Exhilarating Winter Activities in and Around Middlebury

A two-story Federal style home at dusk in a snowy twilight with all windows alight and black shutters at every one
Swift House Inn, Middlebury, Vermont. Caleb Kenna Photography

Winter in Vermont is filled with exciting and interesting things to do. Whether you’re into active outdoor activities like cross-country skiing or enchanted by the allure of Ice Castles, there is an array of exciting options to explore and enjoy just minutes from Swift House Inn.

  • The Rikert Outdoor Center: Glide across immaculate cross-country ski trails, trek through stunning landscapes on snowshoes, or explore the snowy terrain on a Fat Bike. This center is your gateway to experiencing Vermont’s captivating winter wonderland in all its natural beauty.
  • Sleigh Rides: Experience the magic of winter with a sleigh ride. Dash through snow-covered landscapes, wrapped in cozy blankets, accompanied by the sound of sleigh bells. Make a reservation at Thorn Apple Farm, Driven by Drafts Equine Service or Shelburne Farms
  • Ice Skating: Head to Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury and lace up your skates. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skater, the rink offers a perfect setting for chilly thrills and delightful spins on the ice. Rental skates are available at the rink.
  • Sledding: Grab your sled and head over to Chipman Hill at Middlebury College and feel the rush as you zoom down; sure to be exciting for all ages. 
  • Winter Walks: Embark on a winter wonderland adventure with a walk outside. From the crisp crunch of snow underfoot to the sight of frost-kissed trees, every step reveals a new facet of winter’s charm. Journey up to Ripton and explore the enchanting Robert Frost Trail, or venture into our backyard and wander along The Trail Around Middlebury‘s (TAM) winding paths at your leisure.
  • Visit Werner Tree Farm: Spend the afternoon at this family-owned farm. Wander among the Christmas trees and take in the smell of the holidays then pop into the cozy gift shop and check out the locally made maple syrup and honey.

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