Fit Travel: 20 Last-Minute Summer Escapes
Feeling like you got cheated out of summer vacation? Don't worry—there's still time to take off while the weather's still good. Check out these top four destinations for last-minute summer advenutures (plus—what to do when you get there).
CANOE & KAYAK
Vermont has more than 800 lakes and more than 212 miles of shoreline. Though Vermont doesn't have as many rapids as out west, there is plenty of jet skiing, and water skiing to be done. Proof: Vermont Outdoor Guide Association maintains a site listing 18 outfitters, including Clearwater Sports, and Clyde River Recreation, which both offer kayak and canoe tours, or you can rent the gear and get right on the water. Clearwater: $59 for a sport kayak rental and a shuttle to Mad River or Winooksi River.
With courses like the private Vermont National Country Club, designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, the Green Mountain state has tons of premier public courses. The Stratton Golf Course in Southern Vermont is as little as $69 during peak season, and it also offers a renowned golf school-for one-, two-, or three-day sessions for four hours at a time, so you can go home with new skills.
Vermont looks even more gorgeous on horseback. Hit the trails, outfitted by one of the many horse stables, including Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm a three-hour ride is only $100-and Goosewing Ranch, which will get you saddled up and on the trail in no time.