One of the best parts about visiting a new place is finding out what makes it unique. Southern Vermont is known for its natural beauty. There’s no shortage of beautiful backgrounds. Snow-covered mountain peaks, fiery fall foliage, and shimmering blue lakes are just a few of our favorite Vermont sites. Are you hoping to discover the best views in Southern Vermont? Read on to learn our favorites, and download our exclusive Vacation Guide for more local recommendations.
The 5 Best Views in Southern Vermont
1. Equinox Moutain
Eight miles from The Arlington Inn, Equinox Mountain is the highest peak of the Taconic Mountain Range at 3,848 feet. The Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center offers gorgeous views of Mount Equinox from the upper and lower decks. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, the surrounding trail system offers over a dozen hikes. Check out the Equinox Preservation trail map for more details, including suggested paths and difficulty level.
Equinox Mountain is one of the few mountains you can drive up in Vermont! Skyline Drive opens daily at 9 a.m.and begins at the Toll House on Historic Route 7A. Enjoy panoramic views of the valley as you wind your way to the summit.
2. Bromley Mountain
Bromley Mountain’s stunning views make it the perfect place to enjoy Vermont ski season. The snow-capped mountains form the perfect backdrop for a Vermont winter day. Immerse yourself in the mountain’s beauty by skiing down the slopes. Bromley has dozens of trails to try, as well as a ski school that teaches lessons for both kids and adults.
If you’re visiting Southern Vermont in the summer, be sure to check out Bromley Mountain’s three adventurous parks for fun in the sun.
3. Emerald Lake State Park
Another great spot for unforgettable views is Emerald Lake State Park. The park is a popular summer destination. Tourists love kayaking, fishing, and swimming in the 20-acre Emerald Lake. This is one of the most enchanting Vermont parks, and its rich natural colors will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the Emerald City of Oz. This amazing Vermont setting has delightful views around every corner.
4. Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail is 2,181 miles long, spans 14 states, and traverses all kinds of landscapes. It’s an excellent place to see some Vermont fall foliage in autumn, and it is one of the best hikes in Southern Vermont all year long. As you make your way along the trail, you’ll find some of the best places to take pictures in Vermont. We especially love the view of Spruce Peak, an idyllic slopeside community. The Appalachian Trail even has a few access points near the Arlington Inn, making it easy for guests to experience Vermont’s charm.
Hildene, also known as the Lincoln Family Home, is steeped in both history and beauty. Though it isn’t a traditional scenic vista, the home’s tastefully landscaped grounds are picture perfect. Take a walk along the surrounding trail system, discover the home’s preserved interior, or wander through the formal gardens. After spending a day at Hildene, you’ll agree that it is one of the most beautiful places in Vermont.
History lovers will also enjoy our Historical Package, which offers three days of exploring and touring historic Southern Vermont.
Relax at The Arlington Inn
The Arlington Inn is less than an hour away from some of the best views in Southern Vermont. With four acres of English gardens, an on-site restaurant, and unique vacation packages, The Arlington Inn is a can’t-miss destination.
During your next trip to Arlington, reserve your stay in Gamaliel’s Gable. This second-floor room in our Carriage House features a king bed, double-sided gas fireplace, and two-person hydro massage tub. Treat yourself to a scenic, breathtaking getaway.