If you love horses and horse shows and you enjoy touring forested New England landscapes, taking a summer excursion through Southwestern Vermont is sure to please.
Vermont summers are special because they offer the opportunity to see a long list of horse shows. From July through mid-August, there are at least six classic shows and festivals that attract competitors from around the country. Equestrians can’t pass up this unique chance for a summer spent doing what they love in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
As you drive north from Boston, you will first come to Shaftsbury, where you must stop to partake of some amazing jams, berries, apples and honey at Appleberry Farm. Stock up so you’ll have enough for your entire RV trip. When you reach Arlington, you can browse for antiques and gifts to take home to family and friends. Sunderland, Vermont should be next on your itinerary. Here is a major area for outdoor recreation, including canoeing on the Batten Kill, mountain biking and hiking.
The quaint New England town of Manchester is filled with charm and history. You’ll also discover some fabulous shopping. The main horse shows are here, with the Vermont Summer Festival being the main attraction. Marvel at the views of Battenkill Valley and take off for scenic hiking in the Green Mountain National Forest.
You will be spending time greatly appreciating all of the benefits of an RV vacation in Vermont, particularly when you reach Dorset and can visit one of the oldest quarries in the U.S.. Marble from this quarry has been used throughout the town, from the sidewalks to the marble church in the center of town.
Outdoor lovers will want to hike the Appalachian Trail, exploring the acres of wilderness surrounding. You can also fish, hunt or work to improve your game of golf. The picturesque beauty of this area is just a bonus to all this fun.
Continuing north, you will come to East Dorset and the Harold Beebe Farm. This is the site for some of the jumper and other horse show competitions. If you’ve brought along your own horse, you will get real riding pleasure on some of the extended trails. In East Dorset, you will find Emerald Lake State Park with a 20-acre lake for non-motorized watercraft. Fishing here is great too, especially if you want to catch some smallmouth bass or northern pike.
Take a side-trip in your RV to Bondville, and visit Stratton Mountain. Many hiking trails invite you out into the forests. After many days of exciting RV adventures in Vermont, you may believe it’s time to head home, but it will be hard to leave. But remember, you’ve made many good memories and hopefully have a lot of great photos to take home with you so you can relive your adventures anytime you wish.