Day Trip in the Deerfield Valley
Located in Southern Vermont, the Deerfield Valley is just a short drive from most Northeast metro-areas making it the perfect destination to escape the bustle of city life for a day. We have beautiful views, endless outdoor exploration opportunities, great food, fun events and more to fill up an unforgettable trip to Vermont. It’s the Vermont you want, closer to home.
- Springfield, MA = 1 hour 15 minutes
- Albany, NY = 1 hour 20 minutes
- Hartford, CT = 1 hour 40 minutes
- Worcester, MA = 2 hours
- New Haven, CT = 2 hours 15 minutes
- Boston, MA = 2 hours 45 minutes
Things To Do
The Deerfield Valley is a year-round playground, offering every kind of outdoor recreation you can think of. Spring & summer really put the green in Green Mountains, and you can take advantage of the fishing, hiking, boating, jet-skiing, mountain biking, walking, golf, scenic chairlift rides, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, camping, cycling, and back-packing opportunities that the area offers. Fall brings the brilliant colors of autumn and some of the best leaf peeping in the world can be done right here in the Deerfield Valley.
Fall is one of the best times to enjoy the beauty of Southern Vermont with the trees all changing magnificent shades of yellow, orange, and red. The drive alone through the winding mountain roads lined with breathtaking beauty is worth taking the day to enjoy. Keep up to date with the current conditions and time your trip perfectly with our foliage tracker, and then check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy the autumn colors.
Scenic Chairlift Ride @ Mount Snow
Take a scenic ride on the Bluebird Express to the summit of Mount Snow! The Bluebird Express is open select days from May through October. Take in the beautiful surrounding views with highlights including Somerset Reservoir, Mount Monadnock, and sometimes even Mount Washington! At the top stop into The Bullwheel for craft cocktails, draft & can brews, tacos, and snacks with a view!
The Deerfield Valley boasts Vermont’s largest lake that is entirely in the state in Harriman Reservoir located just out of downtown Wilmington. You can rent or bring a boat and enjoy the wide open water. Or instead you can visit one of the picnic & swimming areas for lunch and a dip. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the crystal clear water it will be a day you’ll never forget!
Hiking & Biking
Southern Vermont is known for its beautiful scenery, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is hiking or biking on one of the many area trails. Whether you want a challenging mountain climb with the reward of endless views, a secluded bike in the green trees, or a just a short easy walk through town, there is a trail here for your day trip!
No day trip would be complete without an unforgettable meal (or two)! Dining options include everything from farm-to-table and specialty to family dining and arcades. Be sure to check out the numerous wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries throughout the area, each one uniquely entertaining and pleasurable.
The Deerfield Valley is a warm, vibrant community and home to an emerging art community and unique shops and retailers. Boutiques, galleries, country stores, farmers markets, sporting goods stores, gift shops and more await you.
The Deerfield Valley is host to spectacular events including the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, Independence Day Fireworks, Deerfield Valley Farmers Day Fair, Village Stroll, Dover Summer Concert Series, Wilmington Antique & Flea Market, Mount Snow’s Brewers Fest, Oktoberfest, the Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival and many more!