There is a long list of reasons a traveler might make their way to Quechee, Vermont, but the breathtaking landscape often stands out as a highlight amongst them all. From its thrilling gorge and mountain peaks to rolling hills and rivers and lakes, Quechee has a way of combining some of nature’s finest work into a picturesque stop that includes a side of tranquility. While visitors that are looking for a charming city center to enjoy will definitely find what they’ve been searching for, the vast majority of guests are drawn this direction in the name of outdoor adventure. When you’re looking to make the most of the scenery and can’t wait to combine it with time in the fresh air, here are a few of the outdoor activities you just won’t want to miss out on the next time you find yourself in Quechee.
Visit Lake Pinneo
An afternoon visit to Lake Pinneo is bound to be an exciting moment no matter when you happen to arrive in Quechee. This picturesque destination is a great stop when you’re in the mood to take in the lake views from the beach and enjoy the surrounding mountains in good company. Those that are stopping here with little ones in tow will appreciate that this area also includes access to playgrounds when there’s energy to burn. A collection of picnic tables and grilling areas provides just the right space for an outdoor meal. Feel like getting out on the water? Lake Pinneo provides easy access to kayak, paddleboard, or canoe rentals that make spending time on the waves easier than ever.
One of the most iconic natural landmarks in all of Quechee is the infamous gorge. While this 160-foot deep destination is inspiring to view from afar, those that love to lace up their boots and hit the trails won’t want to miss out on the chance to explore the Quechee Gorge Trail for themselves while they’re in town. This trail is well-traveled nearly every season in Quechee and provides trekkers with an opportunity to enjoy a 2.7-mile out and back route that’s rated relatively easy. Because areas of the trail can be steep, it’s important to make sure you’re equipped with the right footwear. Be sure to also bring your camera along for this hike which promises some idyllic views along the way.
While hiking is a popular activity in scenic Quechee, biking is just as enjoyable thanks to the many paved and off-road routes that have been established through this area. Those that are looking to make the most of a longer route will enjoy the Quechee to Woodstock route that’s paved and provides a dynamic and versatile scene along the way. At just over 18 miles, this bike route climbs 676 feet and follows along the Ottauquechee River. Bikers will peddle their way past a collection of covered bridges on this route which is often referred to as the Bikewoodstock, before passing by the rolling greens of the Quechee Club Golf Course. The route continues through the Quechee Gorge and can end up in Woodstock if you’re willing to complete the route.
The Quechee Club is perhaps the area’s most notorious destination when it comes to spending your getaway on the greens. This club is home to two world-class courses that are as tempting to golf enthusiasts as they are challenging. Known as Lakeland and Highland, both courses have been delighting golfers since their design and construction in the 1970s. The combination of well-groomed and scenic courses provides a place where both avid and amateur golfers can enjoy time learning and perfecting their skills. Enjoying time at the clubhouse after a round of golf makes a stop at the Quechee Club even more inviting to guests.
Wilderness Trails and the Vermont Fishing School
While getting out on the water and exploring can be a fun, independent adventure, those that are looking for some guidance will find it and more at the Wilderness Trail and Vermont Fishing School. This family-run establishment is a great place to enjoy a guided kayaking trip, perfect whether you’re here as a couple or visiting with the entire family. Kayaking trips can be customized to be nothing more than a fun paddle, or can include instruction and fishing tips so you can reel in the next big catch of the day! As you explore the White River alongside your knowledgeable guide, you’re likely to spot an eagle or two depending on the season. This is a fantastic option for those that are looking to get outdoors but enjoy the comfort that comes from a seasoned guide showing them the way through the highlights.
Make the Most of Your Quechee Adventure
There’s never been a better time to head to Quechee and enjoy a stay. When you’re ready to turn plans into reality, contact the team at Carefree Quechee Vacation to learn more about our many rental options and to start planning your next trip.