That's biking & bed & breakfast. Although we live only 50 miles away we were looking to explore the 26 mile long Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. We parked in St. Albans, VT and biked the 26 miles to Richford and arrived to an architectural wonder. The mansion’s appearance is almost like a design out of Disney, it is so spectacular. When you learn the story of this historic inn you will understand how it was originally built to impress the near population with the gentleman owner’s stature and importance. The “Mansion” is a very ornate and decretive Victorian that has been very carefully painted to expose its striking details. I can’t image anyone not saying, “Oh wow!” upon first viewing it.
Tim put our bicycles safely away in his shed and invited us in. My eyes first took in the amazing depth of detail in the woodwork around the windows and doors. The stairway with its banister is a piece of art all by itself. The living room, dining room and pub with their tall ceilings are spacious and comfortable. The wall colors and drapery provide that impressive yet soothing Victorian B&B feeling that we all wish to experience. Our quite large room overlooked Richford’s park and gazebo with the Missisquoi River beyond. The 5 stained glass windows had the afternoon sun behind them to add a dramatic radiance and warmth to the room. Even the details on the bedspread were cause for inspection. What a delightful space!
Our breakfast was both healthy and gourmet. There was fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, fruit juice, a pot of decaffeinated coffee (our preference that was skillfully and almost unknowingly procured from us), raspberry and white chocolate muffins, and a grand dish of specially prepared walnut pancakes and bacon. Now that’s a breakfast!
Our price for the stay was extremely reasonable given the breakfast and the beauty of the mansion. If you are just a visitor passing through the North Country, or a local Vermonter looking for some special time away I think you’ll find the Grey Gables to be a treasured experience.
Logistically, this is a perfect overnight destination if you want to take two days and bike what even a Vermonter would consider the “picture perfect” Missisquoi Valley. Be sure to print (see website) or obtain a copy of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail’s map before you leave so that you can look forward to and appreciate every mile. If you are lucky enough to find it open there is a very nice little museum featuring the railroad’s history in Enosburg Falls by the red caboose. You’ll also find a great rest stop at the town’s park just to the right on Main Street (assuming you’re biking toward Richford).
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