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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11 MUST-DO Activities @ Stratton this February Vacation

By Cassie Russo

February has brought so much snow and fun activities to Stratton – making Southern Vermont the best place for February Vacation. Whether your trip is planned, or you are here right now, here’s what I think are the 11 must-do activities while here at Stratton on your February Vacation.

1. Ski and/or SnowboardHSP2015_8576-2250pxA bit obvious, but with 60″ of fresh snow in February alone, conditions are better than ever!! Mike via Twitter said that these are the “Best conditions I’ve EVER skied.”

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2. Visit the Ice Castle

150117_IceCastleNight_HS_3572If your kids are in love with Disney’s “Frozen”, which they probably are, they will be in awe of the ice Castle at the Sun Bowl. It’s growing and changing every day, so there’s always something new to explore!

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3.Go Fat Biking

Fat Bike VillageThe newest and most popular trend has arrived at the Sun Bowl. On February 21, the whole family can try out Fat Bikes and learn more information about the growing sport!

Event information

4.Enjoy Live Music in the Village

No matter what your taste in music is, we’ve got a variety of live bands playing all season long. With 14 during President’ week alone, the whole family can enjoy live music at many venues throughout the village.

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Kids Night Out returns on February 21, where kids of all ages come together to enjoy s’mores by a campfire, sledding and a movie night! While the kids make new friends, Mom & Dad can have their own night out (see #6.)

Kids Night Out

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6. Date Night

While the kids enjoy Kids Night Out, Mom & Dad can enjoy dining without ever having to leave the village. With a multitude of dining options, the Village is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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7. Retail Therapy

HSP2014_0161-2250pxWhether you want to splurge on that new jacket you’ve been eying or treat your sweetie to a new pair of earrings, the Village is full of retail shops to satisfy all your needs. Check out the Stratton Clothing Company, where you can take home souvenirs from your Stratton exploration!

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8. Go TubingHSP2011_4010Tube with the whole family at the Sun Bowl day or night! The Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, warming hut with light refreshments and fire pit.

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9. Explore the Nordic CenterHSP2014_5966-2250pxCross Country ski or snowshoe our 12km of nordic trails located at the Sun Bowl! It’s a great activity to get the family together and stay active!

Nordic Center information

10. Pamper yourself at the SpaHSP2013_7268

Facials, massages and manicures are just the beginning of what the day Spa at Stratton has to offer. Treat yourself, you’re on vacation.

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11. Visit the Training and Fitness Center

Stay active during your vacation with our Fitness Center’s many classes, including yoga, spin and swimming! The indoor salt water pool, hot tub and massages will help you wind down after a long day of skiing.

Fitness center information

Insider’s Guide: A Co-Founder’s Tips for Wanderlust Stratton

By Jeff Krasno, Co-Founder of Wanderlust Festival

Our Insider’s Guide series offers new ‘lusters a peek into our festivals and introduces veterans to fresh adventures. In this installment, festival co-founder Jeff Krasno provides his tips & musings for a memorable Wanderlust Stratton. Be sure to check out our first post in this series: 25 Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss (Wanderlust Festival Summer 2014)

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One of the aspects I love about Wanderlust is how each festival takes on the essence of its natural and cultural surroundings. This is particularly true at Stratton Mountain.

The beauty of the Vermont landscape is hushed. The mountains roll, the grass is lush, the sky often heavy. The colors blur like a watercolor and the energy is peaceful, old. If our Tahoe festival is Wagnerian with its high, jagged mountains thrusting into the thin air, then Vermont is more Debussy, impressionistic and dreamy.

Sunset at Stratton Mountain, Vermont

photo by Ashley Daige

Driving around Vermont, it is hard to find a town without a green market. Vermont didn’t so much rediscover the local food movement as it has served as an example for local-based economy. From maple syrup to cheeses to micro-brews, Vermont is the national capital of the cottage and craft industry. Even scaling brands like Cabot continue to work closely with local farmers.

On your way to the festival I highly suggest stopping at the Grafton Cheese Factory, on Route 30, on your drive just out of Brattleboro. See the inner workings of the factory and stock up on some cheese for the trip. A little further down the road, just before you get to Newfane, you can pull off at Dutton’s Farm Stand. Strawberries are perfectly in season during festival time. You can pick your own for CHEAP!

Even as Wanderlust Stratton continues to grow (and this year is going to be the biggest yet), the festival has retained a tight-knit, community feel. Snug in the shadow of the mountain and surrounded by dense summer forest, Stratton gives us a unique opportunity to create an intentional community. As you make the final turns up the access road – local victuals in tow – you’ll see what I mean. Stratton really becomes a little Wanderlust village, with yogis blissfully relaxing on the central lawn and strolling down the cobblestone walkways.

Read the rest of Krasno’s Insider’s Guide at Wanderlust.com

Planes, TRAINS & Automobiles

By Betsy Leiter

I recently had reason to travel via Amtrak from Stratton Mountain Resort to Penn Station, 34th Street ,  New York City.  The logistics in arriving at my destination were surprisingly simple and streamlined, so I thought our readers would appreciate some of the how to’s in making their own arrangements.

My trip started at 8:30am on a cold and wintery Tuesday morning up at Stratton. Local roads were clear and well plowed. Highways were spotless.  I drove Route 30, south on Vermont 7, over the 279 Bennington Bypass, and then West on New York Rte 7 to Rte 9. Follow 787 South about 8 miles, then take all exits to Rensselaer. Soon you’ll see well marked roads to Amtrak.  Follow those for long term parking, and enter the  parking garage.  One way the drive was  1.5 hours.

The parking garage rises up several levels, and you’ll be surprised how many cars are parked there, which is a vote of confidence about safety.  You’ll enter the station, and walk into a pleasant, warm waiting room complete with a well-stocked deli, restrooms, a car rental agency, a large ticket window staffed by real people who are very knowledgeable about the different routes, real paper maps and schedules (if you can remember how to read these), and a post office. Notifications on train arrivals and departures are easily read on multiple LCD screens throughout the room. My train, the Ethan Allen, departed on time at 11:15am.

The ride from Rensselaer to New York City takes about 2.5 hours. Make reservations on a route that includes the café car. I had a chicken salad sandwich, potato chips and a soda. All good.  Most passengers passed the time on lap tops or mobile devices since you can pick up wifi as soon as you enter the train. There are outlets in every seat cubicle for charging your device too. The train make quick stops at Hudson, Rhinecliff, Poughkeepsie, Croton-Harmon, and Yonkers before you arrive at Penn Station.  I arrived in New York City in the early afternoon, and was able to complete my business, catch a show, and return on the 5:47 the following evening. Thanks to technology, you can get on the train showing just an eticket on your mobile device, no printed copy necessary. In Albany, my car was right where I left it, and you pay a real attendant when you leave — $12 a day.  This is a good place to get rid of the $1 coins you may have collected from the MTA subway machines.

As I drove back to Stratton, relaxed and glowing, it was obvious that this service was excellent – clean, convenient, and fast. Already I was planning some personal trips that would allow me to get to the City without the complexities of inner City driving and parking. Amtrak offers severals discounts for children, seniors, and AAA consumers.  You can bring 2 pieces of luggage, one of which may be your skiis as long as they are not over 72” long. The other contains your personal belongings that can’t weigh over 50 lbs. There is plenty of storage room overhead and at the end of each car.  You’ll need to rent a car to drive from Amtrak to Stratton, and there’s a car rental agency on site.

So if you’d like a hassle free way of getting out of the City and spending some leisure time in the heart of New England, take Amtrak, and give it a try. You can leave New York Friday evening, and be back in time – refreshed and recharged —  for the Monday morning commute.