More than 2 feet of snow fell in the region in January and February, and outdoor enthusiasts are enjoying the winter wonderland! Whether you prefer cross country or downhill skiing, the Manor House Inn is the perfect home base for your winter ski getaway. Start the day off with a freshly baked muffin, fruit, and coffee/tea and then hit the snow!
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
With 3 state parks plus more than 6,000 acres of preserved forest, Norfolk offers dozens of scenic snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails.
The stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain offers views of the peaks in 3 states on a clear day. The park entrance is just a mile from the inn. You can either go by foot on trails through Barbour Woods or drive to the park entrance. The trail to the summit is on the right of the park entrance, about 100 yards from the gate.
Great Mountain Forest offers more than 6,000 acres of pristine forestland and trails. These “off the beaten path” trails offer serenity. Make sure you stop by the sugar house where they make maple syrup in late February/early March. Park in designated parking areas at 201 Windrow Road (Norfolk) or 200 Canaan Mountain Road (Falls Village).
Dennis Hill, a 240-acre estate, was gifted to the State of Connecticut in 1935 by Dr. Frederick Shephard Dennis, a noted NY surgeon. The stone pavilion at the summit was formerly a summer residence and it now the prefect location to enjoy a spectacular view of mountain peaks. There’s also a trail to a stone and wooden gazebo with lovely scenic views. The trailhead is on the left when the road turns to the right up the mountain.
Whether you’re an expert skier or are looking to give it a try, you’ll find it all at these nearby ski areas (all within 30 miles of the inn):
Ski Sundown (New Hartford, CT)
Mohawk Mountain (Cornwall, CT)
Catamount Mountain (Hillsdale, NY)
Ski Butternut (Great Barrington, MA)
Many ski areas currently require you to purchase lift tickets online in advance. Don’t miss their low midweek rates! All offer ski rentals and lessons.
Book one of our fireplace suites to warm up when you return from your outdoor adventure. Our suites with whirlpool and large soaking tubs are also wonderful for soothing sore muscles!