Outdoor Pursuits

Aside from being one of the Northeast's premiere trout fishing rivers and home of the Orvis Fly Fishing Company, the Battenkill River offers wonderful opportunities for canoeing, tubing, swimming and relaxing!Fly-FishingThe Battenkill River has long been a favorite spot for fishermen pitting their wits against the wily brown and rainbow trout that inhabit its waters. The Battenkill runs along the bottom of the Inn's property, providing easy access and beautiful scenery. In nearby Manchester, you can even take lessons at the famous Orvis Fly Fishing School, and shop for gear at the Orvis Company Store.CanoeingThe Battenkill's size makes it perfect for a lazy afternoon of canoeing through the beauty of Vermont. The Inn's Innkeepers can easily direct you to several companies which will rent canoes and provide portage services.Swimming & TubingThe clean, cool, sparkling waters of the Battenkill provide the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beautiful Vermont days. Tubing, a favorite local pastime, enables you to float leisurely down the river on an oversized inner tube.SKIINGVermont is known for its skiing - both downhill and cross-country - and many great mountains and trails are close to the Inn.

StrattonLocated approximately 35 minutes from Arlington, Stratton Mountain is the highest skiing mountain in the area, and has an extensive downhill trail system served by a gondola and high-speed lifts. Stratton also offers a cross-country touring center with 12 kilometers of trails on gently rolling golf course grounds.BromleyLocated approximately 25 minutes from Arlington, Bromley Mountain considers itself to be a family mountain with day care and a nationally recognized program for teaching young children to ski.

HildeneHildene is the only cross-country ski touring center in the valley. Located on the historic estate of Robert Todd Lincoln in nearby Manchester Village, the center has 15 kilometers of trails.VikingViking, about an hour from Arlington, offers 40 kilometers of groomed, double-tracked cross-country skiing trails through woods and open fields, including one trail that leads to the charming village of Weston.Wild WingsAbout 30 minutes from Arlington, Wild Wings has 20 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails, all within the bounds of the Green Mountain National Forest.West Mountain InnRight here at the Inn, we have over 100 acres of land covered with wilderness cross-country skiing and hiking trails. The trails are not groomed in the winter, but do provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the serenity and beauty of the winter woodland setting.GOLFVermont's beauty and great weather make it an ideal place for golf. In addition to Arlington's own self-service, 9 hole pitch and putt course, several outstanding full-size courses are nearby.Stratton Mountain Country ClubStratton is 35 minutes from Arlington and has twenty-seven holes of golf available on a Geoffrey Cornish-designed course, offering both beautiful views and challenging golf.Equinox Country ClubIn nearby Manchester, The Equinox has an eighteen hole golf course offering breathtaking views of the Green Mountains from every tee.Mount Anthony Country ClubIn nearby Bennington, Mount Anthony is an eighteen hole golf course that lies at the foot of the imposing Bennington Battle Monument.

If you get tired of the Inn's own trails, there are innumerable hiking opportunities in the nearby Green Mountain National Forest. And almost every road makes for a great bike ride!With the Green Mountain National Forest on one side and the Taconic Mountains on the other, the Arlington area has a multitude hiking trails for all levels of hiker. In addition, the Appalachian Trail / Long Trail crosses Kelly Stand Road in Arlington and is a good jumping off point for many day and longer hikes.Bicycling is one of the most wonderful ways to experience the beauty of Vermont. Almost every intersection brings you to that "road less traveled" where you can take a step back in time to ride past farms, orchards, mountain streams and beautiful valleys.