Your Visit

Martha in tubPlainfield is centrally located so many points of interest are an easy drive away.  Things other guests often see while staying include Ben and Jerry’s, the Cabot Cheese tour and store, downtown Montpelier’s wonderful shops, Northfield Falls’ covered bridges, Lake Champlain, the view from the top of Spruce Mountain (right in Plainfield), The Country Bookshop (for a great selection of aniquarian books), Grand View Winery, Cold Hollow Apple Cider stand, and Morse or Bragg Farms (for maple syrup and maple creemees).  Some guests in nice weather simply enjoy relaxing out back while watching the lambs frolicking or a magnificent sunset.

Plainfield boasts it’s widely acclaimed Positive Pie Tap and Grill for an excellent dinner serving local ingredients.  Montpelier also has a number of excellent choices for dinner.  You’re in the heart of localvore country!

Regardless of your interests or the season you visit, you’ll find something that captures your interest, or find the peace and quiet to do nothing at all.

Outdoors

Summer

  • Hike to top of Spruce Mountain right here in Plainfield.  The fire tower at the top will reward you with 360° views, including Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
  • Golf.  The Barre Country Club is a great course:  http://ccofbarre.net/.  You could almost walk there from here.
  • Kayak or canoe the nearby reservoir and look or listen for the loons, pack a picnic lunch and stop at a favorite landing spot to swim and eat.
  • Get out on your bikes and explore what’s just over the next hill.
  • Relax in the Adirondack chairs out back, enjoying the Green Mountains and the grazing lambs.
  • Horseback Riding.  Two local options available—just ask us!
  • Have a Maple Creeme at Bragg or Morse Family Farms.  Read about creemees here: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2010/06/maple-creemees/
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Fall

  • Hike to the top of Spruce Mountain right here in Plainfield.  The fire tower at the top will reward you with 360° views of the fall foliage, including Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Or, get in one last hike on Camels Hump before the snow arrives.
  • Head over to Cold Hollow Cider Mill for some fresh apple cider and cider donuts.
  • Take a foliage drive through the Northeast Kingdom.
  • See summer listings above!

Winter

  • Put on the cross country skis or snowshoes and head out the back door.  Go to Morse Farm to check out their groomed trails and treat ourselves with a maple creemee afterwards.
  • Visit one of our favorite museums.
  • Have some retail therapy at the area antique shops.
  • Visit a gallery for Christmas, holiday or birthday shopping (or often just to check out their latest exhibit).
  • Take a baking class at King Arthur Flour.

Spring

  • Watch and smell the sap being transformed into maple syrup at a local sugarhouse.
  • Experience spring “foliage season”  with the bright greens, reds, and yellows as the trees are budding and leafing.
  • Visit a local brewery for a tour and taste.

Indoors

Museums & Galleries

  • The Blinking Light Gallery
    16 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667
    (802) 454-0141
    Thursdays 2pm-6pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-6pm
  • The Country Bookshop
    35 Mill Street, Plainfield, VT 05667
    (802) 454-8439
    Open year round. Every day, seven days a week, 10am-5pm
  • TW Wood Gallery in Montpelier
    Barre Street,  Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 828-8743
  • St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (A beautiful building by itself—but you’re rewarded with a wonderful Bierstadt if you go.)
    1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
    (802) 748-8291
  • The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (museum of natural history)
    1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
    (802) 748-2372
  • Artisans Hand
    89 Main St/City Center, Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 229-9492
    Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum
    109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Hood Museum of Art (at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH)
    Wheelock St, Hanover, NH 03755
    (603) 646-2808
    Closed on Mondays; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-9pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm

Other Points of Interest

Antiques

Central Vermont is a great place to find antiques. A number of pieces in the house are finds from area antique shops.

  • Cushings Clutter Antiques
    42 Brook Road, Plainfield, VT 05667
    (802) 454-7731
    Large selection of furniture.
  • East Barre Antique Mall
    133 Mill Street, East Barre, VT 05649
    (802) 479-5190
    Large, multi-dealer.
  • Route 2 Antiques & Restorations
    3070 U.S. 2, East Montpelier, VT 05651
    (802) 223-0110
    Single dealer of furniture.