Marveling in Montgomery

By Kate Williams

Wow!   Montgomery Center, Vermont is where it’s at.  This little community is no doubt one of the gems of Northern Vermont.  Why?  It’s just 13 miles from NFCT’s pastoral Missisquoi River; it’s at the base of Jay Peak, a majestic mountain that draws hikers and skiers from far and wide; and it’s got some of the best dining and lodging you’ll find anywhere.   We think it’s so great that we’ve gone ahead and teamed with the Montgomery Area Community Alliance to create our Montgomery Marvels Vacation Package that rolls fabulous activities and services into one so that you – the vacationer – don’t need to think too hard about where to paddle, hike, stay, and eat.  We’ve laid it all out for you with single, all-inclusive per person prices for the sake of simplicity.

Here’s what we have in store for you:  Paddle the Missisquoi River with Montgomery Adventures.  Hike through woods and meadows at Hazen’s Notch.  Ride the Aerial Tram up Jay Peak.

Spend a luxury night with the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn.   Bring your dog – they’re welcome at Phineas; and then awaken to banana walnut pancakes, country omelets with Vermont cheddar cheese, or raspberry-stuffed French toast made with homemade potato bread.  (Oh, and extra biscuits for furry friends.)   If you prefer accomodations from the affordable category, you can stay in a vacation rental apartment at the Coach House, where you’ll have access to a full kitchen.

Wherever you stay, you’ll receive vouchers for great local restaurants.   John Boucher of Bernie’s is known for his Italian and Mexican homemade specialities; Tosca Smith of Trout River Traders whips up creative American dishes using locally-raised meats and produce; Bettie Curboy of Montgomery Pizza and Subs melds local and organic ingrediants into fresh sandwiches and baked goods; last but not least, the Snowshoe Lodge and Pub provides a hearty pub atmosphere with hearty meals to match it.

Have I convinced you?  Why not this weekend?