Vermont's Sweetest Weekend: Maple Fest and Exploring Richmond

Vermont's maple syrup season is a joyous time, a celebration of tradition and nature's sweet bounty. And there's no better place to experience it than the iconic St. Albans Maple Festival. While the main festivities are in St. Albans, the charming town of Richmond, Vermont offers a delightful getaway with plenty of activities to keep you busy this weekend.

Maple Mania in St. Albans (April 26, 27, 28th 2024)
Immerse yourself in the Maple Fest experience! Here's what you can expect:

  • Pancake breakfasts: Fuel up for the day with fluffy pancakes drizzled with Vermont's finest maple syrup. Find breakfasts at local churches, schools, and community centers.
  • Sugarhouse tours: See how sap transforms into syrup! Many local sugarhouses open their doors, offering demonstrations and the chance to sample fresh, warm syrup.
  • The Grand Parade: A lively procession with floats, bands, and the sweet aroma of maple filling the air.
  • Vendors and Crafts: Browse local crafts, artisanal products, and of course, all things maple! From maple candies to maple-infused skincare, you'll find unique treasures.

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Richmond Delights

Nestled along the Huntington River, Richmond is a haven of small-town charm and outdoor adventure. Here's what your Richmond getaway might look like:

  • The Round Church: Explore this architectural gem, a 16-sided historic church with fascinating acoustics.
  • Winooski River Walk: Enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the scenic river path.
  • Huntington Gorge: Admire this dramatic natural swimming hole, a popular spot during warmer months (though April might be a bit chilly for a dip!)
  • Local Eateries: Savor farm-fresh flavors at eateries like Sweet Simone's or the Richmond Market & Beverage.
  • Antique Shops & Boutiques: Discover hidden treasures in Richmond's antique stores and quaint shops.


Getting around: Richmond is about a 30-minute drive from St. Albans. If you don't have a car, consider using a ride-sharing service or arranging a taxi for the day.

Weather: April in Vermont can be unpredictable. Pack layers and be prepared for potential rain or cool weather.

Make it your own

This is just a taste of what the weekend could hold. Tailor your adventure based on your interests! Nature lovers, foodies, and history buffs will all find something to delight them in Richmond and at the St. Albans Maple Festival.

Vermont's Maple Fest weekend is a special experience. Enjoy the sweet energy of the festival and the peaceful beauty of Richmond – it's a recipe for an unforgettable spring getaway.