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If waking up to the sound of birds instead of highway traffic is what you are looking for, then the Fitch Hill Inn is the bed and breakfast for you.
Our circa 1797 Vermont Federal farmhouse sits on a three-and-a-half acre hilltop over a quarter-mile from Highways 15 and 100, so peace and quiet prevail. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Green Mountains from the wicker chairs on the front porch or the swing on the front lawn.
Relax on one of the decks with views of the beautiful gardens and woods or take a walk through those woods.
For those who want to do something other than just relax and unwind, there are dozens of choices within a half-hour's drive. Lamoille County offers some of the best downhill and cross country skiing in the east at places like Stowe Mountain and Smuggler's Notch. It also has some of the best fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the Lamoille River, Lake Elmore and the Green River Reservoir. Hiking and snowshoeing opportunities abound and there are 3 golf courses within 20 miles for the golf enthusiast.
If you're a fan of covered bridges, Lamoille County has the largest collection still standing in Vermont. If food or drink is your passion, Cabot Creamery, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Boyden Valley Winery all offer tours and/or tastings. Like antiques? There are a dozen or more shops and malls in the area with a wide selection of merchandise and prices. For those of you whose interests lean toward the arts, both Hyde Park and Stowe (which is only a 15-minute drive away) have summer theater productions. Stowe also has numerous concerts featuring all types of music throughout the summer and art galleries give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the visual arts year-round.
When you are done exploring the area for the day, return to the Fitch Hill Inn for some refreshments while you plan where to dine that evening. Use the menus collected from many local restaurants to help you make this decision, made difficult by the numerous outstanding choices in and around Stowe!
If the sound of the birds doesn't waken you, perhaps the smell of Green Mountain Coffee brewing or homemade muffins baking will!
A full hot breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, homemade muffins or sweet breads, a main course such Stuffed French Toast or John's Savory Egg Casserole, fruit juice and coffee, tea, or hot cocoa is served in our dining room or on the deck (weather permitting, of course).
Let us know if you have any special breakfast requests or dietary needs. We will be happy to accommodate them. Our goal is for no guest to leave the breakfast table hungry!
No matter what time of year or what your interests, Lamoille County, Vermont, offers a great getaway. And hosts Julie and John Rohleder will make your stay at the Fitch Hill Inn one of the highlights of your trip to this beautiful corner of the world.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Julie and John for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
It's a mix of people coming to Johnson State College, either for the college itself or for one of the summer programs there (Burklyn Ballet, soccer camps) and people touring the area.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We have a quiet location, off the main road, and people love our breakfasts.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We aren't in a city, and only people coming to visit family come specifically to Hyde Park. People come to this area for the outdoor activities and to enjoy the rural countryside. We are about 15-20 minutes north of Stowe, VT, a tourist destination town.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
How much they like the welcoming feel of our inn. Also, the peaceful environment, the delicious breakfast, and how well we have taken care of our historic home all contribute to the compliments we have received about out inn.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
How many different things there are to do.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
http://www.fitchhillinn.com/activities.html A whole week's worth of ideas
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our village has a pretty Main Street with a bakery and some interesting architecture. The Lamoille Valley Players put on 4 shows each year at the Opera House and Hyde Park Home Days takes over Main Street one Saturday in September. We are about 1/2 mile from Main Street. Next year the new Lamoille Rail Trail will be open from Rte 15A in Morrisville through Hyde Park to Cambridge for walking, bicycles, and horses (no ATVs) and snowmobiles, skiing & snowshoeing in winter.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We have several nice restaurants nearby in Morrisville. The Bees Knees specializes in local foods and has music each evening. 10 Railroad Street is nicer casual dining. Lost Nation Brewery has very good pub food.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our website has an extensive activities listing, with links to all the things to do (see link above) http://www.vermontvacation.com is the state tourism site. VisitVT.com is the Vermont Chamber website.
How many rooms does your inn have?
6 rooms (4 regular rooms, 2 larger one-room suites)
Do you accept pets?
No pets. Nye's Green Valley Farm in Jeffersonville has a cottage where they accept pets. The Sunset Motor Inn in Morrisville has pet rooms, too.
Breakfast is part of our name, so we want it to be as memorable as the rest of your stay, and since breakfasts are as different from B&B to B&B as the decor, we thought we would tell you about ours.
First, we serve at a time convenient to you, the guest, at any time between 7 AM & 10 AM. That way you can get up and start your day or sleep in and relax. Need to be up early to travel? We can set you up with coffee or tea and some muffins to get you started. Just let us know the morning before!
We want you to enjoy your breakfast, so we'll ask you about what you like and if there is anything you can't eat. Whether it is an allergy, diabetes, or gluten-intolerance, we have options available. We are also happy to do vegetarian or vegan breakfasts, and we can accommodate our kosher guests, too.
Breakfast starts off with fresh from scratch muffins, coffee, tea, and juice. Next, a fruit course such as Cinnamon Cooked Apples or Baked Pears with Raspberry Sauce and Vanilla Yogurt gives you a healthy start. Then a main course such as Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry Sauce or John's Savory Egg Casserole.
Vermont Business Travelers
Travelling to Lamoille County on business?
Hyde Park is the county seat of Lamoille County, with easy access on VT Rtes 15 & 100 to Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Elmore, Jeffersonville, Johnson, Morrisville, Stowe, Waterville, and Wolcott. Harwick and Craftsbury in Orleans County are also within easy reach.
A hot breakfast is served on the premises, so there's no need to go out to a restaurant or make do with just coffee and pastries.
We will serve your breakfast at a time convenient to you, so you can make an early meeting if you need to.
We have Wi-Fi, cell phone reception (Verizon and AT&T), and a guest computer if you don't carry your own.
Our check-in time is from 3 -9 PM, allowing for late arrivals.
On Site Meetings:
Our Dining Room is available for business meetings.
Lunch can be provided for $14 per person for a full lunch (soup, sandwiches, drinks, dessert).
Coffee, soda, and muffins or other snacks are available for $5 per person. Just coffee and soda is available for $2 per person not staying at the inn.
The meeting room is free to overnight guests, but must be reserved in advance.
Meals are plus 9% tax.
Guest Book Comments
"Fabulous food, beautiful rooms, and Julie and John are very warm and welcoming! Great stay and everything was lovely!" Brooklyn, NY, Jan. '09
"What a wonderful trip. Fitch Hill Inn was a great starting point for all of our adventures. The central location was an easy trip to everywhere we wanted to go. Julie and John - you made it all perfect. Our room was just what we hoped for. Your knowledge of the area, your conversations and sharing of yourselves made our visit pleasant. Breakfast was so delicious. Thanks for taking care of my dietary needs. We loved the cookies and hot drinks too!" Frederick, MD, Feb. '09
"Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! The food was fabulous. We felt so comfortable here. You are both wonderful hosts. We truly enjoyed our stay and will highly recommend the Fitch Hill Inn." Portland, ME, Nov. '08