Vermont Proposal Locations by Season
There are very few life-changing moments that are as important as your marriage proposal. The story of your engagement will follow you for years to come, and as such, should fit the personality of the couple. Vermont provides a gorgeous backdrop for just such an occasion. Whether you are seeking an over-the-top proposal or a quiet and personal engagement, Vermont offers it all.
To everything, there is a season; This is certainly true for both marriage and the state of Vermont. One of the first steps in planning the perfect wedding proposal should include when you want to pop the question. Each season in Vermont offers a unique opportunity for this distinct moment. While a marriage proposal is such an individualized experience, below are some seasonal ideas to help guide you on your path.
Spring Engagement Locations
Spring is symbolic for new beginnings. What better time to start the next chapter of your life than spring?
Another thing that happens in Vermont in the springtime is the running of the sap! Vermont is well-known for its maple syrup industry. Local sugar houses abound, and guests can be seen enjoying the popular sugar on snow. You could easily incorporate your special occasion into one of the many sugar house tours!
There are too many sugar houses to name them all, but some of my favorites include Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe, Palmer Sugar House in Shelburne, and Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock. Just think what a sweet story you will have to tell!
Summer Engagement Locations
Given the brevity of the gorgeous weather in summer, Vermonter's squeeze as much of out of this short season as is humanly possible. From festivals to farmer's markets, summer is certainly Vermont's bread and butter. Vermont hosts some fantastic festivals each year. One such festival is the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival in Stowe. This three-day event has been happening annually for over 30 years. Perhaps the only thing more romantic than watching dozens of hot air balloons sailing across the sky is riding in one! It's doubtful that you'd be the first to propose in this gorgeous setting, but it's a story that will keep you both flying high for years to come.
For those a bit less adventurous, there are a plethora of options for proposing with a gorgeous, scenic backdrop. Numerous hikes and waterfalls are just breathtaking throughout the state.
One of my favorite hikes is Stowe Pinnacle. While you must be in decent shape to hike the Pinnacle, it's a quick 3-mile walk up the mountain. The reward at the top is a panoramic view of much of the state. It's easy to imagine a proposal at the bald, open summit. Another great option in Stowe and perhaps a bit easier is the hike to Sterling Pond. This 2.5-mile hike cumulates at a serene pond.
If mountains are not your thing, Vermont has plenty of water! There are many waterfalls and swimming holes that provide a romantic backdrop for a proposal. One such place is Warren Falls. This natural park has natural rock pools and waterfalls to cool off in on a hot day.
With the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain is a great water engagement choice. There are several areas on the Lake that might suit your proposal. In Burlington, in addition to the beautiful pier overlooking the lake and Battery Park, one can rent kayaks or paddleboards. If you desire to be right on the lake itself, I'd suggest a dinner or sunset cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
If you and your partner are not only in love with one another but are also in love with food, consider proposing at one of Vermont's amazing farmer's markets. The Burlington Farmer's Market is perhaps the largest and most diverse, featuring street food vendors, plenty of produce, and a plethora of art. Other great farmer's markets include Brattleboro and Waitsfield. Getting down on one knee in the Vermont grass, surrounded by local food and people might just be perfect.
Fall Engagement Locations
All of the proposal ideas suggested in the summer section are entirely appropriate, and perhaps even more beautiful during autumn. Fall in Vermont abounds with color and the smell of apples! Vermont has several apple orchards that would provide a nice location for a romantic proposal. Shelburne Orchards, for one, has beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Dwight Miller Orchards in Dummerston Vermont is also a great pick!
If you'd like to get an off-the-ground look at Vermont during foliage season, the K1 gondola ride at Killington is an excellent choice. The views are to-die-for, and the Peak Lodge at the top of the mountain provides a warm ambiance for a romantic moment. Stowe Mountain also offers a fall foliage gondola option.
There is no better season to snuggle up and get cozy with your lover than winter. Think hot chocolate, snow, and beautiful lights. If the season cooperates, a sleigh ride is a perfect way to pop the question. Shelburne Farms offers some great options, including a moonlight ride! There are also options in Stowe, such as Gentle Giants, and Smuggler's Notch, who offers a Vermont wedding proposal sleigh ride.
Whatever season you choose for your proposal, you will not regret making Vermont your location for this magical moment. If you want the special moment photographed, send me a note!