Vermont

5 Ideas for Weekend Road Trips in New England

Although the states that make up New England loom large in American history and culture, the region is surprisingly compact, with a total land area that’s dwarfed by Missouri. But despite its size, this region is packed with variety: remote mountain peaks, bustling cities, endless beaches, and idyllic farming valleys. This is great news for road-trippers, because New England’s most compelling locales can be explored on an easy weekend trip.

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New England Road Trip: The Vermont Cheese Trail

With 66 cheesemakers in state and a thriving foodie scene, it’s no surprise that Vermont is a cheese-lover’s paradise. As a fundamentally rural state, some of the best wheels and wedges can be found at far-flung farms, mountain villages, and down unexpected back roads, which makes cheese the perfect excuse to plot a road trip through the state’s most scenic corners.

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Two Week New England Road Trip Itinerary

A great loop through American history, high peaks, and picture-perfect countryside, this two-week trip is a “grand tour” in every sense. The full itinerary means quite a bit of time on the road, so those looking for a more leisurely vacation should snip out bits of this route in exchange for extra beach days, hikes, and free time to explore along the way. But if you’ve got an itchy pedal foot and the urge to put in miles, this gives you the lay of the land and the very best of New England.

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Stowe, VT, and the Trapp Family Lodge

Despite Stowe’s popularity, the resort has eschewed the modern trend of building up the base lodge with condos and restaurants, preferring to work with independent businesses in the community instead. For that reason, Stowe still feels like a real community that happens to have a ski resort, rather than the other way around. Moon guides have the info you need when planning a trip to Stowe, VT.

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Vermont Travel Guide: Killington Resort and Vicinity

Killington’s size and challenging terrain have made this the most popular ski resort in the East. In recent years, Killington has become more and more crowded, giving it the nickname “Beast of the East” in some circles. For the sheer difficulty and exhilaration of its terrain, however, it is arguably without equal east of the Rockies (only Sugarloaf in Maine compares), leading skiers to return year after year to test themselves on its slopes. We’ve got an overview of the best activities, accommodations, and deals for you to check out during your trip.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.