Pema Osel Visitor's Guide

Travel Guide, Directions, Accommodations, Dining, and Events FAQ

 

Where is Pema Osel?

Pema Ösel Do Ngak Chöling
322 Eastman Cross Road 
Vershire, VT 05079
(802) 333-4521 
pemaosel@mangalashribhuti.org

Pema Ösel Do Ngak Chöling is located in east central Vermont, a beautiful area of rolling hills and river valleys, not far from the Connecticut River and the New Hampshire border. Hanover, New Hampshire, (home of Dartmouth College), is 30 minutes south of the center. Boston is 3 hours by car, and New York City is a 5-hour drive. There is no cell phone service within a 10-mile radius of the center.

 

How do I get to Pema Osel?

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO VERMONT 

Traveling to Vermont by Air:
Lebanon Municipal Airport -- Lebanon, NH
Logan Airport -- Boston, MA (3 hours by bus to Hanover, NH)
Manchester Airport -- Manchester, NH (1.5 hours to Hanover, NH; a few buses daily)
Burlington International Airport – Burlington, VT (car rental is best transportation option)

Traveling to Vermont by Bus
Dartmouth Coach: Buses from Boston’s South Station & Logan Airport to Hanover NH, also from New York City to Hanover. For more information, call (800) 637-0123 or visit https://dartmouthcoach.com/com
Greyhound: Manchester Airport to Hanover, NH. Information is not always on their website. Call (800) 231-2222 for assistance.

Traveling to Vermont by Train:
Amtrak’s “Vermonter” service from Washington and New York arrives daily in White River Junction. Details at: https://www.amtrak.com.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

You can also view Pema Osel's location on a Google map which can be used forr accurate directions and visual maps. 

Coming from the South on I-91

  •  I-91 North to Exit 14 - Thetford
  • Head west (left at exit) onto Route 113. Drive through Thetford Hill, Thetford Center, Post Mills, and then into West Fairlee (approx. 8.5 miles)
  • In West Fairlee, turn left onto Beanville Road, just past the Getty Gas sign and before the B&B General Store.
  • Travel Beanville Road for approx. 2.8 miles, and turn slight right onto Eastman Cross Road.
  • (Beanville Road changes its name to South Vershire Road along this route)
  • Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling is the first driveway on the right. (approx. 0.3 miles)

Coming from the North on I-89 via Chelsea, VT

  • From I-89 S, take Exit 5 for VT-64
  • Head east (turn right) toward Williamstown on VT-64 (approx. 5 miles)
  • Turn right onto VT-14 S/Main St for approx. 1 mile
  • Turn left onto Chelsea Rd for approx. 6 miles
  • Turn right onto VT-110 S, approx. 4 miles
  • From Route 110, take Route 113 east toward Vershire for 7 miles.
  • Make a right at Vershire Center Road and follow it for .8 miles.
  • When you come to the T at the top of the road, turn left to stay on Vershire Center Road for another 1.3 miles.
  • Stay right at the next fork in the road and continue for 1.4 miles.
  • At the bottom of a long hill, take a left onto Eastman Cross Road.
  • Pema Osel is the third driveway on the left, (0.3 mile) just past the small red cabin.

Coming from the North on I-91

  • From I-91 S, take exit 15 toward US-5/Fairlee/Orford NH
  • Head west on VT-244, 5.6 miles to Post Mills, going by Lake Fairlee
  • Turn right onto VT-113W, for 1.6 into the village of West Fairlee
  • In West Fairlee, turn left onto Beanville Road just past the Getty Gas sign and before the B&B General Store.
  • Travel Beanville Road for approx. 2.8 miles, and turn slight right onto Eastman Cross Road.
  • (Beanville Road changes its name to South Vershire Road along this route)
  • Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling is the first driveway on the right. (0.3 mile)

 

General Event FAQ

WHAT IF I HAVE LIMITED MOBILITY, HEARING IMPAIRMENT OR SPECIAL CONCERNS?
Pema Osel is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments or other disabilities. Parking at Pema Osel is available for individuals with mobility issues. Please contact Rebecca Henry at rebeccanow@gmail.com with any questions and concerns.  

 

HOW MUCH WALKING SHOULD I EXPECT TO DO?
The parking area is a few hundred feet from the main shrine hall. The terrain is hilly and grassy. There are gravel pathways, and walking shoes with rubber soles are best for this terrain.

 

WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE?
•    Lunch is included in program registration.  We offer delicious vegetarian fare, with salads, a hot entree, bread, dips, cheese, and fruit. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available. 
•    We serve complementary tea and coffee. 
•    We recommend guests eat breakfast coming to the center in the morning,
•    If you have special dietary needs, please come prepared with your own food.

 

WHAT KIND OF SEATING WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Seating is available on chairs, most are padded, or on the floor on meditation cushions.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
•    Personal water bottle
•    Notebook, pens
•    Walking shoes that can easily be put on and taken off.

 

WHAT SHOULD I LEAVE AT HOME?
•    Pets, alcohol, illegal drugs, and weapons of any kind

 

SHRINE ROOM ETIQUETTE
The following guidelines can help us remain mindful and respectful of the precious opportunity we have to hear the teachings and study and practice the Dharma.

  • Please remove shoes before entering the shrine room and place them on the designated shoe racks. Personal belongings (backpacks, coats, etc.) can be left in designated areas or taken with you to your seat.
  • When entering and leaving the shrine room, it is customary to offer a gesture of respect. This can be done by placing your palms together at your heart and bowing slightly.
  • Conversation should be kept to a minimum, or at a low level, in and around the shrine room.
  • Turn off all cell phones and watch alarms.
  • Dress appropriately. Revealing clothing such as halter tops and shorts are not considered appropriate attire. Hats should be removed before entering the shrine room.
  • Chant books, texts, liturgies, and sacred images should be treated with respect. Do not place them directly on the floor or step over them.
  • It is considered disrespectful to point one’s feet at the shrine, a sacred image, or towards the teacher. Likewise, one never lies down in the shrine room.

WHAT IF I NEED TO LEAVE SUDDENLY?
Only in the case of an emergency should anyone leave during the teachings. Please make all necessary arrangements and plan to stay for the entire day.

CAN I BRING MY CELL PHONE OR LAPTOP?
Yes, but there is no cell reception within a 10-mile radius of Pema Osel, and we do not offer internet access. A landline will be available for emergency phone calls only.

 

WHERE DO I STAY?

There are no on-site accommodations, but there is a variety of lovely places to stay in the surrounding area. A number of small towns, from 10 to 50 minutes away, offer accommodations. Some larger towns – i.e. White River Junction and Barre in Vermont; Hanover and West Lebanon in New Hampshire—also have hotels.

Accommodations listed below are organized by their proximity to Pema Osel. They include hotels, motels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts. Please check with innkeepers for current prices. Additional options available on Airbnb.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

10– 20 minute drive from Pema Osel:

The Stagecoach Stop Hostel, Vershire, VT
www.vershare.org
reservations@vershare.org
802-685-7823 - Please call before 8 pm Eastern time

Diann Ward’s Vacation Rental
(4 bedroom house for rent)
Reservations and rates: 802-685-2238

Devil’s Den Bed & Breakfast
www.devilsdenfarm-bandb.com
396 VT Rt. 110, Chelsea, VT 05038
802-685-4582

25 - 45 minute drive from Pema Osel:

Silver Maple Lodge
www.silvermaplelodge.com
520 U.S. Rt 5 South, Fairlee, VT 05045
(802) 333-4326

Fairlee Motel
www.fairleedrivein.com
1809 US Rt 5 North, Fairlee, VT 05045
603-272-5008

Lake Morey Resort
www.lakemoreyresort.com
(Restaurant on premises)
1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045
802-333-4311 or 800-423-1211

White Goose Inn 
www.whitegooseinn.com
422 Rt. 10, Orford, NH 03777
603-353-4812

Vermont Grand View Farm
www.grandviewfarmvt.net
1638 Scales Hill Road, Washington, VT 05675
802-685-4693

Dowd’s Country Inn
www.dowdscountryinn.com
9 Main Street, Lyme, NH 03768
603-795-4712

Lyme Inn 
www.thelymeinn.com
(Restaurant on premises)
1 Market Street, Lyme, NH 03768
(603)795-4824

Breakfast on the Connecticut (B&B)
www.breakfastonthect.com
651 River Road, Lyme, NH 03768
603-353-4444

Trumbull House (B&B)
www.trumbullhouse.com
40 Etna Road, Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-2370

Larger Inns & Hotels (45-60 minute drive from Pema Osel):

The Hanover Inn
www.hanoverinn.com
(Restaurant on premises)
2 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755
603-213-4300

Six South Street Hotel
www.sixsouth.com
6 E South St, Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-0600

The Norwich Inn
www.norwichinn.com
(Restaurant on premises)
325 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1143

Courtyard by Marriott
www.courtyard-hanoverlebanon.com
10 Morgan Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 643-5600

Residence Inn by Marriott
www.marriott.com
32 Centerra Pkwy, Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 643-4511

Baymont Inn
www.wyndhamhotels.com
45 Airport Rd, West Lebanon, NH 03784
(603) 298-8888

Hotel Coolidge
www.hotelcoolidge.com
(Restaurant on premises)
39 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-3118

Super 8 White River Junction
www.super8.com
422 N. Hartland Road, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-7577

Comfort Inn
www.comfortinn.com
56 Ralph Lehman Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-3051 or 802-295-5990

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
www.marriott.com
102 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 291-9911

Hampton Inn
www.hamptoninn.hilton.com
104 Ballardvale Road, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-296-2800

Days Inn
www.wyndhamhotels.com
104 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 296-2800

Econo Lodge
www.econolodge.com
91 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-3015

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
www.hiexpress.com
121 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
802-299-2700

White River Inn & Suites
www.whiteriverinnandsuites.com
91 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-3015

 

DINING OUT

20–25 minutes from Pema Osel:

Isabell’s Café 
Serves breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays.
3052 US Route 5, East Thetford, VT 05043
(802) 785-4300

Samurai Soul Food
Asian fusion, vegetarian friendly
176 Rt 5 North, Fairlee, VT 05045
(802) 222-1077

Leda’s Pizza Restaurant
Greek food, pizza. Closed Tuesdays. 
456 Rte 5 South (next to Silver Maple Lodge,) Fairlee, VT 05045
(802) 333-4773

25 - 35 minutes from Pema Osel:

Ariana’s - at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen
arianasrestaurant.com. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.
Reservations suggested, dinner only
1322 NH Route 10, Orford, NH
(603) 353-4405

Colatina Exit 
Italian cooking.
164 Main Street, Bradford, VT
colatinaexit.com
(802) 222-9008

Stella’s Italian Kitchen & Market
www.stellaslyme.com/
5 Main Street, Lyme, NH
(603) 795-4302
info@stellaslyme.com

35+ minutes from Pema Osel:

Carpenter & Main 
http://www.carpenterandmain.com/
326 Main St, Norwich, VT
(802) 649-2922

Hanover, NH - the home of DARTMOUTH COLLEGE and 30- 35 min from Pema Osel, has a phlethora of eateries, both simple and upscale, many open quite late. Here is a sampling of some Hanover eateries:

Boloco
boloco.com
wraps/burritos, salads, smoothies
35 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH
(603) 643-0202

Canoe Club 
www.caonoeclub.us
Upscale American cuisine
27 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH
(603) 643-9660

Jewel of India
www.interdial.net/jewel
27 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-2217

Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery
www.lousrestaurant.net/
30 South Main Street, Hanover, NH
(603) 643-3321

Market Table
www.markettablenh.com/
Sit down eatery as well as prepared foods to go
44 South Main Street, Hanover, NH
(603) 376-7996

Murphy’s on the Green
www.murphysonthegreen.com/
American and Irish pub fare, local ingredients
11 S. Main St, Hanover, NH
(603) 643-4075

Orient Chinese and Japanese Restaurant
www.hanoverorient.com
3 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-8888

Sushi Ya
Japanese and Korean food
74 S. Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-4000

Basecamp
Himalayan/Nepalese food
3 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2007