Our Favorite Fall Hikes

With Columbus Day weekend just around the corner, it’s that time of year again where the leaves put on their beautiful, bright colors and Vermont dazzles us with it’s golden autumn show. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the season here at the Inn […]

Apple Picking

Pick Your Own Apples – The Best Local Orchards

McIntosh, Cortland, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Jona Gold….so many wonderful varieties of apples, and one of the best ways to spend a fall afternoon is visiting a local “Pick Your Own” orchard. This time of year you can also buy locally grown, freshly picked apples at […]


From Poets to Presidents – Our Top Local Historical Sites

From the Green Mountain Boys to Norman Rockwell…Robert Todd Lincoln to Robert Frost; here in Southern Vermont there’s plenty of fascinating history to explore. If you’ve come to the West Mountain Inn perhaps you’ve stayed in the Grandma Moses Suite, or the Dorothy Canfield Fisher or Booker T. […]


Small State, Big Beer

Small State, Big Beer…that’s how the the Vermont Brewer’s Association describes us, and they’re right. The craft beer movement is exploding in Vermont. We have over 40 breweries – the highest number per capita of any other state. From The Alchemist to Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s to […]


5th Avenue in the Mountains

We know when you think of Vermont you imagine green mountains, cows, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, fall foliage, artisan cheeses, craft beer, hiking, cycling and lots of other wholesome, outdoor stuff…but you may not know that the Inn is also near a slightly different […]


Vermont Lakes and Swimming Holes

There’s nothing better in the summer heat than a day at the lake or long soak in a fresh, cool swimming hole. Luckily we have no shortage of either here in Southern Vermont, so we want to let you in on some of our favorite places […]


Vermont Farmer’s Markets and Farm Tours

Vermont leads the nation in direct-to-consumer farm sales, with more farmers markets, CSA’s, farm stands and cheese-makers per capita than any other state in the nation. Summer is a great time to get yourself out to a local market and bring home a bounty of farm […]

theater blog

Let’s Play! Live Summer Theater

Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, 800 gazillion cable channels – these days we live in a world of digital entertainment choice overload. So when’s the last time you got out to see a real live theater production? Actors in the flesh, live musical accompaniment, lighting and stage design […]

kayak blog

Tubing, Canoeing and Kayaking on the Battenkill

Having the famous Battenkill River just steps from the Inn’s driveway, makes it pretty darn easy to make a beautiful day of tubing, canoeing or kayaking along these glorious waters. Known for it’s incredible trout fishing and abundance of wildlife, the Battenkill River is truly […]


Love Always Wins at the Inn

Vermont  was the first state to introduce civil unions in July 2000, and the first state to introduce same-sex marriage by enacting a statute without being required to do so by a court decision. Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Vermont since September 1, […]