The Inn at Ormsby Hill

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SPORTING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Things to Do Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall in Southern Vermont

CYCLING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING

Leisurely roll through the town of Manchester to check out the local shops, cycle miles of the rolling hills and valleys of the Green Mountains or climb the rocky terrain of one of Vermont’s many mountain ranges. You are sure to have an experience that is unique, memorable, and will provide stunning views.

Bike Manchester provides you with rides and trails to enjoy in Manchester and the surrounding areas. Learn about upcoming events, bike routes, Northshire area trail systems, and maps that will lay out your ride through southern Vermont.

Visit the Vermont Mountain Bike Association website for trail systems throughout the state and their current conditions.

Trails.com offers an interactive map where you can locate different routes for Vermont road bike rides. Use the filters to narrow your search for the ride that is right for you.

Visit the websites below for maps, conditions, routes, and more for your cycling or mountain biking adventures.

Battenkill Bicycles
99 Bonnet Street
Manchester Center, VT
802.362.2734

Your local cycling source! – Open 10 AM – 5 PM, Closed Wednesday

Battenkill Bicycles is a full-service bike shop with decades of experience servicing road and mountain bikes for casual or competitive riders. Road, hybrid, and mountain bikes are available with a fee per day. A day starts at 9:30 and ends at 5:30. If you plan to transport the bike, you must have a bike rack or large vehicle.

Reservations can be made, but you must know what size bike you want (they come in at least 5 sizes.) We do not accept last minute cancellations due to weather.

The best plan is to come early on the day you want to ride. Call for more information or check pricing on our website.

Killington Resort
4763 Killington Road – Killington – Bike Shop: 802-773-0000
info@alpinebikeworks.com

Offering wide, mellow beginner trails, intermediate options with switchbacks and banked turns and, of course, technical freeride terrain that the most advanced riders have come to expect from The Beast.

All existing terrain is accessible from three lifts: the Snowshed Express Quad, K-1 Express Gondola, and the Ramshead Express Quad chairlift. The three lifts give you access to 27 miles, 35 trails, and 1,972 vertical drops of terrain for all ability levels. Rentals are available at the bike shop. Learn to Ride lessons and guided tours are also among the options at Killington. There is something for everyone at any level!

Stratton Mountain Resort
5 Village Lodge Road
Stratton Mountain
802.297.4000

Winding country roads and exciting wooded terrain make biking one of Vermont’s favorite summer attractions. Riders of all ages, abilities and interests will find something to get their heart pumping around the mountain.

There is a wide variety of cycling choices near Stratton Mountain for both road cyclers and mountain bikers. New for spring 2019 is a fleet of E-bikes and a new lift-served Mountain Bike Park opening in August. Additionally, explore some of our scenic roadways or the Nordic Center trails that wind through the woods in the Sun Bowl. Be sure to pick up a map—some areas are closed for wildlife conservation. Rentals are available at First Run Ski Shop in Stratton Village. Call 802-297-4321 to reserve or visit http://www.stratton.com/ for the latest news.

Okemo Mountain Resort

Evolution Bike Park
306 Mountain Rd
Ludlow, VT
Bike Shop: 802.228.1548

Okemo Mountain Resort, in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, offers lift-served mountain biking, with the South Ridge Quad A providing access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area.

The trails from the top of Quad A are flowing descents that move through open terrain and pockets of forest, while rolling across the naturally undulating terrain. These trails are fun for a variety of riders and can be ridden on all types of mountain bikes, allowing novice riders an introduction to mountain biking and advanced riders fun descents and a taste of things to come.

All participants must sign an Express Assumption of Risk Agreement prior to participation. Minors under 18 will require a parent’s signature. Visit our website for pricing of trail access, lift passes and rental rates. Call the bike shop to schedule your mountain biking experience!

FISHING

The Battenkill and Mettawee Rivers have lured generations of both recreational and serious fishing enthusiasts to Vermont.

There are numerous lakes to venture to as well. We recommend Emerald Lake in East Dorset or Lake St. Catherine in Poultney for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. If you are going for a day trip, we recommend having Al Ducci’s pack you a picnic basket.

There isn’t a better place to gear up for your expedition than Orvis, which can take credit for the advancement of fly fishing. Orvis is located just five minutes from The Inn at Ormsby Hill!

We can recommend guides who know those hard-to-find fishing spots or who can give you instruction to advance your fishing skills.

Chuck Kashner’s Guide Service
Wells, VT
800.682.0103
802.645.0009

“As a full time, fishing guide, I feel that it’s important to catch fish for my clients, all good guides do. However, my main objective is to have my customers become better fishermen. We are all students of the sport. The difference between good fishers and great fishers is attention to subtle details. I want all my clients to become great fishers, and for the great heritage of fishing to be passed on.”

Types of Fishing Available

  • Drive, walk and wade rivers and streams fly-fishing for Trout
  • Boat fishing for Northern Pike, Bass, and Panfish
  • Casting both fly and spin in lakes for Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish
  • Spin Fishing
  • Ice Fishing

Tom Goodman
Former Senior Guide for Orvis Outfitters
Manchester Center
802.379.1444

Season Ranges April through October.

Services Include:

  • All levels of instruction, Novice through Advanced, by appointment for your convenience.
  • Private or group lessons.
  • Fly fishing adventures in the Green Mountains, Catskills, and Adirondacks.
  • We’ll arrange your trip. A variety of accommodations are available from tent camping to first-class inns that specialize in New England charm and hospitality.
  • Daily rate includes transportation, equipment (if necessary), instruction, river tour, picnic lunch, and beverages.

The Reel Angler
Manchester Center, Vermont
802.362.0883

The Reel Angler shop is a full-service shop and outfitter located in beautiful southern Vermont by the famous Battenkill River. They offer quality fishing products that catch fish. With emphasis on made in the USA, they are stocked with fly, spinning, and conventional tackle in all price ranges for all four seasons.

Peter Basta Guide Service & Outfitter
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Dorset, Vermont
802.867.4103

May 1st – October 31st

I offer a wade and float fly fishing guide service. Over the years, I have guided all ability levels of anglers, specializing in both the beginner and experienced fly fisher person. Equipment is available including Orvis fly rods, waders, leaders, and flies. Just starting out? Need to improve your skills?

I can help you with:

  • casting and line control
  • stream insects and fly selection
  • reading water and proper technique
  • safe wading, stream ethics and courtesy

Taconic Guide Service Ray Berumen-Owner/Licensed Guide
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Manchester, Vermont
802.688.4304

Taconic Guide Service offers fly fishing and spin packages by wade, by boat on moving water, and by boat on still water (pending weather).

Packages include all rods, reels, tackle, waders, instruction, hydration (water), and photography services.

“My ability to teach professionally really pays off when instructing both advanced and beginners the art of fly fishing. I have been fishing for over 35 years now, and fly fishing for 25+. I pride myself on teaching the most effective methods in a short amount of time, my clients have an integrated learning experience while actively fishing.” -Ray Berumen

Orvis Fly Fishing School
Manchester, Vermont
866.531.6213

The state-of-the-art school facility is located directly across the street from the Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont where Orvis was founded over 150 years ago.

Located in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, this is not only a magnificent place to visit, but an historic and beautiful place to learn the graceful art of fly fishing.

The Orvis Flagship store and the American Museum of Fly Fishing are within a few yards of each other, truly the heart of American fly fishing.

You will not only learn from the best, but you will be treated to an experience in the most beautiful facility of its kind anywhere in the world, located at the birthplace of the oldest and most famous fly-fishing company in the world.

Services include:

  • Fly casting techniques
  • Essential fly-fishing knots
  • How to choose your gear and tackle
  • Stream entomology (the science of insects)
  • Proper fly selection
  • How to read water and currents
  • How to play, land, and safely release fish

Look at the details of the fly-fishing school options, less than 3 miles from The Inn at Ormsby Hill!

American Museum of Fly Fishing
Manchester Center, VT 802.362.3300

Part of Manchester’s unique history – learn the history and mystic of fly fishing.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history.

Today, the museum serves as a repository for and conservator to the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items, numbering in the thousands. The collections and exhibits thoroughly document the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft, and industry in the United States and abroad, dating as far back as the sixteenth century. Rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and books form the Museum’s permanent collection.

GOLF

Manchester Country Club
229 Beech Street
Manchester Center, Vermont
802.362.2233

Manchester Country Club is located on some of the most beautiful countryside in Southern Vermont. Founded in 1967, the course was originally designed by Geoffrey Cornish of Amherst, Massachusetts. Mr. Cornish is a golf course architect of excellent reputation who at that time was also serving as President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

A total back nine renovation was completed in 2003 by Geoffrey Cornish and Steve Durkee and resulted in a course that has quickly been recognized as one of the finest in New England.

Click for A Birds Eye Tour! of the course. For a more detailed history of the club, click here.

The Golf Club at Equinox
Manchester Center, Vermont
802.362.7870

Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, our Vermont golf resort is one of the most picturesque settings in the country. Built in 1926 by U.S. amateur champion Walter Travis and renovated in 1991 by Rees Jones, The Golf Club at Equinox provides guests with an opportunity to experience a challenging round of golf during their getaway. Managed by Troon, the course has a par 71 and features 6,423 yards of fairways, bunkers and greens.

Stratton Country Club
800.787.2886
Stratton Mountain, Vermont

The course has hosted six LPGA tour events. A Forest. A Lake. A Mountain.

Rich in history and scenic beauty, Stratton Mountain Golf Club offers one of New England’s finest golf experiences. Stratton’s first nine opened for play in 1964. Since then, the course has grown and matured into a demanding 27-hole layout and has hosted six LPGA tour events. Golf Digest describes it as one of the top resort courses in New England. Designed by noted architect Geoffrey Cornish, the Forest, Lake and Mountain nines offer a stiff challenge to all who play them and great personal satisfaction to all who play them well.

Okemo Valley Golf Club
89 Fox Lane
Ludlowe, VT
802.228.1396

Vermont’s Heathland Course – At Okemo Valley Golf Club, Vermont’s championship heathland course rewards your game as spectacular Green Mountain views replenish your spirit. It’s all part of the design.

Passionate golfers are discovering just how special Okemo Valley is. Featuring bent grass greens, tees and fairways, our par 70, 18-hole championship course is New England’s first heathland-style course. One-of-a-kind fairways are filled with dips, ripples, rolls and hollows, which invite fresh mountain breezes. Greens are sweeping and fairly sculpted to reward your short game. Put all of this against the backdrop of Vermont’s dazzling Green Mountains, and you have a golf experience you’ll never forget.

Tater Hill Country Club 
6802 Popple Dungeon Road
Windham, VT
802.875.2517

Located just a short drive from the Okemo Valley Golf Club, the newly refurbished Tater Hill Golf Club offers birch-lined fairways, stone walls, flower gardens and panoramic mountain views of this historic 18-hole championship course.

Mt. Anthony Country Club
802.442.2617
Bennington, Vermont

Established in 1897, Mt. Anthony Country Club is nestled in the green Mountains and it’s located in the heart of Historic Old Bennington. The course has gone through a renovation under the direction of Golf Course Architect, A. John Harvey, of the RBA Group. The new changes take full advantage of the spectacular Green Mountain location and challenge players at every level. The restoration includes new shaping of bunkers and tee complexes. A systematic agronomic program continues in all existing grass areas, fairways and greens which results in a superb turf quality. Come and enjoy the new Mt. Anthony.� A monumental Golfing Experience!

Lake St. Catherine Country Club
802.287.9341
Poultney, Vermont

Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, our Vermont golf resort is one of the most picturesque settings in the country. Built in 1926 by U.S. amateur champion Walter Travis and renovated in 1991 by Rees Jones, The Golf Club at The Equinox provides guests with an opportunity to experience a challenging round of golf during their getaway. Managed by Troon, the course has a par 71 and features 6,423 yards of fairways, bunkers and greens.

Killington Resort’s Golf Course 
802.422.6700
Killington, Vermont

The course takes full advantage of the unique mountain terrain, and it shows. Snowmelt streams, a 2,000’ elevation and signature vistas set the scene.

  • 6,186-yard, par 72 Championship Golf Course
  • Practice facility including 12,000 square foot putting green and practice bunker
  • Full-size retail pro shop with all the essentials
  • Private lessons, multi-day golf schools and junior specialty experiences available
  • Full season schedule of league nights and tournaments
  • On-course beverage cart
  • Caddy shack on-course with food and beverage offerings
  • Clubhouse Bar and Grill with indoor and outdoor seating

Killington Resort’s golf course is open to the public late May through early October.

For more information contact the golf pro shop at 802-422-6700 or golf@killington.com

The Practice Tee Driving Range
802.362.3100
Manchester Village, Vermont

Open May through mid-October from 11 am to 5 pm daily. Please visit our Facebook page for current dates and opening times. We have gift certificates available that would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you. John and Vicky Lombardy

HIKING

The Inn at Ormsby Hill is minutes from some of southern Vermont’s most outstanding hiking trails.

Vermont offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Guide services are available for day hikes or overnight trips. Hiking vacations are offered, both guided and self-guided, over a variety of terrain. Hike the high peaks, enjoy a relaxing walk on any of Vermont’s public trails or bushwalk through the backcountry. Visit Vermont Outdoor Guide Association for an extensive listing of ideas and packages.

Hildene – Walking Trail
Manchester, Vermont
802.362.1788

Literally just outside our back door – Hildene is adjacent to the Inn at Ormsby Hill – in fact a portion of Hildene’s property was formerly owned by Edward Isham who owned Ormsby Hill. Hildene is an historic home built in 1905 by President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s son, Robert as a summer residence. Robert and Edward Isham were also law partners in Chicago. The Welcome Center, The Museum Store, Pullman car, farms, house and exhibits are open year-round 9:30 to 4:30. In the winter months, Hildene’s approximately 12 miles of walking trails on the estate become ski trails with varying levels of difficulty and ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

General admission rates apply.

Equinox Preservation Trust
Manchester, Vermont
802.366.1400

The Equinox Preserve covers 914 acres of forest lands on the eastern slopes of Mount Equinox in Manchester, Vermont. It is open to the public for year-round, non-motorized recreation. Over 11 miles of marked and maintained trails provide access to these unique mountainous woodlands.
The land’s owner, the Equinox Resort & Spa, first donated conservation easements on 850 acres to the Vermont Land Trust & The Nature Conservancy of Vermont in 1996. An additional 64 acres of conserved lands were placed under the protection of the Vermont Land Trust in September 2006. The Equinox Preservation Trust was formed in 1996 to oversee the management of these protected lands. Land and trail maintenance and educational programs in the Preserve are managed by the Equinox Preservation Trust Forest and Trails Steward).

Green Mountain National Forest
Manchester Ranger Station
Manchester Center, VT
802.362.2307

The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) are Vermont’s and New York’s only public, federally managed national forests.

Both Forests offer extensive multiuse advantages to the public, providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-value, high-quality forest products, economic and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.
The Green Mountain National Forest is full of hiking opportunities for people of all interests and abilities.

Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Rupert, Vermont
802.394.7836

All of Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s trails are open year-round for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Our trail system, with over 30 miles of trails on 3,100 acres of land, is well-marked, and the trail terrain is variable: some loops cover easy-to-moderate terrain (great options for family treks), while other trails are steeper and rocky (more-suited to the experienced hiker).
Many trails go through the forest, around the farm, travel along streams, and include beautiful views of the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
Our Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and our staff is happy to provide you with trail recommendations.

CANOEING, KAYAKING & TUBING

Vermont offers many great rivers, lakes, and ponds for kayaking and canoeing. You can relax during a calm paddle around Emerald Lake in East Dorset, VT or take a scenic country drive to Lake St. Catherine in Poultney, VT if you wish to paddle a larger body of water nearby. The Battenkill River has many points of entry from Manchester through Arlington and into NY. Enjoy areas of calm and float along or hit spots where you will have to paddle to stay on course! Whether you are looking for a short trip down river or 10 miles or more the Battenkill won’t disappoint.

Stratton Mountain Kayak Tours & Rentals
South Londonderry, VT
802.297.4321

Venture off the beaten path and you’ll discover ponds perfect for a paddle, streams teeming with bass and trout, spectacular views from mountains to valleys and an up close and personal look at the abundance of flora and fauna. Tap into some insider knowledge with a kayak tour—our guides will share their state and all its secrets.

Check the website for current rates and details.

Reservations are highly recommended. 24-hour notice is appreciated when scheduling tours.
Vermont River Runners
Arlington, VT
802.430.7197

Come explore the Battenkill River with a custom canoe, kayak or tube trip and rental! The 30-mile stretch of river is sure to include something for everyone. From fast and fun sections that will keep your paddle in the water to slow, crystal-clear cobble bottom stretches that will let you kick back in your seat. The Battenkill is the perfect river to paddle. Let’s find your favorite stretch!

Custom Trip (1-6 hours):

Canoe: $60

Kayak: $40

Tube: $20

Battenkill Valley Outdoors
1414 State Route 313
Cambridge, NY
518.677.3311
866.677.3311

At Battenkill Valley Outdoors, we customize each trip to fit your needs. You tell us how long you want to float, and based on the river conditions, we map out a nice journey, put you in, and pick you up. Take a cell phone along, (in a dry box we lend you) and call us at the end. So, go as fast or slow as you wish!

Available Rentals

  • Tandem canoe or kayak
  • Solo kayak
  • Raft
  • Tube

WINTER SPORTS

Winter brings Manchester, Vermont Downhill Skiing – Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Telemarking, Snow Shoeing, Snowmobiling. We are anticipating a great winter season to enjoy all these activities.

DOWNHILL SKIING

Bromley Mountain
3894 Vermont Route 11
Peru, VT
802.824.5522

Hardly more than ten minutes from The Inn at Ormsby Hill, Bromley Mountain boasts some of the best family programs in the east.

Killington Mountain
4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT
800.787.2886

Killington Resort’s six peaks and 4,241′ elevation offer 3,000′ of vertical drop, exceptional views and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure with the longest on-snow season in the East.

Conditions Report at Killington – Updated Daily

Okemo Mountain
77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, VT
800.786.5366

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snow Tubing, Snowcat Excursions, Ice House

Summer Mountain Biking, Golf, Indoor Golf Facilities, Adventure Zone, Segway Personal Transport, Scenic Train Rides

Stratton Mountain
5 Village Lodge
Stratton Mountain, VT
800.787.2886

Twenty-five minutes away, provides varied terrain for all skill levels. Stratton Village offers a variety of slope-side shopping and dining possibilities.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING, TELEMARK & SNOWSHOEING

Hildene
1005 Hildene Road
Manchester, VT
800.578.1788

In the winter months, the Pavilion adjacent to the Welcome Center houses a rental shop. Our approximately 12 miles of walking trails on the estate become ski trails with varying levels of difficulty. We offer ski and snowshoe rentals for children and adults.

Our ski season typically runs from mid-December to mid-March 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, weather permitting.

Parking is in the main lot adjacent to the Welcome Center. For your safety and so we can be aware that people are on the trails, everyone, including members, must sign in at the Welcome Center.

Merck Forest and Farm Center
3270 Route 315
Rupert, VT
802.394.7836

Merck Forest and Farmland Center is composed of 3,162 acres and includes a 3,100 acre managed forest with over thirty miles of trails for cross-country skiing and show-shoeing.

MFFC is open to the public year-round, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee. MFFC is community-supported through donations, membership fees, cabin rentals and MFFC product sales.

Viking Nordic Centre
615 Little Pond Road
Londonderry, VT
802.824.3933

Beautiful and interesting trails wind through old woods, past classic Vermont scenery, around a busy beaver pond, and along-side the West River. Our terrain is mixed from easy, short wooded loops that keep skiers out of the wind and near the ski center to longer treks out to picnic tables placed at scenic vistas. We meticulously groom 32 km of ski trails for both classic and skate ski techniques and snowshoeing. We also have an additional 4 km of dedicated snowshoe only trails. Snowshoes are allowed on all our ski trails and if conditions are right, fat bikes too.

SNOWMOBILING

Snowmobile Vermont

A Vermont guide for snowmobile tours and snowmobile rentals in Killington, Okemo, Stowe, and Mount Snow Vermont. Experience the excitement and adventure of snowmobiling with Vermont’s oldest, largest, and most experienced snowmobile tour. We offer a range of riding that is suited for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced rider. We supply you with the newest high-tech Polaris snowmobiles, helmets, and boots. Our tours run every day, just choose Killington, Okemo, Stowe, or Mount Snow. info@snowmobilevermont.com

Killington Snowmobile Tours: 802.422.2121

Okemo Snowmobile Tours: 802.422.2121

Stowe Snowmobile Tours: 802.253.6221

Mount Snow Snowmobile Tours: 802.464.7100

ATV Vermont: 802.422.2121

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association Snowmobiling site is the place to go for numerous possibilities

Snowmobiling tours and vacations are growing in popularity in Vermont. A 5,000-mile magical highway appears in Vermont each winter for snowmobilers. It crosses public and private land and makes some of this world’s most spectacular vistas of nature accessible to snow travelers.

Maps mark trail heads, snowmobile bridges, fuel, food, and lodging stops. With a little planning, a full statewide tour awaits. Nature and the pleasure of your family and friends riding in tandem provide the fun, while towns and villages along the way supply additional amenities.

WINTER EQUIPMENT RENTAL AND SALES

Equipe Sport
8749 VT Route 30
Rawsonville, VT
802.297.2847

Skiing, riding, cross country skiing, telemarking, snowshoeing, kayaking or hiking, we make it our business to know where to go, what to bring, and how to get there. Purchase, demo, rent and enjoy the latest in outdoor equipment. They sell bike gear for mountain biking as well

Vermont Gear
286 Waits River Road
Bradford, VT
800.222.9316

Family owned and operated since 1983. We are in a mill, not a mall, with over 18 acres of land to explore. The store has grown but our philosophy has never changed. We do our best to bring you the products that have been asked for and with the best of quality and service. With this idea in mind the store has over 4 million dollars in inventory of footwear, clothing, gear, sporting goods, and house ware items—all quality name brands you know and love. If you don’t see what you are looking for in our online store. Call us—we are happy to take phone orders, and we frequently offer unadvertised in-store specials!

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