“Of all exercise walking is the best.” Thomas Jefferson

Vermont Autumn Walking Experience

Explore your senses

Each Autumn, Vermont’s Green Mountains are ablaze in shades of red, yellow, amber, orange and gold, with a vibrancy you’ll not find anywhere else. Join us for the Vermont Autumn Walking Experience, and enjoy the season's glory by immersing yourself in the rural landscape as you meander alongside babbling brooks, explore forest trails, and stroll through picture-perfect New England villages. Our program features a series of spectacular walking tours and an array of unique, fun-filled classes that promote holistic healthy living and engage your senses.



See the autumn leaves in an explosion of brilliant color.
Hear the rush of a waterfall as you walk along a river.
Feel the gentle breeze while you stretch and energize for the day ahead.
Smell the fresh mountain air and scents of the northern woods.
Taste the unique flavors of local specialty foods.
The Program
Join us for a full day or pick and choose programs a la carte. On the walking tours, you’ll explore northern Vermont with our knowledgeable and friendly guides who are attuned to your well-being and comfort. Move at your own pace by choosing from a daily selection ranging from high energy walks to gentle strolls.

In addition to our walking tours, each day features a choice of enjoyable and educational classes. To experience the natural beauty of Autumn in Vermont, take part in our landscape photography class, mushroom hunting adventure or outdoor nature journaling class. Get your heart pumping by trying cardio drumming or Zumba.

For relaxation, choose an aromatherapy class or guided meditation. Culinary adventurers may savor a workshop on healthy snacks or an evening outdoor "serenity stroll" by candlelight with a delicious dessert at trail's end.

Whatever your interest are, all you have to do is try one walk and one class per day to get a great value from our Vermont Autumn Walking Experience.

"...it was a wonderful day full of new adventures
and I highly recommend it for any adult that misses summer camp,
or never got to go!"
Guest review, Fall 2013

Read more about the Autumn Walking Experience in our resort magazine

Click here for a daily itinerary
Walks- A 1-2 hour walk involving mild to moderate exercise.
Wikes- A little longer in duration, up to 3 hours, and moderate to demanding exercise.
Sneakers or other sturdy footwear is essential for all walks.



Monday click here.
9:00 am - Let’s Get Moving Walk
A low intensity 1-2 mile walk on our wooded trails. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package

9:00 am - Moving On Up Walk
A moderate intensity 2.5-3.5 mile walk on our wooded trails. Intermediate. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm Stowe Rec Path Scenic Walk
A gentle stroll through the village of Stowe along a paved recreation path with attractive bridges, a rolling brook and picnic spots. Sweeping mountain views and quaint village scenes abound. Please bring lunch or snacks. Approximately 3.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $35 per person.

11:00 am - Walk & Watercolor
Learn how to set up an outdoor plein air studio and capture the beauty of autumn at Smuggs using opaque and transparent watercolor. All materials provided. Meet at the Highlands Day Lodge, Artists in the Mountains Room. $48 per person.

2:00 pm - Drawing on Nature, Art Journaling
Get started on sketching and/or writing about leaves, trees, rivers, butterflies, birds, mountains, hikes… all or anything in your own style in your own little journal using mixed mediums.
All materials provided. Meet at the Highlands Day Lodge, Artists in the Mountains Room. $48 per person.

4:00 pm - Apple Walk
Join us on this relaxing stroll through the local countryside. Enjoy a “finish line” treat of fresh Vermont grown apples. Approximately 1.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. $10 per person.

4:00 pm - Make & Take Healthy Snacks
Join us in the kitchen as we make some quick and easy tasty snacks. We will send you home with some things to nibble on and recipes too. Meet at the Nordland Library. $10 per person.

6:00 pm - Zumba!
Move to the beat of Latin and international music in an easy to follow, low impact version of the popular fitness class. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Meeting House. $18 per person.

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Tuesday click here.
9:00 am - Let’s Get Moving Walk
A low intensity 1-2 mile walk on our wooded trails. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

9:00 am - Moving On Up Walk
A moderate intensity 2.5-3.5 mile walk on our wooded trails. Intermediate. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Scenic Missisquoi Rail Trail Walk & Boston Post Dairy Farm Store
Travel north to the “Dairy Capital of the World.” Walk along an old railroad bed that has been converted into a 4 season recreation trail while enjoying the meandering Missisquoi River, sweeping views of Jay Peak, and scenic working farms. Visit the farm and award winning cheese makers at Boston Post Dairy and shop their store with an abundance of local products. Please bring lunch or snacks. Approximately 2.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $45 per person.

11:00 am - Aromatherapy
Learn about the therapeutic properties of essential oils and the powerful connection between aromas and the mind. Create your own custom aromatherapy roll-on or room spray to take home. Meet at Nordland Library. $35 per person.

2:00 pm - Tasting Teas
Relax and savor the subtle fragrances and flavors of a variety of teas in this class. You already know how to drink tea, now learn how to taste it! Meet at Nordland Library. $30 per person.

4:00 Yoga Wike
A wike is a little more challenging than a walk, but less demanding than a hike. Wike to a scenic location to warm up the muscles in preparation for yoga practice. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains and connect with nature in this class for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. Class will meet at Nordland Library in inclement weather. $25 per person.

4:00 pm - Pickleball
A cross between, badminton, tennis and ping pong, Pickleball is a game that is easy to learn and fun to play! Meet at the North Hill tennis courts. $10 per person.

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Wednesday click here.
9:00 am - Let’s Get Moving Walk
A low intensity 1-2 mile walk on our wooded trails. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

9:00 am - Moving On Up Walk
A moderate intensity 2.5-3.5 mile walk on our wooded trails. Intermediate. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

11:00 am - Mushroom Hunting Adventure
Explore the woods at Smuggs in search of mushrooms! This educational walk will teach you how to locate and identify a variety of wild mushrooms, such as chanterelles, boletes and morels. Walk will range between 1-2 miles and may include some off-trail exploration. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. $30 per person.

11:00 am - Cardio Drumming
This fitness class combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the mental activity of coordinating music and rhythm. Join us for this fun class that uses yoga balls and drum sticks and move to the beat! Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at Nordland library. $18 per person.

2:00 pm - Organic Farm Tour & Soup Stop
Meet the farming family at Knee Deep Farm and take a walking tour around their picturesque certified organic farm. Then enjoy a bowl of warm, garden fresh soup and homemade bread in their rustic barn while taking in the mountain views. Less than 1 mile. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $45 per person.

2:00 pm - Walk & Toss Disc Golf
Enjoy a walk through our wooded disc golf course, learn the basics of this fast-growing sport and throw a few discs along the way. No disc golf experience necessary. Approximately 1-2 miles. Intermediate. Meet at the Gazebo. $10 per person.

4:00 pm - Landscape Photography
Whether you enjoy photographing wildflowers, the mountain landscape, streams, forests, wildlife, or the rural countryside in Vermont, this workshop can help better equip you with some basic technical skills and creative vision that will allow you to capture the beauty of our world. Bring your camera for outdoor explorations and practice taking some shots. Meet at Highlands Day Lodge, Artists in the Mountains Room. $48 per person.

4:00 pm - Vermont Maple Walk
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods while learning to identify the different types of maple trees and techniques involved in maple sugaring- a time honored Vermont Tradition. Bring home a sample of pure maple syrup! Approximately 1.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. $10 per person.

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Thursday click here.
9:00 am - Let’s Get Moving Walk
A low intensity 1-2 mile walk on our wooded trails. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

9:00 am - Moving On Up Walk
A moderate intensity 2.5-3.5 mile walk on our wooded trails. Intermediate. Meet at Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Cold Hollow Sculpture Park Tour Stroll through five rolling hilltop meadows displaying over 50 works by Vermont sculptor David Stromeyer. Created over four decades, these awe-inspiring metal sculptures were inspired by and integrated into the Vermont landscape and are most majestic against the backdrop of Fall foliage. Please bring lunch or snacks. Approximately 1-2 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $40 per person. This tour is not available after October 9th.

11:00 am - French Winery Experience
Visit the Boyden Farm in Cambridge for a tour of the winery and tasting of their own wines served with Cabot cheese and fresh bread. Enjoy shopping for local products in their shop! Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $30 per person.

2:00 pm - Pesto, Oil and Vinegars
Join Kelley Robie from Horsetail Herbs and indulge in this taste explosion using fresh herbs and spices! Prepare your own infused oil and vinegar to take home along with lots of ideas and recipes. Meet at the Nordland Library. $35 per person.

4:00 pm - Herbals, Cordials, Elixirs and Bitters
Learn how to make the finest medicinal and culinary spirits. Delve into the craft of blending the complex flavors of herbs, spices, and fruits with spirits for healing and pleasure and leave with your own creations. Meet at the Nordland Library. $35 per person.

4:00 pm - Pickleball
A cross between, badminton, tennis and ping pong, Pickleball is a game that is easy to learn and fun to play! Meet at the North Hill tennis courts. $10 per person.

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Friday click here.
9:00 am - Let’s Get Moving Walk
A low intensity 1-2 mile walk on our wooded trails. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

9:00 am - Moving On Up Walk
A moderate intensity 2.5-3.5 mile walk on our wooded trails. Intermediate. Meet at the Gazebo. Included for guests purchasing the daily package.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm Apple Picking & Snowflake Bentley Exhibit
Travel to Chapin Orchard where you can choose from several varieties of apples to pick and bring home. Shop the orchard store for local honey, maple syrup and apple goodies. Apple picking is weather dependent after Columbus Day, store is open until early November. This trip will also visit the picturesque Old Red Mill to view the exhibit of Snowflake Bentley’s spectacular photos of individual snowflakes. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $45 per person.

11:00 am - Jeffersonville Waterfall Walk
Walk through the beautiful autumn woods to the Brewster River Gorge, a 75 foot cascade of water that tumbles through and around boulders into a gentle pool below. This forested walk is loaded with photo opportunities. Approx. 2 miles. Intermediate. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $15 per person.

2:00 pm - Covered Bridge Walk
This easy stroll along the Lamoille River will bring you to a historic covered bridge. On your return, walk down Main Street through the quaint village of Jeffersonville and learn about local art galleries, restaurants, and shops. Approximately 2.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Transportation provided. Meet at the Gazebo. $15 per person.

4:00 pm - Walking Meditation
Relax and enjoy this introductory meditation class that focuses on using your walk as meditative time. We will have a brief discussion of meditation and practice guided walking meditations from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Meet at the Nordland library. $10 per person.

4:00 pm - Vermont Maple Walk
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods while learning to identify the different types of maple trees and techniques involved in maple sugaring- a time honored Vermont Tradition. Bring home a sample of pure maple syrup! Approximately 1.5 miles. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. $10 per person.

6:00 pm - Sweets & Serenity Walk
Join us for an enchanting evening stroll through lantern lit woods to a rustic pavilion alight with the glow of candles. Sample some sweets and enjoy apple cider by the light of a bonfire. Approximately 1 mile. Easiest, suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Gazebo. $30 per person.
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Join our Vermont Autumn Walking Experience for a 5 day week, a day or choose programs a la carte. Don't forget your camera ... our walking tours will take you to covered bridges, winding rivers, working farms, and quaint communities that are all quintessential photo opportunities, especially during the beauty of Fall foliage.

Whether your goal is to get back on track physically, mentally refresh and reengage, meet new people with similar interests, reunite with an old friend or family member, or simply get outside, our program will fill your senses with new delights and inspirations.

Available Monday - Friday, September 2 – October 31, 2014.

Regular rate of $69 per adult per day for programming. Call 877-741-6599 to book today.


Our Vacation Package Option:
Add our spacious, well-appointed condominium lodging to your Vermont Autumn Walking Experience. You'll be lodged in one of our cozy, family-style, condominium homes, each with fully equipped kitchen facilities. All have cable TV, telephones, linens, cookware, dishware, glassware, utensils and in-home or in-building access to laundry facilities. Internet service is available for a nominal fee. You’ll have free access to our heated swimming pool and evening live entertainment.

For your convenience we also offer in-Resort dining and shopping. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or pick up something in our Country Store to eat in your home. We proudly offer a selection of Vermont made specialty items, including cheese, chocolate and maple products, and wine, beer, and spirits.

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