We’re about half way through February and the snow continues to pile up around the October Country Inn. Snow’s an important component if you like to play in it, and that’s what our Winter guests usually like to do. Fortunately, the October Country Inn is perfectly situated. Besides endless acres of public forestland, there are three downhill ski resorts, four nordic ski centers, and an ice skating rink all within a short drive. October Country Inn is also situated close to a public snowmobile trail. Many of our guests arrive on their snowmobile, stay the night, and have a hearty breakfast in the morning before getting back on the trails.
Riding snowmobiles, called “sleds” by enthusiasts, is a popular wintertime recreational activity. There are 225,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails in the U.S. and Canada developed by volunteer clubs working with local government and private landowners. In Vermont alone, there are over 5,000 miles in the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) trail network. VAST, like similar organizations in other states and provinces, develops and maintains this trail network for all to enjoy. All the trail networks of the various New England states and abutting Canadian provinces connect to each other and make long distance snowmobile touring a possibility. And there are many that take advantage of this possibility.
Just last Tuesday, we got a call from Mark. He and his three buddies had ridden their snowmobiles from their homes in Connecticut, and were on their way to Canada. They had taken a week off work for this adventure, and by the time they arrived at the October Country Inn Tuesday night they were more than half way there. After a good nights sleep, a hearty country breakfast, and a quick trip to the local snowmobile shop for parts, they poured over their maps, picked their route, donned their snowmobile pants, jackets, and helmets and were on their way. I’m sure they’ve reached Canada by now, or they are very close. Like for Mark and his buddies, the possibilities are endless. More than once, some hearty snowmobilers have made the trip from Alaska to northern Maine. All you need is desire, a snowmobile, a sense of adventure, and lots of snow. Stop at the October Counry Inn along the way. We’ll take care of you.