Tag: Hiking

Mushroom Walk with Meg Madden

June 4, 2024

Join local mycologist Meg Madden on a mushroom curiosity walk to learn more about the lives of these fascinating organisms. We will explore the woods and talk about the mushrooms we find along the way including what they are and how to identify them. We will discuss essential roles such… Read More

Green Mountain Club Bird Walk in Addison

March 18, 2024

Morning bird walk of 2-3 miles; slightly uneven terrain with minimal to no elevation gain. Find as many species as time allows at a comfortable pace. Bring your binoculars. Plan for 3 hours. Contact Jen Kluever at jennifer.kluever@yahoo.com with questions and to register. Read More

Drinks at Jessica's Photo Courtesy: Caleb Kenna Photography

8 Romantic Ways to Experience Middlebury, Vermont

Nestled in the heart of Vermont, Middlebury offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic New England getaway. Whether you are searching for outdoor adventure, culinary delights, or cozy activities, Middlebury offers a classic Vermont experience for guests looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Discover eight enchanting… Read More

View from the top of Snake Mountain

Top 9 Hiking Trails Near Middlebury, Vermont

Nestled within the picturesque town of Middlebury, Vermont, an array of local hiking trails awaits enthusiasts and beginners alike. Just a stone’s throw away from the historic Swift House Inn, these trails blend New England’s natural beauty and Middlebury’s rich heritage. Whether it’s the rustling leaves underfoot, the gentle songs… Read More

woman and man happy in the snowy woods

A Walk in the Woods While Reading Poems

It was the perfect day for a meditative stroll in the woods: Reading poems and enjoying the winter landscape. My sister, Mirena, and her friend, Shawn, were visiting us for the holidays. We weren’t ready for a full day of skiing and snowmobiling. We had something quieter and… Read More

two adirondack chairs basking in the sunlight on the Swift House inn lawn

Blog Post: Branbury State Park

Two Adirondack chairs basking in the sunlight on the Swift House inn lawn. There are so many outdoor activities available in the summer in Vermont: hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and so many more. One of the best ways to explore all of these activities and to really get… Read More

Dirt trails surrounded by plush green trees and grass with blue sky and fluffy white clouds in background.

Blog Post: Country Inns Along the Trail

Vermont is known for its abundance of outdoor activities: hiking, cycling, swimming, and canoeing are just a few of the activities available. And there isn’t just one spot to do each of these activities. We are surrounded by a variety of local swimming spots, gorgeous… Read More

Rippling lake with black duck with pebbles and sand.

Summer Blog Post: Silver Lake

Rain or shine (or snow!), Vermonters love the outdoors. Vermont has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities: hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and so much more. The Swift House Inn is in a perfect central location in Middlebury to have access to all of these… Read More

Family standing on concrete sidewalk in front of small grey building with chimney and hanging flower planters.

Blog Post: Branbury State Park

The rain has finally let up, giving our guests a chance to explore Vermont in beautiful sunny weather. There are so many outdoor activities available in the summer in Vermont: hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and so many more. One of the best ways to explore all of these activities… Read More

Snow-covered trail with footprints going through tall bare trees.

The Trail Around Middlebury

We are very fortunate here in Middlebury, Vermont. We are located in the center of Vermont, an ideal location to have access to some of the greatest sites Vermont has to offer: Lake Champlain, Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury Snow Bowl, and an amazing number of museums… Read More