Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

 

Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

Photo of a Solo Man Snowshoeing in Vermont's Upper Valley.With the holiday season fast approaching, many New Englanders are turning their attention to the upcoming winter sports season. Vermont itself remains one of North America’s most beloved skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing destinations, especially here in the tranquil, undeniably awe-inspiring Upper Valley, home to the historic Norwich Inn. Snowshoeing in Vermont’s rolling, densely-thicketed backcountry remains one of the most underrated ways to celebrate winter’s snowy arrival. Thus, in hopes of enhancing your upcoming getaway to The Norwich Inn, we’ve compiled 10 unique Upper Valley snowshoeing hubs, ranging from Connecticut River-side strolls to steep mountain climbs.

Snowshoeing in Vermont: 10 Unique Upper Valley Experiences

One of the most alluring aspects of snowshoeing in Vermont is that just about anyone can try it without much research. There’s never been a better time to explore new terrains. Oh, and sturdy pair of snowshoes have never been more inexpensive. Below, you’ll find 10 snowy wonderlands that are within minutes of The Norwich Inn. As you might expect, snowshoeing in Vermont is generally a free pursuit, leaving room in your wallet or purse for a King Arthur baking lesson, a brewery tour, or a trip to the Winter Market.

  1. Gile Mountain: Embark on a moderate climb en route to one of the Upper Valley’s many spellbinding overlooks.
  2. Appalachian Trail: While the Appalachian Trail spans nearly 2,200 miles, you’ll only need to leave time for two or three hours of glorious outland snowshoeing on this 3.3-mile excursion.
  3. Montshire’s Ridge: This easy-breezy ridge trail hugs the meandering western banks of the Connecticut River, just a few miles south of Norwich.
  4. Parcel 5 Loop: Parcel 5 is a lush, oft-overlooked forest loop worth revisiting.
  5. The Cornish Town Forest: In a rather quiet forest, only a few ticks southeast of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, lies some of the truest snowshoeing trails in the Upper Valley.
  6. Hartland Winter Trails: Get ready for a half or full-day of well-groomed snowshoeing adventures. Hartland is home to approximately 20 kilometers of secluded wilderness.
  7. Boston Lot Lake: There’s never an offseason for recreation near Boston Lot Lake, a hidden gem sandwiched between Lebanon and Hanover.
  8. Mink Brook Nature Preserve: Speaking of Hanover: The Hanover Conservancy’s Mink Brook trail system boasts 112 acres of preserved beauty, home to a bevy of winter woodland critters, such as whitetail deer, black bears, and thriving birdlife.
  9. Bicknell Brook: One of the region’s most photographed waterfalls remains frozen in time inside peaceful Bicknell Brook.
  10. The Pogue: The trek to and from Mount Tom is nothing short of enthralling (and tiring). Woodstock’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is definitely worthy of an extended visit this winter. 

Hotels near King Arthur Baking Company: The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Norwich Inn Guest Room. Click Here to Learn About Snowshoeing in Vermont.After an unforgettable three or four hours of snowshoeing in Vermont’s Upper Valley, return to The Norwich Inn to unthaw and unwind. The inn (established in 1797) is not only an absorbing, picturesque slice of Vermont’s history, but it’s also a long-standing brewery and a culinary destination. Travelers from all across New England flock to the inn to sample Jasper Murdock Ales while simultaneously dining on classic Northeastern fare in a distinctly romantic setting. 

We’re proud to be one of the top-rated hotels near the newly-rebranded King Arthur Baking Company and always jaw-dropping Dartmouth College. To book a well-deserved, snow-packed getaway to beautiful Norwich, please read about our various on-site accommodation options. And, when you’re ready, click the green “Book a Room Now” button.

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.