Vermont Attractions: Plan Your Stay

Cafe at the Falls

We run this cafe located in the Weston Playhouse during the summer season. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Mill Museum and the gorgeous West River waterfall

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Be sure to tour our on-site greenhouse with over 375 unique species!

You don’t have to leave Weston to enjoy Vermont’s charm. There are many Vermont attractions but Weston is a quintessential Southern Vermont Village with a town green and Gazebo, two waterfalls, two stunning New England Churches with white clapboard steeples, beautiful in any season, surrounded by the Green Mountains,

Weston is home to the Vermont Country Store, Weston Playhouse, Weston Village and Christmas Store, and the Farrar Mansur House and Museum, which is filled with authentic local heirlooms. The adjacent Old Mill has a fascinating collection of antique tools and machinery and is grinding grain again for the first time in thirty years! We are centrally located for day trips to other idyllic Vermont towns. Weston is also home to the renowned Weston Antique Show and the Weston Craft Show, both much anticipated foliage season events. Local events also includes Blue Grass Festivals and Christmas in Weston.

Linda's Perfect Day

After a sumptuous breakfast in the inn's dining room, I would explore the charming Village of Weston. Next, I would visit the town green and gazebo, the Old Mill with its museum and waterfall and the Farrar Mansur Museum.

Next, visit the 3 wonderful galleries which are the Village Green Gallery, the West River Gallery and the incomparable Whales in Vermont Gallery. I would purchase some ornaments at the Weston Village Christmas shop. Then I would go to the Vermont Country Store where a walk through this charming store reminds me of my childhood.

I would pack a picnic lunch and head to Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow to relax and take in the peace and quiet of Vermont. On the way back to Weston, I would stop at the Weston Priory for afternoon prayer where the Benedictine Monks chanting helps me find some serenity in my otherwise very hectic life.

Then, it would be back to my comfortable room with private deck, oversized Jacuzzi and sauna/steam shower. I would have a massage and then a nap!

Lastly, we would make our way to the candlelit dining room here at the Inn at Weston for a magical dinner in the gazebo accompanied by a luscious Oregon Pinot Noir. I would linger there awhile listening to George play our favorite tunes on the grand piano. At last, I would return to our lovely room and drift away on an amazingly comfortable feather bed.

Seasonal Outdoor Activities

There are all kinds of outdoor activities available in the Weston area.

Winter Activities

Winter in Southern Vermont is truly a Currier and Ives experience. We can arrange all manner of winter activities for you. Remember there is something to be said for relaxing by a cozy fire with a good book from our extensive library! The Inn is nearby four ski mountains, including Stratton, Okemo, Bromley, and Magic Mountain. These mountains offer great downhill skiing, but also cross country and snow boarding. There are two Nordic ski areas, Viking and Wild Wings, which offer cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Ice skating as well as tubing and cross country skiing is available at Grafton Pond. A portion of the Catamount Trail is close-by the Inn and is easily accessible to inn guests.

Summer Activities

In summer, there is biking (store your bike in our barn), and great hiking, including the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail in the nearby Green Mountain National Forest. Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are available on the nearby Battenkill in Manchester. Swimming is close-by at Hapgood Pond, which has a great beach and picnic area maintained by the State of Vermont.

  • Golf: There are four nearby golf courses and we are happy to assist you with tee times. Okemo, Stratton, Equinox, Tater Hill Golf Club
  • Tennis: West River Tennis Club is nearby. We can assist you in reservations
  • Hiking: Many hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, are nearby. Some hiking websites at Okemo Valley and Vermont Hiking Guide.
  • Biking: There are many backroads and trails for biking in the area. Check out Vermont Mountain Biking & Cycling Guide and look for trails in Southern Vermont.
  • Swimming is available at nearby Hapgood Pond, a state park maintained by the state offering refreshing swimming and picnic sites.
  • Canoeing can be arranged on the Battenkill. Rentals available.
  • Bromley Thrill Zone - Alpine Slide, rides and thrills, great for kids
  • Horseback Riding - For seasoned riders or beginners alike at Horses for Hire

Day Trip Itineraries

Weston is centrally located in Southern Vermont which makes day trips to all of the attractions of Southern Vermont very convenient. Here are a few suggested day trips:

Plymouth to Woodstock

Travel north on Rt 100 (featured recently in the New York Times travel section exploring 10 of the most beautiful roads in America) to Rt 100A in Plymouth, Vermont. Make a right and travel about 1 mile to the Calvin Coolidge birthplace on your left. The entire village has been preserved as it was in 1900. It is an interesting piece of history, and there are many shops where you can browse and purchase. Then travel further along Rt 100A, through picturesque mountains and farms, to Rt 4. Left on Rt 4 (west) just a short distance and there you will find the Long Trail Brewery, one of our wonderful Vermont brews. After touring the brewery and perhaps sampling their creations, head East on Rt 4 to Woodstock, a few miles down the road. You may be tempted to stop along the way at the many antique stores.

Once in Woodstock, you will find the many shops and galleries, as well as Gillingham's, the local country store, and Aubergine, a great "kitchen" store. By now you might be hungry, so get back on Rt 4 east 4 miles to Simon Pearce Glass Factory. There you can watch the famous glass blowing and pottery making, and stroll outside on the promenade along the river and waterfall. Be sure to have lunch at the Simon Pearce Restaurant, a glass structure with great views of the river and waterfall, and great food and drink to match. Also right next door is VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) Raptor Center, a most interesting exploration of these live regal birds, and the Queechee Gorge, a natural canyon and waterfall system with a walking bridge over it. On the way back to the Inn, from Woodstock, take Rt 106 south to Rt 131 west and travel along the Black River with it's beautiful views, to Ludlow, then pick up Rt 100 south back to the Inn.

Manchester – A Shopping Paradise and More…

Take Rt 100 south to Londonderry, then pick up Rt 11 west 15 miles to Manchester, which has many outlets for intense shopping, but also many other interesting things to see. Start with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, a beautiful campus with many Vermont as well as international artists represented. Areas for a picnic lunch are provided and many Manchester delis and stores can provide a great lunch. Just down the road is Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's (Abraham's son) home. Tour the spectacular home and walk the fragrant gardens, and in winter cross country ski the grounds. A little further down the road is Mt Equinox, the tallest mountain in Southern Vermont, which has a winding and adventurous road to the summit, where you will find a parking lot and observation area where you can see Manchester far below, but also as far as New York, New Hampshire, and Montreal.. And just a bit further and you will come to the Battenkill, where you can canoe, kayak, or enjoy a day of fishing. And along the way, enjoy a relaxing lunch in any of Manchester's numerous restaurants.

Through the Green Mountain National Forest to Danby

Take a beautiful drive through the pristine Green Mountain National Forest located just minutes away from the Inn. There are numerous clear streams along the way, including beautiful Otter Creek, the namesake of one of our local Vermont beers, where you can park and hike along the river. Also along the way are spectacular mountain and forest views, and cliffs with natural marble running through them. In addition to the Otter Creek trail, you can also hike the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail, either to the north or to the south. The views of foliage color in the Fall cannot be surpassed! At the end of the fourteen mile drive is the quaint village of Danby, where several shops will delight you. On the return trip, many of the vistas are very different than during the outbound trip.

Art, Culture & History

Weston Playhouse

Each summer, the Weston Playhouse, located in the center of Weston Village, offers a fantastic selection of live performances. With a history that spans 75 years, the Weston Playhouse has played host to such talented artists as Emmy award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd and Tony-winning designer John Lee Beatty. This year, the Weston Playhouse will be offering performances from June to September and their current schedule of productions can be checked out here: www.westonplayhouse.org.

After a performance, enjoy the theater's famous "Cabaret" performance with drinks, light fare, or a nice dessert from the Cafe at the Falls. The Inn at Weston offers Vermont Fresh, award winning cuisine, Wine Spectator awarded wine list, and delicious desserts throughout the Weston Playhouse season.

Museums & History

Weston has several small but interesting museums which address Weston’s history. The Farrar-Mansur Museum is a preserved home from the late eighteenth century, and a tour of the home is replete with information about life at that time. The next door Mill Museum is a restored West River powered waterwheel with many old tools and instruments which demonstrate for you how grain and corn were ground in an era before modern power methods became available. And don't forget to visit our Wilder Memorial Library on the Village Green.

Each year on Memorial Day Weekend, the Weston Historical Society conducts a walking tour of Weston's historical structures, with fascinating discussion of the history involved.

Art & Music

We are very fortunate to have three outstanding galleries:
West River Gallery
Representing local artists and crafters offering a variety of mediums.
Village Green Gallery
Browse photography, crafts and glassware by local artists. The gallery also has a coffee/espresso bar for your refreshment. It is a wi-fi hotspot as well.
Whales of Vermont Gallery
Featuring hand carved whales and other cetaceans by renowned artist Wick Aherns. The gallery also represents local artists with additional sculpture and paintings and prints with a nature theme.

Located in Weston is also the Kinhaven Music School. Operating all summer long, the school houses talented students who need to audition for acceptance, and concerts featuring both faculty and the students occur every weekend. Weston also hosts a summer series of concerts on Sunday afternoons featuring guest artists at the picturesque Church on the Hill.

Not far from Weston, in Manchester, you will find the Southern Vermont Arts Center, featuring the work of Vermont and internationally acclaimed artists. And Manchester is also home to Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's (Abraham's son) ancestral home, with it's surrounding beautiful grounds and gardens.

Shopping & Antiquing

Weston is centrally located in Southern Vermont so that day trips to any of the other towns in Southern Vermont are easy to accomplish.

Start your shopping in Weston itself, with the Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Shop, a great Christmas items store, and several galleries all within walking distance of the Inn.

Or you may want to explore the great shops, galleries, craft and artisan centers, outlets, bookstores, and fascinating country stores of the towns surrounding Weston, including Manchester, Chester, Grafton, Newfane, Woodstock, and Queechee. And there's great antiquing in all these towns too!

Our Area

Weston is a quintessential Southern Vermont village with a beautiful village green and bandstand, galleries, several small museums, and shops including the famous Vermont Country Store. Weston’s south central location makes all towns and attractions in Southern Vermont easily accessible.

Rooms

The Inn at Weston has thirteen guestrooms, all of which have a private bath, and nine of which have a fireplace. Main Inn and Carriage House rooms all have whirlpool tubs, some double sized, and some rooms have private sitting decks with beautiful garden views. View the rooms and amenities in our beautiful bed and breakfast in Vermont.

Cuisine

Chef Michael Kennedy, a former instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, will delight you with his regional American cuisine, using the freshest of local ingredients. All menu items are prepared in-house. Begin your day each morning with a full country breakfast, featuring fresh fruit, home-made scones, muffins, or coffee cake, Linda’s world famous home-made granola, yoghurt, fresh juice and endless coffee or tea, and a choice of eggs in a variety of styles, pancakes, french toast, or waffles with bacon or sausage. Click here to check out menus.

Gardens, Grounds, and Greenhouse

Relax and sit in a comfortable chair with a great book (get one from our extensive library!) and a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or tea in one of our gardens, patios, or the deck and gazebo, surrounded by orchids and other lush plants. Click here to see the gardens, patios, the deck, gazebo, or Greenhouse.

We hope to host you in our Ludlow bed and breakfast soon.