Monday, July 24, 2017

Waterfront Activity Area at the WilloughVale Inn

Summer is in full swing at the WilloughVale Inn and guests are having a fabulous time in the Northeast Kingdom. Popular activities are hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, golfing, horseback riding, visiting Jay Peak's Pump House, and nature explorations.

However, many of our guests choose to stay right here at the Inn and enjoy all the amenities that we have to offer. We have a waterfront activity area that is perfect for soaking up the rays and playing in and around the lake. The view is breathtaking and it is common to not want to leave once you discover all there is to offer!

At the Inn and waterfront activity area enjoy:
  water trampoline
  a large playground for kids
  a firepit for toasting marshmallows
  complimentary use of canoes and kayaks
  lounge chairs to settle into
  basketball court
  game room
  DVD rentals
  complimentary continental breakfast (for main inn guests)
  dining at Gil's Bar & Grill

Lake Willoughby is quiet and serene, however, you need not worry about a lack of activities! There is plenty to do in the Northeast Kingdom and right here at the Inn.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dining in the Northeast Kingdom

When visiting the Northeast Kingdom, you are bound to get hungry. Luckily, the NEK is a foodie’s paradise. From fine dining, to diners, to farmers markets, there is something to please every taste bud! The towns of the kingdom are dotted with local country stores where you can pick up a quick snack or freshly made sandwich - or even an infamous pizza if you stumble upon Parker Pie in West Glover! Parker Pie is a local favorite, along with Miss Lyndonville Diner for a traditional Vermont diner experience and Lago Trattoria if you are in the mood for Italian. The Kingdom is well known for craft beers, spirits and farm-to-table offerings. Just let us know what mood you are in and we can help you with suggestions! 

Of course our favorite place to dine is right here at the WilloughVale Inn at Gil’s Bar & Grill. Gil’s is casual and cozy, with a view of the lake and a variety of light fare, entrees and drinks.  Have a cup of French Onion Soup, a Caesar salad, Burger or Flat Iron Steak, we trust you will not be disappointed – and be sure to save room for dessert!

Gil’s is open this winter Thursdays through Saturdays from 5:00 – 8:00pm and the bar opens at 4:30pm. In addition to our regular dining hours, we will also be serving dinner January 15, 2017 and February 19, 2017. We hope to welcome you to Gil’s during your next visit to the Northeast Kingdom!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter in the Northeast Kingdom! 

Winter has arrived in the Northeast Kingdom! With early snow this season it is time to switch gears and that means changing gear!  Put away those bikes, hiking shoes and swimsuits, and dust off your skis, boards, snowshoes, ice climbing equipment and of course the snowmobiles. One thing you can keep out is your fishing pole – ice fishing is very popular on lake Willoughby, just trade in the canoe for a shanty and you are good to go!

The WilloughVale is a four-season Inn, a perfect home base for all your winter adventures. When the lake freezes over the activity continues with ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Along the edge of the lake you can ice climb up Mt. Pigah, one of the most renowned climbing experiences in the Northeast, although this is not for the novice climber, experience is a must for scaling the 300’ steep cliff walls.

For the snowmobiling enthusiasts the Inn is conveniently located on the VAST trail. Be sure to ask about our VAST Member Discounts - offered all season long!

After a busy day of winter adventures, return to your room or cottage at the Inn, relax and take in the sweeping view of Lake Willoughby, equally breathtaking in every season.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall in the Northeast Kingdom!

When you think of fall foliage - you picture the vibrant colors across the mountains and hills of Vermont. The Northeast Kingdom is the quintessential place to take in the autumn beauty by foot, horseback, bike or car.

Hike Mt. Pisgah & Mt. Hor where you will get the dramatic view of Lake Willoughby. Other great hikes include Wheeler Mountain and Bald Mountain.

Enjoy the beauty of the landscape on horseback! DND Stables in East Burke offers 1.5 hour guided fall foliage horseback rides.

For bike riding in the fall Kingdom Trails offers an extensive network of scenic recreational trails constructed to accommodate all levels of ability.

Hop in your car and drive the winding roads through the hills of the Kingdom. We can help with suggested drives and fun stops along the way.

However you choose to explore the spectacular foliage that the Northeast Kingdom has to offer you will not be disappointed. The best way may be to simply sit back and take in the view from your room or cottage at the WilloughVale Inn!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring in Vermont

Tax time is over and the temperatures are warming up.  Time to cruise Vermont's back roads and get outside for some trail biking, rock climbing or visit the local shops and find the best of the best maple syrup,

Spend some time with us at the inn or check out of our cottages!

Hey Bikers ...

How about a little moose watching ...

There is more to do, but its even more fun when you drop in at gil's Pub and say hello at the Willoughvale Inn.  CYA soon!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winter Fun

Winter is the fun time for Vermont!  The Willoughvale Inn is convenient to Jay Peak and their attractions, plus easy access to snowshoe trails, snowmobiling and some relaxation on  beautiful Lake Willoughby.  Its a mild Winter so far, yet still a fantastic time to enjoy a few days on the lake and a romantic getaway in one our lakeside cabins.
Planning a weekend with the kids?  Snowshoeing the trails or some time at the Jay Peak Pump House Waterpark are conveniently located from the inn.