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Thanksgiving Getaway in Southern Vermont

Thanksgiving in Vermont can be an absolute dream: It’s that magical time of year at the very tail end of leaf-peeping season and the start of ski season, and the Green Mountain State’s world-famous scenery of covered bridges, rounded mountains, deep forests, and riffled rivers establishes a holiday atmosphere like few other corners of the country.

Though here at Basin Harbor we’re closed for the season by the time Turkey Day rolls around, we still encourage you to experience what Vermont has to offer this stretch of the calendar, because it’s pretty darn amazing!

The Scenery

A few very late flares of fall color on the most leaf-persistent hardwoods, the early snows whitening the crowns of the Green and Taconic mountains: November in Vermont comes drenched in the quiet, hushed beauty of the year’s winding down ahead of the winter solstice. The crowds of summer are gone; ski tourism hasn’t yet swelled to peak numbers. So it’s a fine time to be soaking up the beauty of the countryside.

Thanksgiving-time Events in Vermont

There’s a whole lot going on this time of year in the greater backyard of Basin Harbor. In Burlington, for example, you can check out the annual fine arts-and-crafts show presented by Vermont Hand Crafters Inc.: Craft Vermont, going down November 16th through the 18th.

Up on the lauded slopes of Killington Ski Resort, meanwhile—which often boasts the longest ski season in the East, beginning in late October or early November, and which claims New England’s greatest vertical drop—you can enjoy the competitive spectacle of the Loaded Turkey Rail Jam on Saturday, November 17th and then the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour action of the Killington Cup on Thanksgiving weekend. The Cup, taking place Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th, will include some fantastic Slalom and Giant Slalom runs as well as live music by Michael Franti and others, fireworks, parades, and movies.

Up on Stratton Mountain, meanwhile, you’ve got the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K on Thanksgiving Day and the festive Stratton Village Stroll on Friday, November 23rd.

Over in Stowe, Vermont, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will celebrate one of the iconic Thanksgiving Day events in rock history with a recreation on Sunday, November 18th of The Band’s legendary 1976 farewell concert, captured in a 1978 documentary, The Last Waltz, by none other than Martin Scorsese. The Last Waltz Live will feature the Rev Tor Band and a slew of local musicians evoking that magical night, which featured guest performers such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton.

Thanksgiving in Vermont: Sheer Magic

November in the Green Mountain State has a seductive flavor all its own—what a place to mark Turkey Day 2018