Category Archives: Vermont

When next in Vermont: Snapdragon Inn in Windsor

I think I’ve found a soulmate for The Sylvia Beach Hotel on the Oregon Coast (Nye Beach in Newport), famed for it’s bookish aura (the rooms are named after authors – most recently added are rooms honoring Amy Tan, Ken Kesey and Jules Verne), the place is full of books, no television, radio, wi-fi!). It’s the Snapdragon Inn in Windsor Vermont (photo above),  in the central/southern part of the state, which apparently offers a “New York Times Best Seller” package that enables guests to choose a book from the NYT best-seller list and it will be waiting for them when they check into a room. Geddit? Book a room. Book a book. The inn is apparently the former home of a famous book editor (Maxwell Perkins) so that was part of the inspiration. No official word on whether you get to keep the book but guessing yes…

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From Vermont to Water Mill NY just like that

As a midwesterner – this is what I love about the east coast. Within four hours we went from rural Vermont to the beach in the Hamptons. I woke up this morning in an 19th century inn in Grafton Vermont, with a few streets lined with pristine white wood houses, a white church with a huge white steeple and red dahlias abloom, a country pond lined with field stones. Now, at sunset, I am looking out across a lush green lawn rimmed with flora and fauna, beyond it the blue still waters of Mecox Bay. Beyond that a spit of land with big homes and then the Atlantic Ocean.

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Getting to Grafton Vermont – this just in!

We just got encouraging word from Grafton Vt. about traveling there next week. Granted we may have to go a round-about way (since we were hoping to take Route 7 from Williamstown, Mass) but still…good to know there is a road open into town.

Hello friends,

 

On behalf of the entire Old Tavern at Grafton Inn family, we wanted to provide you with an update on the inn and on Grafton.

 

First and foremost, we are OPEN for business. In fact, most every business in Grafton is open. Hurricane Irene did not damage the inn in any way, and we are very grateful for that. Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center is drying out nicely and will be open for business this weekend.

 

Irene did hit southern Vermont hard and the village of Grafton experienced serious flooding. We have many bridges and roadways that are damaged. However, for those of you scheduled to visit us in September, fear not. Improvements are taking place daily.

 

Regarding our sister company Grafton Cheese, we did receive some water damage in our Grafton production facility, but it is being worked on and cheese making will continue there ASAP. Our Grafton Cheese retail store in the village is OPEN. Our Brattleboro production facility and retail store are fine and operations continue there as usual.

 

At present, getting into Grafton is through Chester, Vermont. Directions are below.

 

We have updated our Facebook page with new photos and videos. Please visit us here.

 

DIRECTIONS TO GRAFTON
Take Exit 6 (Rockingham) off of I-91 and follow Route 103 into Chester. When you get into Chester village, take a left onto Grafton Road (next to Chester Hardware).  This road will take you right into Grafton. At the end of the Road, take a right and the inn is 1/4 mile ahead of you.

If you are coming in from Albany NY for the wedding this weekend, the best way to get here is to take the Mass Pike to I-91 North into Vermont. Routes 9 and 7 in Vermont are currently closed.

We look forward to having you visit us in Grafton soon!

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You go Vermont! Picking up the pieces after Irene.

News reports today suggest that Vermonters are working hard – with considerable help from friends/government – to recover from the devastation caused by Irene which is good news on many fronts, primarily of course for Vermonters, especially those living in a dozen or so particularly hard hit small towns,  but also for us tourists who love the place enough to travel thousands of miles (in our case from Iowa) to visit. Here’s hoping we can get there next week – although the road damage remains a big issue.

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Where to stay in Manchester Vt and eat in Bristol Vt.

A friend in-the-know emails this lodging recommendation for Manchester:  The Palmer House, upscale motel for about $150 a night.  Large rooms and beautifully maintained grounds make for a comfortable stay. 
She also recommends Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol Vermont for a treat after a pretty drive, not far from Burlington and Middlebury College.  The owners are very involved in the slow food movement. The Inn also looks lovely.

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Finally picking an inn to stay at in Vermont!

After reading up on lots of inns in southern Vermont, we finally picked the Old Tavern Inn in Grafton (after I found a less expensive room than was listed online). Very hard call but I think Grafton will be the quintessential inn and village I’ve been looking for to show off Vermont to my husband – who has never been there. I was captivated by the beautiful Inn at Manchester – which is not in town but in the bucolic countryside with a pool – but was a bit put off by the outlet malls nearby. Also liked the more affordable and perhaps laid-back  Stone Boat Farm Bed & Breakfast in Jamaica, Vt.  Next time.

 

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VBT – a long way from Vermont Bicycle Touring

I guess there’s a reason Vermont Bicycle Touring changed its name to VBT – they don’t seem to offer many trips in Vermont, judging from their latest catalog of hiking and biking vacations all over Europe, South America, Central America and the U.S. My family was among the first to go on VBT trips back in the early 1970s (I see from the catalog that the company is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary – so that’s about right) and they were wonderful. We biked from beautiful country inn to beautiful country inn w/great food and scenery. Now looks like might not be in our price range. Oh well.

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North Adams and Vermont (again) inns

Okay, so I’m also told I should look into inns in Chester Vt. and in North Adams, Mass. (the Berkshires) there are several great albeit pricey options including Porches of MassMOCA (the contemporary art museum I want to visit there), which looks retro high-design trendy, and River Bend Farm, which looks just the opposite (it’s a  1770 Georgian Colonial one mile from town.) Another high design/price option is Field Farm Guest House in a Bauhaus box built in 1948.

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Vermont inn’s cont’d:

My dad reminded me about the Old Tavern  in Grafton, one of the nation’s oldest operating inns (according to its website) opened in 1801.  Another cool thing is it’s part of a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the vitality of rural Vermont communities. Can’t argue with that.

Dad also suggested looking at where Vermont Bicycle Touring (VBT) stays on their trips – which I used to go on as a kid with my parents. Good ideas all.

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Where the ramble on the East Coast – Berkshires and southern Vermont?

So I’m thinking, with our four free days on the East Coast in early September, we can go so many places in a few hour’s – which I loved when I lived in Boston and later Stamford, Connecticut. (So different from Michigan, where I grew up…and here in Iowa.)

Right now, since we’ll be in NYC and then Connecticut and then end up on Long Island, our best bet may be to go to the Berkshires (North Adams, perhaps) and then to southern Vermont (maybe the famous Dorset Inn in Dorset or a splurge at the Inn at Sawmill Farm in West Dover, which oddly enough was formed in part from my cousin’s vacation home that I visited as a child.) Both are places my husband’s never been to and places I long to return.

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