Trout fishing season opens in the Green Mountain State in mid-April. If you’re looking for local experts, Stowe’s guides come highly recommended. A tackle shop is a great place to learn about local hatches, fly patterns and the state’s latest trout-stocking efforts.

Local tip:
Take a short, scenic hike to Sterling Pond anytime in June. Vermont Fish & Wildlife stocks the pond (which straddles the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Area and Spruce Peak) with brook trout every year.