Hiking, Biking, and Canoeing
Northern Vermont is home to some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the Northeast. While many visitors will be familar with the fabulous skiing and snowboarding available at Jay Peak Resort, they may be surprised to learn that the Montgomery and Jay area boasts many more activities, such as Golfing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, and more!
With the Northern Forest Canoe Trail not far away, it's no wonder that Canoeing and Kayaking are so popular in our area. In addition, there are plenty of lakes and streams for paddling - either with or without a guide.
Montgomery Adventures are full service guides and outfitters located right here in Montgomery. Not only do they have a wide offering of guided paddling adventures, but they also offer boat rentals and delivery/pick-up services for those who prefer to adventure on their own.
If you are looking to rent boats in the Newport, Vermont area on the banks of Lake Memphremagog, you'll find canoes and kayaks at Up the Creek Paddle Sports Tel. 802-673-9995
Boat Rentals on Lake Memphremagog can also be made by calling Newport Marine Services 802-334-5911.
Lace up your boots or walking shoes, grab your camera and field guide and take on some of the best hiking in Northeast. With over 300,000 acres of public and conservation lands, the Kingdom offers unparalleled hiking opportunities that lead you to some of the most magnificent places you have ever seen. Take it easy, or make it as challenging as you like. When it comes to hiking in the Northeast Kingdom, the trail choices are as varied as the terrain – there’s something to inspire every hiker. Trek a bit of the famous Long Trail that graces our western border and passes very near The Phineas Swann.
You could be lucky enough to see white tailed deer, moose, snowshoe hare, black bears, beavers, foxes, porcupines, otters, or even coyotes and bobcats! Common birds include robins, tree swallows, black capped chickadees, red winged blackbirds, eastern blue jays, hairy woodpeckers, northern flickers, evening grosbeaks, ruby throated humming birds, hermit thrush, ruffled grouse, barred owls, ospreys, common loons, and black ducks, among many, many more.
With access to the Long Trail from Jay Peak, and hiking the trails of Hazen's Notch, hikers will think they have found paradise as they travel the mountains of northern Vermont enjoying this popular outdoor sport. The Green Mountain Club maintains the Long Trail.
Be sure to bring along a copy of Hiking the Northeast Kingdom, a map guide produced by the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association. We have copies available at the inn for guests, or you can obtain a copy by contacting the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association directly.
If you are looking for guided hikes, contact Montgomery Adventures. They provide hiking adventures for all levels, from Beginnners to Advanced.
The Montgomery Area has a lot to offer those who love cycling, whether it's the thrill of mountain biking over rugged terrain or road biking through quaint Vermont villages and pristine countryside - it's no wonder the "Tour de Kingdom" annual biking marathon passes right through Montgomery!
Bike rentals and repairs are available steps away from the inn at a local sporting shop - the owner is the president of "The Grateful Treads Biking Association", an local association the Phineas Swann is proud to support. Membership information is available at their website.
The Phineas Swann has a sheltered place to keep bikes, and we are more than happy to arrange laundry services for those who have had a rip-roaring biking adventure (sweaty and muddy bikewear is our specialty!) If you're new to biking and wish to try cycling in the area, the Phineas Swann also has two bikes to lend. Let us know in advance so we can reserve them for you.
Mountain Biking: For those who would like to bike established routes, check in with The Grateful Treads Biking Association, housed at First Trax right here in Montgomery Center.
Road Biking: Established routes for every level can be found in the Montgomery area, including "Peaking the Peak" for experienced and adventurous riders and "Bridging the Bridges" for novice but enthusiastic bikers. Guests can pick up route information at the inn. For biking further afield, consider the routes in the Cycling the Northeast Kingdom Map, a map produced by the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism association and which is also available at the inn. The map includes 29 cycling loops and links throughout the Northeast Kingdom and southern Quebec.
Guided Biking Tours are available at First Trax. Biking Tours for 2 - $150; 4 @ $250; 6 @ $350 for 1/2 day with bikes & bi-lingual guide; Additional 1/2 Day is $100.