7 Romantic Things to Do Around Middlebury in the Winter

We’ve cooked up 7 romantic things to do around Middlebury, Vermont, so that you don’t have to! 

If you’re dating, engaged, or happily married, you’re probably wondering if there’s something fun to do with your boo on one of these long weekends coming down the pike. You’re in luck–Middlebury is a beautiful location to spend time in the snow and cozy up by the fire with a nightcap (or two).

Here are our seven ideas for how to ramp up the romance on your winter getaway: 

Aren’t these horses magnificent? Photo by Patrick Palmer at Thornapple Farms.

1. Sleigh through the Vermont countryside

Go for a romantic sleigh ride through the snowy countryside with your special someone. Contact Thornapple Farms and ask about booking one today. They also provide horse-drawn carriages for weddings and horse-drawn trolleys for your guests. 

Couple snowshoeing
Ripton, Vermont (March 9, 2018) – Winter scenics at the Rikert Nordic Center. (Photo © 2018 Brett Simison)

2. Put on a pair of snowshoes

Snowshoe with your snow bunny. Let’s face it: not everyone can ski or snowboard. Snowshoeing is an ideal, mellow way to get outside and frolicking in the snow. Rikert Nordic Center rents snowshoes, which are simple to put on and get going right away. No lessons or expensive equipment needed! 

Four poster bed with full length mirror, ceiling fan, and chair
The Gladstone Room is well-appointed for romance. Photo by Marsha Owett.

3. Cuddle up in one of our guestrooms

Cozy up to a guestroom with a fireplace at Swift House Inn, located less than five minutes away from Middlebury College and a wonderful place to stay on a getaway in our beautiful area in Vermont. Our classic country inn has all of the amenities that a couple needs for a peaceful, relaxing stay. You can book directly online or feel free to contact us anytime at (866) 388-9925 for more information. Don’t forget to hang that Do-Not-Disturb sign!

Middlebury Falls. Photo by Serena Kim.

4. Take in the sights of Downtown Middlebury

Amble hand-in-hand to the Middlebury Falls in downtown Middlebury. During this time of year, the spray freezes into dramatic ice sculptures. Plus, the falls are right in the center of town, where you can visit shops and boutiques. A Swift House Inn favorite is the Vermont Book Store, where we love to browse, and the vintage clothing store Buy Again Alley.

duck two ways on plate with fork
One of Jessica’s most popular dishes, the Duck Two Ways. Photo by Caleb Kenna.

5. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Jessica’s

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Jessica’s at Swift House Inn, our restaurant in the Main House. It might be blustery outside, but inside the intimate eatery, it’s just the two of you and a fine-casual meal. Just last week, a couple got engaged here during dinner service! David Herren, the very talented resident sommelier, will make sure your experience is paired with the perfect wine for your meals.

Pub entrance
The Big Moose Pub is the bar at Fire and Ice, a favorite restaurant among Middlebury locals. Photo by Serena Kim

6. Have a drink at a nearby local pub

Have a nightcap at Fire and Ice Restaurant. Only a few blocks away, you’ll find one of the most beloved restaurants and bars in Middlebury. It’s a great place for dinner, but we think the drinks are outstanding!

Classic Pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup. Photo by Serena Kim.

7. Energize with a delicious breakfast in the morning

A relationship requires sustenance. That’s why it’s important to have a hot breakfast the morning after. Our breakfast team goes the distance to make sure that you’re happy. Breakfast is complimentary for all of our guests, and it’s made to order by Chef Micah. Insider tip: You can have our perfect buttermilk pancakes anyway you like (yes, even with chocolate chips!) and as many as you can eat. Make sure you take advantage of Vermont maple syrup while you’re here, too!

When you’re planning your romantic travel for the weekend, keep Middlebury and its breathtaking natural surrounding areas in mind. It’s a lovely place with warm and welcoming locals who can vouch for these 7 romantic things to do. 

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