Inn at Manchester/courtesy photo
Winter is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire with a good book or glass of red wine after a day outdoors. Whether you plan to ski, snowshoe, or shop in Vermont, a stay at a local inn can make your trip all the more memorable and enjoyable. Here are eight Vermont inns that will leave you feeling warm and cozy this winter.
Inn at Manchester
In the heart of Manchester is this lovely inn owned and operated by Frank Hanes and his family. With 21 luxurious guest rooms—including 12 suites—a cozy pub, and multiple common area rooms to kick back and relax, the inn is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or trip with friends. Bromley Mountain is just minutes away and local shops, outlets, and restaurants are within walking distance of the inn. (3967 Main St., Manchester; 802-362-1793; http://innatmanchester.com).
Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen
Located in Vermont’s 16,000-acre Moosalamoo region, the Blueberry Hill Inn is just the place for a winter getaway. The 12-room secluded inn, complete with a restaurant and library, is home to the Outdoor Center, which includes 50 km of maintained trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in some of Vermont’s most pristine wilderness. (245 Goshen-Ripton Road, Goshen; 802-247-6735; http://blueberryhillinn.com).
The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville
Since 1985, Jim and Mary O’Reilly have been welcoming guests to The Wildflower Inn. Surrounded by 300 acres in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the inn offers 24 rooms and suites in one of the most scenic settings in Vermont. The Wildflower Inn also serves as a hub for Kingdom Trails, an extensive trail system popular for fat biking, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing in the winter. After a day on the trails, head over to Juniper’s restaurant at the inn, which serves up steaks, salads, burgers, pasta, and more. (2059 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville; 802-626-8310; www.wildflowerinn.com).
Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm in West Woodstock
The Farmhouse Inn is situated on 13 acres with a five-story dairy barn near the Ottauquechee River. Innkeepers Barry and Tory Milstone offer second- and third-floor guest rooms at their inn, located just a few minutes west of Woodstock Village. Guests can enjoy monthly music jams in the barn and direct access to miles of snowshoeing and Nordic ski trails. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be happy to know that the inn is home to three-dozen hens, a horse, cat, and dog. (5250 Woodstock Road, Woodstock; 802-672-5433; www.farmhouseinnvt.com).
The Inn at Weston
The 13-room Inn at Weston on Route 100 is one of my favorite places to visit in Vermont. My husband I were married in the tiny town of Weston in 2004 and we celebrated with a small reception at the inn. Over the years, we’ve returned to the inn for anniversaries and winter getaways. Weston is known as more of a summer town with the popular Weston Playhouse, but winter is just as lovely. Enjoy the Vermont Country Store, Weston Christmas Shop, and Weston Village Store, or try cross-country skiing at the Viking Nordic Center in nearby Londonderry. (630 Main Street, Route 100, Weston; 802-864-6789; www.innweston.com).
Wilder Farm Inn in Waitsfield
Just minutes from Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen is the Wilder Farm Inn, an eight-room bed and breakfast on Route 100. Enjoy cozy, chic accommodations in a yellow restored farmhouse. During your stay, go skiing at one of the local ski areas, snowshoe on the inn’s property, or stroll around the lovely historic villages in Waitsfield and Warren. (1460 Main Street, Waitsfield; 800-496-8878; www.wilderfarminn.com).
Norwich is home to King Arthur Flour and the Montshire Museum of Science—two places you can easily plan a full winter weekend around. The three-story Norwich Inn offers 17 rooms, and additional rooms are available in the nearby Walker House and Ivy Lodge. The inn’s Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse features 15 varieties of craft brews made onsite and sold only at the inn. Its four-barrel brew house, built in 1995, now produces 125-gallon batches and is one of the smallest breweries in America. (25 Main St, Norwich; 802-649-1143; www.norwichinn.com).
Green Mountain Inn in Stowe
In the center of Stowe Village is the historic Green Mountain Inn, a Route 100 landmark that has hosted famous faces over the years, including writer Lowell Thomas, President Chester Arthur, and President Gerald Ford. The building, which dates back to 1833, offers 104 accommodations housed in eight separate buildings. Complete with a renovated, year-round outdoor pool and spa, the inn is the perfect location for winter activities, whether it’s skiing at nearby Stowe Mountain Resort, snowshoeing at the famous Trapp Family Lodge, or strolling through the winter wonderland of Stowe Village. (18 South Main Street, Stowe; 802-253-7301; www.greenmountaininn.com).
What are your favorite Vermont inns to visit in the winter?