Take a step deeper into real Vermont, and discover characters as colorful as our famous fall foliage.
Third-generation dairy farmer George Woodard flashes a wry grin as he takes you on a hayride through his meadows. His stories and jokes have kept you entertained all afternoon while you’ve been soaking in Vermont’s radiant fall scenery—a blazing patchwork of sugar maples sweeping up to Camel’s Hump’s pointy summit. There’s nothing like exploring Vermont on a walking tour during autumn’s explosion of red, orange, and gold. Strolling through picture-postcard villages and rambling high ridgelines on the Long Trail are reason enough to visit. But discovering the region through locals’ eyes, meeting friendly bovines, sampling exquisite craft beers, and traversing undiscovered trails from Quechee Gorge to Lake Champlain brings you a step closer to the heart of the Green Mountain State.
- Walk a stretch of the nation’s first long-distance hiking route, the Long Trail. Country Walkers is proud to help maintain this historic trail.
- Explore the magnificent grounds of Shelburne Farms, a former Vanderbilt estate on the shores of Lake Champlain, now a nonprofit organic farm and education center.
- Get a personal sense of Vermont history visiting a friend and local dairy farmer whose farm has belonged to his family for over a century.
- Discover Vermont specialty products such as maple syrup, cheese, and craft beer.
Green Mountain Inn
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts. Modern in-room amenities include WiFi and air conditioning.
The Norwich Inn
A historical Vermont inn located in the heart of town, featuring rooms with air conditioning and WiFi, decorated with Victorian antiques and traditional furnishings. An on-site microbrewery, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and enclosed terrace dining room complement the inn’s many modern amenities.
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|12 on-tour meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Over two decades ago, Mary Simons faced a difficult choice-should she move to Vermont or Maine? She ultimately chose Vermont, thanks to an offer of a teaching job, and she finds great peace living in her woodsy cabin with views of the stunning Green Mountains. However, she still spends as much time as she can visiting the beautiful, rugged coastline of Maine. When not guiding, she is the director of a traveling immersion journalism program for high school and college students. Mary is a skilled conversationalist that is certain to make guests feel cared for while time in one of her favorite areas of New England-Acadia National Park.
Deb Van Schaack
Deb Van Schaack spent her previous life as a public high school counselor and has always loved all things outdoors-learning everything she can about the wonders of the natural world around us. She also has a passion for long distance hiking, completing both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail in the US and tackling some long-distance paths in Europe as well. When not guiding, Deb enjoys seasonal employment reading college admissions applications and traveling as much as she can.
Matthew Witten is writer and performer as well as a guide who has studied the Champlain Valley’s environment and history as a longtime adjunct of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum staff. A native Vermonter, Matthew leads boating and hiking trips and travels the northeast as a performing musician, songwriter, and storyteller. He also coordinates a network of River Watch volunteers, who monitor streams in western Vermont.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Marina Meerburg first started working as a guide at an Austrian ski resort after graduating from the Stockholm School of Economics. It was at that resort that she met her husband, the two of them eventually moving to Stowe, Vermont. Marina continues to guide when not working as a freelance translator or a ski instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort. She is an avid outdoor and exercise enthusiast, as well as a certified Nordic Walking instructor.