Vermont's Four Season Attractions
"I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news." - John Muir
Welcome to Dog Friendly Vermont
Since 2001 we have have been sniffing out the most exciting and diverse adventures for our guests. Many are dog friendly!
This page offers a tasty sampling of some of our favorite gems. In addition to this page, be sure to check out this page and the dropdown menu above and the local events calendar for more information about concerts, festivals, theater, local dining and many other activities that are specific to specific dates and seasons.
Whether a novice or experienced hiker, Vermont will provide you with some of the world's most scenic terrain. Allow your dog to explore, while you enjoy breathtaking vistas, streams and waterfalls. We will provide you with a list of our favorite hikes when you check-in, but until then here are just a few hikes to whet your appetite.
Pine Hill Park Located just minutes from the inn, Pine Hill is a hidden jewel for every level of dog friendly hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and more. Hundreds of acres of scenic hikes with overlooks, pretty ponds, streams, this is our favorite spot in all the land. If you are considering an adventure while with us, be sure to ask us about Pine HIll.
Slate Valley Trails - Another pawfect adventure spot for every level of dog friendly hiking, xc skiing, snoeshoeing, biking, and more. Verdant valley trails, rivers, overlooks, gentle and extreme terrain - all well market. Another one of our faves.
Chaffee Falls One year a guest called from the parking lot of this hike and said she must be in the wrong place, because there was no one there. Exactly! A hidden gem where both you and your dog can cool off on a hot summer day. A short hike leads to a series of waterfalls and pools.
Lefferts Pond Easily a favorite hike among our guests. Lefferts Pond offers a long and fairly flat hike (unusual for Vermont) with beautiful views, criss-crossing streams and opportunities to get wet. Also, if you like to fish, Lefferts is your pond!
White Rocks Ice caves, rock cairns and waterfalls - need we say more. White Rocks is moderate hike with a good deal of climbing, but the payoffs are worth it.
Pico can be summited from a couple of access areas. The base of the ski resort offers a direct approach up the access road, not an easy hike but straightforward. Or you can tackle the Sherburne Trail and enjoy your dinner guilt free! Either way, the views are spectacular!
A moderate out and back trail, with magnificent falls at the turnaround. Great hike if you are spending the day in Manchester.
Offering southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop of 2,200 feet and a trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family oriented and family operated resort.
Here are some of our guests favorites to explore with Natalia at Vermontology or solo!
Long Trail Brewery - a favorite stop for guests spending the day in Woodstock and Queechee.
Hop n Moose - Rutland's very own microbrewery, Hop n' Moose serves 8-12 carefully crafted ales and lagers, wood-fired brick oven pizza, burgers, and more. They offer live music every weekend and outdoor, dog-friendly seating during warmer weather.
Foley Brothers Brewing - Local family run, 7-barrel brewery in Brandon with a wide-ranging selection of hand crafted ales. Tasting room open Wed-Sun 11 am – 5 pm.
Magic Hat Brewing Company - While you’re in the Burlington area, tour the Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory, where ancient alchemy meets modern day science. They offer free brewery tours, free samples, beer-to-go, and a most unusual shopping experience.
Beer and wine photos of Tommy and Chaga encouraged to be used by #tommyandchaga
Here's a fun tip!
Consider a guided tour! Vermontology tours are a great way to see the area's best local attractions, breweries, microbreweries and more. Your host Nataila guides small groups only (6 customers max), on a personal adventure that picks you up and drops you off at the inn. Explore scenic roadways, charming villages, historical locations, and other fun attractions.
Vermont Wines, Maple Sugar Houses, Cheeses and Chocolates
Come and explore many of the delicacies Vermont has to offer.
Vineyards and Wineries -Flavorful, cold hardy grapes like Frontenac, Marquette, and La Crescent are key ingredients to Vermont’s delectable wines. Hand-crafted varieties of reds, whites, and dessert wines offer a wide range of styles, as do fruit wines made with blueberries, rhubarb, apples and raspberries. Many wineries around the state offer tasting tours.
Vermont Maple - The history of Vermont is steeped in the sweetness of its maple trade and so few people know of its fascinating history. Want to find some exciting and unique maple gifts or learn how tap a tree firsthand? Throughout the year many lfamily owned sugar shacks open their doors to visitors. We also stock locally sourced maple syrup in our gift shop provided by the Perry Family in Ira (literally just down the road). Want to learn about the amazing cottage industry of maple syrup? We are located just 15 minutes from the Vermont Maple Museum - one of our favorite hidden gems where the history is rich and the samples are mighty tasty.
Vermont Historical Sites
For a small state, Vermont is rich in historical significance. While a true history buff could spend weeks visiting our state's historical sites, we history dabblers have truly enjoyed the following. (Many sites are open seasonally please consult the individual websites)
President Calvin Coolidge Estate - Plymouth Notch, Vermont is the birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. The Village is virtually unchanged since the early 20th century. The homes of Calvin Coolidge's family and neighbors, the community church, cheese factory, one room schoolhouse, and general store have been carefully preserved, and many of the buildings have their original furnishings. Located 45 minutes from The Paw House Inn.
Hubbardton Battlefield - Here, on the steamy morning of July 7, 1777, the Green Mountain Boys and others stayed behind as a rear guard to slow the advance of the Redcoats so the main American force would have time to retreat. On these green hills, the Americans made a defiant stand. Though outnumbered, the Americans successfully halted the British, and retreated southward, winning successful battles later that year at Bennington and Saratoga. Located 25 minutes from The Paw House Inn.
Mount Independence - Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the largest and most well preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites in America. An exceptional museum houses an exhibit using artifacts and modern technology to chronicle the story of this major defense. Located 45 minutes from The Paw House Inn.
Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home -Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. Located 45 minutes from The Paw House Inn.
Fort Ticonderoga - Although not located in Vermont, Fort Ticonderoga was important to both Vermont and American history. Relive the defining moments in America’s history when nations fought to control a continent. Located within the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains and overlooking Vermont’s picturesque Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George. The French and their native allies failed to conquer this region during the French & Indian War. And a generation later, the British failed during the Revolutionary War. In the end, Americans controlled Lake Champlain, and therefore controlled the continent. Located about an hour by car from The Paw House Inn. Or else you can travel across Lake Champlain via the Fort Ti Ferry.