Vermont’s bucolic farmscapes and forested mountains are famous for accompanying the world’s most stunning, fall foliage color. This program combines the best of both worlds: fantastic hiking in the Green Mountains paired with fabulous farm-to-table cuisine and comfortable, rustic-chíc, New England yurt lodging.
On our journey our local guide, Peter Shear, helps us understand the intricate ecology, geology, and wildlife of this mixed-hardwood, mountain environment. Our carefully selected day hikes afford a variety of spectacular views: Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the west, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the East. By hiking mid-week we also avoid the weekend crowds.
Besides the spectacular hiking, two major themes of our program are food and wellness. To this end, we dine on mostly organic and locally-sourced fare. We are happy to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. Our program also offers the option of daily yoga with an experienced instructor.
Our home base is the Refuge at Knoll Farm in Fayston. We sleep in comfortable yurts and eat our meals in the renovated farmhouse. During our time here, we have the option of partaking in pre-hike yoga classes and soaking in the wood-fired hot tub in the evenings.
We embark on some of Vermont’s most beautiful hikes which take us to the top of three classic Vermont peaks, through the Green Mountain National Forest, Breadloaf Wilderness, and Camel’s Hump State Park. Every day brings a special gift, whether a 100-mile view across the Lake Champlain Valley, a flock of migrating geese passing at eye-level on a high ridge, or the delicate alpine flora above tree line. In October, the beauty of this New England wilderness is amazingly enhanced by a riot of fall foliage color. Our trek is designed to renew and nourish mind, body, and spirit.
We meet at the Refuge at Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vermont at 12PM; After getting acquainted, our transport takes us to the close by Mad River ski area where we ride the famous single chairlift to the top of Stark Mountain where we take in the awesome foliage and views while enjoying a hearty, farm-to-table picnic lunch. Most of our cuisine is organic and locally sourced, much being from Knoll Farm itself. After lunch we walk downhill to the base of the single chair lift. Upon our return to Knoll farm in the late afternoon we get settled into our yurts, and, after a rest, have an orientation meeting and dinner.
Included: Lunch & dinner
Optional sunrise yoga. After a delicious breakfast we travel by van to Lincoln Gap and begin our first hike. Today we take it easy, ascending south along the Long Trail through the Breadloaf wilderness area to Sunset Ledge, a cliff-top viewpoint offering a panoramic look at the National Forest and Lake Champlain. After a picnic lunch we descend back to Lincoln Gap. After our hike, we travel to the town of Warren and explore its famous waterfall and covered bridge, before returning through Waitsfield to taste award-winning cheeses and artisan meats at the Taste Place. Our day ends with dinner and a soak in the hot tub.
Lincoln Gap to Sunset Ledge; 2.6 miles out and back; Elevation Gain: 393 feet, High Point 2750 feet
Included: All meals
Optional Sunrise yoga. We enjoy a heart breakfast and travel one hour to the Waterbury Trailhead. We spend the next few hours crossing brooks and scrambling on few rock slabs to the craggy summit of Hunger Mountain where we take in the view and enjoy our lunch. We continue northeast along the spine of the Worcester range on the Skyline Trail to the top of Stowe Pinnacle, a rocky outcrop with fantastic views of Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. After lunch on the summit we steeply descend to Waterbury, On our way back to the farm we stop at two famous Vermont institutions: The Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where we learn about the tradition of apple pressing, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, where we savor a delicious cone. Dinner and hot tub.
6.8 miles point to point, Elevation Gain 2264 feet, High Point 3540 feet
Included: All meals
Sunrise yoga and a big breakfast precedes what many claim to be the most beautiful day hike in New England. Climbing north from Lincoln Gap, we ascend through forest, and scrambling up a few rock slabs, to the alpine zone at the peak of Mt. Abe, where we enjoy 360 degree views of the Adirondacks, the Champlain Valley, and White Mountains. After lunch, we traverse the ridge of the Green Mountains, cross through the dwarf forests of Lincoln Peak, and descend the ski trails of the world-famous Sugarbush ski area! A short transfer brings us to Lawson’s Finest Liquids taproom where we can sample some of their internationally recognized craft brew. Dinner and hot tub.
6.8 miles; Elevation Gain: 1659 feet, High Point 4006 feet
Included: All meals
The big day! After sunrise yoga and a hearty breakfast at the farm, we continue north on the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap. This is our last day of hiking and the goal is the summit of Camel’s Hump –Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak! The first section of our hike ascends the Burrows Trail to the top of Camel’s Hump where we enjoy views of The Whites and Vermont’s Worcester Range. After lunch on the summit, we traverse along the south side of the summit spire, before descending the Forest City Trail, where transport awaits to deliver us to our celebratory dinner at American Flatbread, a world famous farm-to-table gourmet pizza restaurant. Last night hot tub.
5.8 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 3061 feet, High Point 4083 feet
Included: All meals
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|Sunday 26 September 2021 - Friday 1 October 2021||6 days||$3295||£2395||€2795|
We suggest arranging your flights directly into Burlington (airport code BTV). You can schedule your arrival at anytime on day 1 of the itinerary prior to 12 midday. We are always happy to advise on flights. Please call our office for advice. Why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure, if you have them? We also suggest checking on skyscanner.net for good deals. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office.
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