All-Season, All-Weather Southern Vermont
Looking for a getaway where all you have to do is relax? We can help with that. But if your plans include something more active - we can help with that too. Situated in the heart of the Green Mountains, Deerhill Inn is surrounded by opportunities to have fun, take exercise, tour-and-taste great Vermont products, shop for local art, crafts and antiques or just explore and enjoy the lovely countryside, pretty villages and farms.
Whatever time of year you plan to visit, you'll be surprised by how much there is to do and see.
Spring and Summer Diversions
What could be nicer than hiking the roads and trails of Vermont's lovely Green Mountains? We have maps and information at the Inn for all levels of hiking adventure, ranging from our great local trails through the wooded Deerfield Valley, past beaver ponds, lodges and dams to an all-day hiking round trip. Tell us what you're looking for when you book your reservation with us, or when you check in, and we'll be happy to help.
Like to do your hiking in a Park? Check out our local Vermont State Parks, or get all the information on our very own Green Mountain National Forest including local recreation sites, dozens of hiking trails and special places to visit. And with the Appalachian Trail just 20 minutes away, you could even hike a portion of Vermont's Long Trail!
In case you didn't know, we have two of New England's premier golf courses, right here in town! Both Mount Snow Golf Club and Hermitage Golf Club* are open to the public, with very reasonable daily rates. At five minutes from the Inn, the Geoffrey Cornish-designed Mount Snow course is always popular with visitors and locals alike. A fifteen minute trip takes you to the Hermitage Golf Club, designed by Desmond Muirhead. Both are undulating courses, challenging and enjoyable and - as you would expect in the Green Mountains - they have tremendous views!
* The Hermitage Golf Club has recently been acquired by long-time Manager Johnny Cleanthes. The Club, which for a number of years has been semi-private, is now fully open to the public and has been returned to the excellent playing conditions it offered in earlier times. You can contact the Club on 802 464 8301 - or let us help you arrange a visit.
Whether you like to race downhill in the mud or cruise the roads on a mellow afternoon, biking in Southern Vermont is great fun!
Mountain Biking: Deerhill Inn is just five minutes from the amazing Mount Snow mountain biking trails, rated among the best in the State - their site includes trail reports, rentals and maps. Then there's our "other" great mountain, Stratton Mountain, just 30 minutes to the North, and Grafton Ponds with a shop, lessons, rentals and repairs. Finally, check out Trails.com for plenty more great trails in our area.
Road Biking: If you prefer to do your biking on Vermont's peaceful and beautiful roads, we have maps and directions at the Inn for tours and trails at all levels of difficulty - and our local equipment stores will be happy to fit you with the perfect rental. You can safely keep your bike, whether its a rental or your own treasured steed, at the Inn while you're staying with us. Let us know you're interested when you book, or ask for information when you check in.
Think the Green Mountains means just hills? One of the Deerfield Valley's best-kept secrets is our lakes! Take a leisurely boat-trip round Lake Whitingham just ten minutes from the Inn. Or maybe you prefer a stand-up paddleboard adventure? High Country Marine can help with boat and equipment rental for a great day on the water. Lakes Raponda and Sadawga offer the ultimate peaceful location for canoeing or kayaking - find out more about accessing these lovely lakes. Zoar Outdoor in Wilmington offers kayaking rentals and rafting tours, while Equipe Sport at Mount Snow has mountain bikes and kayaks for rent. And if you're looking for something more lively, check out Jamaica State Park for information on the Ball Mountain Dam twice-yearly white water release.
Horseback Riding, Barn Tour & Carriage Ride
Our local riding center, Flames Stables, is just fifteen minutes from the Inn offering trail rides with well-cared-for horses. You can reach them at 802-464-8329.
Or for something really special, take a drive through some of our loveliest Vermont country to Friesians of Majesty outside the tiny village of Townsend. Take a guided barn tour, meet the amazingly-friendly prize-winning stallions, play with the babies or watch an amazing show of dressage and driving - it's a unique experience. They also offer riding and driving lessons and if you're feeling romantic, you can't beat a carriage ride! These horses are not just unique in Vermont, they're unique in the world - an experience not to be missed. Ask us to help arrange your Friesians Experience and we'll be happy to take care of bookings, directions and all the information you'll need.
Southern Vermont's rivers and lakes are full of fish - and we can help you find them! Start with Chris Jackson Fishing where Chris Jackson will share his 28 years worth of experience fishing the nearby Deerfield River. He'll arrange everything from where to meet to when to fish, and you'll get plenty of helpful tips too. Need a lesson or two first? You can't do better than Orvis Fly Fishing School, in local town Manchester, Vermont - they also have a great outlet store and information center.
Vermont Gourmet Food Sampling
If you love good food and drink, you will love Southern Vermont. Of course, our specialty is cheese but we also produce wine, craft beers, whiskey and rye, pies, cakes, chocolates and ice cream, and all kinds of maple products including liqueurs - to name just a few! Our local food producers create jams and jellies, roast coffee, and make everything from candy to mustard. In season you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and - last but by no means least - unique heirloom apples.
Early in the Spring, don't forget to stop by a sugar house or two to watch the sap boiling down into liquid gold Vermont Maple Syrup - and leave with a sample or two! Our local farmers markets provide an opportunity to try our wonderful local produce, and sample a plethora of dishes which our talented local cooks prepare.
Usually throughout the summer and Fall Vermont Food Festivals are in full swing, featuring everything from Cheese and Wine to Fiddlehead Ferns, Herbs and even all things Garlic. The "World Famous in Vermont" Gilfeather Turnip even has its own special Food Fair! During the pandemic our local food festivals and fairs have sadly had to be cancelled, but watch this space for news as we gradually re-open.
Antique & Shopping Tours
Whether you're browsing for something old or new, we can help. Just an hour's drive from the Inn through lovely countryside, Manchester, Vermont features Manchester Designer Outlets - probably the prettiest outlet village in the country! Tell us you plan to visit and, as well as directions and suggestions for other shopping in the area, we'll give you a discount coupon book to get you started.
If you'd rather take a leisurely drive to see what you can find, we have Shopping and Touring Notes including locally-made wood products, boutique clothes and sportswear, candles, books, confectionery, jewelry, crafts, quilts, knitting wool - you name it and we can find it for you.
Our local towns have galleries showcasing painting, pottery, metal ware and lovely hand-blown glass. And if you like to browse antique and junk shops we have several, including Vermont's largest antique center just a 40-minute drive away!
Finally, if you enjoy your art mixed with humor, you can't do better than to visit the Art of Humor where local celebrity Skip Morrow offers a Gallery experience like no other!
Theaters and Music
Southern Vermont has a vibrant arts and music community offering great stage performances and concerts in the Summer and early Fall. Check out these venues, to see what's playing during your visit:
Or, catch a film, in a very special historic theater restored by local communities:
Historical Houses and Museums
Last but not least, catch up on some local history. Our local towns all boast fascinating Museums: Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester and Bennington Museum; and for those with a special interest, try the Hemmings Museum of Classic Cars.
There is nowhere quite like The Clark - newly-reopened after extensive additions including new galleries. It's just an hour away, and we can show you how to make a round trip of it.
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, Vermont, is a fascinating historic house set in beautiful grounds. And if you like your history brought to life, visit Historic Deerfield an hour's drive South of the Inn, for a taste of everyday life in an 18th Century New England village - or call in on your way home.
Many of the Spring and Summer activities mentioned above also continue on into the Fall, but the star attraction in Southern Vermont during late September and October is the spectacle of New England's Fall Foliage.
Deerhill Inn offers Touring Notes for several Fall Foliage Tours, which can be combined with many of the activities above to make satisfying days spent exploring Southern Vermont and enjoying the wonderful Foliage vistas. Several sites will help you keep track - we like the Foliage Network - but whatever you do, don't wait to book your reservation, the Inn fills up early for leaf-peeping season!
Winter Brings the Snow ...
... and Southern Vermont comes alive with visitors relishing winter sports and pastimes in Mother Nature's beautiful New England playground!
Skiing & Snowboarding at Mount Snow
What can we say? We are just a bare seven minutes from "The North-East's Nearest Big Mountain", the top destination winter resort for skiers and riders alike in the North-East. And if Mount Snow - with its massive snow-making operation, its perfectly groomed runs catering to all skill levels and its fabulous terrain parks - doesn't satisfy you, then Bromley Mountain is only 50 minutes away over easy scenic roads and Stratton Mountain is nearer still, just 30 minutes door-to-door. Come for a week, there'll be plenty to do!
Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing
Looking for something less intense than downhill skiing? We have some of the loveliest snowshoe and cross country ski trails in the North East on our doorstep. Timber Creek, with its beautifully-groomed forested trails, is just five minutes away and there are plenty of other great local options including the Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry which is 30 minutes away. Rent snowshoes for several days - you can store them safely at the Inn, in the warm!
Other Winter Sports and Pastimes
Done with skiing for a while? Ever tried tubing? Let's find you a skating rink. Or perhaps you'd like to try Dog Sledding? We have a wonderful kennel of fabulous Siberian Huskies just down the road at the Husky Works Mushing Company, and they really love to run! Snowmobiling through the woods, up the Mountain or across the lake, day or night, is always exciting - Vermont's snowmobiling trail network goes all the way to Canada. Let us know what you love, and we'll help you do it!
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
And finally, not to be missed are the beautiful, gentle black stallions at Friesians of Majesty. In Winter they turn out pulling the prettiest two-person red sleigh you've ever seen, for the most romantic sleigh rides you can imagine. Or, if you prefer to share the experience with a group, climb into a genuine New England "pung" (a large wooden sleigh) and ride to a cabin in the woods with hot drinks, marshmallows and a player piano for a singalong. There really is nothing like Winter at Deerhill Inn!
Local Festivals & Events
Below is a list of the festivals and events that normally take place in our area each year. We will update these with actual dates once we know which ones are still taking place!
Fiddlehead Festival - West Dover and Wilmington
Come and sample those elusive little fern fronds thoughtfully prepared by expert local Chefs (including, of course, ours) and enjoy live music, a craft fair and art exhibition, the amazing Fiddlehead Salsa Competition (the edible kind), a block party - and much more.
Vermont Chocolate Festival - West Halifax
Who doesn't love chocolate? Combined with Wine? Outstanding! Our local winery goes all-out to seduce you with delicious sampling opportunities from the region's signature chocolatiers and other fine food purveyors, together with tastings of their latest vintages. TIP: Five minutes from the Winery, drop into the Spoonwood Cabin Creamery and sample some of the finest and most innovative soft cheeses you'll ever taste, shipped weekly to top-end restaurants in Boston and NYC - at a fraction of the price you'd pay there!
Strolling of the Heifers - Brattleboro
Pamplona in Spain may boast the Running of the Bulls, but Vermont's version is a whole lot gentler and more eco-aware! Featuring the Heifer Parade, described as "a parade of friendly, ambling heifer calves, groomed to the nines, colorfully bedecked with hats and flowers, and led by future farmers from area schools", the Festival is a celebration of Slow Living, a Locavore lifestyle, farms and farmers and all things rural. There really isn't anything like the Strolling of the Heifers, and it has to be seen to be believed!
Vermont's Official Blueberry Festival - West Dover and Wilmington
If you'd like to look in on a regular down-home Village Festival - and you happen to enjoy blueberries - you can't do better than spend some time at the Blueberry Festival. There's a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, jam making, blue music events, a blue car auto show - well, you get the idea. Try some blue beer - and, of course, come prepared to feast on blueberries. Every Chef in town (including our own - of course!) devises blue-themed menus and everyone has a great time.
The Annual Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival - Bennington
"Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from - you guessed it - garlic and herbs!" What more can we say? Vermont Stinks!
Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival - West Dover
The renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its anniversary on Labor Day weekend. The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is established as one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast with 50+ different breweries on-hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100+ different taps. In between sampling, take a chairlift to the Summit to spot the first signs of color in the Valley and the Mountains.
Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - West Dover and Wilmington
From Soup Stroll to Grand Tasting, discover and enjoy Vermont's small specialty food producers -- cheese-makers and honey-gathers, local chefs and farmers - and above all, our State's unique wine-makers. There's food for the mind, too, with painters, publishers, potters, jewelers and photographers all displaying their art.
Peru Fair - Peru
Got a hankering for a real, true, old-fashioned country fair? Named a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Peru Fair offers a pig roast and food stalls, crafts, antiques and art, clowns, magicians, pony rides, music and entertainment (clog-dancing, anyone?) -- and more! The drive to Peru from the Inn through the early Foliage is one of the prettiest there is.
Annual Oktoberfest - Mount Snow Ski Resort, West Dover
Another Top Ten Fall Event just down the road at our very own Mount Snow. Taste local and German beers from 25 or more breweries, feast on schnitzel and other authentic German fare and try your hand at games like the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament -- or just enjoy watching! It's a fun day out in the real Alpine tradition.
Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show - Mount Snow Ski Resort, West Dover
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring 50-plus vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more.
Newfane Heritage Festival - Newfane Village Green
Newfane takes its Heritage Festival seriously -- pie-baking starts back in September! For the rest of us, though, it's all about a fun day on the Historic Village Green, with local arts and crafts to browse, local music to listen to, and best of all a great selection of local eats to sample and take home.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival - Wardsboro
The Gilfeather Turnip Festival is special: it celebrates the renowned tuber that originated in the town (population under 900) and is one of only two vegetables registered as an heirloom variety by the state. It's safe to say you've never seen anything like it!