Whether you are looking for an invigorating outdoor adventure, a foray through history, or fine Vermont-crafted foods and products, it's all within easy reach from Marshfield Inn & Motel.
We are centrally located only minutes from Vermont's charming state capitol, Montpelier, and convenient to St. Johnsbury and the picturesque Northeast Kingdom. Stowe is 45 minutes away and Burlington approximately 1 hour. The Canadian border is just 1 1/2 hours to the north.
Marshfield Inn & Motel is the perfect hub from which to explore in any direction. It would be easy to spend several weeks touring the area and still not sample everything this neck of the woods has to offerbut hey, you have to start somewhere! So here are just a few suggestions to help you plan your next visit:
Virginia Stranahan Town Forest Entrance to our new 600 acre town forest is only 1.5 miles away. Open for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiingwe can show you the way for a wonderful outdoor experience.
Cross Vermont Rail Trail Only 2 miles away. Enjoy a quiet walk or take your cross country skiis for a groomed, mostly level glide. 3 miles from the access point will get you to Plainfield where you can have lunch and explore Blinking Light Gallery and the Old Country Bookshop.
Geocaching Join other high-tech adventure seekers in this new form of treasure hunting! Use your GPS device to track down the many caches hidden within a 20 mile radius of Marshfield Inn and Motel. For more info, go to
http://www.geocaching.com and use 05658 in the zip code search box.
Martin Covered Bridge Newly restored and reinstalled over the Winooski River, this farm bridge is only a mile from our motel. Leave your car in the parking lot and wander through the bridge, reading the history on display as you go. Continue on the trail all the way to the Rail Trail for a little walk or a longer hike.
Spruce Mountain This 3-hour hike is rich in bird life. Access the trail in Jones State Forest, 4.2 miles south of Plainfield Village.
Onion River SportsPick up a local bike map in this Montpeiier shop and spend the day exploring. If you didn't bring your bike, you can rent one here.
Stephen Huneck Gallery and Dog Mountain This 400 acre mountain-top farm features a wonderful gallery filled with Huneck's artwork. It's a must-see for any dog lover. Visit the Dog Chapel and sculpture garden that celebrate the spiritual bond we have with our dogs. Just east of St. Johnsbury. Of course, bring your dog!
Groton State Forest 25,000 plus acres featuring hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Put in at one of the many boat launches. Check out the Montpelier/Wells River rail-trail for 14.5 miles of biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
VAST Snowmobile Trails Purchase a TMA from VAST or our local snowmobile club, Twinfield Snow Travelers, and you can experience some of the best riding ever. We're off to a great year of snow for 2009. Access for the trails is only 4 miles away in Marshfield. Or, park for the day in Groton State Forest.
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry Watch a master sculptor turn a block of granite into fabulous statuary, interact with the dramatic new hi-tech displays, tour the operation and then bowl a frame on a granite bowling lane!
Vermont State House Watch the legislature in action, January through mid-April. Tour this Renaissance Revival "most beautiful of capitols" designed by Thomas Sillowy.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Art Gallery A monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning, the opulant library and gallery was recently lovingly restored. See the majestic painting Domes of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt.
Claire's Claire's, in Hardwick, is a must-visit when you stay at Marshfield Inn & Motel! The chef plans his menu only after talking with local farmers to see what's best and freshest. From comfort food to classics with a twist—taste and enjoy. (You just might see us there too since it is one of our favorite places.)
Salt On Barre Street in Montpelier. A petite cafe serving local food with big flavor. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5 to 9.
Kismet On State Street in Montpelier. Organic, artisanal foods, gluten-free and dairy-free specialties—I love their slection of buckwheat crepes!
Positive Pie Yes, New York style pizza right in Plainfield village. You can count on them to warm your belly, especially on Sunday and Monday nights when other local choices are closed. In addition, they have expanded to the building next for a full service dining experience--Tap and Grill.Open every evening with an excellent menu and full bar service.
Grand View Winery Enjoy a FREE tasting of their award-winning selections. Relax in the their adirondack chairs, have a picnic and enjoy the truely grand view! Just 5 miles away on Max Gray Rd.
Rainbow Sweets In Marshfield. Pick-up the delicious pastries made in this colorful café or sample homemade Morroccan-stye shredded chicken in phyllo.
New England Culinary Institute's
Main Street Grill & Bar
Located in Montpelier try Main Street Grill & Bar for contemporary American fare in a casual atmosphere.
The Skinny Pancake
At the corner of State and main in Montpelier. Tell me, who can resist fresh crepes? Choose sweet or savory, thry the buckwheat crepes if you need a gluten -free option. Open 7 days early 'til late.
Sarducci's Italian Restaurant
This Montpelier mainstaynevers disappoints. A relaxed, convivial atmosphere and a large menu means there is something for everyone. Open all week!
Cabot Creamery Tour the cheese making facility at this Farmer's Co-op. Then sample their award winning varieties, including the "Best Cheddar in the World".
Trout River Brewery Lyndonville microbrewery prides itself on creating fresh, all natural, premium ales and lagers. Try their unfiltered Scottish Ale, Hoppin' Mad Trout or Rainbow Red Ale.
Vermont Flower Farm
Love hostas, astilbes and perennials? Then this is the place for you! It's only 3 miles from our place on Rt. 2 and I promise you will find a huge selection of plants. Diana goes there every chance she gets…
The Country Bookshop In the village of Plainfield, just 3 miles from us. 30,000 books in all subject areas with a specialty infolklore, folk music and books on bells and carillons. Also old postcards and paper ephemera.
Three Penny Taproom Love beer, great beer? Then this is the place for you! 24 taps and over 60 bottled beers will keep you engaged. Their kitchen satisfies your belly with sandwiches, cheese plates, soups and more.
Bear Pond Books Independent Book Selling in vermont Since 1973. Browse then buy to your heart's content!
The Knitting Studio Their customers have dubbed them 'Vermont's Friendliest Knitting Store'. Visit them to stock up on yarn or go on a Tuesday for Knit Night from 6 p.m. 'til 8. On Main Street in Montpelier.
The Corn Maze In Danville, July through Ocotber. A fun challenge for the whole family. Take your sunscreen, water bottle and a snack. It's a different maze everyyear and a unique experience every time!