Countless Year-Round Activities in Barnard, Quechee, Woodstock and Beyond!
Here's just a glimpse of what our part of central Vermont offers.
We're always happy to assist you plan activities during your stay.
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Agritourism experience: Work in local gardens, help
bring in the harvests.
Eco tourism adventures: Individually arranged tours by
The Fan House-- includes personalized snowshoe treks through the
Chateauguay wilderness area.
Lake State Park: Only a three minute walk from our front door. Enjoy
swimming, fishing, boating or just relaxing lake-side.
Trail: Hike or walk the famous Appalachian Trail. There's a lovely
1.5-2 hour walk just a few miles down the road from the Fan House.
On-Road/Off-Road Biking: Great trails in four
directions out of Barnard. Our favorite scenic route is a 14-mile circle
to and from the Fan House. Bike Rentals are available from Woodstock Sports
Bike Shop in nearby Woodstock.
Hot Air Ballooning: Balloons
Over New England launches from nearby Quechee, Vermont. Perfect if
you're looking for a unique adventure, or perhaps something to add to
your romantic getaway.
Gorge State Park: An amazing 180-foot-deep, mile-long chasm lined
with an easy walking trail. Quechee Vermont is a short drive from the
Four season resort offering skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking
Adventure for any season. Skiing & snowboarding, mountain biking,
Summer concerts, hiking and golf.
Suicide Six: 23 Trails of skiing and snowboarding
ranging from beginning to expert.
Ice Skating: on Barnard's Silver Lake in Winter, Indoor skating at the Union Arena in
Horse Drawn Rides: Offered by Billings Farm & Museum throughout the Winter months.
Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
National Historical Park.
TO YOUR HEALTH
Presenting Yoga Hikes Vermont - Green Up Your Yoga!
available in Barnard near The Fan House Bed & Breakfast.
Hudson River School: two-hour guided tours offered
through Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Institute of National Science: The VINS Nature Center is located in
Quechee Gorge. Among other exciting programs, it is considered New
England's leading raptor center.
Porter Music Box Museum & Gift Shop: An
exquisite and amazing collection of music boxes. Located in nearby
of Art: Dartmouth, NH. More than 65,000 objects in the collection.
Art from ancient cultures, America, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea,
and many other regions of the world. Modern and contemporary works.
& Museum: Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past - your gateway to Vermont's rural heritage.
National Historical Park: Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls.
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site: Discover the beautiful home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's greatest sculptors.
Hildene: The historic summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln.
Southern Vermont Arts Center: A nonprofit art center for visual and performing arts exhibiting classic and contemporary art in a National Historic Trust Mansion.
Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of the country's most diverse museums of paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, and New England history and architecture. Over 150,000 works are on view in 39 exhibition buildings located on the Museum's 45 acres of lilacs, landscaped grounds, and gardens.
Hall Art Foundation: May through November exhibitions of world-class artists from private collection. No entry fee but reservations requested as tours are docent-led.
SHOPPING & ANTIQUES
Simon Pearce: Watch the art of glassblowing and
visit the famous retail store. In nearby Quechee.
Visit the pottery & furniture workshops and Workshop Store in
Bridgewater, Vermont. The Showroom is in Woodstock.
on Rt. 4, West Woodstock, sells to Anthropologie, among others. You can visit their pottery and store here.
Barnard Inn: World-class dining at just up the road. Read the
Barnard Inn review featured in the Boston Globe.
Otter Creek Brewing Inc.: Handcrafted in Middlebury, VT.
Long Trail Brewing Co.: A Taste of Vermont! Brewing our family of handcrafted ales since 1989. Bridgewater Corners, Vt.
Seven Barrel Brewery: The 7BB offers finely crafted ales and pilsner style beers, a full bar service and American-style pub fare. Our brewery draughts are pure, unpasteurized and unfiltered with no preservatives. West Lebanon, NH.
Magic Hat Brewing Co: The Magic Hat Artifactory, the nerve center of it all, is located in South Burlington, VT, and is ready to take your taste buds to places you never knew existed! The Growler Bar is a sight to behold with 30 taps a flowin' and a constantly changing line-up of Magic Hat's best beers, including all our year-round offerings, the current seasonal and even some experimental brews!
Switchback Brewery: Switchback Brewing Company is pleased to offer tours every Saturday at 1:00pm. Please call to make reservations as space is limited. (802) 651-4114 Burlington, VT.
Vermont Pub & Brewery: One of the oldest breweries on the East Coast, and the oldest craft brewery in Vermont. Voted "Best Place to Have a Beer" by every Burlington Free Press Readers' Choice Awards, "Best Place for Couples" and the perennial winner of the Seven Daysies Awards by the Seven Days readers' poll for the "Best Place to Drink a Vermont Beer". Burlington, VT.
Harpoon Brewery: New England's Largest Craft Brewery, founded in 1986 on the waterfront in Boston. We proudly brew Harpoon IPA, UFO Hefeweizen, and many other beers styles at our two breweries. Windsor, VT.
VERMONT CHEESE TRAIL
Vermont Cheese Trail Map - Vermont Cheese Council - The Vermont Cheese Council provides a map of farms farms where cheese is made and that are open for visits. The Vermont Cheese
Council is dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese.
Council of the Arts: Located in Woodstock. Movie Theatre, live
theatrical, music and dance performances, more.
Music Hall: Legendary music hall with first class performing and
BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard offers a year-round calendar of theater and music.
The forest fringed, and a seethe of rain.
Indian pipes prod white, crooked fingers up through mulch,
boletus and inky caps glutton in the dank.
Lichen glues coral to moist granite.
We follow cleft hoof prints
of a bull moose, you striding ahead, I lagging,
you reading woods lore - ice-stripped bark, deer-nibble,
last winter's flurry, matted fisher-cat spoor; I distracted,
musing. The soil springs at our tread, moss banks
bristle with spores. Rain light shivers down
The felled giant sugar maple has broken out
in boles: baroque, all bulging eyes,
beaks, foreheads, claws, diseased
and dark as a mahogany Roman choir stall.
Off the moose path now, it's an old farm you seek:
rock piles from last century's sheepfolds,
inward-lapsing cellar hole;
a tumble where the chimney stood;
at the threshold, by the granite door slab,
a cluster of weed-choked lilies sprouted from lilies
the farm wife planted before the Civil War.
The road is a soft cesarean scar in tufted grass,
each rain-glossed leaf emits a stab of green.
Somewhere here survives the idea of home.
By permission of the author Rosanna Warren
and W. W. Norton from the book Departure.