The Maple Leaf Inn
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The Maple Leaf Inn is a Victorian-style farmhouse nestled snugly within sixteen acres of maple and birch trees. This Vermont Bed and Breakfast is located in Barnard, a quintessential village with steepled churches, the oldest general store in Vermont, country lanes and back roads. We are conveniently located near the Vermont Law School, Dartmouth College, Simon Pearce, and King Arthur Flour. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, an outdoor adventure, or to simply relax and recharge, the Maple Leaf Inn is your destination.
We invite you to explore farms, fields, and forests ever changing with the seasons and the spectacular views of Silver Lake and the Green Mountains. We are participating in the "On The Trail Of Justin Morgan" which celebrates the American Morgan Horse breed. Take advantage of the hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, antiquing, fishing and boating in this beautiful area.
You might even catch a glimpse of moose, bear or deer on our property. Escape from your hectic routine to relax and enjoy the serenity and beauty that is Vermont.
How to Find Us
Take I-89 to Exit 1 and follow Route 4 to Woodstock, VT. From Woodstock travel 9 miles north on Route 12 towards Barnard. The Maple Leaf Inn is 1/2 mile north of the Barnard Inn Restaurant. It is on the right and sits back off of the road about 1/3 of a mile. Just look for the white fence and our sign. If you are coming on Route 12 south, we are 1/4 mile south of the Barnard General Store, on the left. The Maple Leaf Inn is centrally located in New England and is convenient to major highways from all directions.
New York, NY: 269 miles
Hartford, CT: 175 miles
Boston, MA: 157 miles
Providence, RI: 189 miles
Portland, ME: 160 miles
Montreal, Canada: 215 miles
Quebec City, Canada: 270 miles
Toronto, Canada: 524 miles
Burlington, VT: 98 miles
Albany, NY: 147 miles
Many wonderful things to do and places to go in the surrounding area await you: Microbrewery Tours
Several microbreweries are located within a short drive of the Maple Leaf Inn. Check out the Long Trail or Harpoon breweries.
The Billings Farm Museum offers a view of historic Vermont while the Montshire Museum is a wonderful science museum that lets you experience the wonders of nature up close. The Shelburne Museum near Burlington may be the highlight of your visit - but get an early start - there is a lot to see.
How do they make those cute little Vermont Teddy Bears and where is the line for those free samples at Ben & Jerry's? Cabot Cheese, home of the world's best cheddar (they have a gold medal to prove it!) has a wonderful factory store. Wash it all down with a stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill - especially in the fall when they are pressing the apples. See how maple syrup is made and sample the local cheese packaged at Sugarbush Farms.
Arts and Crafts
Vermont abounds with wonderful craftsmen and artisans such as: Simon Pearce Glassblowing, Charles Shackleton Hand Crafted Furniture, Sabra Field Fine Arts, Celie Fago and Miranda Thomas Pottery.
The Woodstock and Quechee areas abound in quaint shops, galleries and antique stores specializing in high quality items from local craftsmen and from around the world. You might consider visiting F.H. Gillingham's General Store, the Quechee Gorge Village or the Bridgewater Mill Marketplace.
Some of these challenging tournament quality golf courses include the Woodstock CC, Green Mountain National Golf Course, or Killington Golf Course. If you just want to have a fun round of golf, we also offer some easier and modestly priced courses such as White River CC or the Montague Country Club. All of these courses are within a half hour drive of the Maple Leaf Inn. We might even have some clubs that you can borrow.
Do you want to try the challenge of mountain biking to the top of Vermont's second highest mountain peak? Or join up with a tour group to explore some of our Vermont back roads? How about renting a bike from one or our local bike shops or bring your own bike - we can provide you with a map to help you find your way there and back again. The inn also has bikes that can be borrowed. Please speak to the innkeepers about the availability.
The Appalachian Trail is just a few minutes drive from our door and the Long Trail (where you will find the popular Robert Frost Trail) is a short drive into the Green Mountain National Forest. For a short hike you might consider the trail to the top of Mount Tom overlooking the village of Woodstock or perhaps a trip down into the bottom of the Quechee Gorge. We also have some well barked but semi-improved trails through the woods at our Maple Leaf inn. Keep an eye out for deer, moose and black bear, oh my!
Horseback Riding/Carriage Rides
The Kedron Valley Stables and the Green Mountain Horse Association are located in South Woodstock, the heart of Vermont horse country. Be sure to check the GMHA site for information on the many equestrian events held each summer. If you love horses, be sure to put the Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury on your list of places to see.
The pristine waters of our local lakes and streams provide ideal conditions for fly fishing, canoeing, swimming or kayaking. If you have your own tackle, we can help you find a local fishing hole - if you need lessons, equipment or a guide, try Wilderness Trails or Trout on the Fly. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Silver Lake State Park just around the corner from our Maple Leaf Inn. Our little lake is a beautiful crystal clear lake created when the glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age. There is a swimming beach at the lake as well - if you can take the cold clear water!
Our beautiful Vermont winters provide lots of opportunities for outdoor winter activities including:
Downhill Skiing/Cross Country Skiing/Snowboarding
Downhill skiing is just around the corner - either world class terrain and facilities at Killington (the biggest ski resort east of the Rocky Mountains) or our friendly little Suicide Six resort. Both have everything you need - snowmaking, lessons, and equipment. Maybe this is the year you try snowboarding? Is cross country skiing more your style? Consider the Woodstock Ski Touring Center or Wilderness Trails in Quechee.
Snow shoeing is becoming one of our fastest growing winter sports. If you have your own shoes, we can point you to trails on our 16 acre grounds or send you to the nearby Silver Lake State Park - itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun to snowshoe across the lake and visit the ice fishermen in their shanty. You can rent snowshoes at Woodstock Sports or Wilderness Trails where you can sign up for a snowshoe trek through the woods conducted by a local amateur naturalist to spot wildlife signs in the deep woods.
We have several places for skating (dependent upon weather conditions) either bring your own skates or rent them from Woodstock Sports. The Kedron Valley Stables does romantic sleigh rides for couples through the quiet woods of South Woodstock - their sunset sleigh ride is very romantic and very popular! On holiday weekends throughout the winter you can take a big sleigh ride at the Billings Farm and Museum where huge farm plow horses pull the hay wagon across the snow swept fields - you'll feel like a kid again.
Just like skiing while sitting down! Everyone should try this at least once. The tour operators provide everything including helmets, warm clothing and the ride of your life. Check out their sites at Vermont Snowmobile Tours and Adventures in Snowmobiling.