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Planning a Family Vacation in Vermont

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Organizing a Vermont vacation that pleases the whole family is never an easy task. First: find a location that offers comfortable lodging. Second: make sure it has plenty of different nearby activities that keep the whole family happy. Last: it needs to be someplace that isn't difficult to get to. Thankfully, there's southern Vermont, which is less than 2 hours from Boston and less than 3.5 hours from New York's metropolitan area. Sound good? Great... time to start planning your spring or summer getaway that the whole family can enjoy.

Grout Pond, Stratton, Vermont

To begin organizing your family vacation in southern Vermont, you'll need a place to stay. And if you have a big family or you're planning a reunion or other get-together, you know that hotels are simply too expensive to consider for more than a night or two. In contrast, rental homes such as those available from Chimney Hill in Wilmington, Vermont provide a great option for a comfortable stay that won't break the bank.

When you stay in a Chimney Hill rental, you get access to a full suite of amenities that you won't find anywhere but in the expensive hotels. Your rental home includes a full kitchen and lots of bedrooms for all of your guests or family members. And the Chimney Hill Clubhouse area includes a swimming pool, fitness room, pool table, and much more. You can also fish in the private duck pond and enjoy the tennis facilities if you're in the mood for a workout.

Now that you have a place to stay, you'll need to find some fun things to do. Southern Vermont is brimming with activities during every season of the year. From skiing in winter to, well, just about any outdoor activity in summer, you'll find no shortage of attractions to warm your heart, and get it pumping.

A variety of exciting adventure activities can be found within just a short drive of the Wilmington area, including a number of renowned ropes courses and zipline trails. You'll also find hiking and biking in the local state parks, water sports such as rafting and kayaking, and plenty of activities at the local four-season resort, Mount Snow. You'll have no trouble finding activities to please even the pickiest of fun-havers in your family or group.Mountain biking at Mount Snow

And you gotta eat, of course. Thankfully there are several 5-stars-on-Yelp-worthy southern Vermont restaurants that you won't have to break out the reserve credit card to afford. When you factor in the many local wineries, museums, historical sites, and other educational and cultural attractions, you might find that your agenda is suddenly too full. You'll need more than a weekend to see everything that this area has to offer.

It's time to get packing. Remember to bring clothes that you can easily layer, like sweatshirts and jackets - Vermont springs and summers are known for their warm days and cool nights. You'll also want bug spray, sunblock, and sheets and towels for your rental home. Don't worry about bringing groceries or other perishables, though, as those items are easy to get locally.

The last step in planning your family vacation? Load up the car with your stuff and get here! Just be prepared to find a whole lot of fun, relaxation, and family togetherness at the end of the road. In fact, maybe you should book a few extra nights, just to be safe.

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