Getting married in Vermont offers the chance to tie the knot in any one of a plethora of charming, quaint locales that offer up stunning views of the Green Mountain State. But getting around almost anywhere in Vermont can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you’re not from the area.
On top of being unfamiliar with how to get from point A to point B, there’s always that slightly chaotic, mad rush to get to the ceremony that the bride, groom, bridal party and all those guests have to contend with. Figuring out how you’ll all safely make it home after the reception can be one of the major problems on your big day. Plus, services like Uber and Lyft are often not available in rural areas.
So, why not let someone else do the driving for you?
Here’s a look at some of the transportation options to be found in central Vermont — Stowe, Waterbury, Lamoille County, the Mad River Valley and into Burlington.
Along with offering rides in standard five-passenger rigs, owner Emily Brooks and her husband Israel added two 11-passenger vans to their fleet “specifically for wedding transportation.”
The two new vans and the company’s 12-passenger van mean they can get large parties where they need to go.
“We do several weddings a year,” Brooks said. “A lot of bridal party transports,” along with plenty of rides for bachelor or bachelorette parties visiting the area.
Most of those weddings are based in and around Stowe, but they also make regular trips over the Notch to Jeffersonville, down Route 100 to Waterbury and Waitsfield or to the surrounding towns in Lamoille County. Brooks is willing to go a little further afield if needed, though, and once Israel made a trip an hour and a half south to Killington.
Brooks calls her company a “classy cab company,” and she likes that they can keep their rates down while still offering a quality, comfortable ride. There are also special rates and packages for large parties renting several vehicles for several hours, or days.
More information: snowflaketaxi.com or 802-253-7666. (Local tip: Snowflake Taxi ≠ Stoweflake Resort!)
Like most local taxi services, owners Sharon and Bill Rowell offer transportation to and from the Morrisville-Stowe Airport to guests flying in. They also offer transport to and from major cities in the Northeast including Burlington, Boston, New York and Montreal.
With a small fleet of seven-passenger vans, the company can also cut down on the number of cabs needed to get you and your guests to and from all wedding-related activities in the area.
“We’ll post the vans at the receptions, and they’ll be on a rotation to and from the reception back to the hotels,” Sharon Rowell said.
They always like to be flexible on their operating hours — “We work the hours they are asking for,” Rowell said — but reserving those shuttles well ahead of time is recommended.
More information: 802-253-9490 or 800-370-9490, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With offices in both Burlington and Stowe, Blazer offers rides in full-sized SUVs to almost anywhere in Vermont and much of New England. Specializing in getting people to and from Burlington to Stowe, Montpelier and Middlebury, the company offers a meter rate of $7.50 plus $2.50 per mile, and the company touts its on-time service and speedy response to requests for pickup.
Blazer also offers service to local landmarks and tourist destinations including Ben & Jerry’s, local breweries, and great spots to lay your head down in central Vermont.
More information: 802-253-0013 or blazercab.com.
Lamoille Valley Transportation
If you need to get even more people to a wedding, or home after a night of celebrating, Lamoille Valley Transportation can get you around in style in a luxury motor coach or a budget-friendly school bus.
“We do quite a bit of wedding transportation between the school buses and the motor coaches,” employee Josie Privey said. “The school buses are a bit more cost-effective.”
The company also offers one smaller Mercedes Sprinter van, a 14-passenger vehicle perfect for transporting a smaller group or wedding party. And, the company doesn’t just stick to its namesake Lamoille region.
“We do have quite a few Stowe weddings, but we go pretty much wherever. We can end up as far away as Woodstock, Killington, Burlington or Charlotte,” Privey said. The company works to provide exactly what the wedding party wants, and offers the services of an on-staff event coordinator to help things run smoothly.
More information: lamoillevalleytransportation.com or 802-888-2103.
Ethan Allen Coachworks
The Williston-based company, now in its 25th year, offers services in central Vermont via a long roster of vehicles. Along with standard coach buses, the company also offers wedding-goers a lift in a deep bench of vehicles including Cadillac Escalades, standard 12-14 passenger vans, 14-passenger mini-coaches and Mercedes Sprinter vans, plus a fleet of Lincoln luxury cars and eight-passenger limos.
With a home base just five minutes from Burlington International Airport, the company is a great way to get any number of people where they need to go after flying into Vermont, and wedding season in the Green Mountain State always brings plenty of Ethan Allen rigs to Stowe and the surrounding area.
“We do a lot of weddings in the summer around Stowe and the Mad River Valley,” Mike Rooney said. “We’re based in Chittenden County, but we provide statewide coverage and Lamoille County is a busy area for us.”
The company offers discounts for groups reserving more than one vehicle and aims to be “cost effective” for customers.
More information: vermontlimo.com or 802-862-1924.
Vermont VIP Services
Based in South Burlington, the company offers lifts in both luxury cars and 14-passenger vans; on top of serving nearly all of Vermont for weddings Vermont VIP Services also specializes in brewery tours and other special events and trips.
More information: vermontvipservices.com or 888-804-6847.
The Morristown-based company touts the experience of its drivers and their familiarity with northern Vermont. The company moved away from limousines years ago, and their switch to higher capacity vehicles has allowed them to service more weddings.
Their fleet includes five- and six-passenger minivans, 10- and 14-passenger vans, one 25-seat luxury mini-bus, two larger 32-seat luxury mini-buses, and two 56-seat luxury motor coaches with restrooms and luggage storage.
More information: richardsbusandlimo.com or 800-698-3176.
Another company that has something for everyone, Virginia-based Fleet Transportation opened up shop in Stowe last year. The company now offers rides in Lincoln cars and limousines, Ford SUVs, 15-passenger Mercedes Sprinter vans, 25-passenger mini-buses and 55-passenger motor coaches.
More information: fleettransportation.com or 802-735-0515.
Vermont Tour and Charter
Another Burlington-based company that serves all of central Vermont, the company’s fleet of luxury 15-passenger vans offer a good way to get from one place to another during the wedding day in addition to a great way to tour the area and visit different sites.
More information: 802-734-1293 or vermonttourandcharter.com.
Vermont Chauffeured Transportation
Based in Stowe, the company offers a variety of smaller transportation options. The fleet includes luxury sedans, SUVs of both the regular and stretch variety, executive vans, and larger 14-passenger mini-coach buses.
More information: stowetransportation.com or 802-760-3838.
If you time and plan it right, you can also take advantage of public transportation in Stowe and the surrounding area. Green Mountain Transit offers a few different routes in the area, including its Route 100 commuter and its Mountain Road Shuttle. The company also serves local areas including Montpelier and the Mad River Valley, as well as the Burlington area.
More information: ridegmt.com.
Stowe Aviation at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport offers private jet services and a few small airlines (6.5 miles from center of Stowe).
New York-based BLADE offers flights between Morristown and Westchester County in New York; travelers use their smartphones to buy seats or crowdsource them from the “digitally powered aviation company.”
Tradewind Aviation offers private charters for up to 8 travelers to and from locations including Westchester, N.Y. or Teterboro, N.J. (60 minutes each), Boston (48 minutes) or Farmingdale, N.Y. (66 minutes). Rental cars and catering can be arranged with advance notice.
The Burlington International Airport (btv.aero) is 40 miles from the center of Stowe — about a 45-minute drive.
The daily Amtrak Vermonter route runs from St. Albans to New York and Washington (13 hours and 45 mintues total), and stops in Waterbury, Montpelier and Essex Junction will deliver you close to many central Vermont venues.
If you want a leisurely ride and could use some quiet time on a slow train (free wifi and comfy seats, plan for lots of snacks, and download podcasts and videos on a strong connection before you embark), it’s about 9 hours from New York to Waterbury; other stops include New Haven (6½ hours to Waterbury), Hartford, Conn. (about 5 hours), Springfield, Mass. (4½ hours), and Philadelphia (12+ hours).
The Waterbury Train Station in a historic 1875 brick building on Park Row is also home to the Green Mountain Coffee Café & Visitors Center. We recommend the Café Vermont, an espresso drink served hot or iced with maple syrup and whipped cream. And don’t forget to check out the interactive display of local art and history.
Central Vermont is home to a few extra-special events featuring unique vehicles during the summer months, including the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival in Stowe (July 5-7), the Vermont Antique & Classic Car Show in Waterbury (August 9-11), and the British Invasion (September 13-15).
You can book hot air balloon rides, from quick, tethered trips to romantic private excursions at sunrise, but you’ll need to get permission from the owners of vintage cars before you hop in!