Winters in Vermont might be cold and snowy but they are also beautiful and fun. The state becomes a winter wonderland to be admired and enjoyed through outdoor recreational activities. While there are endless things to do in Burlington, a day or weekend trip somewhere else in the state can give you and your family a nice little vacation away from the city. Here are two communities within a short drive from Burlington that we recommend exploring for a quick and fun winter getaway!

Richmond, Vermont

Located only 18 minutes away from Burlington via Interstate 89-S, the town of Richmond is the perfect winter getaway due to its two ski facilities. Cochran's Ski Area is a non-profit organization that offers affordable skiing and snowboarding for families. This is a favorite spot for ski lessons for children of all ages. Learn more about their affordable pricing for season tickets and lift passes HERE. If you are looking for a more classic downhill ski experience, Bolton Valley Resort is the place for you. Bolton Valley covers over 5,000 acres and boasts the highest base elevation of any resort in the state. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy lots of snow as they head down the 3,150 foot summit. Night riding is a favorite activity at this resort. There are also endless trails for nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Find out more about lift tickets, passes, and rentals HERE. Both of these ski facilities are an easy day trip for residents in the Burlington area who want to hit the slopes.

Middlebury, Vermont

Recently named one of the 15 prettiest winter villages in New England by New England Today, the charming village of Middlebury has much to offer visitors. The historic downtown is located next to Otter Creek and features unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, and beautiful churches. The community is also home to Middlebury College, which offers endless academic, athletic, and arts and culture programming and events that the general population can attend. The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History features interesting exhibits about New England history. Middlebury is easily accessible from Burlington via US-7S. The drive takes around 50 minutes.



Burlington is the perfect place for homebuyers. It offers all the amenities of a major city while being class to the charming, smaller communities that are found throughout Vermont. If you are interested in Buying a home in the Burlington area, give the Vermont Real Estate Company a call today or visit our website at