Hanover (25 minutes from the inn)
A lovely small town with great restaurants and boutiques. Home to beautiful Dartmouth College. Of note: Morano Gelato (not to be missed), Umpleby’s Bakery and Café, Pompanoosuc Mills furniture, League of NH Craftsman. Nearby: King Arthur Flour, Enfield Shaker Museum.
Weston (60 minutes from the inn)
Take a drive down a beautiful country road to Weston, home of the Vermont Country Store. A fun or funny item is around every corner of this enormous store, alongside Vermont maple syrup, locally made dips and crackers, and award-winning cheeses from neighboring farmsteads. Nearby: The Bryant House (next to the store), The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow (dinner only), the Homestyle Hostel (dinner Thurs-Sun).
Montpelier (60 minutes from the inn)
Vermont’s capital, Montpelier is rich with history and has a dynamic downtown. Of note: Vermont History Museum, NECI on Main (great café with food and pastries prepared by students from the New England Culinary Institute).
Waterbury (60 minutes from the inn on Rt 89, 90+ minutes on Rt 100)
Chock full of restaurants and shops, Waterbury is also the closest town to the Ben & Jerry’s factory, which offers a fun tour and ice cream sample. Of note: Prohibition Pig (craft beer and Southern food), Stowe Merchantile (gourmet gifts) Laughing Moon Chocolates.
Enfield Shaker Village (30 minutes from the inn)
Tour this beautiful site to learn about this fascinating community and the Shaker way of life, including gardens and unique furniture. Tour the Great Stone Dwelling House and hike to the Shaker Feast Ground for a view of the Shaker Village nestled along Mascoma Lake.
Saint-Gauden’s National Historic Site (30 minutes from the inn, open summer and fall only)
The summer home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens from 1885 to 1897 and permanent home from 1900 until 1907, this site features exhibition galleries, outside sculptures, formal gardens, a house with original furnishings, and the Blow-Me-Down Trail (a two-mile hiking trail that descends to the mill pond through a white-pine forest).