Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lake Champlain Bikeways – Cyclist’s Paradise in Vermont

Vermont is truly one of the most beautiful states in this country—the rivers in East Arlington, the charming beauty of Burlington, Shelburne Farms, the autumn colors in Waitsfield, the shores of Fair Haven, the serene valley in Fairlee, the stunning gorge at Quechee State Park…we could go on and on! It is an outdoorsman’s (or woman’s!) paradise and particularly fun for those who love to get on a bike to see what Mother Nature has to offer. We’ve been spotlighting some great cycling trails on the Lake Champlain Bikeways and today we have two more for you.

First up is a loop they call Gap to Gap. This one is challenging and each gap brings over 2000 ft in elevation—you may want to check this one out if you have some road experience under your belt as this loop is 62.8 miles in length. It is really up to you whether you want to take this on for time or to leisurely enjoy all there is to be seen along the way. The loop will wind you through quaint towns where you can stop and check out the restaurants and shops each one has to offer—East Middlebury, Hancock, and Rochester are each unique in their own way. The loop has you going clockwise to climb the easier side of both gaps and keep in mind that the backside of the Middlebury Gap is steeper than the front. You can find specific route instructions here.

Next is one they have called Moosalamoo Meander, which is a 42.3-mile loop that really gives riders some fantastic views and many opportunities along the way to stop and explore the Moosalamoo Region. This region is just one section of the Green Mountain National Forest and on this loop you can stop to hike to scenic vistas, relax by mountain lakes, streams, and waterfalls, and enjoy some swimming, berry picking, and bird watching along the way. You’ll start and end at Shaw’s Supermarket right here in Middlebury—complete step-by-step route information is here.

We’ve got plenty of room for you at our Inn this summer—whether you are traveling solo or with a whole group of friends or family. Our cozy, relaxing suites are the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of adventuring! Contact us for more information or book directly online today

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mt. Independence Historic Site A Great Summer Stop

Summer is in full swing and we sure hope to see many returning guests and new friends this season! If you don’t know much about Vermont or the area in and around Middlebury, where our inn is located, this blog is a great place to stay connected to activities and events you can enjoy during your time here. In addition to events and outdoors activities, there are a lot of really neat historical places to check out and for those of you who have a love for history, we encourage you to visit Mount Independence the next time you are in town.

Mount Independence is a National Historic Landmark in Orwell, VT, about 30 minutes away from our inn. It is a nice scenic drive there as well so worth the trip! This interesting historic site, according to their website, is “one of the largest and most well preserved Revolutionary War archeological sites in America.” Dating back to 1961, the State of Vermont really put concerted efforts into protecting and preserving sites to be both places of education and public interest. There was a lot of naval activity during the Revolutionary War and nearby Lake Champlain had significant importance during that time so designers built the building with the shape of a boat in mind.

The impressive exhibits here, full of amazing artifacts large and small, truly tell a story. You will feel drawn in as you learn about the lives of the soldiers who battled and the details about this significant time in history. In addition to the main exhibit center, there is a network of trails, over 6 miles throughout the 300 acres on the property to explore. See stunning views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding countryside as well as the remains of blockhouses, batteries, soldier’s huts, barracks, and the old general hospital.

It is a great place for the whole family! Don’t let the beautiful summer season pass you by without visiting our beautiful area—there’s so much to see and do or if you are just looking for the perfect place to escape and unwind, our charming and peaceful inn, complete with the best gourmet breakfast you’ll ever have, is the perfect place to call home.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016 Vermont Mountain Bike Festival

This summer we will be sharing several great places to enjoy biking right here around our inn in Middlebury, VT and nearby—owner Dan Brown is an avid cyclist and we have many guests who are often itching to get out and enjoy the gorgeous Vermont scenery around here. In addition to some amazing local trails and loops, there is also a great event coming up we thought you might enjoy—the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival.

The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is well attended every year, with over 400 riders expected to arrive for the festivities this year. Taking place July 22-24, 2016 in Waitsfield, which is around an hour away from us, the festival will be a weekend full of fun activities and lots of riding the whole family can enjoy.

There will be an Info Wall next to registration where you can get find all the important details about the weekend when you get there but we’ll give you a sneak peek here so you know what to expect! Festival participants will be able to enjoy rides, food, campfires, live music, over 40 vendors, games, clinics, raffles, and demos. The long-standing and popular Mountain Bike Olympics will also take place Saturday night so you won’t want to miss that.

The morning and afternoon rides are for all ability levels and the family rides are of course for anyone who wants to participate. When you want to take a break you can grab some food, peruse the vendors, or check out the Family Adventure Zone at Lincoln Peak. When you have had your fill you can mosey back to our inn and relax the night away in your own private suite—doesn’t get much better than that! Contact us if you would like more information about booking a suite or things to do in and around Middlebury this summer!