Area Events & Info
No matter what the season, Donomar Inn offers unlimited recreation and fun! If it's winter fun you are looking for we are only 3 miles from Smugglers' Notch Resort, so you can view the trails while enjoying your morning coffee. Maybe you'll venture out for endless snow shoeing or x-country skiing. Then return to the Inn for a soak in the outdoor hot tub or some of Mary's famous hot chocolate cuddled up in front of the fireplace in the library. Spring, summer or fall you can enjoy biking, canoe trips, hiking, fall foliage, harvest festivals, antique browsing and much more. Burlington and Stowe are close by for shopping, restaurants, theaters, museums or just about anything else that interests you. Don't forget that Lake Champlain is just down the road too!
January 16 – 29 - Stowe Winter Carnival, Stowe – Stowe shines with 10+ major activities for both young and old, from zany sports events, Ice Carving Competitions, movies, Kids Carnival Kaos and the infamous Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball tournaments. 800-247-8693
March 16-25 - THE GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, Montpelier – (802) 262- 3423
April 27 – 29 - The Vermont Maple Festival, St. Albans – Something for Everyone!” Antiques, arts, crafts, fiddlers, entertainment, contests, sap run, grand parade, great food, sugarhouse tours, carnival, more! (802)524-5800 Downtown
June 1-10 - Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington – 802-863-7992
June 1-3 - Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Festival, Brattleboro – The Tenth Annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend takes place in the heart of New England – Brattleboro, Vermont. As always, the centerpieces of the weekend are the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade and the Live Green Expo that follows. 802-258-9177
June 15-17 - Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival, White River Junction – 800-295-5451
June 20-24 - Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival, Tunbridge – Tunbridge Fairgrounds
Saturdays, June 30- August 4 - Killington Music Festival, Killington – 802-773-4003
July 6 – 8 - Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon, Stowe – 800-253-2232 Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
July 8 – 14 - Middlebury Festival on the Green, Middlebury – (802) 462-3555
July 22 - Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, Websterville – Visitors will meet cheesemakers, taste, and purchase their cheeses. Cheese tastings, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations by star chefs, and cheesemaking demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. The festival will be a “one-of-a-kind East Coast cheese event of the year.” 800-884-6287
August 2-5 - Franklin County Field Days, Highgate – (802)868-2514
August 7 – 11 - Addison County Fair & Field Days, New Haven – Welcome to Addison County Fair & Field Days, Vermont’s largest agricultural fair, as we celebrate our 63rd year as a family oriented community tradition. (802)545-2557
August 8 – 12 - Vermont Summer Festival, Dorset
August 11 – 12 - 51st Annual Art in the Park Festival, Rutland – Join us at the annual fine arts and crafts fair held in Main Street Park. 802-775-0356
August 15 – 19 - Orleans County Fair, Barton – The entire family and your neighbors will love this grand historic county fair nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains. 802-525-3555 Roaring Brook Park
August 15 – 19 - The Vermont Challenge, Stratton – A new cycling event that offers 4, 3, and 1 day events. 914-420-8805
August 25 - 40th Annual Quechee Scottish Festival, Quechee – For music, food, athletic events, piping, dancing and sheep-dog trials – this event is not to be missed! 802-295-5351 Polo Field
August 31 – September 9 - Vermont State Fair, Rutland – 802-775-5200 Main Street
Shelburne Museum - Burlington, VT
- On a 45-acre estate, 7 miles south of Burlington in Shelburne, this museum boasts a stellar collection of American folk art, New England architecture and, well, just about everything. The wildly eclectic collection ranges from an early American sawmill to the Lake Champlain side-wheeler steamship Ticonderoga. How’s that for lawn decor?
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory - Waterbury, VT
- Get the inside scoop, where tours and a moo-vie about the hippie founders are topped off with a taste tease of the latest flavor.
Burlington Community Boathouse - Burlington, VT
- Approximately 120 miles long and 12 miles wide, Lake Champlain is the largest freshwater lake in the country after the Great Lakes. Consistently good wind, sheltered bays, lack of boat traffic, hundreds of islands and scenic anchorages combine to make this immense lake one of the top cruising grounds in the northeast. The departure point for hourly and daily boat cruises and boat rentals is Burlington Community Boathouse, a popular hangout fashioned after Burlington’s original 1900s yacht club. Traveling with your own yacht? Transient dock space is available. The boathouse is easy to spot on the waterfront’s 8-mile recreational path.
Vermont Ski Museum - Stowe, VT
- Located in an 1818 meeting house that was rolled to its present spot by oxen in the 1860s, this museum is an inspired tribute to skiing history. It holds much more than an evolution of equipment (including 75 years of Vermont ski lifts) and a chance to chuckle at what was high slope-side fashion in the ‘70s. A huge screen shows ski footage so crazy that you can hardly keep your footing. The most moving exhibit tells the tale of the famous 10th Mountain Division of skiing troops from WWII – it inspires wonder at how they held out with the (then cutting-edge) canvas- and leather-based gear.
Jay Peak - Jay, VT
- When it’s balmy in Boston in winter, you can still expect a blizzard at Vermont’s northernmost ski resort, Jay Peak, 8 miles north of Montgomery Center. Bordering Quebec, Jay gets more snow than any other ski area in New England (about 350in of powder). Being so far north, Jay also sees far more Quebeckers than New Yorkers. Black-diamond lovers enjoy the steeper tree runs off the tram, while novices find the trails in Bonaventure Basin to their liking. Add the natural off-trail terrain, and you have some of the most challenging backcountry snowboarding and skiing runs in America.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill - Waterbury Center, VT
- Several miles north of Ben & Jerry’s on VT 100N, Cold Hollow Cider Mill shows how it makes its famous cider doughnuts (guaranteed love at first bite). The cider itself tastes so crisp and fresh you’d swear there was a spigot coming right out of the apple. The gift shop is packed with the most inventive gourmet goodies selection in town, including corn relish, horseradish jam and piccalilli.