OK, you’ve been hitting the farmers markets, but where are the best places to enjoy these fresh goodies? Well, grab your pack and head off for an unforgettable picnic, of course! Vermont has some of the best picnic spots, so while the summer is young, let’s start planning, shall we?
1. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester
The flowers are blooming in the stunning gardens at Hildene. A gorgeous setting for a picnic, as well as interesting and historical tours of the buildings and grounds!
2. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe
Go and see why the "hills are alive with the sound of music" at this scenic spot!
3. Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte
The view of the Champlain Valley with the Adirondacks in the distance is one of the most spectacular in Vermont. The 968-foot mountaintop picnic area at the top offers stunning views, a big reward for the modest 1-mile hike.
4. Oakledge Park, Burlington
Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets and even a treehouse at this waterfront location.
5. Averill Mountain, Averill
This beginners hike is 3/4-mile and the view is definitely worth the climb. At the top it levels out on a large rock and overlooks Big Averill Lake and its neighboring mountain, Brousseau. The rock at the top is large and flat enough for a good size group to have a nice picnic.
6. Lake Willoughby Beach, Westmore
The iconic north beach is one of the most photographed places in Vermont. There are public beaches on both the north and south shores of the lake, with ample space to have a nice picnic. North beach has public bath facilities, and south beach is bathing suit optional, so choose your spot wisely!
7. Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury
With a lovely town green surrounded by white clapboard houses, picket fences, a tiny library, a faded cemetery and stirring views to the east and west, you'll love being immersed in this quintessential town. It even has a country store down the road where you can get your picnic lunch!
8. Texas Falls Recreation Area, Hancock
An easy trail leads to one of Vermont's prettiest cascades and best picnic spots. A must visit in Vermont.
9. Weston Town Center, Weston
This classic Vermont small town common is surrounded by old homes, the famous Vermont Country Store and a feeling of a nostalgia. Grab a blanket, picnic basket and enjoy the quint feeling of this beautiful Vermont downtown area.
10. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Widely considered the most beautiful spot in Vermont, Shelburne Farms is a wonderful place to both explore and relax.
11. Pinnacle at Ethan Allen Park, Burlington
During the day or an evening sunset, a picnic at the Ethan Allen Park always hits the spot.
12. Harmon Hill, Bennington
A steep and difficult hike to the top makes way for a picnic clearing and great views of Bennington. You can even see the monument in the distance.
13. Harriman Reservoir, Willmington
This is a great place to cool down with some swimming and have a picnic this summer. Grills are available for more dining options.