Travelers that entertain longings to continuously explore new destinations will often find that early summer is just the right time to pack their bags and hit the road or skies in pursuit of adventure. This time of year is tantalizingly mild in many places across the nation, and that includes Quechee, Vermont. The mountainous terrain and many waterways that wind their way through the landscape contribute to this being the ideal moment to make the most of a trip in this direction. Whether you’re someone who prefers to spend time indoors or can’t wait to savor every second in the fresh air, there are so many places to explore and things to do in Quechee that are sure to inspire you!
Rent a Bike and Hit the Trails
Before mid-summer heat sets in, early summer in Quechee is a great time to rent a bike and hit one or more of the many trails that are loved in this area. We are proud to work with Hanover Adventure Tours, who can provide you with E-bike rentals and even deliver straight to your rental property! The Village of Woodstock and White River Junction are just a short ride away by E-bike and make for great spots to explore.
The Quechee Club is particularly notorious for its maze of trails that are designed for exploration. If you’re looking to take your adventure from a few hours and extend it through the day, consider starting on one of the trails that link Quechee to nearby Woodstock and make even more of the fun! Most of the bike trails in this region are dual-purpose and shared between cyclists, walkers, and runners. In many cases, dogs are more than welcome on the trails as well as long as they remain leashed.
In the event your early summer adventure comes with some unexpected rainfall making terrain less than ideal, biking is still an option! The Woodstock Nordic Center is proud to provide guests with fat bike rentals that are designed for tricky terrain and can help you get signed up with a guided tour if you could use a bit of direction along the way.
Explore the Gorge
When capturing scenic views and making the most of amazing outdoor moments top your list of must-try adventure in Quechee, time at the iconic Quechee Gorge is sure to be a highlight of your trip. This natural landmark is pursued by visitors from near and far thanks to its impressive dimensions and sweeping vistas offered up freely. The Quechee Gorge sits along U.S. Route 4 and holds the title as the deepest gorge in the entire state of Vermont. At 165 feet deep, it’s an ever-popular attraction for those with hiking boots laced tight and cameras in hand!
There are trails that run along both sides of the gorge, offering plenty of options when it comes to customizing your trip this way. There are even routes that lead down into the gorge, putting you up close to the waters that run below. If you do make it down to the water, views of the bridge spanning the expanse are always inspiring. Set aside an afternoon if your exploration takes you in and around the gorge as you won’t want to miss the sights earned from a variety of angles and trails.
Visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
If you’re looking forward to visiting Quechee but want options for activities that take you between the indoors and outside, a stop at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a great choice. This nature and research center is open every day between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm making it easy to fit into any itinerary. A visit here is an opportunity to get up close to local creatures and habitats that make this area so special. From raptor encounters to strolls along the Forest Canopy Walk, guests will make their way through indoor and outdoor exhibits that highlight the efforts being made to preserve nature’s best work. At this time, tickets are being requested to be purchased in advance in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines that benefit all guests.
Billings Farm and Museum
If history is more your thing, an early summer visit to nearby Billing Farm and Museum in Woodstock is sure to thrill. This working farm and museum brings the past to life through hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that span agriculture through the decades. The Billings Farm and Museum is currently open on Fridays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Established in 1871, the Billings Farm and Museum is a testament to this region’s rural past and an insightful stop for those looking to see how farming technology has progressed as well. Don’t forget to swing by the gift shop and pick up apparel or cheese produced right on-site!
Book Your Quechee Getaway Today
No matter what time of year you plan a visit, Quechee is worth exploring for yourself! When your early summer plans have you headed this way, the team at Carefree Quechee Vacations is here to make sure you’re settled in just the right vacation rental. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning!