Fun Things to Do in the Area
Beyond the comforts of The INN guests will find an abundance of activities at their doorstep, from skiing on nearby Jay Peak, snowmobiling the VAST (Vermont Association of Snowmobile Trails) and dogsledding in the winter, to fall foliage hikes to summer swimming holes and rafting. Other nearby attractions include a giant waterpark (insuring kids have a good time, even if the weather turns bad), the Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center (as unique as it sounds), and a clutch of world renown microbreweries within 45 minutes, including Hill Farmstead (dates back 220 years), Lost Nation and The Alchemist. Montgomery Center is also a short drive away from Canada's Eastern Townships, including Sutton, Bromont and Magog which are favorites for their unique spas, restaurants, and more skiing.
Jay Peak ski resort, just 8 miles up the Mountain Road 242, is simply awesome and considered by many to be the East's best skiing and snowboarding. It has 78 trails and is served by eight lifts, including the 65 passenger tram to the summit, has a vertical rise of 2,153 feet and 385 skiable acres, with an additional 100 acres of the best glades around. There are also incredible backcountry skiing opportunities for the experienced and adventurous. It never disappoints.
Vermont's newest water-park opened to the public in December 2011 and sits right next to the hotels at the Tram base. This state-of-the-art facility, a 50,000-square foot indoor water-park, guarantees, no matter the weather, that visitors to Jay Peak will enjoy their time there.
It features La Chute, a free fall tube ride that thrills, pictured to the left, hot tubs, a surfing 'flowrider' and a lazy river. Overlooking it all, a Bar that serves up frozen cocktails and munchies. In a way, watching from the bar overhead is as much fun as getting wet. And is free. :)
Right up RT 58 a few miles is Hazen's Notch Association, where cross country skiing and snowshoeing is all about plentiful snow, spectacular scenery, uncrowded trails and friendly people. The touring center up there is blessed with a topography that is ideally suited to nordic skiing - rolling meadows, soft hills, its own 2,800' mountain, not to mention views of mountains in all directions.
Montgomery Adventures, a four-season adventure guide service located only a few miles from The INN down in the 'Gibou', offers guided outdoor tours and recreation for all ability levels, including children. They offer: Dog Sledding, Kayaking, Dog Cart Rides, Snowshoeing, Camping, Fishing, Photography Tours, Wildlife Viewing, Boat Rentals, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing and can even customize an adventure just for you. The dog sledding is awesome folks, make sure to try this!
Vermont is the home of VAST, the Vermont Association of Snowmobile Trails. With hundreds of miles of trails throughout the farms and mountains of the Northeast Kingdom, snowmobiling is one of the most popular winter sports in Vermont. Book your guided Snowmobile Tour with Jay Snowmobile Adventures, located just on the other side of the mountain about 11 miles from The INN.
Whether you walk, ski, or ride, a trip on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail takes you into the heart of Northern Vermont’s agricultural open lands. The Trail wanders through the farms, forests, fields, and wetlands of Franklin County at a railroad’s pace – slow, steady grades with sweeping bends. The end points are Richford and St. Albans. For the full 26 mile length of the Trail, you’ll see the postcard images of Vermont you’ve grown to love. You’ll also see the families and working landscapes that created and support this spectacular scenery. You can rent bikes from First Trax, right on Main Street in town and ride or transport them to the closet point in East Berkshire, about 7 miles away.
Members of the Mountain Fiber Folk Cooperative host a unique shop & studio located right across the street here in town. They provide high quality products made from natural fibers inclusing Llamas, Alpacas, Colored Angora goats, Romney, and Cormo sheep, Angora bunnies, and Samoyed dogs! Not only can spinners, weavers, knitters, and fiber artists find a vast supply of materials among the hand-dyed locks, handspun yarns, and specially blended roving, but the shop also offers a beautiful collection of locally made gifts such as woven items, needle-felted critters, marvelous fiber dolls, and much more. Go and browse, or sit and knit (or spin) in their cozy corner. The “Folk” are always available to assist with your selection or help with your project.
Taiga Spa is located in the Tram House Lodge up at Jay Peak. They offer Facials, Pedicures and Manicures, as well as a variety of Treatments including Deep Tissue, Swedish and Sports Massages, Hot Stone Therapy, Body Scrubs and Reflexology. An oasis up at the Mountain Resort. We can also recommend fantastic local massage therapists right here in town.