Executive Spotlight July 2021
This month’s Member Spotlight features The Waybury Inn, a member of the Addison County Chamber since 1983.
The Waybury Inn sits at the base of the Green Mountain National Forest, but there is a nicely paved road that runs in front of the Inn and slowly climbs the mountain, curving along the Middlebury River and twisting its way through the little village of Ripton. The road travels by the Spirit in Nature hiking trails and then past the Robert Frost Interpretive trail before heading up to Middlebury College’s Breadloaf campus, famous for its summer language school. In the winter, the Breadloaf campus is converted into Rikert Ski Center, a beautiful nordic skiing venue, with miles of groomed trails and lots of space for quality snowshoeing.
A few miles further down the road is the Snow Bowl, one of the most enjoyable and relaxed downhill ski areas in the country. To crown the glory of this byway, the Long Trail threads along the spine of the Green Mountain Forest and as you begin your descent down the back side of Rt. 125 there appears another treasure: Texas Falls. The falls offer a picnic area, hiking trails and the hypnotizing view of falling water and extraordinary rock formations.
All of this is on a great 15 mile stretch of road which starts at the Waybury Inn. Anyone with the slightest interest in the great outdoors can stay captivated for days. If hiking, biking, fly fishing, snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing are in your area of interest, there is not a better 15 mile stretch to explore.