Spend a Day at Artisans Park in Windsor, VT

 

Spend a Day at Artisans Park in Windsor, VT

artisans parkAs summer subtly transforms into autumn here in historic Norwich, VT, we welcome thousands of “leaf peepers” to our beautiful slice of New England. While most couples and families will spend their afternoons searching for the region’s most vibrant colors, we typically recommend visiting the nearby Artisans Park in Windsor, VT. Artisans Park is just a swift, 16-mile drive from The Norwich Inn, one of the only historic hotels near Dartmouth College. This multi-purpose park is home to eight unique, thriving businesses, including a distillery, cheese market, and adventure outfitter. When you’re not sipping on a Jasper Murdock Ale, dining on gourmet cuisine, and lounging in a historic suite, make sure to visit Artisans Park for a distinctive “taste” of Vermont.

Path of Life Sculpture Garden

Before or after a brief shopping spree, stroll along the Path of Life Sculpture Garden to soak up some of the largest pieces of art in Vermont. As with any art collective, the Path of Life is still expanding. Yes, the art is quite beautiful and thought-provoking, but the sheer beauty of the landscape is the main attraction for many—and don’t forget to snap photos of the vibrant fall colors. The hemlock maze, much like the one seen in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, is an absolute marvel. If you’re hoping to savor lunch in the park, remember to pack a picnic and enjoy it near the maze or by the lake; otherwise, Artisans Park has two on-site dining options.

Glass Art and Tasty Treats

The Upper Valley continues to witness an uptick in Vermont tourism thanks to our growing artisanal shops, including Simon Pearce, Blake Hill Preserves, and the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. Purchase a dazzling piece of glass art, a couple jars of infused jams, and a block of small-batch cheese before returning to The Norwich Inn. While not a “shop,” Great River Outfitters also operates inside Artisans Park. This wildly-popular, adventure-based outfitter provides travelers with inexpensive yet impressive guided trips during all four seasons.

Food and Drinks at Artisans Park

artisans parkPerhaps our favorite aspect of Artisans Park is its dual-headed adult-beverage staples: Harpoon Brewery and SILO Distillery. Harpoon has, of course, become a leader in the New England beer scene, but don’t forget about SILO’s balanced, palatable spirits—we’re partial to their barrel-aged gin and spiced whiskey. If you’re feeling hungry, both Harpoon and Artisan Eats have classic American fare, such as burgers, brats, grilled cheese, and much more!

Best Places to Visit in Vermont: The Norwich Inn

The historic Norwich Inn is the perfect escape for your next Vermont vacation as we not only have an on-site brewery, fine dining, and lavish suites, but we’re minutes away from Artisans Park, Dartmouth College, and Whaleback Mountain. Don’t forget to browse through our upcoming specials to enhance your visit—we’re on the heels of NanoFest, King Arthur Flour’s Harvest Conference, and the “Run the Witch” 50K. So, give us a call today at 802-649-1143, or visit us online to book a quintessential New England getaway.

So Near, Yet So Far

 

So Near, Yet So Far

vermont innSo Near everything in the Upper Valley…..So Far from the routine chain experience

Spring “college visit” season is upon us. Whether you’re planning to tour the Dartmouth College campus, visit your favorite college student, or simply explore what Norwich and nearby Hanover have to offer, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind historic Vermont inn just one mile from campus. Here are five reasons to stay at The Norwich Inn for your Dartmouth College visit:

vermont inn1. Location, Location, Location!

The Norwich Inn’s proximity to the area’s top attractions makes our Vermont inn your ideal “home base,” regardless of the season. We’re less than a mile from the world-famous King Arthur Flour, approximately one mile from Dartmouth College, four miles from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and less than 30 minutes from Woodstock, a quintessential Vermont village. Our historic Vermont inn is only a minute from the New Hampshire border, the serene Connecticut River, and Interstate 91 – you’ll always be in the midst of what’s happening in the Upper Valley.

2. New Chef, New Menu, New Dining Room

Experience our dining room’s recent restoration as well as the fare of new Executive Chef Scott Liberty. Enjoy a culinary journey inside our cozy, historic dining room or the bustling Pub where our Jasper Murdock Ales are piped to the taps directly from our on-site brewery. Indulge in grilled grass-fed filet mignon, a grilled Faroe Island salmon fillet, succulent prime rib, or the wicked Whistling Pig Ale Cheddar Burger.

3. The New England Experience

Steeped in history, The Norwich Inn captures the essence of the region. Dartmouth graduate, Colonel Jasper Murdock originally built the Inn in 1797. After a devastating fire, the historic Vermont inn was rebuilt 129 years ago in 1890. The inn still exudes its original Victorian charm to go along with new lodging buildings, the Walker House and Ivy Lodge.

4. The Brewery

The Norwich Inn is home to Jasper Murdock Ales, one of the oldest Vermont breweries. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or just curious about the brewery’s operations, you’ll find an ale that perfectly befits your palette. You’ll also discover a wide variety of rotating taps, including a traditional English style cask ale. Each beer has its own story; many of which were first brewed for special events!

5. Free, Free, Free, Free!

We provide our guests with free Wi-Fi, parking, exercise room, and phone calls to U.S. and Canada!

Our Historic Vermont Inn

Make The Norwich Inn your college visit headquarters by giving us a call today at 1-802-649-1143 or visiting us online at NorwichInn.com. We also recommend browsing through our Vermont getaway specials, which includes the popular “Visit Dartmouth College Special.”

Bread & Brew Weekends at The Norwich Inn

Bread & Brew Weekends at The Norwich Inn

The Norwich Inn encourages foodies to embark on a unique culinary and craft beer journey in the heart of the Upper Valley. Our historic inn, established in 1797, has been a craft brewing staple in the community since 1993 when our own brew made its debut, the Inn’s Jasper Murdock Alehouse. Jasper Murdock Brewery, one of the oldest and best breweries in Vermont, is a short drive from King Arthur Flour, Dartmouth College, and all of the top things to do in Hanover, NH. Craft beer aficionados and devout foodies visit the historic communities of Norwich, VT, and nearby Hanover for the many distinct tastes of the Upper Valley. And now Executive Chef Scott Liberty and Brew Master Jeremy Hebert are partnering with local staples King Arthur Flour, SILO Distillery, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company to provide travelers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Bread & Brew Weekends.

Brewer’s Reception: Beer & Cheese Tasting

Each Bread & Brew Weekend will begin with a Brewer’s Reception for arriving guests. The reception includes a grand beer and cheese tasting. You’ll have the opportunity to sample several award-winning Jasper Murdock Ales, including the always approachable Whistling Pig Red Ale, brewed on-site by Hebert. The eclectic mix of rare cheese will be provided by talented cheesemaker Rick Woods at Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. The group will also learn about the brewing process during Hebert’s craft beer orientation – an educational and delicious visit to the brewery that we like to call the “tasting of the tanks.”

Customized Baking Class at King Arthur Flour

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Bread & Brew Weekends truly bring the area’s most talented artisans together. Those who participate in the weekend package, which includes a two-night stay for two, will have the option of enrolling in a customized baking class at nearby King Arthur Flour, originally founded in 1790. You’ll make fresh beer bread, using only local ingredients (including select Jasper Murdock Ales). We promise that you’ll return home with a recipe that will be used time after time for friends and family.

Distilled Spirits Tasting at SILO Distillery

Yes, The Norwich Inn is one of the best breweries in Vermont, but that doesn’t mean we don’t also love craft distilleries. We’ve teamed up with one of the best: SILO Distillery from nearby Windsor, VT. This optional distilled spirits and cheese tasting is a lot of fun, especially for fans of “farm-to-barn-to-bottle” methodology.

Saturday Night Brewer Banquet

As far as Vermont weekend getaways are concerned, it doesn’t get much better than craft beer, homemade beer bread, artisan cheese, and distilled spirits in a historic inn. The “main event” of Bread & Brew Weekends is the Saturday Night Brewer Banquet featuring delicious culinary creations from our Executive Chef Scott Liberty. Liberty, Hebert, and their talented team members have a festive and genuinely unique experience planned. The creative New England fare will be paired with generous samplings of Jasper Murdock Ales. Hebert is a perfectionist, artist, and craftsman – you’ll have the opportunity to try all eight of his rotating taps plus our house staple, the Whistling Pig Red Ale. You never know what he’ll be brewing upon your arrival. We currently have an American porter, Scottish ale, amber lager, and a cranberry spice ale on tap (among many others).

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This extraordinary event is the perfect opportunity to taste the Upper Valley’s best craft beer, artisan cheese, and homemade bread while exploring the area’s top attractions, all within close proximity to The Norwich Inn. There is still limited availability for our ever-popular Bread & Brew Weekends here in Norwich, VT, so please give us a call today at 1-802-649-1143 to book a well-deserved dream Vermont vacation.