When the snow has gone, the mountains of Vermont are a landscape of shimmering lakes and cascading streams, vast timberland's and soaring mountains – the air is sweet, with breathtaking views around every bend. The beautiful photo above was taken by our guest, Karen Roche, that shows Mt. Equinox, elevation 3,848 feet, which is located 30 minutes south in Manchester. 

With festivals going on most weekends you can also find boating, fishing, tennis, water skiing, swimming and hiking. Nearby, you will find golf, horseback riding, hunting, antiquing and some of the best trout and bass fishing in the country... Share some of your interests with us so we can help you design a fulfilling day, weekend or week that will have you returning to Vermont for a lifetime.
Things To Do
A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views
 Telephone: 802.325.2829 
1955 Sawmill Hill Road, Wells, Vermont 05774
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 Telephone: 802.325.2829 
Wells, Vermont 

Wells Country Store: 802.645-0332. Established in 1832 this country store offers some of the area’s finest baked goods. Julie’s muffins, doughnuts and pound cake are legendary – great pizza and sandwiches too! The ice cream parlor is a must visit!

Larson Farm: 802.645-1957. Fresh Raw Jersey Milk, 100% Grass-fed Beef and Eggs. (Turn left at the Wells Country Store, also a Route 30 south shortcut) 

Brown Boar Farm: 802.645-2461.Family owned and operated offers pasture and forest raised, organically fed Heritage breed pork.

Laughing Child Farm: 802.325.2054. Specializes in growing organic sweet potatoes Owned and operated by Brooke and Tim Hughes-Muse and their four giggling girls.

Heading north from the village of Wells you will find…

Wellsmere Farm: 802.325.0934. All the produce is grown on farm and sold fresh at the farm stand including homemade breads, pies, and other baked goods.

Otto's Cones Point General Store: 802.287.9925. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  Ice Cream | Mini Golf | Live Music | Catering. A great family experience!

Lake St. Catherine State Park: 802.287.9158. This five mile long 852 acre lake has all the charm of a private lake with crisp clean water is a great family day-retreat. 

Lake St. Catherine Country Club: 802.287.9341. Open to the public, this 18 hole golf course has a nice restaurant & tavern or dine outside on the deck overlooking the fairways.

Lewis Deane Nature Preserve: Wells/Poultney, VT.
An 85-acre forest located on St. Catherine Mountain offers two moderate hiking trails with breath-taking views on Lake St. Catherine just minutes north of the inn. Mount St. Catherine was formed 500 million years ago when a great series of volcanic islands collided with the modern day North America.
Dorset, Vermont, is quintessential Vermont.

Dorset Farmers Market: Dorset, VT (Sunday) Summer location: H.N. Williams Country Store / Winter location: J.K. Adams Kitchen Store. Offers wonderful Fresh Produce; Pasture Raised Meat, Free Range Eggs, Award Winning Cheese and Wine, Fresh Baked Breads and Pastries, Specialty Jams and Preserves, Maple Syrup and Honey. An Array of Prepared Foods and Unique Artisan Wares. All with live music!

Dorset Theatre Festival: Dorset, VT. 802.867.2223. World class summer theatre festival produces 4 Main-stage plays each summer between June and September drawing from some of the country’s most talented playwrights, actors and directors.

Dorset Union Store: 802. 867.4400. Purveyors of Necessities & Frivolities Since 1816. Grab your delicious lunch and dine al fresco on the “Dorset Green”.  

 3 Pears Gallery: 802. 867.7081. Two floors of fine art, artisanal pieces, handcrafted gifts, pottery and jewelry can be found in this historic house on “The Green”.  Our guests absolutely love this gallery!  

Dorset Rising: 802.867.7021. A boutique bakery and café featuring handmade crusty breads and pastries. Dine in this Provincial-style restaurant or al fresco.  

H.N. Williams General Store: 802. 867.5353. (Summer Farmers’ Market) This one of a kind “country store” experience has been family owned since 1840. And, it has a wonderful deli! 

The Dorset Quarry: One of the top ten swimming holes in New England and the oldest marble quarry is more suited for the young.  

J.K. Adams Kitchen Store: 866.362.4422. (Winter Farmers’ Market)
Well known for their fine quality wood products, cookware, counter top appliances and Vermont specialty foods. 

Mad Tom Orchard: East Dorset, VT. 802-366- 8107. Raspberries start in early July – open days vary – check their website before you visit and always closed on Mondays. Spend a morning or afternoon picking berries and enjoying Vermont’s fresh air and views..
Manchester, Vermont, a historic destination.

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home of Robert Todd Lincoln: Manchester, VT. 802 362-1788. Set on 412 acres, the estate boasts spectacular views of the valley and Green Mountains. The gardens are a must see and make sure to spend time at the farm. Guided tours of the estate are quite interesting.

Mother Myrick's Confectionery: 802. 362.1560. All their products are extraordinary, but the Lemon LuLu cake is a must have for dessert. 

Back Road Discovery Tours: Manchester, VT. 802-362- 4997. Discover the people and places that make Vermont so great. Get off the beaten path and explore Vermont’s back country with a guided tour in 6-8 person tour vehicles.

Equinox Preservation Trust (EPT): Manchester, VT. Offers excellent hiking on Equinox Mountain. From Equinox Pond and its gentle trails to rugged heights of stunted fir and spruce, the mountain has a stunning variety of natural habitats and places to wander. The trails – with varying terrain and difficulty are maintained by the EPT.

Lye Brook Falls: Manchester, VT. Spectacular natural wonder and is easily on of the top few falls in the state. The falls are very tall, over 150' and it is isolated deep into the green mountain national forest. It takes a hike to get there, but it is worth it, as the falls are so serene and unique as they veil down the bedrock. This is a must visit!

Manchester Designer Outlets: Manchester, VT. Manchester’s outlets offer the finest shopping venue in Vermont. Spend a day strolling thru charming streets and historic buildings and visit such well known shops as Georgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Marimekko, Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade and many, many others. Outlet maps are readily available.

Land Rover Driving School: Manchester, VT. 802.362.0687. The new Land Rover Experience Driving School is open year round and features off-road driving instruction in all conditions.

Northshire Bookstore: Manchester, VT. 802.362.220. The number one independent book seller on the East Coast, the shop features outstanding selections of fiction, non-fiction, music and media. The second floor is devoted to kid’s books, educational toys and games. Enjoy a café latte at the Spiral Press Café.

Equinox Skyline Drive: Arlington, Vermont. 802.362.1115. Experience the breathtaking drive to the summit of Mt. Equinox, elevation 3,848 ft. Enjoy scenic picnic areas and hike the trails at the summit! (40 minutes from the inn, just south of Manchester)

Dutton Farm Stand: Manchester, VT. 802.362.3083. Open all year, this extraordinary farm stand has it all – fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made baked goods, cheeses and jams. Grab an ice cream cone before you leave. 

Covey & Nye: Manchester, VT. 802.549.4848. Country attire, upland hunting, fine shotguns and rifles. Covey & Nye invites beginners and experienced shooters alike for expert clay target shooting instruction on their spectacular 1,200+ acre private upland hunting preserve.

Green Peak Elements: 935 Main Street, Manchester, VT. 802.768.1173. This small shop is another “must see” where you’ll discover all things rare and different. From old industrial New England to re-purposed creations and unique custom lighting hand-crafted in their Vermont workshop. They have an incredible collection of things not found anywhere else. My favorite art deco back-lit wall sconces are still there and wish I had a place for them – absolutely fabulous! And, if you want to learn a great deal more about our local restaurants, Brad is just the person to ask! 

Helmholz Fine Art: 442 Depot Street, Manchester, VT. 802.855.1678.
A contemporary gallery with renowned world-class artists, Helmholz features beautifully executed exhibits and is worth visiting.  

Tilting at Windmills Gallery: 24 Highland Avenue, Manchester, VT. 802.362.3022. One of New England’s largest fine art galleries featuring a broad selection of work by important regional, national, and international artists. 

Southern Vermont Art Center: (SVAC); 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, VT. 802.862.1405. Established in 1922 and situated amid over one-hundred acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, SVAC offers a sophisticated experience in a traditional New England setting. With a rotating calendar of member and guest exhibitions; visitors can explore the twenty-eight room Yester House Gallery, home to diverse exhibitions featuring artwork, photography, and sculpture by our member artists. Across the courtyard, the contemporary Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum offers one of the East Coast’s finest exhibition spaces outside a major city, and boasts over 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century art. Ask Kay or Glenn about hiking trails on the property that few people know about! 
Other Interesting Experiences

Fishingthere are fishing opportunities everywhere – ponds, lakes and streams. Fly-fishing is nearby on the Battenkill or Mettawee Rivers. Get updates and licenses at Take Me Fishing. And the best part, Manchester is home to the world headquarters of the renowned Orvis with teaching ponds and the American Museum of Fly-Fishing

Hiking Trails: are available throughout the state, we have two beautiful less adventurous trails within walking distance of the inn, not to mention our country road. Green Mountain ClubHiking in Vermont State Parks

Mountain View Ranch: Danby, VT. 802.293.5837. “Whether you visit for a trail ride through the spectacular southern Vermont countryside or experience horseback riding lessons, children’s riding camps, life coaching sessions with horses, winter horse drawn sleigh rides, or ranch riding vacation packages that create a wonderful riding experience. Ask for John Sisters, owner, and tell him you’re staying with us.

Vermont Covered Bridges: are ubiquitous. There are more 125 covered bridges in Vermont and 10 within 45 minutes of the inn. There is an abundance of information and self-guided tours available. We have a complete list.

Great Artisan Cheese Makers: are seemingly everywhere and most cheese producers offer tours. We have a complete list of producers some of which are not far from the inn.

Antiques, Art and Craft Galleries: are ubiquitous in Vermont – if you tell us a little about your interests we can help architect an interesting and eventful day. We have a half a dozen favorites!

Merck Forest and Farmland Center: Rupert, VT. 802.394.7836. Composed of 3,162 acres and includes a 3,100 acre managed forest, certified-organic sugaring operation, a 62-acre farm and great hiking. Enjoy a wonderful half-day experience for both children and adults.

Pond Hill Ranch Pro Rodeo Company: Castleton, VT. (20 minutes north of Wells) 802.468.2449 / 802.468.0578. (Summer Only) Enormously entertaining and our guests just love it! We go every year! They have weekly rodeos every Saturday evening at 8pm. And are sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Organization.

Lake Bomoseen / Woodard Marine: Castleton, VT., 802.265.3690. Spend the relaxing day out on the lake – rent a pontoon, fishing or speed boat for a half or full day from Woodard Marine – they make it so easy!

Stratton Mountain: Stratton, VT. 802.297.4000. (50 minutes from Wells) Gondola Rides; (Summer Only) The Stratton Gondola will take you to the top of southern Vermont highest peak for a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Bask in the glory of the mountains during the changing seasons from the summit of southern Vermont's highest peak.

The Calvin Coolidge Homestead; Plymouth Notch, VT. 802-672- 3773. (about an hour from Wells) The childhood home of the thirtieth President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. A fascinating place to spend a few hours on your way to Woodstock.

Weston, Vermont: Just a half-hour drive up scenic Routes 30/11 to Route 100 from Manchester, and slightly over an hour from the inn. Weston is a quintessential New England village and home to the original Vermont Country Store. Weston should not be missed.

Vermont Country Store: Weston, VT., 800.547.7849. Of mail order fame, the Vermont Country Store features an eclectic collection of old-timey products, local cheeses, classic toys and gifts. Lunch is available at the historic Bryant House, just next door. Truly a kick to visit! (It’s an easier drive from Manchester)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company: Weston, VT. 802.824.5288. Vermont’s oldest professional theatre offer exceptional theatre performances between June and September.

Woodstock, Vermont: Approximately one hour and twenty minutes, or a delightfully easy, peaceful sixty mile ride from the inn. It’s another quintessential New England town, much larger than Weston, and offers absolutely everything! It’s a great day trip and it’s well worth the drive! Ask about sites along the way…

Antique Collaborative: 6931Woodstock Road, Quechee, VT. 802.296.5858. 
Do not be fooled by their appearance, I almost made this mistake! This multi-dealer antiques and fine art center situated in the historic village of Quechee has some of the finest quality antiques and decorative accessories in the state. They feature New England country furniture and one the largest collections of sterling and coin silver from the 17th century. Another must see!

The Vermont Antique Mall: Quechee, VT. 802. 281-4147. A 17,000 square foot barn located in beautiful Quechee Gorge Village. Dealers are among the best in New England! They work tirelessly filling hundreds of booths with a vast array of antique, vintage and collectible items. Always a wonderful experience and we love it here!

Green Mountain College: Poultney, VT. 800.776.6675. Princeton reviewed this school as the #2 green college in the country and consistently in the top ten finishers in Sierra Magazine’s annual “Cool Schools List.”.

Drury House Antiques: Weston, VT. 802.824.4395. Showcased in a 19th century historic homestead – they are independent dealers of period and fine antiques and specialize and sell only certified authentic restored antique clocks

Fort Ticonderoga: Ticonderoga, NY. 518-585- 2821. (less than one hour from the inn) An excellent historical day-trip – Fort Ticonderoga served as a key point of access to both Canada and the Hudson River Valley during the French and Indian War. Fort Ticonderoga is one of America’s greatest treasures! With nearly 2000 acres of exquisite landscape located on Lake Champlain.

Saratoga Springs, New York: approximately one hour from the inn and is home of the famous Saratoga horse racing track. Saratoga is a wonderful walking town with a range of eclectic stores and restaurants.

Fort Anne Antiques Mall: Whitehall, NY. 518.499.2915. This is a 10,000 Sq. Ft. Multi Dealer Shop that many of our guests have enjoyed – 22 miles west and it takes about 30 minutes.

Slate Valley Museum: Granville, NY. 518. 642.1417. Celebrates the history and culture of the quarrying community that was established along the New York/Vermont border in the 1800s. Surprisingly, this is quite interesting and a guest favorite, really!

Bromley Mountain: Peru, VT. 802.824.5522 (summer). Incredible adventure with 23 rides and attractions including a half mile long zip line, Vermont’s longest water slide and a 18-hole miniature golf course. (50 minutes from the inn) 

The J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery: 305 Main Street, Peru, VT 05152. 802.824.4800. Historically, J.J. Hapgood has been the longest continuously-running general store in the state. A wonderful example of the classic Vermont general store that should be on everyone’s checklist. Purveyor of basic provisions, dry goods, Vermont produce, meat and dairy, local cheese, charcuterie, authentic wood-fired pizzas, prepared meals and fine wine. (Less than 40 miles from the inn and 15 minutes from Manchester)

Crowley Cheese Factory: Mount Holly, VT. (802) 259-2340
This historic cheese factory has been making award winning all natural cheese in Vermont since 1824. Visit to learn how they make the cheese, enjoy samples and browse their gift shop for other delicious products from fellow Vermont artisanal food producers.
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Farmers’ Markets (Summer/Fall Schedule)

Our farmers have incredible local fruits and vegetables… Here's some great places to start if you plan to cook during your visit.

SundayDorset Farmers' Market: Dorset, VT. 10-2:00PM on the green at H.N. Williams General Store, Route 30. (20 minutes from the inn)

Monday: Granville Farmers' Market, Granville, NY. 2-5:00PM located at National Church Residences, 88 Quaker Street. (10 minutes from the inn)

WednesdayDowntown Rutland’s Depot Park: Rutland, VT.
3–6:00PM. Saturday: 9-2:00PM (45 minutes from the inn) 

ThursdayManchester Farmers' Market: Manchester, VT: 3-6PM located at Adams Park on Main Street. (30 minutes from the inn)

Thursday: Lakes Region Farmers’ Market: Poultney,VT. 9–2PM. Main Street. (15 minutes from the inn)
Dutton Farm StandManchester, VT. 802.362.3083. Open all year, this extraordinary farm stand has it all – fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made baked goods, cheeses and jams. Grab an ice cream cone before you leave.