Restaurants, Bars Near Hanover to Watch Dartmouth Sports

A group of young people at one Hanover restaurants.One of the Norwich and Hanover area’s main attractions is Dartmouth College. One of the exciting things about this college is the enthusiasm and passion behind its sports. Athletic programs are an institution at many universities with long and storied histories. If you are lucky to be staying at the Norwich Inn during the school year, chances are you will come across fans gushing about an upcoming game. 

Top Bars, Restaurants to Watch Dartmouth Sports

How to best soak in the local pride depends on what sport you are interested in a where you are watching it. We’ve compiled a list of the best hangouts and restaurants in Norwich and Hanover to watch the big game. Before you walk into one or more of these establishments, check out the Dartmouth athletics schedule and plan accordingly.

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse

We can’t go without bringing attention to Norwich Inn’s alehouse. We offer a wide selection of finger foods, brews, and signature cocktails. It’s the best place to catch up on happenings in the area while sipping on a house-brewed Jasper Murdock ale.

Molly’s Restaurant and Bar

Molly’s has been a staple in the community for college students since the 80s. The menu will have something for everyone with burgers, pizza, and sandwiches for you to enjoy during the game. Take some time to view the restaurant’s Ivy League memorabilia, Hanover sports photos, and more.

Dunk’s Sports Grill

Located in downtown Hanover, Dunk’s is an upcoming sports bar. It’s a great place to watch The Big Green when you are in town. Check out the bar’s beer menu as it offers twelve draft beers that are constantly changing and new bottles and cans each week.

Cheer On the Big Green at Norwich Inn

It’s true. This is the best place to cheer on Dartmouth while you are in town. Start your stay at Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse and visit one or two restaurants in Norwich or Hanover. The Norwich Inn’s history dates back to 1797, which is why you can trust us about all the best ways to enjoy the Upper Valley. Give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about our inn (or check availability online).

Take In the Scenic Nature at an Upper Valley Golf Club

A women swinging a golf club at a Norwich golf course.No matter where you travel, chances are you will try to squeeze in a few rounds of golf where you can get it. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be reading this. We are here to tell you that The Norwich Inn is close to an outstanding golf course for you to visit.

A Great Golf Course is not far away Near Norwich

So whether you are touring Dartmouth College or some of the breweries in the area, you won’t be far from a green. Visit or more to explore these golf courses’ unforgettable scenes and views.

Montcalm Golf Club

This course offers fantastic views that you might not get to see anywhere else in the Upper Valley. Over the 18-holes, you can see mountains, hills, valleys, and lakes as you set up for your drive.

Green Mountain National Golf Course

This is another awe-inspiring golf course in Vermont. 18-holes with an expansive view of the surrounding nature. The course is nestled away in the mountains, so you can expect to be challenged by varied terrains and the elevation change. 

Eastman Golf Links

This is a fantastic choice for golf enthusiasts and newcomers to the game. If it’s your first time, guests are given a free full-color course yardage guide and offered the free Eastman Golf App. The course covers 18-holes that provide enough challenge for a seasoned golf player or a newcomer to the sport. It’s absolutely a fun and enjoyable course to spend the day on.

You Won’t Miss Tee Time. We’re Close to an Upper Valley Golf Club!

There’s nothing worse for your golf game than running late to your tee time. The good thing is that an Upper Valley golf course is near The Norwich Inn. You’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep thanks to our spacious rooms and a dedicated staff. You’ll wake up recharged and ready to play your best golf game in years. Give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about our inn (or check availability online).

Traveler’s Guide to Vermont Leaf Peeping in the Upper Valley

Vermont is up there for states that are not to be missed once autumn rolls around. At The Norwich Inn, we get to see this every year, so we know a thing or two about where to find the best locations to snap a photo or gaze at the fall foliage. We’ve made a simple guide for getting the most out of Vermont leaf peeping this autumn.

Vermont Leaf Peeping To-Dos

  • Don’t come too late! Peak colors fade out by the time October ends. So look to book with us in September or early October.
  • The first thing you’ll want to do is decide if you plan to walk, drive, or paddle. There’s no wrong answer, by the way.
  • Rent an ATV. ATV Vermont is nearby, and you can race to some of the best areas to snap pictures before anyone else has a chance. 
  • If an ATV is too fast for you, take things slow with a horse-drawn ride. Kedron Valley Stables is your best option.
  • Bring your mountain bike or rent one at Suicide Six. In addition, the Suicide Six trails are free to use.
  • Go ahead and walk at your own pace. Vermont has some fantastic hiking trails. For starters, you can get hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail or try the Gile Mountain Trail.
  • Take a breezy tour through Dartmouth College’s campus if you are interested in an urban stroll to see the fall colors.
  • If you want to see it all, might we suggest booking a reservation for a hot air balloon ride? Quechee Balloon Rides LC can take you up high for a once-in-a-lifetime view. 
  • Before you head out, check in with the Vermont Fall Foliage Reports. You’ll save some time and get the most up-to-date information on when to see the peak colors in the area.
  • Vermont is known for having historic and rustic covered bridges. It also happens to be a great place to pull over and shoot some photos.

When the Sun Sets Spend the Night at The Norwich Inn

After you finish your Vermont leaf peeping adventure, head back to The Norwich Inn for award-winning craft beer and casual dining. The Norwich Inn’s history dates back to 1797, which is why you can trust us about all the best ways to enjoy Vermont leaf peeping this autumn in the Upper Valley. Give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about our inn (or check availability online).

5 Summertime Outdoor Activities in the Upper Valley, Vermont

A forest similar to one near Norwich, Vermont, with a barn in the distance. Ideally this is one of Vermont's outdoor activities.

5 Summertime Outdoor Activities in the Upper Valley, Vermont

Summertime is the best time to get outdoors and see what hides in the Upper Valley. The Norwich Inn knows this best. We hope you will soon discover what outdoor activities Vermont has in store for you this summer.

Here are five things to get you on your journey.

Tour Dartmouth College

The Norwich Inn is just a little over one mile to the center of campus, making it a stroll during your visit. Need another reason to visit this historical institution? We’re providing a College Visit Package, including a $25 dining credit at the Inn and a $25 gift card to the Dartmouth Coop.

Learn About the Upper Valley’s Nature

Montshire Museum of Science has more than 100-acres that you and your family can explore and learn about while staying in the Upper Valley. See a gorgeous view of the Connecticut River or trek the Planet Walk.

Explore Vermont’s Covered Bridges

Bridges are scattered all over the state, so you will probably drive and walk under one before you know it. But, if you haven’t seen one yet, try swinging by the Taftsville Covered Bridge. It’s near Woodstock and sits above the Ottauquechee River. It’s also the oldest covered bridge in Vermont.

Shop at the Norwich Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets are a phenomenal way to meet new people, try some local food flavors, and get inspired to cook something delicious. Norwich, Vermont’s farmers’ market also features live music and crafts.

Go on an Adventure With Hanover Adventure Tours

Hanover Adventure Tours will prepare you and whoever else you bring with you for, as you can guess, an adventure through the Upper Valley. The business touts electric bike rentals, tours via e-bike, hiking tours, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, hostel accommodations, and private outdoor event spaces. 

Let Norwich Inn Help You Get Outdoors This Summer

The Norwich Inn is the best place to start exploring Vermont’s scenic outdoors and discover new activities. From hiking, kayaking, biking, The Norwich Inn is a great place to start your outdoor exploration of Vermont. Please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online) to escape into Vermont’s Upper Valley.

The Norwich Inn Invests in On-Site Restaurant | Vermont Returns to “Normalcy”

 

The Norwich Inn Invests in On-Site Restaurant | Vermont Returns to “Normalcy”

As Vermont’s Upper Valley returns to a whole new level of “normalcy,” it’s important to note that the region’s oldest establishment, The Norwich Inn, has invested in its on-site restaurant and re-upped its affiliation with King Arthur Baking Company and the Vermont Nanobrewery Festival. With dining and travel restrictions lifted here in New England, the inn finally feels like its old self—with a twist!

Photo of The Norwich Inn's Outdoor Dining Area, Home to One of the Best Restaurants in Norwich, VT.Expanded, Renovated Outdoor Dining

While The Norwich Inn still exudes the “same old” sophistication, charm, and historical significance, the outdoor patio recently underwent a comprehensive overhaul, including an expansion and renovation. After all, we “never waste a crisis” to improve. You’ll notice several new features, including standing heaters, an oversized canopy, rope lights, new flooring, and enhanced landscaping. We couldn’t think of a better place in the Upper Valley to enjoy a plate of seared salmon (or beer-battered haddock) and a tall Whistling Pig Red Ale.

The Newhart Room’s Interior Transformation

Photo of the Newhart Room, a Newly-Renovated Restaurant in Norwich, VT.

Don’t forget about the most recent interior transformation of the Newhart Room (as pictured), a dazzling social area tailor-made for late-night drinks, an early-afternoon bite, or a small group gathering. Whether you aim to watch the Patriots finish a game-winning drive or sample an array of cocktails with your girlfriends, you’ll feel at home in the Newhart Room—named after the popular TV show, “Newhart.”

King Arthur Baking Company Resumes Live Classes

King Arthur Baking Company has officially resumed live classes as of June 21, 2021. It’s been a long time coming! And, much to everyone’s delight, The Norwich Inn is once again offering King Arthur packages, including the “Welcome Back Package,” featuring 20 percent off rates, a complimentary pint, a free shuttle to the bakery, and so much more!

Vermont Nanofest Returns

Raise a glass to the sky because the Vermont Nanobrewery Festival returns on August 21, 2021. The Norwich Inn is the “Nanofest’s” Official Lodging Sponsor. Thus, we’re offering an outrageous one-night Nanofest package, including free entry, a deluxe overnight stay, a complimentary pint, a souvenir tasting glass, a block of Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar, a take-home 22-ounce bottle of beer, and more!

This summer aims to be one for the ages, so please don’t hesitate to book a well-deserved vacation package before availability runs out. Browse through our specials and packages, or give us a call today at 802-649-1143. Cheers!

7 Reasons to Visit Norwich This Spring

7 Reasons to Visit Norwich This Spring

An Older Couple Hiking on This Vermont Spring VacationSpring has officially sprung in Vermont. The snow is finally melting, the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time of year to make the trip to our Vermont hotel, The Norwich Inn. Keep us in mind for your spring travels, and continue reading below for seven reasons to visit Norwich this spring.

1. Our Brewery

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather than with a cold beer. Cheers to the newly-arrived spring season at our Norwich brewery, home of Jasper Murdock Ales.

2. The Outdoors

Norwich spring is a special time of year, where Vermont transforms from a winter wonderland to a summer playground. There’s no better time of year to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer than during the spring. Get outside and get active this spring.

3. Sample the Baked Goods

What better way to kick off a Norwich spring day than with a trip to the iconic King Arthur Baking Company, where you can sample your fill of sweets or take a baking class to learn to make your favorite treats at home.

4. Visit the General Store

Have a classic small-town experience with a visit to Dan & Whit’s General Store this spring. Their motto is “if we don’t have it, you don’t need it,” in reference to their all-encompassing inventory.

5. It’s Hiking Season

Springtime in Norwich means it’s officially time to hit the trails, now that you no longer need cross-country skis. Our favorite hikes include Gile Mountain Trail and Montshire’s Ridge and Hazen Trail.

6. It’s Warm Enough to Find a Good Swimming Hole

It may not be summer yet, but it’s starting to get warm enough to explore the local swimming holes. This spring, head to Twenty Foot Hole on the Black River for a break from the heat.

7. The Farms and Orchards

Experience the best of Vermont’s world-famous produce at the Sugarbush Farm. Sugar Bush Farm started as the first production site of cheese packaged in wax bars in 1945 and now boasts a plentiful production of cheese and maple products set amongst a charming hillside location. 

To learn more about the lovely town of Norwich, Vermont, or to book your stay, head to our website. We can’t wait for you to get here.

Crisis Management 101 | Enhancements at The Norwich Inn

 

Crisis Management 101 | Enhancements at The Norwich Inn

“Never let a crisis go to waste” is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill as the world emerged from World War II. Sometimes a severe challenge such as COVID-19 can cause some to shift paradigms: how they view their world…even at a country inn. Maybe it’s getting around to things we always wanted to do; maybe it’s totally new.

Refinished Floors and a Restored Bar Top

In the former category, since our restaurant has had reduced hours and mandated capacity restrictions, we’ve been able to refinish the floors in a number of our dining venues while also restoring the bar top to its original luster. We are lucky to have Dale, our talented and versatile maintenance manager, put his skills to work. Everything looks like new. 

We’ve also instituted a Shuttle Service to area attractions: Dartmouth College, King Arthur Baking Company, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Newhart Room

Photo of The Newhart Room.In the latter category, we’ve re-imagined our original Dining Room into a multi-purpose space. Now our guests can eat, drink, work, meet, watch TV, or all of the above. We ran a contest to name the new space, and the winner was “The Newhart Room.” Where did that come from? Media sources have it that The Norwich Inn and the Town of Norwich were the inspiration behind the popular TV Show, “Newhart,” an eight-season, Golden Globe-nominated sitcom featuring Bob Newhart.

We’ve also incorporated “Whistle,” which is a premier customer service and communication platform for hotels. Whistle improves customer service through real-time engagement utilizing text and mobile message communication with our guests.

Enhanced Al Fresco Dining

The Norwich Inn has always had seasonal al fresco dining. While it had been popular, the surge in demand for the outdoors caused us to re-evaluate how to enhance and broaden the space. First, a sail cover was installed over our Patio, decorated with string lights. Second, we opened our Beer Garden to foodservice. Between the two venues, The Norwich Inn now has the most ample outdoor dining capacity in the area.

On tap for the 2021 season is a total redo and expansion of the Patio with upgraded coverage and new heaters.

While “COVID era” challenges have been daunting, it has caused us to rethink what we do to increase our relevance and enhance the guest experience.

To learn more about the historic Norwich Inn, please visit us online.

Plan a Visit to Vermont’s Newly-Rebranded King Arthur Baking Company

 

Plan a Visit to Vermont’s Newly-Rebranded King Arthur Baking Company

Photo of a Person Kneading Bread at King Arthur Flour in Vermont.King Arthur Flour, the first (and oldest) flour company in the United States, has officially rebranded. Welcome to the Norwich family, King Arthur Baking Company. After 230 years, the Vermont-based company, which began as a small, English-milled flour operation in Boston, thought it was time for an update to “better represent who [they] are today.” Despite the new name, the new brand (the crown of a “wheat king”), and the new rhetoric, Norwich’s King Arthur Baking is still the same time-defying marvel. And, luckily for you, The Norwich Inn is the closest hotel to King Arthur Baking’s 14-acre flagship campus, home to the most beloved baking school in the country.

King Arthur Baking’s Flagship Campus in Norwich, VT

While the Upper Valley’s natural beauty and neighboring Dartmouth College entice droves of travelers to the region, the area’s main draw remains King Arthur Baking’s multi-purpose complex, conveniently located on U.S. Route 5. Main Street’s Norwich Inn lies a mere mile north of the dreamy, modernized campus. Perhaps a scenic bicycle ride to and from King Arthur Baking should be in store this autumn? Although, The Norwich Inn offers $5 (each way) shuttle services to the campus.

Photo of Baked Goods at King Arthur Flour in Vermont.The 14-acre estate is home to a sleek, aromatic cafe, a well-stocked retail store, and, of course, the baking school, including four distinct classes. The outdoor patio is an idyllic place to picnic or work remotely with a cup of joe and a fresh-baked chocolate croissant by your side. Prized cafe menu items include the soupe du jour, the turkey and chipotle jam sandwich, and the wood-smoked bacon and egg sandwich. Once COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror, we expect King Arthur Baking’s full-service gourmet dinner experience to resume. Don’t forget to return home with a cookbook, baking tool, jar of artisanal jam, or vat of locally-sourced maple syrup.

King Arthur’s Growing Online Presence

One of the main reasons Norwich’s King Arthur Baking wholly rebranded was its growing online presence, combined with the nation’s current state. Because of various stay-at-home orders and quarantine measures, many Americans are spending much of their newfound time in the kitchen. Amateur bakers from all over the world began utilizing King Arthur’s Baker’s Hotline, in hopes of providing aid to those struggling with a new recipe. According to recent food trends, the hotline received over 45,000 questions in three months. The folks at King Arthur Baking also provide hundreds of recipes to coincide with the most recent seasonal shifts. They cover it all: doughnuts and cobblers to shortcakes and popovers.

Hotels near King Arthur Baking Company: The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Norwich Inn Suite, Just Minutes Away from King Arthur Flour in Vermont.The Norwich Inn is not only the nearest hotel to Vermont’s own King Arthur Baking Company, but we also offer special baking school packages. For example, the Long Live the King package includes a 20 percent discount on lodging, a complimentary Jasper Murdock Ale, a block of Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar (in collaboration with Vermont Farmstead Cheese), and a free shuttle to King Arthur’s campus. The package runs through March 31, 2021. Remember: Classes are subject to availability, so please check times at your earliest convenience. The Norwich Inn itself was established in 1797; thus, it typically allures romance-starved couples, history buffs, and lovers of fine ales and gourmet cuisines. Please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about the Long Live the King package and our many on-site luxuries.

 

Plan a Visit to Vermont in the Fall: Upper Valley Edition

 

Plan a Visit to Vermont in the Fall: Upper Valley Edition

Photo of a Barn in Southcentral Vermont in the Fall.Leaf peeping in Vermont’s Upper Valley remains a classic New England “rite of passage.” As summer gradually converts to autumn, the Upper Valley’s diverse forestry magnificently transforms from various hues of green into a colorful, eye-popping meld of marigold, amber, crimson, and kelly. Amateur photographers, honeymooners, and nature enthusiasts alike cannot resist Norwich’s allure. Visiting Southcentral Vermont in the fall is just what the doctor ordered, especially if you’ve been feeling cooped up this summer. An idyllic place to start and finish each day of heart-warming New England foliage is The Norwich Inn, a historical landmark, craft brewery, and fine eatery.

15 Ways to Embrace Vermont in the Fall

There are literally hundreds of ways to embrace Southcentral Vermont in the fall, especially if you have a fleet of eager kiddos who can find pleasure in just about anything outdoors-related. However, there’s ample sophistication, solitude, and nostalgia around every corner of this sprawling, rolling landscape. In particular, the Upper Valley is a sublime destination for couples with a penchant for absorbing history, artisanal delights, and bales of natural beauty.

If you plan to visit Vermont in the fall, we highly recommend bookmarking this makeshift “bucket list.” Some things simply cannot be overlooked, especially during the most colorful of seasons.

  1. Aerial View of Southcentral Vermont in the Fall.Snap photos of several covered bridges, all of which are surrounded by lush, vibrant foliage.
  2. Spend an afternoon at Artisans Park, home to the 14-acre Path of Life Sculpture Garden.
  3. Browse through the local farmers market, and return home with some unique goodies.
  4. Hop into the car and just drive.
  5. Embark on a self-guided Upper Valley brewery tour, where Oktoberfest lagers and pumpkin ales are abundant.
  6. Hike to the top of a jaw-dropping overlook, such as Gile Mountain’s fire tower.
  7. Book the “Great Outdoors” package, which includes hiking, biking, a 20 percent off lodging discount, and a $25 gift card to King Arthur Flour.
  8. Go “waterfalling” in search of true tranquility.
  9. Taste-test an assortment of seasonally-inspired, fall-flavored cuisines at Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse (and wash it down with an annual Oktoberfest märzen).
  10. Survive a wacky, themed corn maze.
  11. Fill a 10-pound peck with scrumptious apples at a nearby orchard.
  12. Stroll through a pumpkin patch in search of “the one.”
  13. Enjoy a picnic at King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus, which happens to feature a bevy of towering, colorful trees.
  14. Paddle down the Connecticut River in a canoe or kayak.
  15. From barn to bottle: Spend a few hours at Silo Distillery’s farmstead.

Classic New England Vacations and Vermont Fall Colors

We sincerely hope that this list of classic autumn activities inspires you to visit Southcentral Vermont in the fall. With September rapidly approaching, please don’t miss out on a romantic getaway to The Norwich Inn. As one of the top-rated hotels near Dartmouth College, our 1797 estate grows quite busy during peak seasons (such as fall). When you’re not picking apples, photographing covered bridges, hiking to summits, and shopping artisanal crafts, The Norwich Inn is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and recharge. Please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online) to book a well-deserved escape into Vermont’s vibrant Upper Valey.

The Norwich Inn: An Idyllic Wellness Retreat in New England

 

The Norwich Inn: An Idyllic Wellness Retreat in New England

Photo of Young Woman Practiving Yoga During a Wellness Retreat in New England.Researching, planning, and executing a wellness retreat in New England takes years of experience and practice. However, the friendly folks here at The Norwich Inn are here to help piece together a healthy, thoughtful getaway into Vermont’s sprawling Upper Valley. The Upper Valley itself is known for its breweries, beauty, and history (as well as Dartmouth College and King Arthur Flour). The current state of the world, however, has many prospective travelers thinking outside the box. Naturally, as millions of New Englanders rediscover their passion for the outdoors, the population begins to appreciate the allure of wellness travel, a rising American trend.

Plan a Wellness Retreat in New England’s Upper Valley

The Norwich Inn, established in 1797, remains an enticing mental wellness retreat in New England, primarily because of our old-world charm, proximity to nature, and money-saving specials. The Upper Valley innately boasts a seemingly endless wilderness that entirely encloses dozens of quintessential small towns, including Norwich, Woodstock, and neighboring Hanover. To ensure that your next retreat to the Connecticut River is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled 10 unique activities to try this summer.

  1. Obtain your daily dose of inner peace at Upper Valley Yoga in nearby White River Junction.
  2. Plan a digital detox. Take an extended break from television, email, and social media by exploring everything that the Upper Valley has to offer.
  3. Indulge in an exclusive package or special to enhance your Vermont-style wellness retreat.
  4. Photo of a Woman Forest Bathing During a Wellness Retreat in New England.Spend an afternoon at Artisans Park in Windsor to support local businesses and frolic through the glorious Path of Life Sculpture Garden.
  5. Search for the Upper Valley’s most breathtaking waterfalls in an effort to unearth tranquility amid Mother Nature’s isolated embrace.
  6. Try a new, unique form of exploration, such as forest bathing, Geocaching, or birdwatching.
  7. Bask in the historical significance and sophistication of your relaxing guest room.
  8. Enjoy a mid-day picnic at a scenic overlook, surrounded by nothing but fresh mountain air, dense forestry, and the soothing sounds of nature.
  9. Pose in front of the Upper Valley’s prettiest covered bridges—please admire, don’t touch.
  10. Savor gourmet cuisine and fine wine on Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse’s outdoor patio.

Historic Places to Stay in Norwich, VT

Photo of The Norwich Inn, an Idyllic Wellness Retreat in New England.

For those of you who are contemplating a wellness retreat in New England, consider planning your expedition during autumn’s awe-inspiring peak. Whether you aim to plan a solo, romantic, or women’s wellness retreat, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our hospitality team at 802-649-1143. Our history dates all the way back to 1797; thus, we have many stories to tell. For the most part, the inn, grounds, and guest rooms tell the story through their old-world charm and natural beauty. Let us be your summer or fall guide to all things Upper Valley. Remember: We’re always here to help!