Activities

Plenty of Things to Do in Townshend, Vermont

Picture yourself waking up in a cozy bed by a warm fireplace with your sweetheart, being served an abundant, three-course country breakfast with homemade scones and pancakes and even some champagne, if you wish! Then to continue your day, imagine pampering yourself in an elegant spa and taking a long walk or hike in the most serene, breathtaking greenery! Finally, envision ending your evening with a sensational dinner in one of Vermont’s finest restaurants with monthly specials and a wide range of wines.

This is only the beginning of what the Windham Hill Inn has to offer you…

If you do not feel like straying too far…

  • Take advantage of our clay tennis court, heated swimming pool and yoga classes available upon request.
  • Borrow our snow shoes and explore our 160 acres in all their glory.
  • Sign up for a cooking class with experienced Chefs, who will share their recipe secrets with you.
  • In season, ask our gardener to give you a tour of our lovely garden.
  • Are you a connoisseur of fine wines? Have a look at our wine demonstrations. featuring domestic and international vineyards.

For those of you who enjoy exploring…

  • Visit the many local museums, adventure parks and nature reserves located nearby.
  • During the snowy season, you can engage in some snowshoeing and enjoy cider or a cup of hot chocolate with cookies in the charming ski hut while you wait.
  • Finally, if you are seeking even more riveting activities such as biking, fishing, boating, trekking and skiing… look no further! It is all waiting for you right here at the Windham Hill Inn.

Concierge

We pride ourselves on providing the best concierge services in the area. Our concierge staff has years of experience in creating the perfect Vermont holiday. Our services include:

  • Guidance on the wealth of local attractions including arts events, farms and gardens, museums, adventure parks and nature reserves
  • Airport transfers upon request, including private taxi or limousine transfer
  • Porter service upon request
  • Butler drawn baths
  • Car rental
  • Guidance on local sports, including horseback riding, golf, fly fishing and cross country and downhill skiing
  • Excursions and sightseeing
  • Local dining and shopping recommendations

Spa

Small, private, intimate, quiet, personal… a genuine retreat… a special place to indulge, unwind, reflect and restore. Be sure to reserve your treatment prior to your arrival as appointments are in high demand. This will make your visit to Windham Hill more relaxing and even more memorable. Pamper yourself or a loved one by choosing one of our luxurious massages.

The Swedish Massage is offered for 60 minutes at $135 or 90 minutes at $185 and the Deep Tissue Massage is offered for 60 minutes at $165 or 90 minutes at $200.

Upcoming Events

There’s always something interesting to see and do here in Southern Vermont. Whether it’s music festivals, art exhibitions or exciting sports, you will find the details right here!

Events taking place at Windham Hill Inn…

Jazz Club Nights 
Join us at Windham Hill Inn every second Thursday as our Jazz Club Nights continue. Celebrated musicians appearing have included Steve Sonntag, Draa Hobbs, Wim Auer, Dan DeWalt and Tim Gilmore. Gather your friends and unite for the love of jazz as this tradition grows in West Townshend. We will be offering a delicious light dinner menu with local beer and selected wines throughout the performance from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. The next Jazz night will be Thursday December 18th.

Learn more about upcoming events in the area.

Local Attractions

Come discover the magic of southern Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Explore 160 acres of unspoiled nature right here at Windham Hill Inn or venture out to the Green Mountain National Forest or to one of the nearby gardens.

Historical attractions include Hildene, the home of Abraham Lincoln’s descendants, and, of course, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Museums in the area range from the Williams College Museum of Art to the American Museum of Fly Fishing and the Vermont Raptor Center, where you can see owls, hawks, falcons and eagles.

For in-depth information on local activities in the Manchester and Stratton area, we recommend visiting the Manchester and Mountains Chamber of Commerce website. A local area guide that we often share with our guests is the Stratton Magazine, a regional lifestyle magazine that has been celebrating Southern Vermont for 45 years.

If you need more information, recommendations or assistance with arranging tours and activities, please speak to our Concierge.

Please download our full list of nearby attractions.

Shopping

From antiques and local crafts fairs to outlet shopping in Manchester and specialty foods, the best of Vermont shopping is just moments from The Windham Hill Inn.

Active Pursuits

In the Green Mountains, outdoor pursuits change naturally with the seasons. The perfect rolling hills for hiking and trekking transform into downhill or cross country skiing and snowshoeing paradises during winter. Winter also brings an opportunity for sleigh rides, snowmobiling and skating. If the conditions aren’t right for lake skating, we have the Olympic-sized Riley Rink all year round.

Let us introduce you to the right venue for your favorite pursuit – we can help you out with biking, canoeing, fishing, golf, horseback riding and much more. If you want to hit the road and explore the beautiful surroundings, we can even give you some suggested routes for day trips.

Meanwhile if you want to pamper yourself at a fully equipped fitness center and spa, let us introduce you to the Equinox Fitness Spa in Manchester Village.

Full Activities List

If our 160 acres of trails, gardens, meadows and woodlands don’t fulfill your need for adventure and if it’s biking and fishing in summer or skating, skiing and snowshoeing in winter that you want to do, we have put together a selection of the area’s main activities.

For more information, speak to our Concierge or download our list of popular area activities.

We also have a printable set of directions and a trail map for the hikes starting and finishing at the Inn that range from the easy 0.2 miles white trail to the longer 1.8 mile green trail, which takes you along the Tannery Brook to the pool and waterfall North of the Inn. To learn more, please download our hiking map and directions.

Day Trips

One of the most popular pastimes of Vermont visitors is “day-tripping.” This activity involve shopping in the car and exploring the beautiful Vermont countryside. Half the fun is the unexpected discoveries you make after intentionally getting lost. Just take a random turn down a road that looks like it might go somewhere interesting!

We have a few suggested routes you can use as starting points for creating your own adventure. To learn more, please download our day trip map.

For other route and details of our favorite attractions along the way, why not spend some time with one of our Innkeepers?

Fall & Winter Activities

Apple Picking
Scott Farm 707 Kipling Rd, Dummerston, VT 05301

Hay and Sleigh Rides
Taylor Farms 825 Vermont 11, Londonderry, VT
East of Equinox Farm 1696 Bamumville Road Manchester Center VT 05255
Freisians of Majesty – Carriage Rides 185 Maggie Ladd Rd, Townshend, VT 05353

Fall Foliage
Day Trip Drives
Chair lifts at Stratton Mountain & Mt. Snow

Hiking Trails
Jamaica State Park
Townshend State Park
Lowell State park
Stratton Mountain
Gale Meadows Pond

Skiing & Snowboarding
XC Skiing and snowshoeing at Windham Hill – Back Country on property no grooming
Stratton Mountain
43 VT Route 30, Bondville, VT 05340
Mount Snow
39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, Vt 05356
Bromley Mountain – great for those who are learning to ski
Bromley Lodge Rd, Peru, VT 05152
Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149

Keene Pumpkin Festival Guinness World Record on the most jack-o’-lanterns

Vermont Cheese Trail

Taylor Farm 825 Vermont 11, Londonderry, VT
Grafton Cheese 400 Linden Street Brattleboro VT 05301
Brattleboro Cheese Coop 2 Main Street,  Brattleboro, VT 05301
Killdeer Farm Butternut Rd, Norwich, VT 05055
Maplebrook Farm 453 E Rd, Bennington, VT 05201

Galleries and Historical Attractions

Gallery Walk in Brattleboro every Friday all year round
Tasha Tudor Museum Tasha Tudor Museum
Latchis Theatre 50 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
American Museum of Fly Fishing 4070 Main St, Manchester, VT 05255
Bennington Museum 75 Main Street
Vermont Raptor Center, where you can see owls, hawks, falcons and eagles. 6565 E Woodstock Rd, Hartford, VT 05059
Hildene, the home of Abraham Lincoln’s descendants 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 54 Elm St, Woodstock, VT 05091

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