With Lake Champlain to the west, the Connecticut River to the east, and the Green Mountains running down the middle, Vermont is home to numerous scenic backdrops for an unforgettable bachelor party getaway. This lovely state has you covered when it comes to recreation, relaxation, and party destinations. Situated close to most Vermont vacation rentals are abundant opportunities for summer and winter sports; beer and wine tastings; bar hopping; fine dining; and dancing. Here are the most noteworthy bachelor party destinations in Vermont.

1. Burlington

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The city of Burlington lies on the shore of beautiful Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont. The town’s North Beach is a great place for swimming and relaxation. At North Beach Boat Rentals, grab canoes, kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards to explore the lake. For an elegant bachelor party on the lake, charter a sailing ship from Whistling Man Schooner Co. for a private cruise. Burlington Brew Tours takes you on private pub crawls through some of the best of the city’s famed breweries. If you prefer wine, stop in at the East Shore Vineyards tasting room on Church Street. The Signal Kitchen on Main Street serves up live music with your drinks. Alternatively, check out the Social Club and Lounge for stand-up comedy and late night dance parties.

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2. Montpelier

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Located along the Winooski River in central Vermont, Montpelier, the state capital, offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. The Northfield Country Club offers you excellent golf in a beautiful natural setting. At Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm at Moretown, enjoy a trail ride on horseback through Vermont’s emerald hills. For an unforgettable thrill, try a scenic glider tour over the awesome landscape with Sugarbush Soaring out of the town of Barre. In the winter, head for Mad River Glen to enjoy excellent skiing and snowboarding. The Three Penny Taproom serves a vast selection of craft beers along with great accompanying cuisine. Dance to live jazz, blues, rock, and other music at downtown’s Charlie O’s World Famous Nightclub.

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3. Newport

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The city of Newport sits on the south shore of beautiful Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont near the border of Canada. The Northern Star, an elegant 1920s cruise steamer, is a great place to enjoy drinks and dining while you view the scenic lake. At Clyde River Recreation on the Newport City Dock, rent boats, canoes, or kayaks to explore the lake on your own. In winter, Jay Peak Resort is the place to go for a quality skiing experience. For a unique and unforgettable thrill, glide over the snow behind a dog team with Eden Dog Sledding in nearby Eden Mills. Le Belvedere on Main Street offers excellent seafood and drinks along with a breathtaking view of the lake. When you’re ready to party in a more casual atmosphere with live music, head for Jasper’s Tavern.

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4. Middlebury

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Middlebury lies in west-central Vermont near the vast and picturesque Green Mountain National Forest, which has numerous trails for hiking and wildlife observation. The beach at nearby Branbury State Park is perfect for a leisurely swim, and boat rentals are also available on the shore of Lake Dunmore. Winter activities include skiing and snowboarding at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. The Rikert Nordic Center has miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. At Fire and Ice Restaurant or Big Moose Pub, enjoy a diverse selection of drinks along with mouthwatering steak, prime rib, or lobster. Alternatively, head for the Two Brothers Tavern on Main Street for some excellent American-style food and drinks.

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5. Rutland

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The city of Rutland is in central Vermont on the west side of the Green Mountains. Chittenden Reservoir, in the midst of the Green Mountain National Forest, is an ideal location for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Explore the Green Mountains on horseback at Pond Hill Ranch in nearby Castleton. The renowned Rutland Country Club offers 18 holes of golf in a pastoral setting. For skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and other winter sports, head to Killington Resort. Try locally produced ales and lagers at the Hop ‘n Moose in downtown Rutland. Charity’s Tavern and Restaurant in Killington serves steak, seafood, and a multitude of craft beers on tap. It is also available for private functions, such as bachelor parties.

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6. Bennington

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Bennington lies on the western side of the Green Mountains in the extreme southwestern corner of Vermont. Hiking the local section of the Appalachian Trail and the Green Mountain National Forest Trails are popular activities. Contact the Vermont Cavers Association for information about the numerous caving sites in the area. For an unforgettable thrill, treat the groom-to-be to a leap off a plane at Green Mountain Skydiving. Raven’s Den Steakhouse and Taproom features great beer and wine, fine dining, and a relaxing outdoor patio with a fire pit. The Publyk House is a pub with a superb view and private rooms for special occasions.

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7. Brattleboro

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The city of Brattleboro is in the corner of southeastern Vermont at the confluence of the Connecticut and West Rivers. At the Vermont Canoe Touring Center, rent canoes or kayaks, or sign up for guided tours of the rivers. Enjoy some relaxing swimming at the sandy beaches at Harriman Reservoir. Play 18 holes in a beautiful location at Brattleboro Country Club. In the winter, the Brattleboro Outing Club offers miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and Retreat Meadows provides great outdoor ice skating. Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, and Stratton Mountain are all ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Visit Saxtons River distillery to sample prize-winning local bourbon, gin, and liqueur. Taste craft beers at the Hermit Thrush Brewery. For fine outdoor dining with a magnificent view of the Connecticut River, head for the Whetstone Station Brewery, Restaurant, and Bier Garden.

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