some of the best things to do in Vermont with your family this winter, then look no further. Our area's got a great range of kid-friendly winter activities that are sure to keep kids (of all ages) entertained.

          TubingGo Snow Tubing While plenty of families enjoy going skiing and snowboarding together, it can also be good to find something that's easy and fun for the whole family, even the little ones. One of the best family things to do in Vermont is to head out to the slopes for a little snow tubing. At Mount Snow, the entire family can get some quality downhill action without the complications (and expense) of renting equipment, arranging lessons and shelling out for high-priced lift tickets. The nominal fee covers use of a tube, and riders can bounce down the slope as many times as they like and enjoy being carried right back to the top by "The Magic Carpet" surface lift.

          Go Ice Fishing If you don't feel like fighting the crowds at the mountain, then hit the ice instead. Ice fishing is one of the best things to do in Vermont during the winter, and proves popular with fishermen (and fisherwomen!) of all ages. One of the state's biggest ice fishing events is the Harriman Reservoir Ice Fishing Derby near Wilmington. Anyone can participate in this huge event and compete with hundreds of other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes. The event takes place in late February.

          Skate it Up If sitting on the ice for hours on end isn't your style, ice skating is also one of the most popular things to do in Vermont with kids. There are tons of different places to skate nearby, including indoor and outdoor rinks and even hockey facilities! For more information on where to go skating, take a look at our recent post about ice skating in southern Vermont.

          Get Chocolatey Say it's a little too cold outside for all these ice and snow activities, why not warm yourself up in the Chocolatorium? A permanent exhibit in Arlington, just a few short miles north of Bennington, the Chocolatorium is an educational experience devoted to all things chocolate. Complete with chocolate classes, chocolate history, and - of course - chocolate to take home with you, the Chocolatorium will make your trip to Vermont a little bit sweeter.

          Bowling BallHit the Lanes After a long day out in the cold - or a long day of eating chocolate - it's always fun to get together and have an old-fashioned round of 10-pin bowling. At the Brattleboro Bowl, you and your family can hang out and bowl, or check out the pool tables, game room and full snack bar. And with easy automatic scoring, bumper bowling, and even party packages, the Brattleboro Bowl is one of the simplest and most fun things to do in Vermont with your family.

          Sleep It Off Of course, after all this activity, you and your family are going to need somewhere close and comfortable to get your energy back for the next day. Well, lucky for you we have plenty of both long-term and short-term southern Vermont real estate rentals available just a few minutes away from Mount Snow and all the other great things to do in Vermont.

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