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!
Quechee, Vermont is a charming and scenic destination to explore any time of year, but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, there’s no place more romantic to enjoy with your loved one. This year, elevate the romantic experience by making plans to travel this way and enjoy the best of Quechee sights and flavors hand-in-hand! The following are just a few options of the many in Quechee to be sure to add to your Valentine’s Day itinerary. Be sure to explore the best things to do in Quechee!
Hike the Quechee Gorge
For couples that find their romantic stride with hiking boots laced up, ready to hit the trails, there’s no destination in Quechee quite like the Quechee Gorge. Known and loved as one of the most iconic natural landmarks this scenic destination hosts, couples that crave outdoor adventure will find plenty of reasons to bundle up, make their way down the gorge and enjoy spectacular and romantic February views. Bring your camera and your binoculars if you also enjoy bird watching as this lush landscape is the place to enjoy it all!
Tour the Quechee Historic Mill District
If history is what gets your heart beating this Valentine’s Day, a tour of the Quechee Historic Mill District hand-in-hand with the one you love most is bound to please. Added to the National Register of historic places in 1997, this area of Quechee is a good place to get a look at the architecture and vibe of what was once exclusively a mill town. As you stroll between Main Street, Quechee West Hartford Road, and Old Quechee Road, you’ll become a part of a place that first found its roots in 1760 and was a thriving industrial center all the way through the late 19th-century.
Make Your Way to Mount Tom
When stunning views are the epitome of a romantic escape, then you’ll want to travel to nearby Woodstock for a trek up to Mount Tom. This accessible summit stands at an elevation of only 1,357 feet, but provides sweeping views of the Vermont landscape that are truly breathtaking. Mount Tom is an integral part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park so if you have time to spare, there are always additional options for fun waiting in the way of running, hiking, or skiing depending on your luck with snowfall this year.
Visit the Quechee Covered Bridge
Perhaps there’s nothing that embodies the idea of Vermont charm more than the Quechee covered bridge. A visit here makes for an ultra-romantic Valentine’s day stop and photo opportunity. The Quechee covered bridge is located on Waterman Hill Road at the intersection of Main Street and Route 4. Fully restored and rebuilt in 2011, the Quechee covered bridge stretches 85-feet long and is a two-way pedestrian bridge making it simple to stroll along and admire the dam and waterfall that run below. If you’re up for making it more of a romantic bridges tour, then consider traveling out of Quechee as a follow-up and making your way towards the Middle covered bridge in Woodstock or the Taftsville covered bridge—both of which promise to thrill!
Savor the Flavors of Putney Mountain Winery & Spirits
The Vermont landscape has long lent itself to ample fruit production, and so it comes as no surprise that the area is home to some well-loved wineries. If you and your loved one are looking for a place to settle in, enjoy each other’s company, and savor the local wine flavors, then the Putney Mountain Winery is the place to be. Putney Mountain Winery & Spirits has been a flavorful favorite in Quechee since opening in 1998 and the Quechee tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. The tasting room is located within the Cabot Cheese Store in Quechee Gorge Village providing visitors with the option to pair plates of delectable cheese with just the right red, white, or sparkling selection! Wines sampled at Putney Mountain Winery lean towards the unexpected with options to try glasses that feature the best of pear, blueberry, and even rhubarb! The on-site staff is ready and waiting to answer questions and make recommendations so you and your loved one can make the most of every savory moment.
Dine at The Mill at Simon Pearce
Situated at 1760 Quechee Main Street, The Mill at Simon Pearce is a fantastic choice when you’re ready to sit down and enjoy a delicious dinner during your Valentine’s Day getaway. Currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm, The Mill at Simon Pearce offers up a delightful menu that’s rivaled only by its mill and waterfall views. Located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River, this restaurant requires a reservation to guarantee your place in the romantic dining room. Whether you go with the Vermont cheddar soup and ricotta gnocchi or enjoy the salmon and whitefish rillettes, your experience here promises to be as inviting as it is palate-pleasing.
Book Today and Find Many Fun Things to Do in Quechee
Whether you’re in town to enjoy a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day or can’t wait to explore Quechee any other time of year, the team at Carefree Quechee Vacations has the accommodations you need to stay close to the fun and enjoy the comfort and luxury you deserve! Contact us today to learn more. Explore our 1-bedroom vacation rentals!