Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Riding on the Champlain Valley Bikeways

two people biking on a trail
We all know that a healthy, active lifestyle is the key to not only feeling great but avoiding the many pitfalls that can arise when we don’t have one. Thankfully, we live in one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the country and summertime brings some of the best opportunities to get outdoors. There are many local spots to go bike riding right outside the door of our inn but if you are looking for a bit of a challenge or some distance riding, we wanted to highlight the Lake Champlain Bikeways.

The Lake Champlain Bikeways actually encompass over 1,100 miles over two states and a dip into Canada. The area has been hailed as offering some of the finest cycling around as it offers rides through quaint, picturesque villages, serene country roads, past historic sites, next to beautiful farms, and peaceful shoreline parks. There are 35 tours and loops that you can choose from and they range from 10 to 60 miles in length. Imagine riding along with lake views on one side, mountain views on the other and nothing around but breathtaking scenery. That is a day well spent if you ask us! Owners Dan and Michele are avid bikers and would love to share their biking tips on the best Champlain Valley trails to try. If you are just starting out, these trails could be a bit demanding so we have a few tips to keep you safe on the road:

Beginner Cycling Tips

Head injuries cause many cycling deaths so protect your head with a helmet at all times.
A longer seat with a cutout is generally the best saddle for comfort.
Have someone set up your bike for the proper fit for easier riding.
Use your gears to take stress off your knees but don’t pedal in high gear for long periods of time.
Don’t ride with headphones on.
Keep your head up and look ahead and change positions during the ride to stay comfortable.

Now you are ready to go. Our owners Dan and Michele are avid cyclists and can offer some of their favorite places to ride in this gorgeous area of Vermont so be sure to ask before you head out. Happy riding!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shipwreck History at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, VT

Don’t you find that it is often the “off the beaten path” or “lesser known” places that end up being impressive and memorable? Sure the massive chain restaurant can offer a great dinner but sometimes it’s the mom and pop diner that serves the meal you won’t forget. In our area of Vermont there are some amazing places that draw visitors here every year and we encourage our guests to go to many of them. We don't forget about the smaller, lesser-known places though and if you like history, especially about shipwrecks, you will appreciate the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, VT.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a non-profit museum that is only open May through mid-October. It opened in 1986, starting in just a small, old stone schoolhouse. Now, it boasts 18 buildings on two different sites with an incredible collection, impressive exhibits, a store, boat shop, blacksmith facilities, and an archeological conservation laboratory. Its entire mission is to share the history of Lake Champlain as its dark waters contain more than 300 historic shipwrecks. Some of the ongoing exhibits at the museum include the rudder from the Champlain II that ran aground on the shores of New York in 1875, and the watercraft center which holds the 35-foot, 1902 ice yacht Storm King and a myriad of canoes, kayaks, rowing skiffs, and sailboats. There is an outboard motors area that houses 50 vintage outboard motors, an nautical archeology center, and the Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center to name just a few of the great things you will see. You can read about their special 2015 exhibits here.

This fascinating museum is only 20 minutes from our inn, making it a great outing during your time with us. We can offer some great dining and shopping suggestions too so don’t forget to ask before you leave! Book your favorite room online or call anytime for further information.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Vermont Great Outdoors: Moosalamoo Nature Trails

Albert Einstein is quoted as having once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” For nature lovers there is nothing more spectacular than spending time outdoors in a breathtaking place. Here in Vermont we have some of the most amazing scenery and this summer we encourage you to spend some time exploring the Moosalamoo Nature Trails.

The Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is roughly 16,000 acres of beauty. You will find more than 70 miles of maintained trails—choices for the beginner walker all the way up to rugged cliffs for the seasoned hiker. If you are looking for an easy stroll, we suggest checking out the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. You will appreciate finding several of his poems mounted on plaques along the trail and a peaceful walk that takes you out to the south branch of the Middlebury River. There are ten different paths in the Spirit in Nature Trails that are ½ to 2 miles long and are open from dawn to dusk all year long.

If you are into more of a hike, you can find a number of great trails with varying levels of difficulty. Click on this map to read a list of trails and descriptions that include length, elevation changes, difficulty level, and features on the trail to look for. When going out for a long walk or hike, remember to tell someone where you are going, bring plenty of water, a snack or two, and wear appropriate shoes or clothing.

Our guests truly enjoy all that this area has to offer and the summer is a fantastic time for a getaway. You can book directly online and once you are here owners Dan and Michele can help you create the perfect Vermont outdoor adventure.