Plan your own Vermont Adventure!
•Visit Bragg Maple Farm—Sample the Maple syrup or have a creamee.
•Tour Cabot Creamery—See a free film about this historic cheese making co-op plus enjoy FREE cheese tasting!
•Stop at Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield for a cappucino and delicate pastry. Owner Bill Tecosky always entertains!
•Photograph covered bridges—Martin Bridge and Coburn bridge are both only a couple miles away.
2 or 3 Days…
All the Day Trip ideas, plus…
•Spend a day in Montpelier—Tour the Statehouse, shop at Artisan's Hands, lunch at Hunger Mountain Co-op, browse the 3 independent book shops.
•Sample some brews at Three Penny Tap Room—Hill Farmstead on tap.
•Dinner at Kismet or The Skinny Pancake.
•Catch a film at The Savoy Theater.
A Whole Week!
•Explore Groton State Forest—A 15 minute drive gets you into the park. Hike to the top of Owl's Head, swim at Boulder Beach or rent a kayak at Osmore Pond.
•Day-trip to Hardwick. Visit the Galaxy Bookshop, Caladonia Spirits, Buffalo Mountain Co-op and wrap up the day with dinner at Positive Pie Hardwick.
•Visit the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury.
Hiking, history, dining and more
We are centrally located only minutes from Vermont's charming state capital, Montpelier, and convenient to St. Johnsbury and the picturesque Northeast Kingdom. Stowe is 45 minutes away and Burlington approximately 1 hour. The Canadian border is just 1 1/2 hours to the north.
Marshfield Inn & Motel is the perfect hub from which to explore in any direction. It would be easy to spend several weeks touring the area and still not sample everything this neck of the woods has to offer—but hey, you have to start somewhere! So here are just a few suggestions to help you plan your next visit:
•Virginia Stranahan Town Forest Entrance to our 600 acre town forest is only 1.5 miles away. Open for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing—we can show you the way for a wonderful outdoor experience.
•Cross Vermont Rail Trail Only 2 miles away. Enjoy a quiet walk or take your cross country skiis for a groomed, mostly level glide. 3 miles from the access point will get you to Plainfield where you can have lunch and explore Blinking Light Gallery and the Old Country Bookshop.
•Geocaching Join other high-tech adventure seekers in this new form of treasure hunting! Use your GPS device to track down the many caches hidden within a 20 mile radius of Marshfield Inn and Motel. For more info, go to http://www.geocaching.com and use 05658 in the zip code search box.
•Martin Covered Bridge Newly restored and reinstalled over the Winooski River, this farm bridge is only a mile from our motel. Leave your car in the parking lot and wander through the bridge, reading the history on display as you go. Continue on the trail all the way to the Rail Trail for a little walk or a longer hike.
•Spruce Mountain This 3-hour hike is rich in bird life. Access the trail in Jones State Forest, 4.2 miles south of Plainfield Village.
•Onion River Outdoors Pick up some new gear or clothing in this Montpelier shop and spend the day exploring.
•Stephen Huneck Gallery and Dog Mountain This 400 acre mountain-top farm features a wonderful gallery filled with Huneck's artwork. It's a must-see for any dog lover. Visit the Dog Chapel and sculpture garden that celebrate the spiritual bond we have with our dogs. Just east of St. Johnsbury. Of course, bring your dog!
•Groton State Forest 25,000 plus acres featuring hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Put in at one of the many boat launches. Check out the Montpelier/Wells River rail-trail for 14.5 miles of biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
•VAST Snowmobile Trails Purchase a TMA from VAST or our local snowmobile club, Twinfield Snow Travelers, and you can experience some of the best riding ever. Access for the trails is only 4 miles away in Marshfield. Or, park for the day in Groton State Forest.
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry Watch a master sculptor turn a block of granite into fabulous statuary, interact with the dramatic new hi-tech displays, tour the operation and then bowl a frame on a granite bowling lane!
Vermont State House Watch the legislature in action, January through mid-April. Tour this Renaissance Revival "most beautiful of capitols" designed by Thomas Sillowy.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Art Gallery A monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning, the opulant library and gallery was recently lovingly restored. See the majestic painting Domes of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt.
Kismet On State Street in Montpelier. Organic, artisanal foods, gluten-free and dairy-free specialties—I love their garden martini!
Positive Pie Yes, New York style pizza right in Plainfield village. You can count on them to warm your belly, especially on Sunday and Monday nights when other local choices are closed. In addition, they offer a selection of American grill options, soups and salads. Open for lunch and every evening with an excellent menu and full bar service. They also have locations in Montpelier, Barre and Hardwick.
Rainbow Sweets In Marshfield. Pick-up the delicious pastries made in this colorful café or sample homemade Morroccan-stye shredded chicken in phyllo. Closed Tuesdays.
Morse Block Deli Located on Main Street in Barre this deli uses premium meats and cheeses produced locally and in-house, locally baked breads from La Panciata in Northfield and sources a large portion of produce locally. Good slection of Vermont craft brews on tap too!
New England Culinary Institute's Main Street Grill & Bar Located in Montpelier try Main Street Grill & Bar for contemporary American fare in a casual atmosphere.
The Skinny Pancake At the corner of State and Main in Montpelier. Tell me, who can resist fresh crepes? Choose sweet or savory, try the buckwheat crepes if you need a gluten -free option. Open 7 days early 'til late.
Sarducci's Italian Restaurant This Montpelier mainstaynevers disappoints. A relaxed, convivial atmosphere and a large menu means there is something for everyone. Open all week!
Cabot Creamery Catch the free film about the cheese making facility at this Farmer's Co-op. Then sample their award winning varieties, including the "Best Cheddar in the World".
Sarah's Country Diner Just down the street from the Cabot Creamery, Sarah's is in the back room of Harry's Hardware. Tuesday through Saturday she cooks up truely home-made food for breakfast and lunch. Home-made bread, soups, and daily specials. Lot's of breakfast choices too.
Just Plain Fun
Vermont Flower Farm
Love hostas, astilbes and perennials? Then this is the place for you! It's only 3 miles from our place on Rt. 2 and I promise you will find a huge selection of plants. Diana goes there every chance she gets…
The Country Bookshop In the village of Plainfield, just 3 miles from us. 30,000 books in all subject areas with a specialty in folklore, folk music and books on bells and carillons. Also old postcards and paper ephemera.
Harry's Hardware and The Den in Cabot Village Everything a rural community needs--gas or diesel, nuts and bolts, feeds, farm and garden supplies, tools, sporting goods, local products, or just a great place to gather over VT craft beers on tap. Live music most Saturday nights.
Three Penny Taproom Love beer, great beer? Then this is the place for you! 24 taps and over 60 bottled beers will keep you engaged. Their kitchen satisfies your belly with sandwiches, cheese plates, soups and more.
Bear Pond Books Independent Book Selling in Vermont since 1973. Browse then buy to your heart's content!
The Knitting Studio Their customers have dubbed them 'Vermont's Friendliest Knitting Store'. Visit them to stock up on yarn or go on a Tuesday for Knit Night from 6 p.m. 'til 8. On Main Street in Montpelier.
The Corn Maze In Danville, July through Ocotber. A fun challenge for the whole family. Take your sunscreen, water bottle and a snack. It's a different maze everyyear and a unique experience every time!