We have a wonderful selection of restaurants in our area to suit every taste and pocketbook. We suggest you consider some of our favorites.
Bentley's - located in downtown Woodstock is a landmark, which set the standard for casual dining in our area. Entertainment is provided on most Friday and Saturday evenings.
Max's Tavern - located in the back of the Barnard Inn just down the street from The Maple Leaf Inn is our favorite local spot. They do take reservations. The Barnard Inn also has more elegant dinners in their dining room.
Riverstones - on Route 4 in Quechee, Vermont - just a few minutes away. They specialize in flatbread pizzas, and you should see the terrific wood-fired oven right in the center of the restaurant. Entertainment on weekends.
Prince & the Pauper - a wonderful, long-established restaurant in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont. If you are considering something lighter, try their Bistro menu.
Osteria Pane e Salute - Located upstairs in a cozy courtyard, this boutique restaurant and wine bar serves traditional regional Italian dishes paired with indigenous Italian wines. Intimate atmosphere and chef-owned.
Simon Pearce - who would expect to find a world-class restaurant in a glassblowing factory! Call early - it's the most difficult reservation in town. Arrive early to watch the glassblowing demonstrations and shop in the factory store. They also have a great lunch menu.
Many wonderful things to do and places to go in the surrounding area await you:
Several microbreweries are located within a short drive of The Maple Leaf Inn. Check out the Long Trail or Harpoon breweries.
The Billings Farm Museum offers a view of historic Vermont, while the Montshire Museum is a wonderful science museum that lets you experience the wonders of nature up close. The Shelburne Museum near Burlington may be the highlight of your visit - but get an early start - there is a lot to see.
How do they make those cute little Vermont Teddy Bears, and where is the line for those free samples at Ben & Jerry's? Cabot Cheese, home of the world's best cheddar, (they have a gold medal to prove it!) has a wonderful factory store. Wash it all down with a stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill - especially in the fall when they are pressing the apples. See how maple syrup is made, and sample the local cheese packaged at Sugarbush Farms.
Arts and Crafts
Vermont abounds with wonderful craftsmen and artisans such as: Simon Pearce Glassblowing, Charles Shackleton Hand Crafted Furniture, Sabra Field Fine Arts, Celie Fago, and Miranda Thomas Pottery.
The Woodstock and Quechee areas abound in quaint shops, galleries, and antique stores specializing in high-quality items from local craftsmen and from around the world. You might consider visiting F.H. Gillingham's General Store, the Quechee Gorge Village, or the Bridgewater Mill Marketplace.
Some of these challenging tournament quality golf courses include the Woodstock CC, Green Mountain National Golf Course, or Killington Golf Course.
If you just want to have a fun round of golf, we also offer some easier and modestly priced courses such as White River CC or the Montague Country Club. All of these courses are within a half-hour drive of The Maple Leaf Inn. We might even have some clubs that you can borrow.
Do you want to try the challenge of mountain biking to the top of Vermont's second highest mountain peak? Or join up with a tour group to explore some of our Vermont back roads? How about renting a bike from one of our local bike shops or bring your own bike - we can provide you with a map to help you find your way there and back again. The Inn also has bikes that can be borrowed. Please speak to the innkeepers about the availability. Don't forget, Vermont is not exactly flat!
The Appalachian Trail is just a few minutes' drive from our door, and the Long Trail (where you will find the popular Robert Frost Trail) is a short drive into the Green Mountain National Forest. For a short hike you might consider the trail to the top of Mount Tom overlooking the village of Woodstock or perhaps a trip down into the bottom of the Quechee Gorge. We also have some well barked but semi-improved trails through the woods at our Maple Leaf inn. Keep an eye out for deer, moose, and black bear, oh my!
Horseback Riding/Carriage Rides
The Kedron Valley Stables and the Green Mountain Horse Association are located in South Woodstock, the heart of Vermont horse country. Be sure to check the GMHA site for information on the many equestrian events held each summer. If you love horses, be sure to put the Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury on your list of places to see.
The pristine waters of our local lakes and streams provide ideal conditions for fly fishing, canoeing, swimming, or kayaking. If you have your own tackle, we can help you find a local fishing hole - if you need lessons, equipment, or a guide, try Wilderness Trails or Trout on the Fly. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Silver Lake State Park just around the corner from our Maple Leaf Inn. Our little lake is beautifully crystal clear, created when the glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age. There is a swimming beach at the lake as well - if you can take the cold clear water!
Our beautiful Vermont winters provide lots of opportunities for outdoor winter activities including:
Downhill Skiing/Cross-Country Skiing/Snowboarding
Downhill skiing is just around the corner - either world-class terrain and facilities at Killington (the biggest ski resort east of the Rocky Mountains) or our friendly little Suicide Six resort. Both have everything you need - snowmaking, lessons, and equipment. Maybe this is the year you try snowboarding?
Is cross-country skiing more your style? Consider the Woodstock Ski Touring Center or Wilderness Trails in Quechee.
Snowshoeing is becoming one of our fastest growing winter sports. If you have your own shoes, we can point you to trails on our 16-acre grounds or send you to the nearby Silver Lake State Park - it's fun to snowshoe across the lake and visit the ice fishermen in their shanties. You can rent snowshoes at Woodstock Sports or Wilderness Trails where you can sign up for a snowshoe trek through the woods conducted by a local amateur naturalist to spot wildlife signs in the deep woods.
We have several places for skating (dependent upon weather conditions), either bring your own skates or rent them from Woodstock Sports. The Kedron Valley Stables does romantic sleigh rides for couples through the quiet woods of South Woodstock - their sunset sleigh ride is very romantic and very popular! On holiday weekends throughout the winter you can take a big sleigh ride at the Billings Farm and Museum where huge farm plow horses pull the hay wagon across the snow-swept fields - you'll feel like a kid again.
Just like skiing while sitting down! Everyone should try this at least once. The tour operators provide everything including helmets, warm clothing, and the ride of your life. Check out their sites at Vermont Snowmobile Tours and Adventures in Snowmobiling.