This is a 5 Night, 6 Day trip which we spend canoeing the rivers of northern Vermont in New England, USA.
We will explore and canoe the Winooski, the Lamoille, the Missisquoi, the Black River and the White Rivers as we travel and enjoy the beautiful countryside and small towns and villages as we go. In the Fall (Autumn) we will of course witness the splendour of colours for which this region is famous.
is Fully Guided whilst on the river & trail
has full minibus support throughout
includes all canoe hire & equipment
Includes all accommodation in B&Bs & small Hotels
Includes all breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
Includes canoeing the remote valleys and streams of Vermont
Includes seeing the beautiful villages of the North-East Kingdom
This trip is scheduled for the 4th to the 9th October 2015.
This trip is an Explorer and has a 10% reduction to $1960 US Dollars per person..
If you are a group of between 4 and 14 then feel free to choose your own dates and we will do our very best to arrange it.
Groups of more than 14 can be accommodated on special request.
The trip meets & departs from the Three Stallions Inn or at close regional airports/railroads by arrangement.
Vermont is a beautiful State of mountains, valleys and rolling hills best observed from a river. Our Inn-to-Inn Vermont Trip is a classic adventure. Canoe the best of Vermont as we move from river to river and inn to inn. Our days are simple and loosely structured, and our evenings at the inns are relaxed and laid-back.
We met first at the Three Stallions Inn, in a country setting near the quiet village of Randolph.
On our first day we head north to the Winooski River, with its deep gorges and fine views. Put in is at a rocky gorge, a place where the water is quiet and the surroundings hint at the magnificent scenery to come. Our paddling begins on easy water, enjoying distant mountain views that include Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. In the evening we arrive in Stowe, one of Vermont’s most famous ski towns.
By our 2nd day we are off to the Lamoille River, with its secluded scenery and comfortable paddling on water that varies from lazy to quick. By midday we arrive at the spectacular Dogs Head and Sloping Falls waterfalls. The soothing noise of rushing water and the intricate arrangement of crags, gullies, cracks and holes set the scene as we lay back against our canoes, sunning, eating and enjoying oursel;ves.
We continue north into the Northeast Kingdom, an unspoilt area that many consider to be the jewel in the States crown. We immediately begin to unwind at the Lake Salem Inn situated outside the small village of Derby.
On the 3rd day we spend the day on a stretch of the Missisquoi, a lazy river which loops into Canada. Here we find ourselves well north of civilization, with the exception of a few farms. At the end of the day we return to the Lake Salem Inn for another relaxing evening in this enchanted corner of the state.
Our 4th day we will canoe a section of the Black river with it’s quick water and quiet water passing through quiet forests and a wildlife sanctuary as it meanders towards Lake Memphremagog.
We end our journey where we began at the Three Stallion Inn. We will have time to relax on the lawn, go for a walk, or enjoy the hot tub before we gather for our final dinner together.
The last day is saved for the White River, one of the best loved canoe runs in New England. The river is a lively clean, bouldery stream in an unspoiled valley. Everywhere you look, the White’s crystal clear water tumbles between easy ledges and deep pools.
You will be accompanied on the river by an experienced river guide who will make sure you see all the interesting places along the way. If necessary we can provide top-up/reminder paddling lessons if it’s a while since you paddled.
The rivers are easy paddling and suitable for families and less experienced paddlers alike. The emphasis on this trip is to enjoy the rich history and natural history of the region from the unique viewpoint of the river.
Everyday we will stop for a fabulous picnic lunch and in the evenings we will enjoy dinner in the small family run hotels where we are staying.
Day to Day Schedule
Day 1. Arrival and first meeting.
We meet at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph Vermont, unless we have arranged to pick you up from a regional airport or railroad station, for example in Albany.
This Vermont stock farm has been restored to provide the ideal combination of charm and comfort. The grounds and surrounding hills provide an idyllic setting. If you have time you will be able to make use of their facilities, such as hiking in the extensive grounds and woodlands, using the swimming pool or perhaps relaxing in the hot-tub.
You may arrive at anytime from the afternoon onwards. We will gather for dinner at about 7:00pm where we will have time to discuss the trip, go over our schedules and look at some maps, before getting to know one another over dinner.
Day 2. Our First paddle in Vermont on the Winooski.
After breakfast we leave our cars behind and travel by canoe and our minibus for the next five days. The Winooski is a sampler in itself with smooth and easy sections as well as quickwater, such as that at the mouth of the Mad River. The Winooski winds its way through both secluded and civilized areas. In the afternoon we will load up for the trip north to Stowe where we will stay at the Stowehof Inn.
The Stowehof is a traditional Swiss-Austrian Inn situated off a quiet country road in spacious grounds. We will be able to enjoy our surroundings and the majestic beauty of Mt. Mansfield from either the swimming pool or the deck.
Day 3 Paddling on the Lamoille
We paddle the Lamoille River for our second day with its wide open views of valleys and interesting geological rock formations. We will put-in at a secluded spot just below Cady’s Falls. Lunch is often near the portage around Dogs Head and Sloping Falls. If the water and our mood is right, we will run Sit-A-While rapid and Ithiel Falls, and canoe through the wonderful granite islands in the afternoon.
Tonight will be the first of two evenings spent at the Lake Salem Inn in Derby.
Day 4. Paddling on the Missiquoi into Quebec
The Missisquoi is a wide meandering river that flows westward across the top of Vermont, with a loop into Canada, on it’s way to Lake Champlain. Hills and mountains are the backdrop of this beautiful valley as the river cuts through quiet meadows and farmland almost entirely away from the road.
The day ends as it began at the Lake Salem Inn. The peace and quiet of the Northeast Kingdom surround us as we enjoy one more evening with warm hospitality and excellent cooking. We enjoy sharing stories of the day on the porch or taking a quiet walk along the lake or into the town itself
Day 5. Paddling the Black River and Lake Memphremagog.
Today head to the Black River where there are several sections we can choose from. We easily settle into the Black’s gentle pace as we head north toward Lake Memphremagog.
After our day on the river and lake we head back to the Three Stallions Inn in Randolph for our last night.
Day 6. A Paddle on the White River and a time to leave
The best is saved for last. The White River is one of the best loved canoe runs in Vermont. We will run a mixture of flatwater, quickwater, Class I and II rapids over the White’s ledges. A lot depends on water level, but we guarantee it will be a fitting finale to our Tour of Vermont. We plan to arrive back at the Three Stallion Inn in the late afternoon to pick up our cars and say our farewells.
If we have arranged for alternative pick-up & return points then we will be delivering you wherever that may be.
The Three Stallions Inn, Randolph
For the 1st and 5th nights we are at the Three Stallions Inn just outside the small Vermont town of Randolph. It is an old stock farm in extensive grounds suitable foir hiking, and cross-country skiing in the winter, with a golf course next door.
In the grounds it has an outdoor swimming-pool and indoors a hot-tub for those chill Autumn evening.
Early morning walkers can join the guide for a walk before breakfast if they wish to. Several trails are available and you can get a small map from reception.
The Stowehof Inn, Stowe
On the 2nd night we stay at the Stowehof Inn near the village of Stowe. Situated on 26 acres high upon a hill with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains, the Inn began life as a grand estate and is a Vermont landmark.
The Inn was built in 1949 as an Austrian Ski House and B & B by eccentric architect Larry Hess. Utilizing old barns, houses and even a church to provide a unique feel to the building, Hess also masterminded the structural use of the “petrified” maples that were taken from the grounds and now support the iconic covered bridge-like structure of the entry.
In the 1981 film classic, “The Four Seasons” starring Alan Alda and Carol Burnett, the Inn served as the set for much of the film. The moose head that Alda threw in the fireplace is hanging at the top of the stairs.
The Lake Salem Inn, Derby
On the 3rd and 4th nights we stay at the Lake Salem Inn near the village of Derby. Situated in seven acres on the banks of Lake Salem this is a tranquil and relaxing spot.
This is an ideal place to relax after a day out on the river, but if you still have the energy the Inn has canoes of its own which you may take out onto the lake.