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Vermont

Satisfy your wanderlust with the ultimate (and responsible!) Vermont Fall Getaway.

This 8-day tour is perfect for foodies, adventurers, nature lovers, beer nerds, and forest bathers to enjoy —with social and eco-consciousness front and center— all while forging connections with like-minded travelers!

DAY BY DAY INTINERARY

 
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Day One - Burlington

Burlington offers us a cozy lakeside place to rendezvous as we kick off our Vermont adventure.  Check into your room and meet the group and your trip leader for our CTC Welcome Dinner, (and sip some frosty Vermont beers too!)

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day Two - Greensboro

Fuel up with a group breakfast at the hotel before we head off to take on the Northeast Kingdom.

 

We’ll be drawing inspiration from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” (minus the maintenance! 😉) with a motor-boosted bike tour through cornfields, quaint towns, and countryside along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. What better way to begin a Vermont tour, am I right?

Stop for lunch in any of the three towns along the way or join your guide at Lost Nation Brewery for some BBQ and beers.

 

We’ll hang up our helmets, then it’s off to meet up with our friends, Innkeepers Elsa and Chad at the Highland Lodge, our new home-for-now.

 

Settle into your room or cabin, find your favorite rocking chair or grab a frosty beverage at the bar. Gotta keep your competitive edge though because dinner tonight is earned. 

We’re heading to Parker’s Pies to take on the locals (and lots of mouth-watering pizza pies) in a friendly game of trivia. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day Three - Woodstock

Bet you’re hungry after all that biking yesterday! The lodge has prepared a delicious breaky for you so dig in, and get stoked, because today you’re heading to the prettiest town in America, Woodstock! 

But first— a tour of the completely mesmerizing river-powered Simon Pearce studio for a demonstration of the art of glassblowing.

And what Vermont tour would be complete without stopping at the farm to sample the cheddar cheeses and maple syrups the Green Mountain State is famous for?

 

Once in the village of Woodstock, the afternoon is yours to explore— trek up Mt. Tom for some photo ops of the village, check out the Billings Museum and Farm, or enjoy a light lunch as you meander the charming streets. The choice is yours.

 

We’ll link back up and stop for a group dinner on the way back to Greensboro.

Meals Included: Breakfast, *tastings, Dinner

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Day Four - Stowe

We’ll start the day with breakfast. Then, we’ll take an easy nature walk from the many trails surrounding the Lodge grounds and enjoy the crisp fall air before we head to nearby Stowe!

 

Today bask in the warm welcome and down-earth-hospitality of Stowe where you’ll enjoy a round of “Choose your own adventure!”   

 

Our favorites? Glad you asked! 

 

How about a 2-hour canoe trip? Or a walk along Stowe’s beautiful recreational path or whimsical corn maze?

Maybe today you treat yourself to a spa day 💆 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort? 

Ready for some indoor fun? Stowebowl is your answer! The possibilities are endless and Stowe has tons to offer.

 

We’ll hop (see what we did there?) over to the Alchemist Brewery for a tour and tasting of their edgy IPAs before returning to the comforts of Lake Caspian in Greensboro.

Meals Included: Breakfast, *Tasting, Dinner

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Day Five - Norwich and Montpelier

Today is allll about the cuisine. 

We leave behind our hiking boots and put on our aprons for a hands-on lesson in baking from the kings of comfort foods— the King Arthur Baking Company. We’re talkin’ cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, dinner rolls— is your mouth watering yet?   

The lessons continue after a short trip to Montpelier for a tour (and cocktail making class!) of Caledonia Spirits, where you’ll get to learn about their delicious gins and vodkas and the sustainable methods of production, all paired nicely with another tasty meal.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, *Cocktail, Dinner

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Day Six - Lake Wiloughby

Last night was about indulging in spirits, today we get grounded in nature with a relaxing day on the shores of gorgeous Lake Willoughby. Spend your morning on the Lake canoeing & paddleboarding, or hike up the Mount Pisgah Trail for some straight-from-a-painting vistas.  There’s no shortage of tranquil spots to enjoy a picnic lunch and listen to the sounds of nature.

Today was about local nature, tonight is a celebration of local favorite hangs! 

First stop - Hill Farmstead Brewery for a tour and craft beer tasting in the golden hour light.

 

Round off the evening with dinner and drinks followed by storytelling and s’mores at the firepit

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, *Tastings, Dinner

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Day Seven - Burlington

Today we’ll say goodbye to Elsa, Chad, and the Highland Lodge and make our way to Burlington.

 

We’ll pop in to the Shelburne Museum to appreciate American culture through art (and maybe ignite your own creativity).

 

Next, we’ll spend the afternoon hours sailing over the expansive Lake Champlain and snacking on local favorites - could there be a nicer way to share our final afternoon in Vermont?

 

Then it’s back to the Inn to freshen up and re-group for our final dinner together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day Eight 

Wake up in the lap of luxury, with fresh ground coffee and a wholesome breakfast served to you in this B&B mansion(?!)  We’ll swap emails and IG handles over coffee and breakfast before parting ways at the Burlington Airport.

If you would like to add additional nights to your stay in Burlington please let us know, we would be happy to make these arrangements for you.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHATS INCLUDED

 
What's Included
  • 8 days/ 7 nights

  • Locally-owned boutique hotels

  • 100% Fully guided tour, with a licensed, English-speaking guide

  • All transportation listed above

  • All entrance fees

  • Most meals

  • All gratuities (guides, drivers, hotels, meals listed in itinerary

What's Not Included
  • Train or Airfare to/from Burlington

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses/purchases

  • Airport/ Train station transfers

  • Mandatory Travel insurance

JOIN US IN VERMONT

8-day / 7-night small group trip starting at $4295.  See trip for pricing.

 
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH - 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH (2023)

CHECK OUT WHERE YOU'LL BE SLEEPING

 
Highland Lodge & Willard Street Inn

You’ll be setting up camp at the Highland Lodge, a special place in the heart of the “real Vermont”. The cozy cabins and quaint rooms let you know you’re in New England! With over 100 acres of trail —a focus on environmental sustainability— all at the edge of Caspian Lake, you’ll see right away why we love it here!  

 

Back in Burlington, you’ll rest your head at the Willard Street Inn, a family-owned and operated B&B in a stately brick mansion built in the late 1880s.  Each comfortable room is unique and elegant and best of all: their chef-prepared breakfasts consist of ingredients sourced from local businesses and produce straight from the Inn’s gardens.

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THE DESTINATION

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The beautifully scenic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont— an area that National Geographic selected as part of their geo-tourism program for sustainable destinations — acts as the home base for our CTC Vermont Tour. 

 

With its natural beauty and quaint villages & townships, it offers a tranquil and interesting setting to reconnect with nature and each other.  Our tour is designed to delightfully highlight and support the arts, open-mindedness, and sustainable practices of Vermont local businesses, to get out in nature and move our bodies, to laugh, tell stories, connect, to encourage, and accept the wonderfully peculiar oddities of our unique selves.

 

So, grab your coziest flannels, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to forge connections with like-minded travelers on a socially-conscious tour at the height of Vermont’s most beautiful season!

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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

 
When should I arrive in Burlington?

We suggest arriving in the morning or afternoon to have a little time to rest and settle in before the welcome party.

My flight gets in the day before, can I stay at the hotel an extra night?

Please send an email to hello@conscioustravelcollective.com and we will check on that for you!

Is airport pick up included?

It is not included. The Burlington train station is right downtown, and the airport is very close to town. We recommend a shared transfer or uber. If you’d like a private driver, let us know, we know a guy!

How many travelers are in a group?

Our Vermont trip is designed for a maximum of 12-14 guests.