The Wildflower Inn of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom graciously hosted my stay at their magical inn. The photos and text in this article are completely mine.
I am so thrilled to introduce you today, to one of the loveliest places I have ever visited – the Wildflower Inn of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. This absolutely charming bed and breakfast has been up and running under the tasteful and passionate care of innkeepers, Jim and Mary O’Reilly, since 1984. If you are looking for a quiet, yet breathtaking sanctuary to explore and discover the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, this pink Inn at the top of Darling Hill Road, is the place to be.
I was able to visit the Wildflower Inn at peek fall foliage time at the beginning of October. This 300 acre property offers endless 360 degree views. It is fall color and country charm as far as the eye can see.
With a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, the BEST complimentary breakfast, sweeping views, and cozy comfortable rooms on site, everything you could want in a Vermont home away from home is right at your fingertips.
There are several buildings on the property that host different room types and views. I had the treat of staying in a cute King bed room with a darling little porch that looked out to the hills.
There is great attention to detail in the charming rooms, brimming with simple country style and complete with coffee and toiletry amenities that add that well thought out touch.
Start your morning in the cheery glass-door surrounded breakfast room and treat yourself to a wide menu of morning goodies.
“The Paleo” was my breakfast selection and it was cooked to perfection. The crispy, curly sweet potato fries on top of this egg, bacon, avocado, and veggie dish were divine!
Additional information about the room and area has been cleverly crafted and displayed back in the room, though I find that asking the staff at a great family-style location such as this is also a surefire way to find out the best spots to explore and things to do!
At the recommendation of the friendly gal who checked me in, I drove up to the top of the toll road on Burke Mountain for the most impressive views of Vermont’s fall foliage.
The color goes on for hundreds of miles. There were a couple easy trails to hike a short distance for more outstanding views. This is also where much of the winter snow skiing is done in this area – making the Wildflower Inn a perfect winter destination for a quick jaunt over to the ski resorts in the winter.
I could have spent hours just taking in the views along this one road alone, but alas, there was so much more to explore during my stay at the Wildflower.
Since the cooler temperatures of Fall had arrived, the pool at the Wildflower was already closed for the season, but the pool was just as charming as the rest of the Inn and I’d imagine families have had quite a nice time gathered in this pretty space.
Pick up a racquet or have some outdoor fun on the property. Grab an afternoon snack – some cookies, cheese and crackers, or warm Vermont apple cider!
If bicycling is your thing, the Wildflower Inn leases out one of their on grounds buildings to a bike rental shop. The Wildflower also offers mountain biking lessons. The Kingdom Trails of the Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom are a cyclist’s dream and offer miles and miles of pristine riding enjoyment. The Inn can offer trail recommendations for both mountain biking in the summer and fat biking in the winter.
Whether on a bicycle or taking an afternoon drive, the covered bridges in the Lydonville area should not be missed. The Inn has a helpful printout with a map to each of the five area bridges and also a bit of history and info on each. Since covered bridges are one of my favorite photography subjects, you can bet I eagerly visited each of them.
Driving between each bridge doesn’t take too much time and you will also be able to drive through the quaint little towns and take in some other architectural gems, as well as shop or grab a coffee if you’d like.
Be sure to return to the Wildflower for the evening though, as I’m certain there is no better spot in all of the Northeast Kingdom to watch the sun go down.
Take a walk up the hill behind the inn and have a seat on Heaven’s Bench. There is no doubt that it’s heaven’s bench indeed. The hills lit up in glowing color and it took my breath away.
Then, hop down to Juniper’s, the onsite restaurant, and/or to the SpokeEasy Lounge and beer garden and grab yourself a cocktail and some dinner! See what I mean about attention to detail? This “The Wildflower” signature cocktail is as beautiful to look at as it was delicious to sip.
At the bartender’s recommendation, I grabbed a loaded burger and fried cheese curds for dinner and sat outside with my mouth-watering meal to watch the sun disappear beyond the horizon.
I’ll be back, Wildflower Inn, you can count on that!!