Middlebury is located in Central Vermont in the beautiful, rolling farmland of the Champlain Valley and nestled next to the Green Mountains, providing an ideal location for hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits. Middlebury, the quintessential Vermont village, was built around Otter Creek, with its beautiful falls as its centerpiece.
Church spires rise above the numerous shops, restaurants, and village green. It is the home of Middlebury College, an exceptional liberal arts college. This provides excellent opportunities for world-class concerts and plays, and exciting college sporting events.
There is no shortage of things to do right here in town. Middlebury’s own Town Hall Theater is home to several resident companies including the Opera Company of Middlebury. There is always something scheduled for the stage. Try visiting the oldest community museum in the country, the Henry Sheldon Museum, or the Vermont Folklife Center, both of which are devoted to preserving Vermont’s cultural traditions. Stroll down main street or hike the TAM trail. Robert Frost’s Vermont vacation home, the walking trail named after him, and the famous Bread Loaf Writers’ School can be found nearby.
The area provides the outdoor enthusiast with endless options! Our rolling hills, numerous streams, and forested mountains make this an ideal location for fly fishing, hiking, and bicycling, our most popular summer activities. The Green Mountain National Forest and the Moosalamoo Wilderness area offer some of all these activities, just a short drive up the mountain from downtown Middlebury.
Check with Owner Dan as these are his passions, and he can direct you to the secret fishing spot, the most beautiful bike ride, or the best route to see the sights around the heart of Vermont!
Vermont is the perfect winter playground! We can get up to 120 inches of snowfall annually and the average temperature is around 22 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a great place to ski, snowshoe, or sled. The Middlebury College Snow Bowl is an excellent location for great family skiing offering terrain for all skill levels. If you want the big mountains, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, or Killington, they are less than an hour drive away. Don’t forget about fall, our busiest season! The fall colors just don’t get better than right here in Vermont.
Middlebury’s convenient central Vermont location makes major attractions just a short drive away. Some of the favorites are the Shelburne Museum, revolutionary war sites like Mount Independence or New York’s Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain, and Ben and Jerry’s factory.
*All Attractions are subject to hour changes due to restrictions in place because of COVID-19. Please confirm before visiting*
When you spend your Vermont vacation with us at the Swift House Inn, there are many area attractions to suit the interests of everyone in your family.
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
Information center for all things in our area like walking tour maps, lodging, dining, shopping information, local and state interest materials.
2 Court Street. 802-388-7951.
Pewter spinning is a traditional Vermont art. See it being made through a window in the Main Shop. Located on Seymour Street. 802-388-0098. Retail Shop located on Main Street.
Vermont Soap Company
Manufacturers of the world’s finest hand-crafted natural bar soaps. Factory seconds and factory tours available. Usually open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 616 Exchange Street. 802-388-4302.
Two locations: Mill Street’s Frog Hollow Alley, overlooking Middlebury’s iconic Otter Creek Falls, on the corner of Merchants Row and Main Street. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and photographs from artists around New England. Closed Monday through Wednesday. Open Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 802-458-0098.
The Henry Sheldon Museum
Built in 1829 and furnished in typical 19th century Vermont fashion showcasing Middlebury, Addison County, and Vermont History. Museum, gift shop, research center, and gallery. Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m. Research Center open Thursdays & Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
One Park Street. 802-388-2117.
The Vermont Folklife Center
Located on the roundabout in Middlebury. A fascinating place to discover and learn about the folk art and traditions of Vermont. Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. year round. Saturdays also from Memorial Day though October.
8 Main Street. 802-388-4964.
UVM Morgan Horse Farm
World famous home of 60 registered Morgan horses operated by University of Vermont to perpetuate and improve Vermont’s official state animal. Guided tours and video presentation. May 1 through October 31, daily 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m (Tours 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Admission: Adults $8.00, 5 – 17 years $5.00, under five are free.
Located only two miles from downtown Middlebury. 802-388-2011.
Chimney Point Historical Site
Early Native American campsites and French Colonial Settlement. Museum explores this heritage through to present day. May 23 – October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily Addison, VT. 802-759-2412.
Revolutionary War fort site named for the Declaration of Independence. Remains of stockade, fort’s foundation, block houses, gun batteries, and hospital. May 23 to October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. daily. Located in Orwell, VT. 802-948-2000
Home of four generations of the Robinson Family, known for their sheep farm and boarding house but more importantly for being abolitionists. A major stop on the Underground Railroad. Open May though October, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Just outside of Vergennes in Ferrisburgh. 802-877-3406.
Fort Ticonderoga Ferry
Enjoy a Lake Champlain boat ride, shortcut between the Green Mountains and New York Adirondack mountains. Daylight operation. Continuous 7 minute crossings. Since 1787. Larrabee’s Point, Shoreham, VT Route 74. 802-897-7999.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
A complete history and archaeological record of Lake Champlain with collections, a working forge, and a 54-foot replica of the Philadelphia Revolutionary War gunboat. Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., May through October. Located in Vergennes, VT 802-475-2022.
Vermont’s Covered Bridges
Virtual Vermont Internet Magazine has what is believed to be the Web’s only complete presentation of photographs and historical information on Vermont’s Covered Bridges. Five of them are located right here in Addison County.
Middlebury College Center for the Arts
Art Center with concert hall, studio theatre, dance performance space, music library, cafe, and art museum. Programming & Exhibition Information 802-443-6433. Museum hours Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and all College holiday periods. 802-443-5007.
Town Hall Theater
After a three year renovation, the 1884 Town Hall theater opened in 2007 and is now Central Vermont’s premier theater, hosting numerous plays, musicals, performances, and social events. Home of the Opera Company of Middlebury, Middlebury Community Players, and Middlebury’s Actor Workshop. 802-382-9992
Lincoln Peak Vineyard
Twelve acre vineyard just north of town, producing four signature wines, three reds, and one rosé. Occasionally produce one-off and limited edition wines.
Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 802-388-7368.
Woodchuck Hard Cider
The largest cider company in the U.S. crafting a wide variety of hard cider like Amber, Granny Smith, and seasonal flavors. Tours, gift shop, and cider tasting.
Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Located at the end of Exchange Street, 1 mile north of town.
Otter Creek Brewing
Micro brewery of beers like Couch Surfer, Back Seat Burner, and Over Easy. Pub and tasting room. Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Located on Exchange Street, 1 mile north of town. 802-388-0727.
Craft brewery and home of the American Brewers Guild. Keg only brewery with Growlers sales. Located on Route 7, 1 mile south of town. 802-989-7414.
The rolling hills and country back roads of the Champlain Valley make Middlebury’s location the ideal spot for Vermont biking tours.
The terrain and distance can accommodate the novice to the more-advanced rider. If you want a significant challenge, head up to the mountain gaps, which are not far, but are steep and gut busting. Most riders stick to the valley and visit the small villages and lakes while passing by the numerous farms.
Many and varied loop rides of almost any distance start right from the front door of our bed and breakfast, the Swift House Inn. Check with Owner Dan, who is a bicyclist and can offer numerous suggestions to fit your ability and time. Get Dan to tell you about his adventures, like his 2008 ride across the country or his 2014 paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail!
When returning from your day of biking in Vermont, enjoy the sauna or steam room and relax in a lawn chair with a book. Then, have a fabulous dinner in Jessica’s Restaurant or wander the two blocks to town for another option. We have safe storage for your bike. If you need a rental, there is a shop in town. If you want a supported and guided biking or hiking trip, check the companies below; we highly recommend them!
Frog Hollow Bikes
Kids and adult bicycles. Repairs, rentals, and camping equipment.
Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Located at 74 Main Street. 802-388-6666.
Country Inns along the Trail
Offering customized self-guided Inn to Inn hiking or bicycling vacations through the mountains or valleys of Vermont. 802-247-3300
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Local guides take guests through the rolling countryside of Vermont while telling you about the sites and history of our state. 800-245-3868
Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations
Specializing in customized self-guided or leader-guided bicycling vacations through Vermont. 802-425-4771
Snow, snow, snow: if there is not a lot here in the valley, then look in the mountains!
Vermont features many cross country ski areas. Twelve miles from the Swift House Inn is Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center. The Center provides a winter recreation area for enthusiasts wanting to cross country ski, fat bike, or snowshoe. Located adjacent to the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and the Green Mountain National Forest, offering unspoiled natural beauty, the Nordic Center offers 55 kilometers of prepared trails, both picturesque and challenging, for every level of ability and several kilometers of snow making. A short distance from the Rikert Center is the Blueberry Hill Cross Country Center, which offers 50 kilometers of ungroomed trails. Both centers have a pro shop, rentals, and lessons. Even if you’ve never enjoyed the beauty and serenity of winter in Vermont, these centers are the perfect place to start.
Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center
Groomed trails. Ski shop, rentals, lessons. Bread Loaf, VT. Information 802-443-2744.
Blueberry Hill Cross Country Ski Center
50 kilometers of ungroomed trails. Ski shop, rentals, and lessons. Goshen, VT. Information 802-247-6535.
The mountains of the East Coast receive more than 300 inches of snow a year, so plan a Vermont ski vacation this winter. The Swift House Inn offers an “off-the-mountain” Vermont village setting, which is close to many ski areas.
Just 13 miles from the Inn in the Green Mountain National Forest at the top of the Gap is Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl. This is a quiet, inexpensive, family-oriented ski area. If you don’t need a “big mountain” to challenge you, then this is an ideal spot, with well-groomed trails, glades, and slopes that are not crowded. Need a bigger challenge? Then head to Sugarbush or Mad River Glen, which are within 35 miles of Middlebury.
Some of the better-known ski areas like Killington and Stowe are within 50 miles.
Richmond, VT. Information 877-926-5866.
Bromley Mountain Resort
Peru, VT. Information 802-824-5522.
East Burke, VT. Information 802-626-7300.
Jay Peak, VT. Information 800-451-4449.
Killington / Pico
Killington, VT. Information 800-621-MTNS.
Mad River Glen
Waitsfield, VT. Information 802-496-3551.
Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl
Hancock, VT. Ideal for novice and expert; provides two double and one triple chair lifts, and snowmaking. PSIA ski school, rentals, repair shop, snack bar. Information and Ski Reports 802-443-7669.
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, VT. Information 800-245-SNOW.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Ludlow, VT. Information 802-228-1600.
Smuggler’s Notch Resort
Jeffersonville, VT. Information 800-419-4615.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, VT. Information 888-253-4849.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton Mountain, VT. Information 800-STRATTON.
Warren, VT. Information 800-53-SUGAR.
Pomfret, VT. Information 802-457-6661.
The fly fishing in Vermont is one of those under-published gems for which New England is known. Vermont is abundant with mountain streams, saddle ponds, and “off-the-beaten-path” stretches of river that you can’t find on any map or see from any road. These are the spots that few Vermonters even know about, where fly fishing in Vermont is at its best.
With a little effort, you could be casting for fish that haven’t seen a line all season. Within a short distance from the Inn, there are several streams and rivers that can be rewarding for those of any ability. Fish and Game keeps many of them stocked, and there is always the opportunity for trophy trout. Dan is a passionate “catch and release” fly fisherman. He takes any opportunity to wade in the streams and try to catch a record breaking trout. He can give you tips and point you in the right direction. He also highly recommends the guides of Stream and Brook to ensure a successful day of fishing and to provide you with a list of whatever equipment you need.
Stream and Brook takes great pride in the services they offer and the time they spend with guests on land and water. Regardless of your experience, first-time caster to seasoned veteran, they guarantee you an insightful and unique experience here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Vermont hiking is a natural fit here in Middlebury. The town’s Trail Around Middlebury, known as the TAM, is an 18-mile trail with many great short section options. The trail goes over Chipman Hill and along Otter Creek with beautiful views of Belden Falls and meandering stretches of fields, woods, and river. The trail is accessible not far from our door.
Higher up in the Moosalamoo Wilderness is the famous mile-long Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, the Long Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. The Green Mountain National Forest and Wilderness Area have numerous trail-heads at which to park and wander for an hour or a day. There are some short excursions that take you to great views and beautiful lakes. After a day of hiking the trails, soak your tired feet in your in-room jetted tub, enjoy dinner at Jessica’s Restaurant, and then watch the setting sun from an Adirondack chair.
Moosalamoo National Recreation Area
20 minutes East of Middlebury just off of Route 125, near Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
Robert Frost Interpretive Trail
20 minutes East of Middlebury just off of Route 125.
25 minutes East of Middlebury just off of Route 125.
The Long Trail
20 minutes East of Middlebury just off of Route 125.
When you spend a winter vacation at the Swift House Inn, you may be interested in an ice skating facility:
Memorial Sports Center
Middlebury. Call for hours 802-388-1238.
There is something romantic about staying at a Vermont inn and taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Plan to spend the holidays or a winter getaway at the Swift House Inn, and choose from the following providers for that special sleigh ride through a winter wonderland of snow-covered pastures or mountains.
Middlebury, Information 802-388-6232.
Mountain Valley Farm
Waitsfield, VT. Information 802-496-9255
Top of the Hollow Farm
Orwell, VT. Information 802-948-2174
Shelburne, VT. Weekends only. Information 802-985-8442
Big lakes, small lakes, streams, and rivers all make for numerous opportunities to swim while spending a summer vacation at the Swift House Inn.
Branbury State Park, located on Lake Dunmore, is the ideal lake beach. Spread your blanket on the lawn, grab a snack from the concession, dangle your toes in the water, and watch the kids splash in the cool lake. Go ahead and take a swim; it’s a little cool but always refreshing! This is a great place to swim after a hike up to Silver Lake.
How about a real “swimmin’ hole”, where the locals go? There are a few close by with cool mountain water, deep and shallow pools, and even some cliff diving for the brave. These picturesque spots are great areas for those of all ages. Take a lunch with you, sit on the rocks, explore the pools, and just enjoy the slow pace and experience what Vermont is all about. Our staff not only offers directions, but you might also see them swimming there!
Lake Dunmore/Branbury State Park
10 to 20 minutes south of Middlebury off of Route 7.
Local Swimming Holes
Many located nearby.
Middlebury College Natatorium
Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness
Health and Fitness center with an indoor pool. 88 Exchange Street, Middlebury. 802-388-6888.