Our popular self-guided hiking and walking trips offer you maximum flexibility. All trips are tailored to your exact needs - number of days, number of inns, scenery and terrain. We'll give your our suggestions for each inn, but be sure to make full use of a great resource while on your trip: each innkeeper will provide you with maps and advice about their own favorite hikes in the area near their inn, as well as their knowledge of current trail conditions. Evenings, after a centerpiece dinner, are relaxing and invite spontaneous fun and the making of lasting memories and friendships.
Benefit from our 35 years of experience in searching out rewarding trails and fine country inns. These vacations represent the ultimate in adaptability to your specific needs. The hikes are as many and as varied as you could possibly want. Hiking the Long Trail, a wilderness trail which conforms to the ridge line of the Green Mountains, is a popular feature for serious hikers. Nearby scenic trails and quiet country roads offer alternatives for casual hikers and those who prefer a walking trip. Segments of the Appalachian Trail are available from some of our inns. Hiking provides a special window on Vermont.
A door-to-door hike is available on one day of any self-guided hiking itinerary, between Blueberry Hill and Churchill House; the trail is 9 miles through the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest, and car shuttling is included in your package. Other than that, the inns are generally too far apart for door-to-door hiking, and you'll need a car for your inn to inn trip, whether you choose day hiking or Long Trail segments.
If you are a Long Trail purist and wish to hike several segments of the LT inn-to-inn, do not despair! The use of the car shuttle will enable you to hike as much of the Long Trail as you wish each day. Generally you will drive to the ending point of your daily itinerary, leave your car there, and the innkeeper with whom you had breakfast will shuttle you back to the trail head. This allows you to select the length and difficulty of each day's hike, and gives you use of your car each night, to drive the short distance to your next inn. Car shuttling is also available to self-guided hikers choosing other trails that do not offer a loop option.
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