Sitting Area by the Trout River
One of the most enchanting features of our country inn is the riverbank sitting area on the Trout River. A book, a glass of wine, and the river's murmur will cure many an ill from an over-stressed urban lifestyle.
From the Main Inn, walk along a charming path to the River House, where you first begin to hear the river splashing over stones. We've arranged Adirondack chairs for relaxing and created a fire pit for those who wish to build a campfire - you'll find plenty of fire wood on hand. Ask at the Main Inn, and we can also provide all the "fixings" for smores.
Our River House Suites are located "on the river", so if you find the sounds of flowing water and crickets relaxing, you may want to choose one of these suites for your stay. Even if you decide to stay in the Main House or the Carriage House, you can still enjoy our sitting area on the Trout River, as this area is available to all guests.
Trout River and Missisquoi River in the News
Although visitors to this part of Vermont have long known the Trout and Missisquoi Rivers to be invaluable as habitats for diverse animal life and sources of unparalled summer recreation, these rivers received no permanent protection from inappropriate stream-side development until early 2009. A 2008 bill to study the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers for potential designation as Wild and Scenic Rivers passed into law in March 2009, making them the only Vermont rivers to receive permanent protection in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Located in Montgomery - with the Trout River flowing right behind our inn - the rivers are important sources of clean water, and are part of the lifeblood of Vermont's natural and cultural heritage. They are bordered by the largest, and perhaps the highest-quality, silver maple floodplain forest remaining in the state. The Missisquoi and Trout rivers are home to diverse animal life including brook trout, rare freshwater mussels and spiny soft-shell turtles. The marshes surrounding the rivers host migratory birds including great blue herons and black terns. A special economic asset, the Missisquoi River attracts tourism with numerous recreational opportunities as a part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
The law designated 50 miles of the Missisquoi River and approximately 20 miles of the Trout River for a study to be conducted by the National Park Service. "As the Missisquoi and Trout rivers flow through a landscape of forests, meadows, and family-run dairy farms, they weave together Vermont's natural and cultural heritage," said David Moryc, Director of River Protection for American Rivers.