Hotel at a Glance: Wildflower Inn
When innkeepers Jim and Mary O'Reilly purchased a former 50-cow dairy farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in 1984, the 500-acre plot of land consisted of a handful of barns and one old 18th-century farmhouse. The O'Reillys renovated those structures, turning them into the Wildflower Inn, a B&B surrounded by pastoral New England scenery. In 2013, the family-friendly lodge was voted the winner of the Boston region's "Totally Awesome Family Escapes & Getaways" category by readers of Red Tricycle.
- Notable praise: The inn has received high marks from a number of publications, including National Geographic Traveler and Yankee Magazine. Fodor's raves that "the hilltop views are breathtaking."
- Individually decorated rooms: Each guest room has its own unique decor
- Gourmet breakfast: Locally made bagels, homemade maple granola, cereals, fruit, and homemade breads and pastries; you can also order organic eggs and buttermilk pancakes.
- Summer activities: Try hiking and mountain biking on nearby Kingdom Trails, a Vermont trail system. Play a round of golf at the nearby St Johnsbury Country Club, or go kayaking on the Clyde River.
- Family- and pet-friendly lodging: The inn offers supervised children's programs, as well as pet-friendly rooms
- Encounter local wildlife at the animal petting barn
Highlights of Lyndonville, Vermont
- Hidden gem: Lyndonville belongs to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, a region praised as "the Vermonters' Vermont" by National Geographic Traveler due its remote location, picturesque scenery, and relatively few crowds.
- Explore the outdoors via the Kingdom Trails, a popular network of multi-use trails frequented by snowshoers and cross-country skiers in the winter, and hikers and bikers in the summer.
- Learn about the cosmos at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Vermont's only public planetarium, which also exhibits a large natural history collection.
- Must eat: Sample award-winning cheddar cheese at Cabot Creamery, a farming cooperative that dates back to the early 20th century.