Road trip anyone?! We recently vacationed in Killington, VT for a summer wedding, and it was the most scenic, peaceful trip we’ve taken all year. Our road trip was nothing short of comfort and luxury, as we had the opportunity to drive the spacious Chevrolet Suburban 4WD High Country. When I tell you legroom, this is car-for-days! More about that later. Here are your top 5 sights and things to do in and around Killington, VT in the summer with littles! Hiking, waterfalls, gondolas, natural springs, slopes…we’ve got you covered; and all kid and family-friendly.
Thundering Brook Falls Trailhead
Have little ones in tow? Need stroller or wheelchair access? This is the trail for you. An easy .3 mile trail one way, and a great way to hike the Appalachian with little ones. Our kids loved this hike, as the boardwalk overlooks the beautiful Ottauquechee River, where you can spot many birds, fish and native plants. A beautiful hike along the boardwalk, this trail will take you to the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont. Thundering Falls at its height is a cascading 140-foot cataract. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can continue up the Appalachian Trail from the Falls; there are steeper and more challenging hikes along the way.
2172 River Rd, Killington, VT 05751
Take a Gondola Ride
Yes, you can take a Gondola Ride up Killington mountain in the summer–and it is amazing! Dirt Biking anyone? We bought a one day gondola pass at Pico Mountain, Killington’s sister mountain, and kids ride free. Go hungry: once you reach the top of Pico Mountain there is an immaculate lodge with full bar and chef-inspired dishes, open year round.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can hike or bike your way down the mountain. The view is breathtaking, and kids love riding in the gondolas. There is also plenty of sitting with Adirondack chairs, fire pit and deck at the top of the mountain. Gorgeous!
Be sure to check out the Lodge at the top of Pico Mountain. The Lodge is open all year round, and has a great selection of seasonal dishes and local brews.
Brunch at Maple Sugar & Vermont Spice
Looking for the best stack in Killington, VT with local Vermont Maple syrup? This is hands down the best spot to feed hungry mouths. We ordered their classic Sugar and Spice, Maple Walnut, and Blueberry Pancakes. My favorite was the Sugar and Spice, but Maple Walnut was a close second. All freshly made, and the blueberries are from a nearby farm. Make sure you call in advance, you need resey’s to be seated. Also: huge. Portions. Come hungry! After your meal, Maple Sugar & Vermont Spice has a gift shop in the basement with Vermont made foods and gifts. We picked up Maple Syrup, locally made fudge and a locally made roasted garlic-mustard spread. I recommend them all!
Swim in the Dorset Marble Quarry
Ok, so I know this isn’t technically in Killington, but its on the way if you are traveling from New York. It’s a must stop! We made a pit stop on the way home to New York, and I am so glad we did. Dorset Marble Quarry is the oldest Marble Quarry in the United States, in operation until the 1901. Marble from this quarry was used in the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress to name a few. Since 1922 it has been used as a watering hole, with people stopping from all over to visit and take a swim! Come with cash or venmo, the charge is $15 per car to park and enjoy. Be sure to bring a towel, swimming suit and a picnic lunch.
Bromley Adventure Park
This park is also on the way to or from Killington (about an hour south), and a great stop for restless kids. Mountain Adventure Park has one of the longest slides in the world, a full 2/3 mile, and the views are beautiful overlooking the Green Mountains. There also is a mini golf course, waterpark and giant swings. We didn’t have time to check out Bromley Adventure as we had a wedding to go to and other activities, but it is high on our list for our next trip to Vermont!
Chevy Suburban High Country
For this trip we got the opportunity to drive the all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban High Country, and honestly we didn’t want the road trip to end. What a pleasure–with its best-in-class leg room and cargo volume, we packed all we needed and more for our ultimate Vermont road trip. We could have moved half our house in this car to Vermont! All kidding aside, the Suburban High Country is luxurious and spacious and an all around joy.
One of the biggest surprises driving the new Suburban was its fuel economy. I am not going to lie, we were a little worried about what the fuel charges would come to at the gas pump. Can I tell you we only spent $70 fueling up once? We clocked in almost 700 miles and only filled up once on our way back. The DURAMAX 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine has an EPA-estimated 27 mph on the highway, and is the most fuel efficient full-sized SUV in its class. Serious savings driving this vehicle on our long road trip.
No surprise the kiddos favorite part of riding in the Suburban High Country was the entertainment! Chevy threw in all the bells and whistles with dual 12.6 inch diagonal LCD HD touch-screens–each capable of displaying its own content (movies, games, et el). The system also keeps everyone connected through built in wi-fi. Our kids have never been so happy driving 4+ hours in the car, and all due to Chevy!
Honestly there really isn’t anything I didn’t love about the Suburban High Country. Not only did I feel comfortable driving myself, I felt incredibly safe. With 9 camera views (such as HD Surround Vision Camera and even Satellite camera views in the rearview mirror), I have to say I felt super safe. The new Suburban is also equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Rear Park Assist. Win-win-win-win…winning all around!
Are you thinking about taking a road trip to Vermont? Leave a message, would love to know your thoughts!
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