Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two Brothers Tavern: A Gem in Middlebury, VT

Running a local bed and breakfast in Middlebury, VT has given us strong roots in our community and we love that we are able to send our guests to so many fantastic spots around town. When guests want a night out on the town, they can choose to go to museums, arts, movies, shopping, and of course a great local restaurant. One of our favorites is Two Brothers Tavern, located right here in the middle of town.
Two Brothers Tavern is a true gem that offers a cozy, comfortable atmosphere with an upscale touch. When you walk in you are greeted with delicious aromas from the kitchen and a staff that is friendly and ready to serve you. Whether you are looking for a quick pit stop during a day full of activities, a place to relax after a business meeting, or a romantic date night venue, this is the restaurant to try. Their menu appeals to a broad range of tastes so there is something for everyone and they always have amazing daily specials. Some favorite dishes from the menu include Poutine, Vermont Cheddar Bacon Apple Flatbread, Two Brothers Reuben, and Mac & Cheese made from scratch. So delicious!
Something else that makes them special is that the owners work hard to serve as many locally raised products as possible and support neighboring farmers and producers. For those who love a great beverage, you will find an extensive beer and cider menu that represents local, regional and international selections. There is also a more formal restaurant attached next door and a lounge downstairs where you can enjoy music from local bands.
A great ambiance, superb service, and downright delicious food makes this tavern a local treasure. There is still time to sneak in a last minute summer getaway so don’t delay—book a room today and enjoy a relaxing, fun Vermont vacation.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stunning Views at Mt. Philo State Park - VT

When we talk about being surrounded by breathtaking scenery we are not exaggerating! Many of our guests comment on the beauty of the area and are pleased to find so many fantastic places to visit and things to do during their time here. Just a half-hour away from our inn is Mt. Philo State Park. Located in Charlotte, VT, this state park is 168 acres of true beauty that provides visitors with spectacular views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain.

Just a quick drive down Highway 7 takes you to the Mt. Philo State Park, which happens to be Vermont’s oldest state park built in 1924. Once you arrive, a narrow, steep road will bring you to the top of the mountain. This is a great option if you are in the mood for an easy road trip. If you are up for a bit of activity though, the hiking trails are really the best way to experience the area as a whole. 

There are several hiking trails that start at the parking area and take you up to the summit. There is a wonderful mountaintop picnic area where you can take a break and just enjoy the serenity of the park and the stunning views. The sunsets here are simply amazing! The hiking trails are well maintained, easy for the whole family, and the sweet reward is the picturesque view at the top. We also want to note that there is a small entry fee for the park so you will want some cash on hand.

The fall season is lurking around the corner and the area surrounding the inn just explodes with color. A weekend getaway with a trip to this state park will make the perfect vacation. Contact us for further information and book directly online today!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Horseback Riding: Outdoor Fun in Vermont

On a trip to our gorgeous area of Vermont you will find a myriad of things to do no matter what you enjoy. There are fantastic restaurants to try, concerts to take in, shops and galleries to take in and then you have all of the outdoor adventures such as biking, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, swimming, and more. One activity that may be right up your alley and provide a relaxing day out is some horseback riding nearby.

Close to our inn we have several stables that offer horseback riding services. Here in central Vermont we are surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of the Champlain Valley and the majestic Green Mountains so any ride outdoors will be a truly scenic adventure.

If you are a beginner and would like to boost your confidence on a horse before taking on a longer trail ride, we suggest visiting Salisbury Station Stable. Owner Ellie Bishop offers half hour or one-hour lessons to the first time rider or even advanced riders. Learn riding techniques and how to brush and tack your own horse. About 45-minutes away from us is the Mountain Top Equestrian Center.  They offer several different trail rides ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours with a picnic lunch depending on your level of experience. They also have TGIF Fun Rides and Sundays in the Saddle, both of which are one hour rides at only $35 per person. Last we want to tell you about Pond Hill Ranch—a wonderful ranch open seven days a week and only 40 minutes away from our inn. This 2000-acre ranch in the heart of the mountains offers some fantastic scenery for a relaxing trail ride. They accommodate and level of experience and offers lessons as well.

After a day on the trails you can come back to your home away from home and enjoy coffee in the gardens, wine by the fire or ease tired muscles in our steam room and sauna. We are the perfect summer getaway destination—book your room online today!