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5 Best Elopement Destinations in Vermont

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

So you want to elope in Vermont, great! With stunning landscapes and natural beauty, Vermont make the perfect destination for your elopement.

There are so many ways to do it, from DIY mountain top weddings to all inclusive luxury resorts, you can truly plan the elopement of your dreams.

... but now what? There are so many beautiful locations in Vermont, where do you even begin?! Don't worry, I'm a Vermont Wedding Photographer and I've got suggestions for you.

So, In no particular order, let's begin...

Couple leans their heads together in a fall pasture by the woods in Vermont. One bride is in a white gown with long blonde hair, the other bride wears a rust colored corduroy suit. Photo by Gold Wing Photography

These are the 5 Best Elopement Destinations in Vermont

Best All-Inclusive Elopement: Mountain Top Resort – Chittenden, Vermont

Year round the Mountain Top Resort is a spectacular location to host an elopement.

Just three hours out of Boston, the Mountain Top Resort is an escape into the rolling hills and serenity of rural Vermont.

View of the mountains from The Mountain Top Resort "Jewel" Lodge in Chittenden Vermont on the morning of an elopement. Blue skies, clouds and a stylish, rustic lodge. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
View of the mountains from The Mountain Top Resort "Jewel" Lodge in Chittenden Vermont – Gold Wing Photography

The incredible beauty of the landscape, including stunning mountain views, a private access beach to the Chittenden Reservoir and its close proximity to Killington Ski Resort makes Mountain Top Resort a wonderful location for elopements winter, spring summer and fall.

A couple, a man in a tux and a woman in a wedding dress in the snow next to two horses drawing a horse-drawn sleigh. Winter Elopement at the Mountain Top Resort in Chittenden. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Winter elopement at the Mountain Top Resort in Chittenden – Gold Wing Photography

It couldn't be any easier! With several packages to choose from, the Mountain Top Resort has all your bases covered.

Lodging, meals, local floral arrangements, champagne, wedding cake and more are all included in their variety of elopement packages.

Plus, weather permitting, horse drawn sleigh rides are available in the wither months!

Best Luxury Retreat Elopement: The Inn at Burklyn – East Burke, Vermont

Looking for luxury, seclusion and a sprinkle of fairytale magic? Look no further!

This stunning and newly renovated estate has the elegance and comfort you have been looking for.

Couple standing in front of The Inn At Burklyn in East Burke, Vermont. The building is pale yellow, the woman wears a wedding dress holding an orange bouquet of flowers, the man wears brown pants and suspenders. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
A late fall elopement at the The Inn At Burklyn – Gold Wing Photography

With 86 acres of sprawling grounds and 360-degree views of majestic mountains, there is no end to the beauty of East Burke.

From a secluded hedge garden, perfect for intimate ceremonies, to wide open fields and epic views for sipping on artisan cocktails at sunset, this place does it best.

The interior of the Inn does not disappoint. Unique and artfully curated rooms and suites honor the Neo Classical-style grand mansion and are wonderful backdrop for any "getting ready" shots you could imagine.

A pair of pearled bridal heels on a white mantle with a gold picture frame behind it in the bridal sweet at The Inn At Burklyn in East Burke, VT. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Stunning interiors provide a stylish backdrop for "Getting Ready" photos at The Inn At Burklyn – Gold Wing Photography

Stay in or go explore, you won't get bored! With horseback riding, mountain top yoga, picnic of the line restaurant in the building, there is no need to leave the secluded retreat for your entire stay if you don't want to!

If you want to explore, Burke Mountain Ski Resort is right down the road and endless outdoor adventures await.

Best Resort & Spa Elopement: Top Notch Resort – Stowe, Vermont

Stowe is a magnet for travelers and locals alike, the famed ski resort and picturesque Vermont town of Stowe have something to offer to everyone. It's hard to know where to start!

Top Notch Resort makes is the easy answer.

A couple holding hands are walking away toward mountains in the distance, colorful trees show Vermont fall foliage. The woman is wearing a wedding gown, has long blonde hair, holds a bouquet of red and while flowers and a white veil that drags behind her and out of the frame. The man is wearing a navy blue suite and red sneakers. Horses graze in front of them.  Photo by Gold Wing Photography
The grounds at Top Notch Resort in Stowe, Vermont – Gold Wing Photography

Rooms, suites and resort homes make accommodation effortless and a offer a convenient base for your elopement.

With the 120 acres of beautiful grounds abutting a river, forests, incredible mountain views and nearby covered bridge, there is no shortage of locations for your private and beautiful elopement.

A man and woman stand in front of a covered bridge by the river in Stowe, Vermont. He is wearing a blue suit and she is wearing a wedding dress. They are surrounded by green, yellow and orange fall foliage. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
The Top Notch Resort's close proximity to the riverside allows for a variety of photo backgrounds – Gold Wing Photography

If all that wasn't enough, there is a restaurant and bar, as well as, an on-site spa hosts a wide array of amenities, including packages for couples.

Best No-Hiking Summit Elopement: Mt. Mansfield – Stowe, Vermont

Nothing says "Vermont" more than a mountaintop with an epic view.

Accessible via gondola ride or hike, the Stowe Gondola SkyRide lets you enjoy the beautiful mountain views without having to hike to the summit in your wedding attire!

A couple, a woman in wedding dress, the man in a suite leading each other through a field at the top of Mt. Ellen in Stowe, Vermont. The view is of blue skies, low clouds, pine trees and mountains. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Elopement views from the Summit of Mt. Ellen – Gold Wing Photography

Open daily June through October, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (exact dates and hours vary year to year), it is the perfect elopement location for those who aren't into a day-long hike.

Tickets to ride can be purchased in advance online or in person. I highly recommend booking in advance, especially in peak foliage season. Better safe than sorry!

View from the Mt. Mansfield Gondola in Stowe, Vermont overlooking the Stowe Resort and Central Vermont on a Sunny day in June. – Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Stowe, Vermont Gondola View - 5 Best Elopement Locations in Vermont – Gold Wing Photography

Skip the cake cutting! Celebrate your nuptials with a delicious waffle from the top of the Mansfield Gondola in Stowe, VT. This location is easily accessible and has a very casual vibe!

The Gondola at Stowe, red with the Stowe Resort logo on them, swing from the chairlift towers. The view is of blue sky with clouds and rows of blue and green mountains of summer in Vermont – Photo by Gold Wing Photography
The Gondola at Stowe – Gold Wing Photography

Another reason the summit of Mt. Mansfield is a home run elopement location is the accessibility, the Gondola is wheelchair accessible! There aren't many locations that can boast a view like that with accessibility to folks with limited mobility.

Best Hiking Elopement: Stowe Pinnacle – Stowe, Vermont

You want something outdoorsy, fun and totally free? This is for you:

Stowe really does have it all, great hiking is no exception. Stowe Pinnacle is a beautiful hike that can be done year round, weather permitting.

A couple stand at the top of a snowy mountain in Vermont and pop a bottle of champaign as it snows. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Stowe Pinnacle Winter Elopement – Gold Wing Photography

Though this hike is not incredibly long, it does have a magnificent payoff, even when the views are clouded by snowfall, the atmosphere is magical.

Expect a round trip of about 4 miles all in, it's important to be prepared with water and make sure you can comfortably carry all that you need with you.

For winter hikes, bring warm layers, crampons, a bottle of bubbly and your bouquet!

Wrap up your day in town at a cozy restaurant or check out one of the many breweries.

A woman hikes in the snow surrounded by snow covered tress near the summit of a mountain in Stowe, Vermont. In her purple backpack she has a bouquet of flowers by Schoolhouse Gardens for her summit elopement. Photo by Gold Wing Photography
Hiking up Stowe Pinnacle in the Snow – Gold Wing Photography

Still have questions about planning your Vermont Elopement?

Send me an email! I have been a Vermont Wedding and Elopement Photographer for almost a decade in Vermont and the surrounding areas. Reach out via my "contact" via my photography page: Gold Wing Photography or reach out on Instagram.

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xo, Lillian Seibert



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