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8 Great Vermont Covered Bridges to See This summer

When we mention getting away to Vermont, what do you picture? For many, the vibrant colors of fall foliage instantly spring to mind, and for others, its quaint covered bridges. Vermont covered bridges are, without a doubt, an iconic symbol of days gone by. These historic structures have withstood the test of time, some still standing in their original and untouched condition, reminding us of a simpler time and a simpler world.

These quaint and historic structures are undeniably romantic, and the perfect subject for photographs. Visiting Vermont covered bridges is a wonderful way to pass some time, especially if you happen to want to keep socially distant from large crowds.  This might just be the perfect activity for you to enjoy when you visit us in Vermont this summer or fall. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Book your room at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast today.

8 Vermont Covered Bridges Near our Bed and Breakfast

Covered bridges were popular in the United States in the 19th century, mostly serving as an economic necessity to the communities they connected.  Quite simply, the covers over the bridges were built as a protective mechanism, keeping harsh natural elements away from the wood structure of the bridge, while also making them more efficient and durable for crossings. Though covered bridges do remain in various places around the country, Vermont, with 104 covered bridges, certainly has the highest density of them.

8 Vermont Covered Bridges You Must See

If you’ve always wanted to visit these structures and see them for yourself, you’re in luck! There are a number of Vermont covered Bridges near our Bed and Breakfast, including right here in our town of Warren. You can easily visit 8 Vermont covered bridges in a single day trip, starting at ending right here at the West Hill House B&B. We’ve put together the perfect guide in our Covered Bridges and Culinary Tour that takes you to these 8, and pairs it with some other great stops along the way!

From our Inn, head north on Highway 100 towards Waitsfield, where you’ll encounter the first Vermont covered bridge.

  • The Great Eddy Bridge, also known as the Waitsfield covered bridge, is the oldest operating covered bridge in the state. It was built in 1833 and restored in 1975, and it has the longest clear span of any Burr truss bridge in Vermont, spanning an incredible 105 feet.
  • Pine Brook Bridge, also in Waitsfield, was built in 1872. Its structure has never been altered over the years, but its 48-foot span is still just as impressive.
  • The Upper Cox bridge, built about 1872, is one of the only bridges from which you can see another covered bridge in the distance. The photo opportunity here is too good to pass up.  From the Upper Cox Bridge, you can see through the Newell Bridge, also known as the Lower Coxbrook Bridge, to the Station Bridge (also called the Northfield Falls Bridge) just to the east. It’s a truly magical part of this drive. The Northfield Falls Bridge was built in 1872 and is one of the longest bridges in the state at 137 feet.
  • The Slaughter House Bridge, built about 1872, stands at an impressive 55 feet long. This is the only bridge in the Northfield area that hasn’t been altered and still exists in its original condition today.
  • The Tiny Mosely Bridge was built in 1899 and renovated in 1971. The bridge is 39 feet long.

And, finally, you’re back in Warren, where you’ll find the beautiful Warren Bridge. It’s a prominent symbol of our town and was built in 1880. The bridge, which spans the Mad River, has a unique feature. There are different portal openings at either end of the 59-foot-long bridge.

8 Vermont Covered Bridges You Must See
Warren Covered Bridge

Relax at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast

After a day spent touring the scenic countryside of Vermont, you’ll be ready to relax and put your feet up. Our Inn offers many places to do just that, and we serve up a delicious selection of wine, beer, and single-malt scotch for your pleasure, too. We pride ourselves on offering warm hospitality, great beds, fabulous food, and a relaxed, rural setting in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

From the moment you first arrive, you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so long to get here, and we’ll wonder when we’re going to see you again!  Get in on the action this summer and fall, and enjoy the very best of Vermont’s Mad River Valley.  Book your room at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast today!

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