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Birch Ridge Inn

37 Butler Road, Killington, Vermont 05751
Innkeeper(s): Bill Vines & Mary Furlong
  • Introduction

    Birch Ridge Inn, front view

    The Birch Ridge Inn and Restaurant is located in Killington Vermont in the Green Mountains midway between Rutland and Woodstock Vermont. Less than 1 mile from the Killington Ski and Golf Resort, the Birch Ridge Inn provides bed and breakfast lodging that is refined not rustic with 10 individually decorated guest rooms. In addition to lodging, the Birch Ridge inn is accented by an acclaimed restaurant, comfortable lounge, beautiful gardens in the summer, breath taking foliage in the fall, and mountains of snow in the winter. Whether it's a romantic weekend, a relaxing ski or golf vacation, a business meeting, a family reunion, or quiet time in the country, book your next getaway at the Birch Ridge Inn, Killington Vermont. The Birch Ridge Inn combines the best that a Vermont Country Inn can offer, with the architectural flair typically found in alpine lodges in the Western United States or Europe. The inn is located high on a ridge dotted with Silver and White Birch Trees at Butler Road, in Killington Vermont.

    Birch Ridge Inn, shed Centrally located in the heart of the Green Mountains, 10 miles west of Woodstock Vermont, you can drive to the Birch Ridge Inn from Burlington VT in about 1 hour; 2 hours from Albany, NY or Manchester, NH; 3 hours from Boston, MA, Hartford, CT or Montreal Canada; and 4 1/2 hours from New York City. To enter the grounds at Birch Ridge, you will pass through a slate covered carriage way, reminiscent of an old Vermont covered bridge. Once you travel through the carriage way two massive A Frame buildings, constructed out of Vermont Slate, dominate the grounds. For your dining pleasure, one of the A Frames features a fine dining restaurant. In the second, you will find a comfortable great room, where you can put your feet up in front of a slate fireplace with your favorite beverage in hand. Between the two, you will find a comfortable sitting room suitable for out of the way relaxation.

    Birch Ridge Inn,  coffee mug Once you have arrived, we have the perfect recipe for a relaxing vacation! First, start off with a fresh country breakfast; then choose your favorite activity from a list including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, antiquing, exploring covered bridges, skiing, or just plain relaxing; combine a private location, nestled in the Green Mountains, surrounded by gardens in summer, breath taking foliage in the fall, and mountains of snow in the winter; and finally, garnish with a great dining and fine wines in the evening. The innkeepers, Bill Vines and Mary Furlong, respect the needs of the sophisticated traveler. They have spent many years in industry with corporations including Motorola and Ocean Spray Cranberries traveling the world. Bill and Mary have created a unique place to enjoy and escape the pressures of a busy world.

    Birch Ridge Inn, patio Since moving to Killington full time in 1997, Bill and Mary have also donated significant time back to the local community. Bill has been active in the Killington Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Chamber's board of directors, as Vice President, and as President. Bill also performs marketing consulting services under the auspices of Birch Ridge Inc. Mary works with the Town of Killington on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Bill and Mary chronicle activities in Killington on their blog, What ever your schedule may be, let Bill and Mary help you discover Vermont and get the most out of your visit to Killington during a stay at the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Birch Ridge Inn, dinner Experience Gourmet Delights at the Birch Ridge Inn! Rack of Lamb at Birch Ridge At the Birch Ridge Inn, you will find an intimate restaurant for your dining pleasure. Birch Ridge specializes in cuisine that is a fusion of American and Continental styles. The predominate style features roasted, sautéed, and grilled selections with savory sauces. Mediterranean and German/Austrian influences occur, as well as Oriental on occasion. A new menu is prepared weekly, based upon available ingredients from the market. The menu each evening will vary, taking into account the seasons, available ingredients and guest preferences. Dining at the Birch Ridge Inn is a perfect way to round out your Vermont experience. We recommend reservations for dinner at Birch Ridge. You can make your dinner reservation online. Or, you can also call us directly at 800-435-8566 if you prefer. Either way, we ill be happy to accommodate your needs.

  • The Birch Ridge Inn - The Perfect Venue

    Birch Ridge Inn, weddings

    Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Birch Ridge Inn is the perfect venue for your function. The innkeepers, Mary and Bill, together with the staff of the inn will work with you to plan every element....Making you look great to the people you invite to your event! The inn is the perfect environment to hold:

    • Multi-day Business Conferences and Strategy Sessions
    • Business Meetings over Dinner
    • Family Reunions
    • Weddings and Civil Unions from 2 to 75
    • Wedding Rehearsal Dinners
    • Significant Event (Anniversary, Birthday, Christmas, etc.) Parties

    To accommodate functions, Birch Ridge offers:

    • 10 individually decorated guest rooms
    • A Full Service Restaurant with function seating to 35
    • A 1000 Sq. Foot Great Room
    • A Garden Function area (Summer) suitable for Tents to accommodate up to 75

    Convenient location Walking distance to other restaurants and night clubs in Killington Midway between Rutland and Woodstock Vermont <1 Mile from Killington Base Lodge <1 Mile from Killington Resort Golf Course <3 miles from Green Mountain National Golf Course Easy Access < 1.5 hours driving time from Burlington Vermont 3 hours driving time from Boston 5 hours driving time from New York City Convenient Air Access from Burlington VT, Albany NY, Manchester NH, Hartford CT, Boston MA, Montreal Canada, New York Metro Access via Amtrak from New York City to Rutland Vermont We look forward to working with you to plan your event! Weddings - It's Your Special Day Set in the Green Mountains of Killington, the Birch Ridge Inn is the perfect spot to host family and friends as your wedding day approaches. Birch Ridge can accommodate wedding groups from 2 to 100. Your special day should be in a special place. The Birch Ridge Inn with ten unique guest rooms, provides both luxury and privacy from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. Surrounded by gardens in summer, and a blanket of snow in winter, Birch Ridge can provide a relaxing escape for your guests. Each room is distinctly appointed. 6 rooms feature fireplaces. 4 fireplace rooms also have whirlpool tubs for 2. Birch Ridge is fully configured with ramps, a lift, and handicapped facilities to accommodate the physically challenged or those that need special assistance. For rehearsal parties, Sunday brunch, or civil union and wedding receptions, let Birch Ridge host your group. Our gourmet restaurant, which specializes in a fusion of American and Continental cuisine's, is suitable for formal dinner parties of up to 35 people, or informal buffets for 75. A fine wine list, and full service bar are available to provide libations. If you would like an outdoor wedding, our Garden Function area is available in the summer to accommodate groups of up to 75. Let us help you plan your celebration as a special evening, or a gala mountain party. Together, we will welcome your guests to Killington in style for a celebration they will never forget! Meeting and Conferences at the Birch Ridge Inn The innkeepers, Bill Vines and Mary Furlong, understand and respect the needs of the sophisticated traveler. Prior to creating the Birch Ridge Inn, they spent many years in industry with corporations including Motorola and Ocean Spray Cranberries traveling the world, attending meetings, hosting conferences. Bill and Mary believe that, in Birch Ridge, they have created a unique place to enjoy and escape the pressures of a busy world. It is also the perfect place to take your team of people and escape for a few days, to plan for the future, to figure things out, and to develop personal bonds among coworkers to create a strong team. The Birch Ridge Inn with ten unique guest rooms, provides both luxury and privacy to accommodate your group. For your meetings, the facilities of the restaurant, great room, and sitting room are available for your use. Each guest room is designed for the business traveler, with a telephone and wireless internet connections. And, should a team member require it, Birch Ridge is fully configured with ramps, a lift, and handicapped facilities to accommodate the physically challenged or those that need special assistance. It has been said that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And that is another reason to take your team away to Birch Ridge. Being avid skiers, golfers, and bicycle enthusiasts, Bill and Mary can help you plan your business meeting to get real work done and to take advantage of the beauty of the Green Mountains of central Vermont. With the best skiing in the east 1 mile away at Killington, and 18 championship golf courses within a 40 minute drive, your break out sessions for recreation are assured. Let us help you plan your next business meeting or conference at the Birch Ridge Inn at Killington. And if you are thinking of something more private, let the innkeepers at Birch Ridge help you plan your elopement and your honeymoon.

  • Experience Vermont from the Birch Ridge Inn!

    Birch Ridge Inn, trees

    Vermont is meant to be experienced. It could be the adrenaline rush of hurtling down a mountain trail; the sweet smell of wild flowers strolling through the woods; the stillness of a high country pond broken only by the snap of your fly rod at dawn; that last putt of the season on the 18th green with the autumn leaves behind you..... While at Birch Ridge, let Bill and Mary help you get the most out of your visit to Vermont. What activity would you like to participate in while staying a the Birch Ridge Inn? Play a round of golf? Ski Killington? Hike a mountain trail? Snowboard a half-pipe? Bike a quiet country road? Go cross-country skiing? Tempt gravity on a Mountain Bike? Try your luck fishing? Visit covered bridges? Read a book by the fireplace? What ever you choose, it is part of the experience of Vermont at the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Birch Ridge Inn, golf course

    Experience the Golf Courses of Vermont from the Birch Ridge Inn! Golf is one of Vermont's best secrets; and the Birch Ridge Inn is a great place to stay to learn about it. Only in Vermont can you enjoy the beauty of the Vermont countryside while facing the challenge of mountain and traditional golf courses. Both Mary and Bill, your innkeepers, are accomplished recreational golfers. Let them help you plan your Vermont golf vacation.

    Some of Mary and Bill's favorite golf courses near Birch Ridge include:

    Green Mountain National Golf Course: Carved out of the National Forest, this course is a must play for the Vermont golf vacation. With 5 different tee levels on each hole, golfers of all abilities can enjoy this magnificent course. Golf Digest consistently rates Green Mountain as the "Top Public Golf Course in Vermont". Green Mountain National is a short 5 minute drive from the Birch Ridge Inn and is featured in our Golf Packages. Let us reserve your tee time at the National when you make your room reservation at the Birch Ridge.

    Killington Golf Course: The original resort course offers a challenging round of golf with very scenic views of Killington. Designed by Geoffrey Cornish, the Killington Golf Course offers one of Vermont's most spectacular tests of golf. The Killington Golf Course is less than 1 mile from the Birch Ridge Inn on Killington Rd.

    Rutland Country Club: Mountain vista's, church spires, and a championship design make this an excellent course to sample Vermont golf. Ranked among the best golf courses in Vermont, this is a must play for the avid golfer. Rutland is one of the older layouts in the region. Superior care and attention are reflected in the stately condition of the course. Rutland Country Club is located in Rutland, 16 miles from the Birch Ridge Inn, or about 20 minutes driving time.

    Proctor Pittsford Country Club: Founded by Redfield Proctor, son of the founder of the Vermont Marble Company, this is a hidden jewel many would miss. The natural setting and rolling terrain offers just the right mix of hills and level areas to make this an interesting golf challenge. Proctor Pittsford is located on Corn Hill in Pittsford Vermont, approximately 25 minute driving time from the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Other Vermont courses that Mary and Bill enjoy playing include Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon , Lake St. Catherine in Poultney, Montague Golf Club in Randolph, and the Woodstock Country Club in Woodstock. All together, there are 17 courses within a one hour drive from the Inn. Plan your Vermont Golf Vacation now with Bill and Mary at the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Birch Ridge Inn, winter snow

    Ski Vermont this Winter from the Birch Ridge Inn! It is no secret, winter in Vermont is as good as it gets! And the Birch Ridge Inn is a great place to stay to experience it. The majestic Green Mountains present skiers and riders with a delightful mix of terrain styles, suitable for all abilities. Both Mary and Bill, your innkeepers, are seasoned intermediate skiers. Let them help you plan your Vermont winter vacation.

    Some of Mary and Bill's favorite mountains near Birch Ridge include:

    Killington: Go to Switzerland, or Colorado if you want a little mid-mountain cafe, but if you want to ski , come to Killington. With 7 mountains, 71 miles of trails, 22 lifts including 9 quads and 2 Gondola's, the worlds most extensive snow making on top of 250 inches of natural snow, a 3,050 ft (957m) vertical drop...

    All the stat's aside, Bill and Mary built Birch Ridge at Killington, versus buying an existing inn at another mountain. The skiing is that good! The Birch Ridge Inn is located 1 mile from the Killington base lodge, on purpose, to allow Bill and Mary time to ski. And with the longest ski season of any ski resort in America, they get to ski a lot.

    Pico: Pico Mountain, the sister resort of Killington in the town of Killington, offers the intimacy of classic Vermont skiing with long runs and diverse terrain. It is finished off with a central base lodge complete with a roaring fire in a stone fireplace. Pico offers big-time skiing and snowboarding with a 1,967-foot vertical and 50 trails, seven lifts (including two high-speed quads), a terrain park and 75% snowmaking coverage.

    Sugarbush: in the Mad River Valley between Warren and Waitsfield Vermont, Sugarbush is experiencing a renewal. Sugarbush is approximately a 1 hour drive north of the Birch Ridge Inn, along scenic Route 100. Many locals praise "the Bush" as an alternative to Killington. Try it one day during your ski week in Vermont.

    Okemo: Mary first learned to ski at Okemo in her teenage years. Like Mary, Okemo has since gracefully matured. With tons of moderate terrain and grooming every where, you won't find many knee-knockers at Okemo. But if you love to cruise, Okemo is an interesting diversion. Located in Ludlow Vermont, Okemo is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Birch Ridge Inn on Route 100 South.

    Being a mile from the Killington Base Lodge, most guests of the Birch Ridge Inn will find the Seven Mountains of Killington more terrain than they can possibly cover during a weeks vacation. But for the adventurous, Vermont has many other fine ski resorts that are easy drives from the Birch Ridge Inn. From Jay Peak, Stowe, and Mad River Glen to the north, to Bromley and Mount Snow to the south, the Green Mountains of Vermont offer world class mountains with New England charm.

    Birch Ridge Inn, forest

    Take a Hike! Experience Nature in Vermont from the Birch Ridge Inn!

    ...Was it the deer in the clearing, the fox dashing across the trail, the moose lumbering down the side of the pond, the green hues of the forest, the sun setting over a mountain peak....

    The experience of hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont refreshes the soul. As you walk slowly through the countryside images of nature appear that just are not there from the window of a speeding car.

    From the Birch Ridge Inn you can enjoy a wide variety of hiking experiences. You can explore remote waterfalls, hidden brooks, deep forest, and find sweeping views of the Green Mountains. Many excellent day hikes are right outside the front door of the Inn. Some of Mary and Bill's favorites include:

    Deers Leap

    The Deers Leap Trail is a unique day hike that includes portions of the Long and Appalachian Trials. The trails leads to a spectacular view across the Sherburne Gap from the top of Deer Leap Cliffs. The trail starts at the top of Sherburne Pass on US Route 4, approximately 3 miles from the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Killington Peak

    The 50 mile trail network at Killington has something for everyone. And the views will leave you breathless. From the peak you can view the Green Mountains, the White Mountains and Presidential Range, and the Adirondacks. And if you only want to walk in one vertical direction (up or down) the trail network is serviced by the Killington K1 Gondola. Killington's trails are less than 1 mile from the Birch Ridge Inn on Killington Road.

    Quechee Gorge

    This hike features spectacular views of the 155 foot deep Quechee Gorge and the Ottauquechee River. The force of the river has carved the gorge deep into the surrounding bedrock. In middle of June each year, Quechee Gorge is also a good side trip to take while viewing the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival. Quechee Gorge if on Route 4 approximately 25 minutes east of the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Texas Falls

    Impressive waterfalls and geological formations make this trail and enjoyable, easy hike through part of the Green Mountain National Forest. The trail features elaborate stone steps and walls which descend to the falls. In early summer, winter snow melt from the mountains makes the falls roar. But any time of the year the views are enjoyable. Texas Falls is located off Route 100 approximately 25 minutes north of the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Bike the Green Mountains of Vermont from the Birch Ridge Inn!

    Cycling, both on and off road, is an excellent way to explore the Vermont country side. Whether you are interested in a comfortable bike tour, the heart pumping exercise of a mountain climb, or the adrenaline rush of hurtling down a mountain trail on a mountain bike, the diversity of terrain near the Birch Ridge Inn will suit your style. You can bring your own bike to Birch Ridge, or rent equipment from one of the many area bike shops. No matter what you choose, you are in for a great day of adventure in the Green Mountains.

    Bike Touring

    Vermont is one of the best places to go bicycle touring. The many winding back country roads, small villages, white picket fences, covered bridges, meandering rivers, brooks, and deep blue lakes create a visual feast for the touring cyclist. From Birch Ridge you have easy access to bike touring through out the region. Whether cycling along Vermont Route 100 past Echo Lake, or riding along the Ottauquechee River, opportunities to explore quaint villages and the quiet country side abound.

    One of Mary and Bill's favorite bike tours is an 18 mile tour called the Salt Ash Loop. This tour travels past both the Calvin Coolidge birth place and the Long Trail Ale brewery (guess which one Bill likes to visit?). It is an interesting ride through the Vermont country side.

    Mountain Biking

    Mountain Bikers have lots to choose from at the Birch Ridge Inn. Off road terrain for mountain biking can be found on many trails within the Green Mountain Forest System. CCC trails and logging roads criss cross the forest near Woodward Reservoir and Echo Lake adjacent to Route 100. There are a multitude of single track and back road riding trails in the Calvin Coolidge State Forest in the nearby Plymouth Historic District. In addition, there are a number of paths and dirt roads which follow the Ottauquechee river through Sherburne, Bridgewater and Woodstock.

    And then there is Killington! If you thought skiing down a mountain was fun, try a mountain bike in summer. You will find mountain biking adventures for all skill levels at Killington in the summertime. No matter what type of biking adventure you are looking for, you will find it in Vermont. And all of Vermont is easily in your reach, at the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Go Fishing during your stay at the Birch Ridge Inn

    The gentle surge of a cold mountain stream in the morning is excuse enough for many people to snap a fly line. But when you combine it with the beauty of the Vermont countryside, you have an opportunity for some memorable experiences. Whether your preference is to find a remote pond accessible only by footpath, wade hip deep into a stream, or search out fish by boat, an assortment of alternatives awaits you in Vermont. All close by to the Birch Ridge Inn.

    Vermont provides many opportunities for sport fisherman. The mountain streams and brooks of the Green Mountain National Forest, like the Ottauquechee, are home to brook trout which require cold temperatures and very clean water. The larger rivers, which are warmer, hold brown and rainbow trout. Lakes in the area contain yellow perch, bass, northern pike, bullhead, landlocked salmon and lake trout.

    Near the Birch Ridge Inn, Chittenden Reservoir holds salmon, brook, rainbow and brown trout. North Pond, South Pond, Colton Pond, and Beaver Pond are all home to brook trout; and Kent Pond also contains rainbow.

    To fish Vermont waters, a fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 15. The license can be purchased at town clerk offices, and many general stores and sporting goods stores throughout the state.

    Tour Vermont's Covered Bridges and other Historic Sites from the Birch Ridge Inn!

    Vermont's covered bridges symbolize an honored past and stand as proof of that past's enduring relevance. Originally built "a load of hay high and wide", the resulting structures have enchanted visitors, while providing a vital transportation link for local Vermonters. Along major traffic corridors, many bridges have been replaced with modern structures of steel and asphalt. But just off the main traffic routes, the majority of Vermont 's existing covered bridges continue to perform their original function, while carrying traffic even heavier than their designers had anticipated. A fine example is the Taftsville Bridge in Woodstock, built in 1836, shown on the left.

    All told, Vermont has some 106 covered bridges (not including the Covered Carriageway found at the Birch Ridge Inn.) Many bridges are clustered in a way that makes them easy to visit during a tour of the Vermont countryside.

    While you are out touring Covered Bridges, Mary and Bill also recommend that you include other historic sites in Vermont. Some they recommend include:

    Billings Farm and Museum

    A premier agricultural museum which sustains the spirit of the late 19th century Vermont agriculture. The farm reveals the richness and sophistication of Vermont farm life as well as its ordinary details. Explore the barns at milking time, the farm life exhibits and award winning 1890 farm house. Located in Woodstock Vermont.

    Calvin Coolidge Birth Place

    A museum and village dedicated to the 30th President of the United States. The museum is a chronology of the life of Calvin Coolidge and the village depicts life during the era in which he lived. Located in the Plymouth Notch Historic District, Plymouth Vermont.

    Vermont Marble Museum

    The museum depicts the history of marble quarrying and production of new blocks of marble into finished products. There is a focus on both the wide assortment of uses for Vermont marble as well as the significant impact the industry has had on the state of Vermont. Located in Proctor Vermont.

    Wilson Castle

    An architectural master piece built in the middle of the 18th century. The facade of the castle is set with English brick and marble and is dominated by nineteen open proscenium arches and shadowed by a towering turret parapet and balcony. The estate is set on 115 acres of land which includes a cattle barn, stables. the carriage house, the gas house and an aviary stocked with Indian peacocks. Located in Proctor Vermont.