The “work hard, play harder, then rest easy” mantra is a favorite in my house, especially after Labor Day.
My wife and I, and our two daughters, all love to get outside and explore, especially once the temperatures start to cool off and the hardwoods begin their annual fireworks display.
Finding a “hidden gem” these days is getting more and more difficult, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A robust tourism industry throughout New England is good for the entire region. But we still have a few special spots, once the leaves start producing their annual magic.
Wildflower Inn ▪ Lyndonville | windflowerinn.com
Few inns have evolved to keep pace with an everchanging recreational landscape quite like the Wildflower Inn on Darling Hill Road. Mary and Jim O’Reilly converted the old farm into an inn in 1985, when East Burke was a dedicated ski town. But with the introduction of the Kingdom Trails 24 years ago, things began to transform, and the O’Reillys found their inn located smack in the middle of the network. Today, that network has expanded to more than 100 miles of trail. The O’Reillys adapted, adding the Village Sports Shop Trailside (offering repairs, sales and rentals) in 2014, and then The Hub pub at the back of the shop and Kingdom Cycling & Experiences (offering guided tours) in 2016. The inn also hosts the annual bike-apalooza known as NEMBA Fest every June. These are some of the most particular riders you’ll find anywhere, and they flock to the Wildflower. Start the day with a hearty breakfast, and end it with a beverage at the inn’s SpokeEasy pub or The Hub.