Summer offers outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, delicious farm to table meals and fun outdoor dining experiences. Museums, galleries, and theaters are live, and farmers markets are in full swing. Nothing beats summertime in Southern Vermont!
The Hill Farm property offers a host of at-home adventures. Enjoy a relaxing stroll or morning jog through the property on a set of groomed walking trails. Take in the gorgeous valley views from the porch as the day unfolds. On a rainy afternoon or relaxing evening, rack up the custom pool table in the game room and have a cocktail from the pub. An outdoor fire pit ringed with Adirondack chairs is perfect for two, or for enjoying s’mores with the family! Animal lovers can explore the barn and get to know our charming goats, sheep, and pot-bellied pigs.
Battenkill Bike Shop has maps and rentals, even bike racks!
Orvis offers fly fishing lessons, clothes and gear for your sporting needs and, we can arrange for outfitting and private instruction at every experience level.
Once you’ve explored the paths on our property, we can recommend a few notable opportunities to connect with nature. Ramble around Equinox Preserve or explore Merck Forest. Hike Lye Brook Falls for something really special. All within driving distance of the inn.
Beautiful links! If golf is your passion, we can arrange tee times at one of the region’s world-class courses. From Mt. Anthony Country Club, Equinox to Manchester Country Club, each promise challenging greens, masterfully designed courses and incomparable views.
Swimming & Kids Fun
We’ll happily guide you to our favorite swimming holes, starting with a spot just up the hill, under a covered bridge. The Dorset quarry is a nice place to take a dip… as are Hapgood Pond and Emerald Lake, both a short drive away. Ask about summer adventure parks, and tubing/canoeing the Battenkill. Kids and foodies recommend local pick-your-own orchards and summer farmers markets in nearly Dorset and Manchester.
History & More
South on 7A, the Bennington Museum showcases Vermont throughout its history with revolving exhibits and, the Grandma Moses Collection. The Lincoln Estate, Hildene, is open year round, boasting gorgeous formal gardens in summer and walking trails through the unspoiled meadows and wetland. Stop by to see the goats who produce the Hildene cheeses! In Manchester, the American Museum of Fly Fishing is just south of the Orvis Flagship store. The Southern Vermont Arts Center has a beautiful campus that includes The Yester House Gallery and Wilson Museum, and the Boswell Nature Trail. Probably the prettiest driveway in the world! If you’re up for a guided adventure, we love Backroads Discovery Tours. They’ll sweep you along in their touring van to explore Vermont history and local culture while you take in the beautiful landscape.
The Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse each present off-Broadway and original, award-winning performances in quaint village settings. There’s nothing like it! The Williamstown Theater is 45 minutes to the south, but worth the drive! Pack a picnic from our local Italian market, Al Ducci’s, and enjoy some of the finest summer theater in the country.
Summer’s the season for epicurean adventures! Follow a local cheese trail, join Ellen Ogden’s Culinary Capers, and enjoy outdoor dining at some of our favorite summer spots. Not to miss… the patio at the Barrow’s House in Dorset, the street side tables at Thai Basil,. and the Raw Bar at the Reluctant Panther. Ask for other recommendations!