Where to Elope in Vermont

Wondering where to elope in Vermont? Here are my top 10 locations for Vermont elopements.

Whether you see yourself getting married on top of a mountain with stunning vistas or next to a rushing waterfall tucked away in the woods, Vermont is filled with hundreds of hidden gems for your elopement day. Wondering where to elope in Vermont? If you're looking for a few suggestions from a local... I've got you covered!

Where to Elope in Vermont

01. TOP OF JAY PEAK

We're starting off as far north as we can go! When you visit Jay Peak, prepare for radio stations to be in french and text notifications about international plans, because... you're basically in Canada.

Jay is a place you don't want to miss on your trip to Vermont - especially in the winter (it gets the most snow out of any Eastern state)! The mountain itself provides top-notch hiking and skiing, plus, you're in close proximity to the wellrenouned Kingdom Trails. Pro Tip: Take the tram to the top for the best views in Northern Vermont!

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02. LAKE WILLOUGHBY

A personal favorite (this is where I got married)! Lake Willoughby is a hidden gem in Vermont, though it's becoming more popular each and every year. Known for its crystal clear water, Lake Willoughby is a great spot for swimming as well as boating and fishing. By the same token, hiking the cliffs of Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor are equally beautiful. These are shorter, moderate hikes that offer breathtaking views overlooking the lake. Pro Tip: Plan on sunrise in the warmer months as it can stay busy through much of the night with beachgoers hanging about campfires.

03. LAKE CHAMPLAIN | BURLINGTON

Burlington is just about as "city" as it gets in Vermont, though it's a great basecamp for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, bike, ski, climb, paddle... year-round recreational opportunities are just minutes away. Burlington is a very walkable city and has lots of options for restaurants and breweries, and of course - you can't leave without a little Ben & Jerry's.

Lake Champlain sits to the west of Burlington, sharing shoreline with New York and Quebec. It is 120 miles long and home to several islands that you can take a scenic drive through. Hop on a bike and ride along the Champlain causeway, go for a private sunset sail, or explore the waters in search of the famed Champ - a friendly monster said to live in the depths of Lake Champlain.

04. SHELBURNE FARMS

A National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms is a 1400 acre working farm with gorgeous architecture, farmland, gardens and views over the lake of the Adirondacks. Shelburne Farms is a great pick for elopements or intimate weddings as it can house your guests in the rooms and cottages at the Inn and also features a farm to table restaurant.

05. MOUNT MANSFIELD | STOWE

Stowe is said to be the prettiest town in Vermont and home to many outdoor enthusiasts - the perfect spot for an adventure elopement. Town is filled with great coffee shops, restaurants and breweries and sits below the highest mountain in Vermont - Mount Mansfield.

There are three ways to reach the summit of Mansfield (depending on the season). You can hike the challenging 8 mile loop trail, you can drive the incredibly scenic Auto Toll Road, or you can take a Gondola ride to the top where you'll be greeted by views upon views of the beautiful Green Mountain State. Pro Tip: If you're looking into a winter elopement here, check out the Stone Hut for a mountain top overnight!

06. CAMEL'S HUMP

One of the most recognizable peaks in the state, Camel's Hump is the third highest mountain in Vermont. A fairly challenging 6 mile out-and-back hike with a rocky summit that's great for exploring (or picnics!) Pro Tip: This can be very popular on summer weekends. To avoid crowds, weekday mornings are best.

07. COVERED BRIDGES AND WATERFALLS

Vermont is known for its historic covered bridges that can be found throughout the entire state. And under these structures, you'll most likely find a great swimming hole to dip your feet into. Explore the river further and you're bound to stumble upon a nearby waterfall.

vermont elopement, couple sitting on a rock in the river

08. KILLINGTON

The Beast of the East. Killington has adventure written all over it! Hike the ski trails, ride the gondola, explore world-class mountain biking, paddle the lake, go horseback riding - opportunities are endless when you elope in Killington.

vermont adventure engagement session on the top of deers leap in Killington

09. WOOSTOCK VILLAGE

Woodstock is one of the most quintessential Vermont towns. A quaint downtown welcomes you with open arms as you wander the roads that cross over the Ottauquechee River. Be sure to walk the vast trail system on Mount Tom, part of Vermont's only National Park (Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park) and then head over to meet the animals at Billings Farm and MuseumPro Tip: step outside of Woodstock for a visit to the Quechee Gorge. And don't miss the Hot Air Balloon Festival in June.

10. ON YOUR FAVORITE VERMONT TRAIL

Vermont is filled - North to South - with hundreds of beautiful hiking trails, much of which contribute to the Appalachian TrailLong Trail or Catamount Trail that weave throughout the state. Walk through the woods, along rivers and streams that bring you to hidden waterfalls. Find yourself on top of a mountain or hill with views of the rolling Green Mountains in any season.

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