The Waybury Inn

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Group Tours

Bring your next group to the Inn that Bob Newhart made famous!

The Waybury Inn (known as the “Stratford Inn” on the Newhart Show) was built in 1810 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It was initially a stage coach stop to serve hungry and tired travelers that made the arduous journey from the Middlebury area across the mountain gap and back again, it then became a full service Inn once automobiles started populating the roadways.

We are very experienced with tour groups and understand that you’ve got a schedule to keep. Let us take over for a while and serve your guests with warm hospitality and some of the best food you’ll find in Vermont.

Everyone here at the Waybury Inn is here to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Please come join us for a fabulous lunch or dinner.

Middlebury and its surrounding villages offer many exceptional and diverse attractions within one hour, such as:

Morgan Horse Farm

The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm is an absolute gem among the state’s must-see attractions. “Attraction” is hardly a fair word for it, since it isn’t commercialized or glitzy. It’s serene and beautiful; the grounds are gorgeous, the foals are romping in the pastures and the horses are always in beautiful shape.

Tours are given between 9:00 and 4:00 each day May through October. There are sumptuous lawns with picnic tables for an al fresco lunch and a gift shop full of goodies for horse lovers.  Click here for more information

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Conveniently located about 8 miles South of Burlington and just south of the Shelburne Museum, the Vermont Teddy Bear Co. factory creates an array of bears destined to make visitors of all ages smile. An energetic team of Bear Ambassadors leads tours through the bears’ birthplace. On the fun, clever, and educational tour, groups learn how teddy bears are put together from start to finish as they see the creative process in action. In addition, the tour guide explains Modular Manufacturing, discusses the evolution of Vermont Teddy Bear company, and highlights the Beargram service. The company has recently updated the tour route with additional sewing modules, improved the Bear Hospital, and added more visuals to enhance the tour experience.  Group tours are available year round, 7 days a week, with the exception of a few holidays.  Click here for more information

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum is one of the region’s premier destinations for groups. Outstanding collections of art and Americana, exciting new exhibitions each year, beautiful grounds, a café with a diverse menu, and private guided tour options assure groups an enjoyable, unique experience. Shelburne Museum is famous for having it all – take the Highlights Tour and see why. Explore Impressionist paintings, the Museum’s famous folk art collection, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark.

The Museum will open for the season on the second Sunday in May and will close the last Sunday in October.  Suggested time at the Museum: 3 hours minimum.  Private guided tours for groups available.  Click here for exhibition schedule

New England Maple Museum

A visit to the New England Maple Museum is as intriguing as it is educational, and appeals to all ages.

The best part about maple candy making at the New England Maple Museum is the tasting.

A slide show chronicles the maple sugaring process on a Vermont family farm. The museum also offers live demonstrations of maple candy making, and wooden sap bucket construction.

Their gift shop carries the best that Vermont has to offer from all grades of syrups, and mouth-watering maple products to artwork by popular Vermont artists such as Warren Kimble, Vermont craft, books and much, much more.  Click here for more information