Robert Frost’s Cabin
Aside from The Chipman Inn itself (having been built in 1828), Ripton has a number of interesting historic sites. Robert Frost’s cabin, his home for many years, is 2 miles up the road. You can visit the spot and enjoy a walk on the Robert Frost Trail nearby.
Ripton Country Store
Located across from the inn, the Ripton Country Store (c.1890) is an authentic working country store complete with post office. It has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and the Hallmark Calendar.
The Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College
The Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College is 3 miles to the east. This group of buildings dates from the late 1800’s and is set among extensive lawns with lovely views. In the summer the campus serves today as home to Middlebury’s Graduate School of English Studies and the well-known Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Originally, Bread Loaf (named for a nearby mountain) was a summer resort for East Coast ladies and gentlemen.
The nearby town of Middlebury, 8 miles to the west, is of much historic interest. The Sheldon Museum contains a collection of local artifacts of historical interest. The Morgan Horse Farm offers tours outlining the history of this breed. The Victorian barn is worth the trip. On the way you pass through the oldest double covered bridge in Vermont.
The Middlebury College
Fort Ticonderoga is just across the lake via the historic Ticonderoga Ferry (oldest of the Lake Champlain ferries and continuously operating since 1799). Fort Ticonderoga was variously held by the French, British and Americans and was of great importance in the American War of Independence.
The Shelburne Museum
The Shelburne Museum located about 45 minutes north, is one of the best museums of American folk art, artifacts, and architecture in the nation. The museum occupies over 80 acres of lakeside grounds and includes such curiosities as a 19th century locomotive and an historic lake steamship.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Discover the rich history of Lake Champlain at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Board a 54-foot replica of the 1776 gunboat Philadelphia and visit the Nautical Archaeology Center and the Revolutionary War Exhibit.
The Great Outdoors Cross Country Skiing in Vermont
The Great Outdoors Cross Country Skiing in Vermont is tradition at the Chipman Inn. We are located in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest and the perfect location to enjoy 45 kilometers of groomed trails — 5 km with snow-making — at the Rikert (Bread Loaf) Nordic Center 2 miles east by car, 7.6 miles by trail. You can ski right out the back door on our connector trail to Rikert. Or you can ski from Rikert to the inn to a warm fire in our taproom. Guests have direct trail access to the best Nordic Skiing and Snow Shoeing in New England.
Spirit in Nature Trail Hikes and Silver Towers Camp are also located in Ripton 1 mile from the Chipman Inn.
Rikert Nordic Ski Touring Center Trail Map
For recommendations to other area attractions, visit the Addison County Chamber of Commerce