Staying Cool at the Top of VT

Beat the Heat- Staying Cool in the Jay Peak Region of Vermont This Summer

Summer at the Top of VT is a season of breathtaking beauty, with lush landscapes, vibrant music festivals, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. But along with all the fun comes the inevitable summer heat. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay cool while enjoying everything the Jay Peak Area of Vermont has to offer this summer.

1. Dive into Local Swimming Holes

 Vermont is home to some of the most picturesque swimming holes you’ll ever see. Head to Big Falls in Troy, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip surrounded by stunning natural beauty. These spots are perfect for escaping the heat and soaking up the serenity of nature.

2. Explore Lake Willoughby, Lake Eden, Lake Memphremagog & Crystal Lake

Orleans, Essex and Lamoille counties offer a myriad of ways to stay cool. Bring a kayak, paddleboard, or sailboat and enjoy the gentle breezes on the water. For a more relaxed experience, visit one of the many beautiful beaches along the lake.. Don’t forget to check out the waterfront restaurants and events happening throughout the summer.

3. Visit Local Ice Cream Shops

Nothing beats the heat like a scoop of delicious ice cream. Tim & Doug’s in Newport as well as Sweet Scoops in Derby, offer something for everyone.

4. Hit the Trails Early or Late

Hiking is a popular summer activity, but the midday sun can be intense. Plan your hikes for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Trails like Jay Community Recreational Centre, The Long Trail and Jay Peak Resort offer cooler temperatures at higher elevations and rewarding panoramic views. Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade. Trail Maps are available on this site.

5. Seek Out Air-Conditioned Businesses

On particularly hot days, retreat to the comfort of air-conditioned attractions. Explore the rich history and culture of the Top of  Vermont at museums like the Montgomery Arts Center or the Old Stone House & Museum. Take a picturesque ride exploring the covered bridges in Montgomery, or enjoy some indoor shopping at Country Thyme VT in Troy..

6. Stay Hydrated and Dress Appropriately

Staying hydrated is key to keeping cool. Always carry a water bottle with you, and take advantage of the many public water fountains and refill stations around towns and parks. Wear light, breathable clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also essential for outdoor activities.

7. Enjoy Cool Evening Events

Northern Vermont’s summer evenings are perfect for cooling down while still having fun. Check out local evening events like outdoor concerts, farmers’ markets, and food truck offerings. The Jay Peak Area Summer Music Festivals are in full swing and the Stowe Performing Arts Summer Concert Series offer fantastic music  making for a delightful way to end a hot day.

8. Chill at Kingdom Brewery

Take a break and cool off with a cold craft beer at Kingdom Brewery in Newport..Jen & Brian will welcome you and make you feel right at home- where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink in a cool, shaded setting.

Enjoy the COOL Top of VT!

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