are excited to add kayak rentals for our guests. We
are only a mile from Molly's Falls Pond (Marshfield
Dam to locals...2.5 mile long lake that is free of camps)
and many other lakes and ponds such as Peacham Pond
are nearby. Wilderness
Systems Pungo kayaks in 10' (1), 12' (4), a WS Pamlico
tandem 14' with rudder and Hurricane Santee 11.6 ultralight.
Paddles and PFDs included. $25/day. Delivery and pick
up can be arranged for a minimal fee.
We recently sat on the beach on the island with our
granddaughter and quietly watched a mother and father
loon feed fish to their baby. They did many of their
calls and even fanned their wings. What a treat!
that when you arrive back "home," you can
soak in our spa!
2016 - Vermont Department of Forst and Parks is officially
recognizing the growing popularity of fat
2016 - This drone video taken this past week shows
over Groton State Forest. This is our "neighbor."
We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful spots
one can imagine. The foliage this year is simply spectacular.
Acoustic Music Festival is also a blend of the old and
the new - roots music from the Celtic traditions, old time
fiddle tunes, and a touch of blues and bluegrass - not to
mention The Dance!! We strive to provide the finest in local
and national talent. *Our B&B is only 15-20 minutes from
2016 - Biking the new rail trail:
When completed, the
new LVRT will be an unparalleled experience, spanning
the breadth of Vermont from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, and
crossing eighteen communities along the route. Nearly 100
miles long, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New
England, offering spectacular vistas and local hospitality
and services for hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowmobilers,
snowshoers, dog mushers and cross-country skiers and a host
of other users and organizations.
*Our leg of the LVRT is now complete from
West Danville to St. Johnsbury. We are only six miles from
the trailhead. Plenty of parking. Riding this trail is a beautiful
Vermont Events throughout the State
turning rooms over today (9/27/14), we actually took a bit
of a ride on our BMW K bike. Everywhere one looks right now,
our world is on fire. This is a spectacular autumn in every
- To celebrate the end of a fantastic month for gardening,
lake time, biking or anything else one might do outdoors,
we took these
pictures of our sunflowers early this morning.
have outfitted our Tundra to carry our four kayaks,
gear and guests to the lake. We are excited to be
able to offer this new experience. For those of you
who might be new to kayaking, take the time to watch
some of the great videos on paddling.net
Seven Days Events Calendar, a one-stop-shop for things
to do across Vermont.
has just released a virtual
tour of the Vermont State Capitol. Did you know that the
Vermont State House is the only one in the nation with woods
some of Vermont's spectacular and intimate natural areas.
We are near several of these including Peacham Bog and Lord's
Hill. At least half of these areas are less than an hour away.
some of the finest back-country mountain biking in Vermont.
Groton State Forest is part of our view and provides thousands
of acres of biking.
in Groton State Forest
those of you who prefer exploring nature on foot:
State Forest Nature Trails, Reading the Landscape / Map
"blue" today? Feeling like a fresh raspberry
shortcake? Come join in on some of the best blueberry
and raspberry picking in in the NEK. We have organic
blueberries and raspberries in season. We provide the
pint baskets and the flats for picking. Family-friendly
1, 2012 - Our bluebirds arrived in March this year,
at last six weeks ahead of any time since we built our home
in 1976. Yesterday we were commenting that the tree swallows
had not returned. Behold, by late afternoon we could hear the
swallow chatter, and they were busy "battling" with
the bluebirds over which nesting boxes to claim.
2012 - We have welcomed three lovely ladies
to Fruitlands, Columbian Wyandotte hens. We will soon
have a few buff Orpingtons and perhaps the rare French
2010 - Welcome the new members of our Fruitlands
family. Six "energizer" quinea fowl can be
seen running around the grounds. Five are pearl and
one lavender. Two males and four females. They have
promised to consume every tick, Japanese beetle and
fly that dare come near!
- This past weekend we planted another bed of 50 blueberries.
Several new varieties to us were planted: Reka, Chandler,
Blue Gold, Chippewa. Bark mulch has been put down and
now to wait five years for first significant berries!
Some of the signs of the season that we enjoy the most
are nesting bluebirds, apple blossoms and the promise
of our vegetable garden. Our guests are welcome to share
from our garden as the season progresses. Nothing like
that home-grown tomato. *Looking out the window this
morning, we still have over 2' of snow in the garden...but
this scene below will come rapidly now with sunny days
and warm temps.
August - Our corn is delightful this year and
guests are welcomed to pick a few ears and roast over
the open fire. There is nothing as nice as sitting up
back by the fire and watching the stars come out. S'mores
are still serving fresh rapsberries and blueberries
for breakfast. Apples and pears soon!
below were sent to us by an Alabama couple who stopped by
to buy our maple syrup. New pictures will be posted soon.
(Click on each image to open up a larger view.)
31, 05 - One of our raspberry pickers heard the
distinctive 1/2:3/4 call of a male indigo bunting this
morning. What a treat when one landed on a scare-eye balloon
post long enough for us to capture him on film. (Click
on thumbnail for larger image.)
21, 05 - We had the most beautiful sunrise this
morning. We could also hear the loons calling form the
lake below. (Click on thumbnail for larger
Click to view larger image.
14, 05 - The outdoor
fireplace was busy over the 4th weekend as was the lake.
Things tend to get much quieter on the lake during the week
which is nice for those of you who stay at Fruitlands during
week days. Last night we were out on the island until quite
late. As we left, we were treated to a mama, papa and baby
loon in tow. It was a wonderful moment.
and blueberries are ripe!. Imagine, hundreds of feet of lush
ripe berries awaiting you as you step outside. Fresh
shortcake! For breakfast? Those of you who stay in the
Alcott Suite and prepare your own meals in the new kitchen
will want to share in many of our delicious organic vegetables.
bought a truck load (literally) of roses and have planted
a new rose garden. Our guests are enjoying fresh-cut roses
placed in each of our rooms.
Fruitlands Maple and Fruit / Bed and Breakfast:
~ Relaxing and sharing good conversation
~ Visiting our gardens
~ Sitting by the outdoor fireplace (new
fireplace as of 6/22 - our first fire)
~ Harvesting raspberries, blueberries, apples and other fruits
~ Walking llamas
~ Stargazing in a "zero" light-pollution setting
~ Enjoying some of the purest water in the state, right from
~ Soaking in our Hostprings Spa
~ Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing or watching
loons in Molly’s Falls Pond (Marshfield Dam) one
of our area's nicest lakes (Fruitlands
is in the upper right on top of the mountain.)
guide services providing you with some of the finest fly
fishing in central and northern Vermont.
~ Riding mountain bikes
~ Snowmobiling on VAST
~ Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (We have Tubbs snowshoes
available. Reserve these when you make your room reservation.)
~ Visiting Cabot
~ Taking in the incredible selection of lillies and other
flowers at the Vermont
~ Learning to play Celtic music at the Vermont
Institute of Celtic Arts - providing instruction in Highland
piping, Scottish smallpiping, French bagpipes, Irish flute,
whistle, and bodhran
In the area:
State Forest, Vermont’s single largest tract of
~ Finding your way into and out of the Great
Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville, a "perplexing
puzzle pondering place"
~ Visiting Vermont’s
~ Touring Barre
granite quarries and notable local cemeteries
~ Taking in the many local
artisans and crafts people
~ Visiting historic St. Johnsbury's Athenaeum
~ Discovering historic
sites in Vermont / National
Register of Historic Places
~ Exploring and photographing Vermont's notable covered
~ Enjoying local concerts: Craftsbury
Chamber Players and Adamant
~ Attending a Circus
Smirkus performance in Greensboro
~ Experiencing Grandview
Winery in East Calais.
~ Hiking, trail running, biking,
snowshoeing, x-country skiing on Kingdom
~ Skiing at Burke
Mountain our home away from home in the winter (special
ski packages available for our guests) We are actually within
an hour of several notable Vermont ski areas such as Stowe
The best weather forecast from the Fairbanks
Museum's Eye on the Sky
foliage reports from Vermont's official tourism site.
and additional information, contact us at:
Fruitlands Bed and Breakfast
506 Thistle Hill Road
Marshfield, VT 05658