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Don’t Miss these Covered Bridges in Vermont This Fall

Exploring the picturesque Mad River Valley on a scenic drive can be an exquisite experience, especially when the historic covered bridges in Vermont—quintessential New England landmarks—are along the route! These charming structures can be found along the region’s rustic country roads and old highways. There are around 100 authentic covered bridges in Vermont, each with unique style and architectural details. These bridges have been maintained by the Vermont Covered Bridge Society, established in 2000, which played a significant role in saving many of these transportation landmarks. 

Covered bridges gained popularity in the United States during the 19th century due to their economic necessity in connecting communities. These bridges were predominantly constructed to safeguard the wooden structure from natural elements and to enhance their efficiency and durability for crossings. The covers were installed above the bridges to protect them from harsh weather conditions—who knew they would become iconic landmarks? Planning a road trip with the covered bridges in Vermont is a fun way to see the sights and spend quality one-on-one time together. 

Another great place to connect is at our Vermont bed and breakfast—we’re set back, off a quiet street in this charming village, just a few minutes from the famed Sugarbush Ski Resort. Our historic Inn features nine unique guest suites, all designed with your comfort in mind, with cozy beds, seating areas, and high-end amenities needed to relax and relish each other’s company. Each morning, we’ll treat you to a fantastic breakfast spread with seasonal and local ingredients in sweet and savory dishes. Our guests often remark that the mornings at our Inn are the most peaceful and pleasant. We can’t wait to welcome you; make your reservation today! 

photo of the iconic Covered Bridges in Vermont during the fall

Tour the Iconic Covered Bridges in Vermont in the Fall

Visiting the covered bridges in Vermont is a universal delight for a picturesque road trip in our beautiful area. The Mad River Valley is home to a fantastic collection of these bridges, and as a guest at our bed and breakfast in Warren, VT, you’ll be in the ideal location to head out and explore.

You can easily visit a handful of these covered bridges in a single-day trip, beginning and ending at the West Hill House B&B.

  1. The Great Eddy Bridge, also known as the Waitsfield covered bridge, is the oldest example of the covered bridges in Vermont still in operation. It was constructed in 1833 and features the longest clear span of any Burr truss bridge in the state, measuring 105 feet. The bridge underwent restoration in 1975, ensuring the preservation of its timeless and exquisite architecture for future generations to appreciate.
  2. Pine Brook Bridge in Waitsfield was built in 1872, and its structure has remained unaltered. The impressive 48-foot span still stands.
  3. The Upper Cox Bridge, constructed approximately in 1872, presents a picturesque scenery of another covered bridge located at a distance. It is worth seizing the chance to take a breathtaking photo here. Looking beyond the Upper Cox Bridge, you can catch a glimpse of the Newell Bridge, commonly referred to as the Lower Coxbrook Bridge, and beyond that, the Station Bridge (also recognized as the Northfield Falls Bridge) towards the east. This stretch of the journey is genuinely enchanting.
  4. The Northfield Falls Bridge was built in 1872 and is one of the longest-covered bridges in Vermont at 137 feet.
  5. The Slaughter House Bridge, built about 1872, is approximately 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 over the Dog River.
  6. The Tiny Moseley Bridge was built in 1899 and renovated in 1971. The bridge is 39 feet long.
  7. Lincoln Gap Bridge, also known as the Warren Covered Bridge. The 65-foot-long bridge is drivable, walkable, photogenic, and, with the proper permission, can be used as a wedding ceremony venue! Built in 1879, the date noted on the bridge, it was opened in 1880, nearly 100 years after the Town of Warren was chartered. (The bridge is closed during the fall of 2023 for repairs to its foundations.)

If you’re a fan of culinary discoveries, you’ll love our curated list of touring these covered bridges in Vermont paired with some fantastic stop-offs for local eats and goods.

After touring the iconic Covered Bridges in Vermont during the fall, relax at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast pictured here

Luxury & Location at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Whether visiting our beautiful state to experience the stunning scenic drives and the covered bridges in Vermont or to explore all the best things to do, there’s no better place to make your home base than our Vermont bed and breakfast in Warren. Much of our area is undiscovered, and you’ll find hidden gems at every turn. As a guest at West Hill House B&B, you’ll have the best guides to lead you in the right direction. Our seasoned and knowledgeable Innkeepers can offer personalized recommendations that you just might not find anywhere else. 

Another perk of staying at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast in Warren? You’ll be treated to a lovely morning meal each day of your trip. It’s the ultimate way to start your adventure with a steaming cup of coffee, fresh baked goods, savory entrees, and impeccable service. Throughout your stay, you’ll be spoiled by homemade cookies! We have adult beverages available for purchase for those who imbibe. For an extra bonus, you’ll love partaking in our scotch selection—a curated collection for side-by-side tastings. 

Back in your guest suite, you’ll have every comfort needed to sit back and relax—big, cozy beds dressed in fine linens, plush robes, and beautiful en-suite bathrooms. The spa-like retreat pictured above is the soaking tub in the Parisian Suite—it’s big enough for two and is even more romantic in the light of the gas fireplace. This room is exceptional for those celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or honeymoon. We can’t wait to host you at our Vermont bed and breakfast in Warren, for your tour of the covered bridges in Vermont! Make your reservation today. 

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