EXPLORE OUR AREA
We rent Wilderness Systems Pungo kayaks. We are set up to deliver you to the lake and to pick you up at the appointed time. Molly's Falls Pond is Vermont's newest state park. Loons, eagles, swimming, fishing with 99% forest along the shore. One mile from our B&B. Peacham Pond is also close by and feeds into Molly's Falls Pond.
We are in a hub of miles and miles of gravel roads. "Gravel Grinding." Close by is the LVRT (Lamoille Valley Rail Trail) soon to be Vermont's first linear state park. 90+ miles.
Hiking / Exploring Groton State Forest
This drone video shows the foliage over Groton State Forest. This is our "neighbor." We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful spots one can imagine. The foliage can be simply spectacular in this area. The start of this largest state-owned forest is just ten minutes from here. It is part of our view. There are endless miles of hiking, kayaking, swimming and biking in the summer and great back-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Read a brief history of Groton State Forest.
Many of Vermont's most spectacular trails are within easy driving range and many can be seen from here.
J.G. Brown's Hiding in the Old Oak
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Gallery
Bon voyage to our four guests from the Alcott Suite who biked here from Waitsfield and are off to Stowe this morning. We suggested that they have dinner at Rainbow Sweets Bakery and Cafe in Marshfield and to call us when they were done with dinner and were ready to be picked up. Four bikes in the back of the RAM and then up the hill to Fruitlands. (If you are planning a biking trip through this area of Vermont, consider staying with us. We are more than happy to accommodate your needs and can offer suggestions for biking routes.)
Their Guest-Book comments:
"The suite layout was wonderful and the farm is absolutely lovely. The pick up made a big difference for us as bikers, and the hot tub was the cherry on top!"
~ Finding your way into and out of the Great Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville, a "perplexing puzzle pondering place"
~ Visiting Vermont’s state capitol
~ Touring Barre granite quarries and notable local cemeteries
~ Visiting historic St. Johnsbury's Athenaeum and Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
~ Exploring and photographing Vermont's notable covered bridges
~Searching Vermont's history: Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Granite Museum, Vermont Historical Society Museum, Mt. Pleasent Cemetery, Hope Cemetery, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Billings Farm and Museum, Echo, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
~ Enjoying local concerts: Craftsbury Chamber Players and Adamant Music School
~ Attending a Circus Smirkus performance in Greensboro
~Sampling some of Vermont's fine breweries and distilleries such as Hill Farmstead Brewery and Caledonia Spirits
~Surveying Vermont's finest cheese makers such as Jasper Hill Farm and Cabot Creamery.
~ Discovering Kingdom Trails bike trials network
~Riding the Gravity Assisted Burke Mt. Bike Park.
~ Skiing at Burke Mountain our home away from home in the winter. We are actually within an hour of several notable Vermont ski areas such as Stowe and Sugarbush
~Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield, an intimate cafe and "patisserie" where Bill's conversation is almost as famous as his brioche (written up in Gourmet Magazine). 3 miles
~The Den Eats at Harry's Hardware in Cabot. Farm to your table comfort food. 2 miles
~Bentley's Bakery and Cafe in Danville. Breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees. Super pastries! 10 miles
~Three Ponds, Local Comfort Food in West Danville. Open for breakfast and lunch, Thursday through Monday 6am to 3pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday for now). So far our best-selling meals are the Three Ponds Breakfast (eggs, homefries, toast and choice of meat) and Roasted Root Hash (vegetarian) for breakfast- and assorted grilled sandwiches and fries for lunch. Hot coffee is always on, as well as tea, cold drinks, and we are just starting to "fire up" our creemie machine. 6 miles
~ Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant, our favorite Thai restaurant in Montpelier. 18 miles
~The Creamery Restaurant, Hill St., Danville "Homemade soups, ocean fresh seafood and two levels of dining, a downstairs pub atmosphere for casual dining." 10 miles
~Goodfellas in Danville, a very nice family-style dining experience. 12 miles
~Positive Pie in Hardwick. Rooted in its beginning as an authentic Pizzeria, Positive Pie combines its old-school heritage with a new-age Vermont mindset. Our commitment to our guests is to provide a cool, contemporary, comfortable, casual - yet always stylish - urban refuge from the ordinary. 13 miles
~ Postivie Pie in Plainfield. 12 miles
~ Parker Pie Company in West Glover. "The Parker Pie Co. started as a small pizza shop in the back of the Lake Parker Country Store. While it is still a little pizza shop in the back of a country store, the quality of the food and the community atmosphere has turned it into a favorite eatery and pub for locals and seasonal clientele alike. The Parker Pie Co. is a foodie destination not to be missed. In addition to our famous pizza, our revolving beer menu features both Vermont brews and the best fermented beverages from around the globe." 31 miles
~Two of the most notable Montpelier dining experiences: Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant and Sarducci's Italian Restaurant. 20 miles
~And although over an hour away from Fruitlands, we have to share with you what we feel is the most exquisite dining experience in Vermont: A Single Pebble in Burlington, "Elegantly prepared gourmet food, absolutely authentic, of a quality that can't be found anywhere outside of China (or Chinatown)." 65 miles