As much as we’re looking forward to ski season, one last getaway is in order to celebrate summer in the mountains. Before the season ends, make plans to hit the road and enjoy some fun at one of the festivals or events happening at your favorite resort.
Stratton. Celebrate the harvest at Full Palette, southern Vermont’s premier farm-to-table food festival. This two-day event, August 30-31, unites a quintessential country farmer’s market with the culinary expertise of top chefs from Vermont and beyond.
Jay Peak. At the third annual Jay Peak Trail Fest, August 30-31, more than 600 runners and racers head up to Jay Peak for a weekend of sunshine, adventure, good food, and good fun. Events include barbeques Saturday and Sunday, plenty of beverages and fun for every member of the family.
Mount Snow. This summer the renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its 20th anniversary on Labor Day weekend. The Mount Snow Brewers Festival has become one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast, with more than 30 different breweries pouring beers and ciders from almost 90 different taps with live music and great food all weekend long.
Waterville Valley. At the 'Just Ducky' End of Summer Bash, August 31, send summer out with a bang and ring in the colorful fall season. Free outdoor concerts, kids games, plus the annual charity Duck Race across Corcoran Pond with cash prizes for the fastest three ducks.
Bretton Woods. Witness the beauty and grace of Herrmanns' Original Lipizzan Stallions of Austria, August 29-September 1. See the fabulous flying white Lipizzans perform the rare and beautiful ‘Airs Above the Ground’ as seen in Walt Disney’s ‘Miracle of the White Stallions’. Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans claim to be the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world.
Loon. Celebrate Labor Day weekend in the mountains with Summer Send-Off, a two-day party, August 30-31, with live music, summer activities, and a hot dog barbecue. Ride the gondola, rent a bike, or test your mettle in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park.
Stowe. The Darn Tough Ride is a road cycling event held in Stowe, Vermont, annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont.
Shawnee. Now in its 20th year, the Pocono Garlic Festival, August 30-31, will once again fill the Poconos with the aroma of garlic-y goodness over Labor Day weekend. Over 60 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. A showcase of local musical talent on two stages, educational demonstrations and plenty of children’s activities make this a great family event.
Saddleback. The 3rd Annual Trail Town Festival, August 30, celebrates Rangeley as one of the premier trail towns in New England. An official Appalachian Trail community, Rangeley offers hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing. Events at this year's festival will include live music, exhibits, an ice cream-eating contest, thru-hikers’ re and a bonfire and marshmallow roast.
Photo: Runners at the Jay Peak Trail Fest (Jay Peak Resort)
With a background as an English teacher, Martha Wilson has sought out opportunities to combine her passion for reading and writing with her love of outdoor pursuits. She has served the ski industry experience in public relations at Bretton Woods, N.H. After realizing what a different game getting on to the snow would be after having kids, she started blogging about winter adventures with growing rippers as the Outdoor Mom. Those blog posts have appeared in SnoCountry.com. She is currently SnoCountry.com Editorial Director.