5 Summer Activities Kids Will Love

 

Summer vacation is fast approaching! Looking for some new & fun activities to keep the kids busy and active this summer? Try something new and join us for summer in the Green Mountains.   Here’s our top 5 summer vacation activities right here at Stratton. 


1. Stratton Kids Adventure Camps  Choose from four different types of camps, each one allowing kids to make new friends and explore the beauty of Southern Vermont in the summer.

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2. Take a scenic gondola ride. You’ve seen the breathtaking views in the winter, but have you ever seen the Green Mountains actually green? A gondola ride to the summit will give the whole family a total 360 degree view!

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3. Golf as a family. The new 9-hole Pitch and Putt Course at the Stratton Golf School is ideal for beginner and family play. The Stratton Golf School also provides family and kids programs, where you can get personalized coaching from Stratton’s golf pros.

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4. Enjoy the Free Summer Concerts Series on the lawn with the whole family. Each Saturday, a new artist will entertain at the commons, where there will be lawn games and a BBQ. Dancing is encouraged.

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5. Hike & Explore! No matter what age or ability level, there’s a hiking trail for everyone in the family. Along the way, make it fun – see how many critters you can spot, collect fun shaped rocks and splash in natural streams.

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Wanderlust Stratton 2015: Brand New Not-to-Miss Activities

Wanderlust Festival is less than a month away! (June 18-21, 2015) Can you believe it? Soon we will channel our inner yogi, jam to live bands, taste local Vermont fare and enjoy all that the Vermont summer has to offer. This year, the Wanderlust crew has added some new activities that you can only find at this amazing festival.

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Practice.

  • Meditation. More meditation classes have been added to the diverse schedule. Get your om on! Beginners are welcome.
  • Practice in a brand new environment. A black light venue will be added this year, so get your white clothes ready and stretch it out in this unique space!
  • Soulscape Classes. Classes devoted entirely to the music of The Police and The Grateful Dead are on this year’s roster, designed to unwind the tension of everyday life.
  • Gentle Aerial Yoga and Stargazing: As the sun is setting, a class  lead by Carmen Curtis will practice slow and fluid movements with a hammock while watching the stars.
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 Listen.

  • Music. Among an abundance of talented musicians set to rock the stage, this year there will be a Musical Hike with Trevor Hall. Explore Stratton’s beautiful green trails to the sounds of Trevor’s acoustic rock and reggae tunes. Another hike accompanied by the tunes of Jacob Cohen and his cello will also be available this year.

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    Wanderlust Stratton 2011

Explore. 

  • The stars. Wanderlust falls on the eve of summer solstice this year. In a class called “Slooh’s Summer Solstice Celebration in Space,” Wanderlusters will get close-up views of the stars through a large telescope and a hands-on tour of the cosmos. If you have ever seen a clear night sky in Vermont, you know this is one you won’t want to miss.

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    Wanderlust Stratton 2011

Learn. 

  • Learn something new with the Tribal Body Marking and Movement – a partner class with exercised that incorporate acro yoga, Capoeira and balancing movements. Then embrace your artistic side by using special pens and markers to create your own unique designs on the body.
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Taste.

  • TY KU Sake Tastings: On Thursday and Friday late afternoons, sample four types of award winning sake and learn how to craft your own yummy cocktails.

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And MUCH more: check it out! 

Foliage Report

Pops of color have been showing up all around Stratton lately and we’ve been keeping track. Our “Peak-O-Meter” is yours to use this fall when planning your trip to Stratton Mountain. Check out some of the great pictures people have been snapping around the area! Use the hashtag #StrattonFoliage so we can find your Instagram pictures too.

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I love fall!!!!!

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Slowly but surly fall is coming. #fall #winterisnext @strattonresort

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View from the top of the #firetower at #stratton #mountain. Sunday adventures with @jessemallis

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@jimboslice214 first annual Stratton Oakmont Invitational. #stratton #golf

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happy fall! #stratton #vermont #fall #autumn #stilltoomuchgreen

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7 Summits Leader Board

By: Courtney DiFiore

We’ve passed the halfway benchmark for September meaning there’s just 2 weeks left to complete Stratton’s 7 Summits Challenge.

Adam Wanamaker, Manager at The Activity Hub, sent out a nice email detailing the progress of my completion this morning. Without publicizing how pitiful my vertical is in comparison, I’ll just leave you with some final words from Wanamaker.

“Sue Foulkes, Sky Foulkes, Bill Nupp, Laura Mullen and Chad Milliken are all above the 10K mark, with Jenna Pugliese on the cusp. The first participant to summit Mt. Blanc & Mt. Vinson will be this week. With such a close contest and determined contestants, things are changing by the hour.”

Good luck and keep hiking!

Quiet Time in the Mountains

By Diane Whatley

Vermont is a special place, like nowhere else I’ve been. All at the same time it is peaceful, exciting, colorful, calming. It’s a place to feel grounded, in touch with nature and myself.  It awakens the senses. It is home.  For me, there is no more special time in this great place than being in the woods, on the trail during fall foliage.

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I think I’m one of the luckiest persons in the world – I can head out of my house and be on the Long Trail within five minutes.  I hike this section of the trail at least once a week with my most loyal dog and trail companion “Jack.  I’ve memorized this section of the trail by now and can anticipate each turn, each rock to step over and each small stream to ford.  Jack eagerly anticipates his favorite spot to sniff out whatever it is that he smells and the quick drink or romp in the many mountain streams. While I walk at a steady pace, Jack easily covers twice the distance I do as he darts ahead to investigate and doubles back to make sure I’m still there.  Someone once told me that a tired dog is a good dog – hiking is a great way to tire out your dog!

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While I’m very familiar with this section of the trail I’m never bored by it. There is always something new to see, hear and smell. I might notice a new blooming woodland flower, or colorful berries ripening on a bush. Was that fungi on that fallen tree the last time I was here? Birds chirping, bees humming, leaves rustling, water trickling are sounds that are noticed in the quiet of the woods. The smell of fresh balsam in the middle of the forest is like heaven to me. Fall brings a change to the senses – today it was the smell of newly decaying leaves. I can’t wait for the crunch, crunch sound of leaves underfoot in just a couple of weeks.

Enjoy your quiet time in the woods and awaken your senses!

7 Summits Challenge

By Courtney DiFiore

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Am I the only one that refused to believe it’s already September? Where has the summer gone? Leaves are slowly beginning to change, promising a grand show of colors throughout the green mountains. Because of where I live, I can easily observe the changing of seasons from my front door, but nothing can compare to an aerial view. Standing atop a mountain on a brisk fall morning adds a value and appreciation to the view that just isn’t possible from my porch. So when I found out that September is hiking month at Stratton, it seemed more than fitting, not to mention right up my alley!

This September, Stratton’s giving me a little extra incentive to digging out my hiking shoes and hitting the trails with a 7 Summits Challenge. The goal is to pick one of the seven tallest summits across the world and hike the equivalent elevation. Lucky for me, Stratton’s made it easy to keep track of my progress by creating profiles on the MapMyHike app and All Trails app.

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Apparently Everest, you know that really big mountain in Asia that people need oxygen tanks to hike (yeah that one!), is as high as 15 Stratton Mountains. That’s a lot of climbing, but I enjoy a challenge, so I’ve picked Everest. I have to hike 29,029’ feet in the month of September. I better get started!

Visit Stratton.com for more details on the 7 Summit Challenge and how you can be a part of the fun.

The Summits & their altitude:

  1. Everest, Asia 29,029′ – 15 “Stratton Summits”
  2. Aconcagua, South America 22,902′ – 11.5 “Stratton Summits”
  3. Denali, North America 20,320′  – 10.2 “Stratton Summits”
  4. Kilimanjaro, Africa 19,340′ – 9.7 “Stratton Summits”
  5. Elbrus, Europe 18,513′ – 9.3 “Stratton Summits”
  6. Vinson, Antarctica 16,067′ – 8 “Stratton Summits”
  7. Mt. Blanc 15,780′ – 7.9 Stratton Summits

Is your safety first…or second?

By Courtney DiFiore

The sun sits high in the sky all by its lonesome filling the air with a dry heat. Beads of sweat drip down my neck. I reach for my canteen only to be disappointed by its light weight. Where has all the water gone?! Perched on the top of Stratton Mountain, I moan about my lack of preparation, forgetfulness and my thirst.

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Does this sound familiar? If I’m going to hike, the last thing I want to do is load myself up with heavy bags. I’m the friend that bugs you to put her keys, wallet, phone etc. in YOUR bag that you thoughtfully brought. I can’t help it. I’m Italian, I need my arms free to talk…duh :) Okay, so obviously that doesn’t really count as a valid excuse but it is true that I like to have my arms free…and that I’m Italian (must be a coincidence). Anyway, the point is I choose comfort over practicality sometimes and that’s no good when it affects my safety.

“Safety? What does that have to do with having water?” said the interested reader of this blog.

Well interested reader of this blog, I’m glad that you asked that! Dehydration is dangerous and can cause both short and long term negative effects on your health. If hiking is on your agenda this summer, bringing plenty of water with you should be a priority. So take the time to pack the extra water. Let’s Be. knowledgeable this summer when it comes to safety.

Here are a few other tips when hiking Stratton (or other surrounding areas):

Warm up your muscles before your hike and cool down afterwards. Stretch!

Proper footwear is essential. Hiking boots are recommended.

Pack it in, pack it out! Please pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Leave the mountain as you found it.

Respect the wildlife. Observe wild animals from a distance and do not follow, approach or attempt to feed.

Check the weather forecast before you go. In the event of a sudden storm be sure to lay low and move away from open fields and tall trees or objects (especially lift towers).

Don’t underestimate the mountain’s terrain. Know your limits. Always tell someone your route and destination and expected return time. Don’t hike alone.

Safe travels!