Vermont, one of the country’s earliest settlements, is alive with rolling hills and verdant forests. Its roads wind through the diverse landscapes, offering those who travel here stunning views and a magical atmosphere ripe for discovery.
For two-wheeled travelers, there are numerous sights and historical landmarks to take in, often connected by quaint backroads. If your tour takes you to Vermont, here are three cozy inns that will provide a memorable stay, each with its own distinct character.
The charming Doveberry Inn, located in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, features 11 fully renovated rooms. Your bike will never be far from you at this small establishment while you enjoy the gas fireplaces, free continental breakfast, and the upcoming sports bar.
If you’re a golfer, there are two 18-hole courses nearby. In winter, the area is great for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. In warmer months, people flock here to engage in riding, hiking, boating, and kayaking.
The nearby 93-mile West Dover Loop has a diversity of character. You’ll slowly roll through small villagers before hitting fast sweepers and some decent sections of twisties (but nothing too technical). There are views and vistas to be savored along the route.
The ride starts directly out front the Doveberry Inn and gets you on your way without a tangle of city traffic. Posted speeds are modest, between 35 to 45 mph and there are pleasant elevation changes.
Find Doveberry Inn at 284 Vermont Rte 100, West Dover, VT, (802) 753-6536.
The Griff Inn has everything you expect from a Vermont getaway. Situated in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, this lovely inn rewards its guests with stunning views and a light self-serve breakfast to get you on your ride. The Griff is proudly solar-powered.
Originally a farmhouse built in 1826, this inn was first updated and converted to one of the valley’s first ski lodges in the early 1900s. The Griff is just two miles from the Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski resorts on Mt. Ellen.
The Griff offers parking on-site, and its small size means you can park pretty much right by the inn.
The nearby SR 17 is perhaps the best motorcycle road in the area. The ride will take you west through the Mad River Glen ski area toward the town of South Starksboro. The 15 miles in between are a tasteful section of twisties—short but a true adrenaline rush and a pleasant challenge.
Find The Griff Inn at 1912 Mill Brook Rd, Waitsfield, VT, (802) 496-6040.
Recently reopened following renovation, the Innsbruck Inn at Stowe retains its traditional Austrian Alpine charm while updating its amenities for a deluxe hotel experience. Situated beneath Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, makes it a natural favorite for ski outings in winter. In summer, however, Innsbruck Inn makes for a beautiful escape for motorcycling.
Plentiful parking is available right by the hotel. The rooms are spacious, with plenty of room to spread out your gear. An additional sink and vanity outside the bathroom let you clean your equipment without blocking the main wash room.
The streamside property is just a few miles from the scenic splendor and natural beauty of the historical Mt. Mansfield. Just minutes from the Stowe Recreation Path, there’s hiking for when you’re not on the bike.
But when you do climb into the saddle, there are a number of state routes and side roads that beg to be explored. SR 108, also known as Smuggler’s Notch, goes right by Innsbruck Inn and lets you enjoy thrilling switchbacks and fantastic terrain.
Find Innsbruck Inn at Stowe at 4361 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT, (802) 253-8582.