Explore Southern Vermont

Go on a memorable self-guided walking tour and discover the beauty and hospitality of Vermont at our partner country inns along the way. See descriptions of each inn and each day’s walk below, and see what delights might await you in Southern Vermont.

 

Golden Stage

Golden Stage Inn

Golden Stage Inn is the newest member of the Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tours, but they’re hardly new at welcoming guests to the Okemo Valley.  The building itself began its relationship with travelers as a 1788 stagecoach stop. Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood are proud to have participated in this tradition of hospitality since they moved in 2010 from Massachusetts to their Vermont inn.

Whether you relax by the in-ground pool in the summer or visit the sheep and chickens, you’re sure to love strolling the property at Golden Stage Inn.  Maybe you’d prefer to head inside to unplug with a puzzle or book -- or plug-in using the complimentary Wi-Fi.   While snacking from the Bottomless Cookie Jar, you can chat with Julie about her beehives and the amazing world of the bees.   Singleton’s General Store is an easy half-mile walk down the residential street.  This is a great place to replenish your stores of beer, wine, local foods and Vermont-themed gifts. 

 

 

 

Colonial House Inn, Weston

The Colonial House Inn is just minutes from the historic and picturesque village of Weston, Vermont.  A former Cape-styled farmhouse dating back to 1810, the inn is nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest on Scenic Bi-Way Route 100.  Home to the famous Vermont Country Store, Weston is a “must experience” for all who travel Vermont; and your walk will take you directly through the village.  The 14-room inn offers comfortable guest rooms, a charming guest living room and dining room. Breakfast ("Vermont's Favorite" per Yankee Travel Magazine) and dinner are delicious New England fare including home-baked breads and desserts from the family bakery, Grandma Miller's.

Upon your arrival you may relax in the guest living room with afternoon refreshments and homemade cookies as a treat after your day's walk.  Sit outside for quiet, reflective time and enjoy the views of Stratton Mountain, meander around the perennial gardens or relax with a book or puzzle. While you are here, consider this your "home-away-from-home" with your hosts, Jeff, Kim and Alexis Seymour. 


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Brief description of the walk:

Popple Dungeon Creek to Inn Victoria - 11.2 mile route

Today's walk will take you along the length of Popple Dungeon, a dirt road that travels through the old original farm settlements. The road gets its name from the large groves of Poplar trees that once grew here. They were very dense and close to the road, blocking out much of the light and giving the feel of being in a dungeon. The walk will initially take you by a hill-top championship golf course owned by Okemo Mountain Resorts called Tater Hill Golf. The walk will continue through the old farm settlements showcasing Popple Dungeon Creek, which meanders across the road at least a dozen times before you arrive at Inn Victoria.

 

Inn Victoria

Inn Victoria is an award-winning romantic Chester, Vermont bed and breakfast of 1859.  The building sits on the Green in the center of Chester Village, amid several restaurants, bookstores, and antique shops within walking distance of the inn.  This elegantly appointed English-style Victorian is a centerpiece of the Chester Village architecture.  The main street is like walking through a Norman Rockwell painting.  Indeed, Chester village is granted the award for the prettiest painted village in VT and one of the top ten in New England.

After a full day of walking, relax in the grand parlor, or on the front porch.  Enjoy the hot tub on the quiet back deck where you can gaze at brilliant stars, so bright that you can see constellations you’ve perhaps not seen in a long time.  The bedrooms are elegantly appointed with antiques and luxury baths.


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Brief description of the Walk:

Flamestead Road to Old Town Farm Inn - 9.1 mile Route

Today's walk takes you through the Chester Green past small bookstores, antique shops, the old rail Depot, past the old grist mill, and on the road to country fields and vistas. Once on Flamestead road, you will walk a few miles on a very quiet asphalt road that takes you up along the ridgeline of a hill, which allows for incredible views of the valley below.  Horses, wild turkeys, deer, and spectacular views are the charm of this area. The sky is bigger than big, and you’ll wish you could live here! Eventually you will walk onto dirt roads most of the distance and ranging through fields, ponds, very old cemeteries, and more.

 

Old Town Farm Inn

Imagine a farm stay bed and breakfast owned by a world-class Japanese Chef, in Vermont. Old Town Farm Inn, a twenty-room, 1861 Classic Revival farmhouse, has been renovated into a seven-guestroom country inn.  The grounds feature a stocked spring-fed pond and the farm atmosphere to go with it.

Enjoy a welcome beyond compare with Michiko’s hospitality; afternoon fruits and juices to replenish your body after the day's walk are plentiful.  Later in the evening enjoy a traditional Japanese meal that you will remember forever.  Relax in the parlor or by the fish pond….either way, you’ll love the hospitality, food, and atmosphere of a real farm country inn.


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Brief description of the Walk:

The Lakes Walking Route - 10.7 mile Route

This very scenic route offers several lakes and streams to walk around - the views are spectacular, and there is abundant opportunity to cool down in the fresh clear water.   The walk will take you across route 100, a Vermont Scenic Byway, an old Revolutionary War cemetery, and Camp Plymouth (a 1777 soldier encampment for the Battle of Ticonderoga).  You’ll want to take some time to sift for gold in Gold Brook.  Gold was discovered here in 1855.  You won’t want this day to end.