Mt. Philo is an easy hike that offers rewarding views of the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains. Choose to hike up the trail (1 mile) or drive/hike up to the summit via the Park Road (1.25 miles). There is a grassy area at the top with a few picnic tables.
Hike to Silver Lake (2 miles) and be rewarded at the top with a beautiful scenic mountain lake, a large swimming beach, picnic tables and grills. Be sure to admire the popular Falls of Lana at the start of the trail. To make your adventure even more memorable, stop at Green Pasture Meats, a fantastic high quality butcher shop, to pick up something for the grill, wine, cheese, crackers and a variety of other picnic items for your hike.
Snake Mountain offers 180-degree views of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains (2.2 miles). The mountain was once the site of the Grand View Hotel, built in 1870. The hotel burned down but its foundations remain. At the trails end, you can see a concrete pad that once held up a 74-foot lookout tour.
Camel's Hump is Vermont's third-highest mountain and because of its distinctive profile, it is perhaps the state's most recognized mountain. There are several trails and starting points to choose from so do some research before you set out.
Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest mountain with a summit that peaks at 4,393 feet above sea level. The easiest way to the summit is from the Toll Road (1.3 miles) and the most scenic is from the Sunset Ridge Trail (3.3 miles).
Bicycling and Mountain Biking
Visit the ultimate bike path that takes you along the scenic and beautiful Lake Champlain and best of all, the trail is flat! The Island Line Trail is a stunning 14-mile trail that begins in Burlington and travels along, and over, Lake Champlain. You can rent bikes at Local Motion’s Trailside Center on the Burlington Waterfront. The Strong House Inn has a slideshow of our bicycling adventure on the Island Line Trail that can be viewed HERE.
The best Mountain Biking Trails in the area include Perry Hill in Waterbury, Kimmer’s Trail in Stowe, Yoda & Sleepy Hollow in Hinesburg, Sunny Hollow Loop in Colchester, Cyclone and Clinic in Waitsfield.
Bring your boat to explore Lake Champlain! Converse Bay and Point Bay Marina is minutes from the inn and offers free boat launching into Lake Champlain. The Strong House Inn has plenty of room for trailer parking. Boat rentals are also available down the road at Marine Plus.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dead Creek Wildlife Preserve offers 16-miles of waterway to paddle. Paddle among the waterfowl, osprey, great blue herons, muskrats, minks, otters, beavers, and possibly a bald eagle. During fall, huge flocks of snow geese pass through this area. There is a small boat access on Route 17 as it crosses the Creek. Canoe rentals are available down the road at Marine Plus.
Swimming Holes and Waterfall Hunting
Bristol Falls, Circle Current, Warren Falls, and Bingham Falls are the most popular swimming holes in the area and each offer breathtaking beauty. If you are not interested in getting wet and would rather hunt for the most impressive waterfalls in the area, then explore Moss Glen Falls, Texas Falls, Bailey Falls, Falls of Lana, Belden Falls, and Abbey Pond Cascades
We have beautiful golf courses in our area! Check out Basin Harbor Club, Kwiniaska Golf Club, Ralph Myhre Golf Course that is owned and operated by Middlebury College, Rocky Ridge Golf Club and the Ferrisburgh Driving Range.
Addison County is home to five of the state’s 100 covered bridges: Cornwall-Salisbury Covered Bridge, Pulp Mill Covered Bridge, Halpin Covered Bridge, Shoreham Covered Railroad Bridge, and The Spade Farm Covered Bridge. For more information about these bridges and their location, click HERE.
Receive a 10% Discount on your room rate if you bring your motorcycle to the inn. Learn more about Motorcycle Touring.
The Lake Champlain Ferry connecting Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY is a 30 minute ferry crossing and provides a new perspective of the Adirondack and Green Mountains.
The Fort Ticonderoga Ferry provides historic, scenic seven-minute crossings on Lake Champlain between Ticonderoga, New York and Shoreham, Vermont. Connecting the Lake George and Adirondack regions of New York, with the central Green Mountains of Vermont, a ferry ride is a fun way to explore the Champlain Valley.
3rd Alarm Drift Boat Trips
There’s no better way to experience Vermont’s breath taking fall colors of the Green Mountain state then on the water! Enjoy a peaceful day on the water and then a shore side lunch. We offer both Drift Boat Trips & Canoe Trips for parties of two people on Otter Creek.
Ask about Drift Boat Trips for Bass, Pike, and Walleye on the bays of Lake Champlain. These trips can accommodate the novice to the experienced, father and son or husband and wife, a true two-client to one-guide is what we specialize in. Choose a half-day trip or a full-day out on the water. Full-day trips include a light grilled lunch and snacks to add to the pleasure and comfort we strive to provide in all of our guided trips.
3rd Alarm Lake Champlain Fishing Charters
We will concentrate on catching Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon however; Rainbow and Brown Trout can be encountered as well. Lake Champlain Charters are for groups of three to five people.
3rd Alarm Waterfowl & Upland Hunts
Goose and duck hunts, field hunts, marsh hunts, float trips and jump hunts are all options we have to offer. Ask about our Cast and Blast option where you can divide your time between fishing and bird hunting!
The UVM Morgan Horse Farm offers tours on the hour. Visiting hours are 9:00-4:00 daily, from May 1-October 31.The farm's gift shop offers hundreds of horse related gift items.
Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing
Sugarbush is one of the largest ski areas in New England.
Middlebury Snow Bowl offers a family-friendly environment at reasonable prices.
Mad River Glen has challenging terrain on narrow trails with minimal grooming.
Cochran’s Ski Area offers private and group snowboard and ski lessons for adults and children.
Rikert Nordic Center is the best place in Vermont for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.