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June
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With a nickname like Green Mountain State, Vermont certainly makes the ideal destination for a romantic weekend. While many vacationers flock to its nine big cities to take advantage of luxurious accommodations and amenities, its small towns offer a distinct charm that’s perfect for couples who are looking to keep the romance alive. With a population of just over 2,200 Vermonters, Arlington’s peaceful setting makes the ideal weekend escape. However, you’ll still find enough things to do that might have you coming back for an even longer getaway.

Mount Equinox 
Mount Equinox is one of Vermont’s most popular attractions, and it’s located only a 15-minute drive away from Arlington. Between May and October, you can reach its summit via Skyline Drive or by hiking the Equinox Preserve trails. Regardless of the route you choose, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of five mountain ranges. Even the journey to the top is a magnificent adventure with scenic vistas of rivers, lakes and valley communities.

Battenkill River 
During hot summers, the Battenkill River makes a welcome destination for cooling off. The water is clear and clean, and the river has many secluded swimming holes. You can also go fishing or rent rafting and kayaking gear at local outfitters. However, even outside the height of summer, it’s worth a visit, partially because it makes a beautiful location for bird-watching.

West Arlington Covered Bridge 
Also known as Bridge at the Green, the West Arlington Covered Bridge dates back to 1872 and spans a small portion of the Battenkill River. Norman Rockwell lived right across from it in a 19th-century farmhouse during his most productive time. Called the Vermont Inn, this remodeled landmark is located near a chapel with a Gothic steeple. Because of this setting, the bridge is one of the state’s most renowned and photographed landmarks. However, the area has little traffic and makes an ideal locale for a relaxing bicycle outing.

Romantic Dining Options 
For a small town, Arlington has a surprising variety of restaurants. The Arlington Inn‘s restaurant and Jonathan’s Table top the list for romantic meal options. Johnathan’s Table has a cozy atmosphere. It’s renowned for its warm bread, perfectly cooked steaks and a multitude of chocolate desserts. The Arlington Inn’s restaurant is especially suitable for cozy winter dinners because its dining room has a wood-burning fireplace. In the warm seasons, you can dine al fresco and go for a relaxing stroll through the numerous garden venues.

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