If your outdoor interests are piqued by the prospect of hiking a diverse trail over varied terrain, encountering paroramic vistas, breathing fresh mountain air, splashing in brisk alpine streams, and resting in forests abundant with wildlife, then you have found you outdoor paradise in the mountains and woodlands of Vermont. Let us suggest a local hike and provide you with directions and a map. October Country Inn is featured in several hiking guides. Check out our Vermont Hiking Trails website. It lists a selection of local hikes to choose from.
Whether it's hard-pack back roads, or two-lane paved roadways winding through densely forested hills, Vermont is a cyclist's paradise, and October Country Inn is the visiting
cyclist's guide as well as a home away from home. If you like to ride a bike, we can set you up.
For mountain bikers, nearby Killington Ski Resort has summer/ fall riding and rentals with lift-serviced trails. If you don't have a bike with you, rentals are locally available. We will help you plan a local route, and provide a map. October Country Inn is featured in several Vermont biking guides, and our Vermont Bike Rides website lists a selection of local cycling routes of varying distance and difficulty.
Besides traditional mountain biking or road biking, Vermont has an extensive network of hard-packed dirt back-roads winding through the countryside that offer another cycling alternative that is more scenic, and more tranquil.
Vermont golf courses are accessible for tee times and inexpensive by down country standards. Greens and fairways are lush and well-manicured, thanks to Vermont's temperate summer climate and top quality groundskeeping. Of course, the best part of golfing in Vermont is that after a round, you're surrounded by all the other things there are to do in Vermont. Choose from 5 local courses:
LOCAL STATE PARKS
Vermont's local State Parks include Queechee Gorge, Echo Lake, Silver Lake, Gifford Woods, and Coolidge Woods. These local State Parks are an outstanding resource to enjoy Vermont's natural beauty, or to picnic, hike, canoe or kayak (rentals available at Echo and Silver lakes), swim, fish, or watch wildlife. Nearby parks include:
Echo Lake and
CARRIAGE & SLEIGH RIDES
Step back in time and experience travel before automobiles ruled the land. The Three Brothers Farm offers a variety of carriage and sleigh rides in the Woodstock area.
Take an unforgettable voyage. View Quechee Gorge, the grand canyon of the east, or float above the tree tops and follow the Ottauquechee River. Fly over the magnificent Connecticut River Valley on the border between Vermont and New Hampshire. www.balloonsofvermont.com.
Standing in the middle of a trout stream is a therapeutic approach to marveling at Vermont's incredible scenery.
From early Spring thru late Fall, bring your fly rod and cast for rainbow, brown, or brook trout in the Ottauquechee, White, or Black rivers and their countless tributaries. Or, take a fly fishing lesson (www.wildernesstrailsvt.com), or, beginners and experts alike may want to book a guided trip with local professional guide, Matt Stedina.
CANOEING OR KAYAKING
Explore the unique beauty and abundant natural and historic features while gliding silently in a canoe down the quiet Connecticut River, or opt for some challenge and excitement with quick water kayaking on the White River. Locally, North Star Canoe Rentals, and Great River Outfitters, offer self-guided canoe, kayak, and raft trips of varying lengths: half day, full day, or multi-day overnight trips.
Founded in 1937, the Weston Playhouse is Vermont's oldest professional theater. The company's onstage work is complemented by extensive education and outreach programs throughout New England. In addition to staging the latest in contemporary plays and musicals, the Weston Playhouse enriches the theatre experience with performance guides, director's talks, and talkbacks with the cast and company.
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