Mud, Maple, and More: 6 Things We Love About Spring in Vermont

Each spring in Brattleboro, we count our blessings in the midst of vibrant flowers and newly-dried wooded paths. Winter’s thaw paves the way for outdoor adventures, spirited spring festivals, and sightseeing galore to name a few. Strap on your mud boots for spring in Vermont, the quiet season that has our hearts.

Spring flowers in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Photo: Matthew Ragan / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

1. FOOT TRAFFIC RETURNS TO SCENIC TRAILS

Warm weather means fresh treks through those rugged, picturesque Green Mountains. There’s nothing like taking in that crisp mountain air, feeling the squish of mud under your boots, and seeing the trails burst into life with mini-streams produced by melting snow. From an invigorating jaunt on the West River Trail to a summit-bound journey on Mount Wantastiquet, southern Vermont’s trials are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

2. MAPLE IS IN THE AIR

In the early days of a Vermont spring, you can hardly go anywhere without passing a maple sugaring farm (or six). Many of these sweet spots will let you see the sugaring process from sap to syrup. If you don’t get the chance, the sweet fruits of their labor are always availble for purchase in downtown Brattleboro.

3. FROM BREW TO COWS, SPRING FESTIVALS START SWINGING

Brattleboro festivals are always a source of excited chatter, as soon as March rolls around, we begin to buzz about two in particular. The first one is the Brattleboro Brewers Festival in May, a celebration of Vermont’s local breweries and all things craft beer. Like a one-two punch, early June sees the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Stroll Weekend; a jamboree that involves a downtown cow parade, jamming to some moo-sic, guided farm tours, and more.

4. THE FARMER’S MARKET IS BACK OUTSIDE

The outdoor Brattleboro Farmer's Market is a sure sign of spring in Vermont.
Photo: Matthew Ragan / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

In early May, after months of cramming cabbage and carrots into the indoor River Garden, the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market finally relocates to its outdoor turf on Route 9 near the covered bridge. Sample some artisanal cheese, some ultra Vermont-y maple candies, and newly-picked spring greens and veggies from southern Vermont’s finest farmers.

5. LOCAL EATERIES BRING OUT SOME FRESH FLAVORS

Winter visits to You’ll notice some menu shifts to reflect in-season vegetables at downtown restaurants like Superfresh! Organic Cafe and Duo Restaurant, Brattleboro’s farm-to-table finery. Seasonal spots also begin to open their doors in May, like Guilford’s Blueberry Haus, an ice cream parlor and country gift store that radiates with southern Vermont charm.

6. IT’S LIKE SUMMER… BUT A LOT QUIETER

From early May to mid-June, the signs of summer’s forthcoming are everywhere. Mountain views grow greener by the day, Whetstone Station opens up its deck for live music shows, and local restaurants bust out the outdoor seating. In the spring, you’re beating all of the lines while reaping the rewards of a warmer Vermont as we defrost from winter’s grip.

Spring in Vermont is more than just mud season; it’s a time to refresh and reanimate within the natural beauty of the Green Mountains. Beat the bustle of summer and stay at the Latchis Hotel this spring — we’ll be your resident guides to Brattleboro’s springtime sights and attractions.