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.

The Norwich Inn, an Ultimate Central Vermont Winter Getaway

 

The Norwich Inn, an Ultimate Central Vermont Winter Getaway

Photo of a Snowy Road in Vermont During Winter's Peak.Central Vermont’s Upper Valley, home to the historic Norwich Inn and newly-rebranded King Arthur Baking Company, is a paradisal winter haven, particularly for those who cherish artisan ales, historical significance, and natural beauty. Start planning the ultimate Central Vermont winter getaway by browsing through The Norwich Inn’s various themed packages, such as “Romance in Vermont.” There’s nothing quite like the winter aesthetic, especially here in the rolling hills that hug the patient Connecticut River, including the early-morning hoarfrost, the icicle-infested covered bridges, and the snow-topped architecture.

15 Ways to Embrace Winter near The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Man Snowshoeing in Vermont During Winter.The Norwich Inn’s idyllic Main Street location is a short drive from the region’s top attractions, including Dartmouth College, Artisans Park, and the aforementioned King Arthur Baking Company. There’s no shortage of museums, outdoor pursuits, and culinary delights within 25 minutes of the inn. In hopes of enhancing your upcoming Central Vermont winter escape, we’ve compiled 15 ways to embrace Jack Frost’s inevitable arrival, including snowshoeing, downtown shopping, and craft beer tours.

  1. Explore Central Vermont’s world-renowned beer scene, with stops in White River Junction, Bridgewater Corners, and Burlington.
  2. Spend a day shopping in Hanover and Norwich, separated only by the serene Connecticut River.
  3. Plan a visit to the Upper Valley’s most absorbing art and history museums.
  4. “Snap” photographs of the Upper Valley’s prettiest (and snowy) covered bridges.
  5. Go snowshoeing in the densely-forested backcountry.
  6. Take a cooking class at King Arthur Baking Company.
  7. Spend an afternoon at Artisans Park, home to the snowy Path of Life Sculpture Garden, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, Great River Outfitters, and so many more world-class artisanal shops.
  8. Embark on a guided, shuttled Central Vermont brewery tour.
  9. Support the Norwich Farmers Market by preordering a bushel of locally-sourced goodies.
  10. Plan a wellness retreat, complete with yoga, forest bathing, and hiking.
  11. Sip on a famous Whistling Pig Red Ale, the pride of Jasper Murdock Ales, inside The Norwich Inn’s authentic Irish-style pub.
  12. Tramp through the countryside en route to a handful of frozen waterfalls.
  13. Walk through Dartmouth College’s snow-covered campus.
  14. Embark on a culinary voyage across the Seven Seas of flavor inside Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse.
  15. Blade along the Lake Morey Ice Skating Trail, the longest in the country. Or skate on Hanover’s frozen Occom Pond.

The Norwich Inn, a Central Vermont Winter Basecamp

Photo of a Norwich Inn Guest Room in Vermont. Visit us this Winter!The Norwich Inn plays host to countless Central Vermont winter getaways—mainly couples in need of some long-overdue romance and sophistication. Not only does the inn boast a historic brewery, a diverse culinary experience, and ample charm, but guests will also discover a distinctive mixture of accommodations, including Victorian-style guest rooms, the renovated Walker House, and the pet-friendly Ivy Lodge. And we now offer shuttle services to several nearby attractions, including King Arthur Baking Company and Dartmouth College.

To book a long-awaited wintertime escape to New England’s most peaceful region, please give us a call at 802-649-1143 (or click the green Book Now button).

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 the Norwich Farmers Market

 

Plan a Visit to the Norwich Farmers Market

Since 1977, New Englanders have been flocking to the eclectic, undeniably cheery Norwich Farmers Market, a Saturday morning tradition for locals and repeat travelers alike. Many folks combine an hour at the Farmers Market with a stop at King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus and Windsor’s Artisans Park. Vermont’s Upper Valley is chockful of artisanal and culinary surprises, including historic Norwich Inn, home to Jasper Murdock Ales. The rousing Norwich Farmers Market plays an integral role in this region’s weekend tourism scene, particularly for those with a penchant for fresh-picked produce, handcrafted goods, and, yes, a wide variety of locally-sourced meats and cheeses.

The Norwich Farmers Market: A Saturday Morning Delight

Photo of a Man Selling Produce at the Norwich Farmers Market.

Unlike most like gatherings, the Norwich Farmers Market runs throughout the year. The “Summer Market” extends from early May through October off Route 5, just south of town—you cannot miss it. Meanwhile, the “Winter Market” takes place inside downtown’s Tracy Hall, a 450-foot walk from The Norwich Inn. New Englanders gather to mingle with local agronomists, craftspeople, and botanists, as well as listen to live musicians and experience the undeniably affable culture. Before we dive into the various vendors that frequent the Norwich Farmers Market, it’s important to note that all rooms inside the Ivy Lodge have refrigerators for those who need to keep their haul crisp and cool.

Vendors Galore!

It’s easy to draw tourists to the Norwich Farmers Market because you can practically smell the mouthwatering delicacies and hear the sounds of jubilance from miles away. Several vendors offer fresh goods, such as hot coffee, warm soups, breakfast sandwiches, and juicy burgers, just in case the aromas get the better of you. With more than a hundred different fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, plants, and flowers, you’ll undoubtedly leave the Norwich Farmers Market with quite the haul. Some of our favorite finds include basil, broccoli rabe, peaches, radishes, summer squash, and cherry tomatoes. This helpful guide illustrates the fruit and vegetable calendar.

Travelers also cannot resist the urge to purchase a dollop of goat or sheep cheese. A wide variety of smoked meats are available via several vendors. Oh, and don’t forget to peruse the beeswax candles, heavenly soaps, and dazzling jewelry. We’ve linked to 10 of our favorite vendors below for your viewing pleasure. And please remember to read the market’s COVID-19 preparedness guidelines

Historic Places to Stay in Norwich, VT

Photo of the Inn's Porch, Just a Short Walk from the Norwich Farmers Market.

After a full day of shopping, scenic overlooks, covered bridges, and craft beer, return to The Norwich Inn for a night of casual dining, local vino, and sheer relaxation inside our 1797 inn. Greet dusk in a handcrafted rocking chair, near our vegetable garden, or inside our Victorian-style Main Inn. As one of the most beloved romantic getaways in Vermont, we’re in the midst of yet another summer of love here in the Upper Valley. And remember: The perfect complement to your well-deserved Vermont vacation is a meticulously-curated special package. Book directly now to save bundles and avoid hidden, third-party fees.

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

 

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

Photo of a Man Mountain Biking in Vermont's Backcountry.As we enthusiastically greet summer’s long-awaited arrival, it’s impossible not to ponder the many wondrous outdoor adventures readily available in the Upper Valley, Vermont’s idyllic gully of romance. With operations gradually returning to semi-normalcy, we expect an influx of nature enthusiasts in the coming months who value the valley’s sprawling natural beauty. The region itself is known for its picturesque covered bridges, serene waterfalls, jaw-dropping scenic overlooks, and glorious Artisans Park. And one of the most common thrill-based exploratory activities is mountain biking (or, to a small sect, cycling). Mountain biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley is a visual, muscle-building treat that very few undertake. Thus, the trails near The Norwich Inn are never crowded.

Mountain Biking in Vermont: 10 Upper Valley Trails

It’s no secret that New Englanders cannot resist the call of Vermont’s rolling mountain ranges, particularly during summer’s lush and autumn’s peak. The allure of Norwich, in comparison to other neighboring destinations, is its proximity to everything, including a prestigious Ivy League institution, some of the country’s finest breweries, a bevy of historical landmarks, and, yes, King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus. There’s a lot to love about this densely-thicketed, riverside community. And perhaps the cherry on top is the area’s growing trail network. When examined as a collective whole, this network of singletrack provides some of the most enticing mountain biking in Vermont. So, without further ado, here are 10 distinct trails near modern Upper Valley rentals:

  1. Blue Ribbon
  2. Brookemeade Main Loop
  3. The Rollercoaster
  4. Noodle’s Revenge
  5. French’s Ledges
  6. Fusters Trail
  7. Parcel 5
  8. Boston Lot 3
  9. Heyl-Dothan Connector
  10. Hardwoods

Alternative Routes: Roads and Rails

You’ll notice from the list above that Pittsfield, a nearby community, has a thriving network of mountainside trails. It’s not overly common to discover such magical mountain biking in Vermont near a village of fewer than 550 residents. It’s worth noting that cycling in Vermont is also subtly growing in popularity. The glory of cycling is that the backcountry is your oyster; there’s seemingly no cap on adventure in the countryside. And the Northern Rail Trail is, without a doubt, the prettiest route in the Upper Valley. This mostly-flat, 58-mile path spans two counties, making it the longest rail-trail conversion in the state. Most cyclists pick up the route near Lebanon. It goes without saying that the leaf-peeping on this trek is undeniably awe-inspiring.

Historic Hotels near Hanover, NH

Photo of People Dining at Norwich Inn After a Day of Mountain Biking in Vermont.

A common gathering place following a full day of mountain biking in Vermont’s glorious backcountry is Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, a cozy, familiar slice of the past. As one of the premier restaurants in Norwich, we’ve expanded the alehouse throughout the decades. Patio seating is a hot commodity during peak seasons, so please arrive early to nab a table. The Norwich Inn provides an idyllic combination of history, gourmet cuisine, fine ales, and outrageous specials and packages. For updates on lodging, dining, and capacity, please bookmark this link (or follow us on our social media channels).

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!