Autumn in Vermont:

Next Trip Dates: TBD ~ Previous Trip cost was: $2,580

Trip Rating: You Rock! Maximum Daily mileage: 7-12
Terrain: Mountainous hikes with rocks, roots, and steep areas
Elevation gains: Up to 1,000 feet
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Beauty … Adventure … Serenity … Friendship

  • Hike the ridgeline of the state’s highest mountain and savor its spectacular views.
  • Photograph Vermont’s iconic fall landscapes, pristine white steeples, and covered bridges.
  • Score great vistas from gorgeous peaks … and dare to ascend a fire tower for even better ones.
  • Luxuriate in amenities and views at our 5-star resort, home of a world-class spa.
  • Trek the famed "Long Trail" to a pristine mountain lake, and visit its backcountry shelter.
  • Explore caves once used by runaway slaves, cattle thieves, and Prohibition hooch smugglers.
  • Stroll to cascading waterfalls in picturesque gorges.
  • Kayak the gentle Lamoille River, surrounded by mountainsides gowned in fall glory.
  • Dine at the Von Trapp Family Lodge, and other wonderful restaurants.
  • Enjoy warm camaraderie with 11 other friendly women who love the outdoors.
  • Rediscover your strength, adventurous spirit, and sense of exhilaration.

Explore quintessential Vermont.

Day 1

Fly into Burlington, VT. We’ll pick you up at noon and shuttle you to our 5-star lodge in Stowe, just an hour away. During afternoon free time, stretch your travel legs with a walk or bike ride on the path near our resort; reward yourself with a spa treatment; or relax in the heated indoor and outdoor pools.

Day 2

Climb a peak beloved by the locals for its vistas and trails. After our 3-mile hike, we’ll stop at a 170-year-old covered bridge allegedly haunted by a young woman’s ghost. Enjoy free time before dining at a terrific local restaurant.

Day 3

Travel one of Vermont’s most scenic routes to the famed Long Trail, which leads to a pristine, trout-filled mountain lake. Bask on lakeside rocks, climb 15 minutes further for great mountaintop vistas, or circle the lake and peek inside a backcountry shelter where Long Trail hikers stay. After picnicking along the water, explore Smuggler’s Cave ... once used by runaway slaves, contraband runners, cattle thieves, and Prohibition hooch smugglers. This day, we’ll hike 3 miles, with a few longer options. Enjoy late afternoon free time for a swim, spa treatment, nap, or reading on the lawn. In the evening, think The Sound of Music, as we dine at the historic Von Trapp Family Lodge.

Let cares roll off you like water over the falls.

Stand victoriously atop mountain peaks.

Day 4

Hike the ridgeline of Vermont’s tallest peak.

Savor the peace of a pristine
mountain lake and quiet forests.

Paddle the scenic Lamoille River.

Let’s give our legs a midweek rest. Relax on a gentle 1-mile hike along a stream cascading through an evergreen-lined gorge. We’ll then stop by quaint Stowe to shop, lunch, and admire its iconic whitesteepled church. After lunch, join us for a leisurely 2-hour kayak down the gentle Lamoille River, which boasts views of color-speckled mountainsides. Enjoy a relaxed dinner at our resort’s lounge, and then share stories around the fire pit.

Day 5

Climb the northernmost peak in the Worcester Range for splendid vistas all the way to Canada; then dare to climb the fire tower for even broader views! You’ll love the variety of terrain on this 5-mile hike. Then, enjoy a 1-mile round-trip hike to a spectacular waterfall in a wooded ravine. We’ll enjoy a casual dinner at one of our favorite Stowe restaurants.

Day 6

This 3-mile hike follows the ridgeline of Vermont’s tallest peak (at 4,395 feet), earning you bragging rights and panoramic views. Feel the wind in your hair and strength in yourself. Our last hike of the trip is a gentle 1/2-mile hike to a lovely 30-foot waterfall plunging into swim hole. (Will you take the plunge?) Enjoy dinner at skiers’ favorite gathering place.

Day 7

Return home filled with memories, friends, confidence, and love of nature.

"I’m an active outdoor person, and I have to say that our ridgetop hike on Mt. Mansield is the best outdoor experience I?ve ever had! " ~"Hummingbird"

Discover that the journey is the destination.

The trip cost includes:

  • 6 days and nights at Topnotch Resort,* with indoor/outdoor heated pools, hot tub, frig, free bike loans, and a posh on-premise spa
  • Guided hikes throughout the week by experienced, knowledgeable female leaders
  • Transportation throughout the week
  • Shuttles to and from Burlington’s airport, within designated time frames
  • Assistance on the river paddle
  • Discussions to foster camaraderie and help us see nature and ourselves in new ways
  • Park entrance fees and permits
  • Informational booklet packed with hiking and travel tips, plus fun facts about the area
  • Online photos and a photo CD memento

*Rates are for double occupancy. Solo room upgrades are an additional $1000 and dependent on room availability.

**Kayaking is optional, so its cost is not included in this price.

Please be aware that Vermont“s trails are rocky and steep, requiring fitness and agility.


"I’m an active outdoor person, and I have to say that our ridgetop hike on Mt. Mansield is the best outdoor experience I?ve ever had! " ~"Hummingbird"

"I came home from my Trailbound trip refreshed … energized … with increased enthusiasm … grateful … hopeful. Thank you." ~ "Whisper"