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“You'll never want to leave!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lilac Inn
53 Park St., Brandon, VT 05733   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Brandon B&B and Inns
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“You'll never want to leave!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband and I eloped in Vermont and stayed at the Lilac since they were pet friendly. Doug and Shelly were so wonderful and accommodating! Being dog owners themselves, they welcomed our little Boston with open arms. Even though we didn't get married at the Inn, they were incredibly generous with allowing us to take photos on the property and really make ourselves at home. The house itself is just breathtaking and I can't wait to stay there again!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Thank you for your kind words and thank you for eloping to Vermont! Vermont is one of the most popular destinations for weddings and elopements. Even though you did not have your wedding with us we loved having you stay with us. We cannot wait to see the photos, especially the ones at the Lake. Please come see us again for a future visit.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Just returned from our small wedding service at the Lilac Inn. Shelly and Doug ensured that the entire event ran smoothly (from the beautiful roses set at our dinner table to a fire burning in the fireplace). As a discerning traveler, I select inns for their unique character. The Lilac Inn is graciously unique with hyper sensitivity to detail - e.g., upon entering the library, you will even find the fourth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series entitled "The Mystery at Lilac Inn". The breakfast there was delicious, made from local, fresh produce. The room appointment was also distinctive. Dinner was amazing, and personalized to meet specific dietary needs. Doug recommended a short, nearby walk through the woods commemorating Robert Frost poetry and a stop to a local general store. We can't stop looking at the beautiful pictures that we have capturing all of these memorable experiences. I can't think of any aspect of our stay that did not exceed our expectations. We are hoping to return very soon!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Thanks for choosing us for your wedding and for your many wonderful comments. We were happy to customize your dinner choices and loved having you with us. Also, we are glad you were able to enjoy some of the many things our part of Vermont offers, especially the Robert Frost trail. It is a true gem!

We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to a return visit.
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Ellenville, New York
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We had our civil union at the Lilac Inn in 2007 and it was a magical experience in every way. The food there is exquisite and most memorable. Our family and friends still talk about breakfast there!
The rooms comfortable and warm, several with fireplaces for added ambience. The grounds are manicured and inviting. We returned this past weekend to find the magic still there. Shelly and Doug are great host and the food still out of this world. We can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
It was so great to see you both for a return visit. It is hard to believe how much time has gone by since your ceremony. We wish you well for the holidays and hope you and your families will return for another stay next year.
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Lilac Inn for our small wedding service and had an amazing time. Doug and Shelly were great! They were very genuine and caring and personalized our service to cater to our specific needs! The food was not only delicious, but they provide you with so much there is no way you will go hungry. The Inn itself combines luxury with a quaint rustic yet modern feel! Driving around town we saw other B&B's, none of them held a candle to the elegance the Lilac Inn held. The grounds are well kept and beautiful even during this time of year. Some of the other places seemed questionable just based on appearances alone. The Decor in the lilac inn was beautiful and the place smelled so good! We stayed in the grand suit and the bed alone was worth the price we paid! It is huge and amazingly comfortable. We are seriously thinking about searching for the vendor and purchasing one of our own. The bathroom was like something out of a luxury magazine! There was also a fire place in our room that not only functioned for keeping our room nice and warm, it also provided a romantic atmosphere. With the level of customer service we received here I would recommend any one to stay here. The beauty of the town and all the different things to do near by make the Lilac Inn one of our favorite places we have ever stayed. We are already planning our next trip there! A huge thank you again Doug and Shelly!! Because of you guys we had an incredibly memorable time that will always be a part of us. See you guys next year!!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Thank you both for being our guests and having your wedding with us. I do not know where to begin with a response to your wonderful review, but we loved having you with us and look forward to a return visit. We are glad you loved the bed in room , the Grand Suite. We hear many of the same comments from other guests and we are seriously considering adding king beds to two other rooms with the same mattress set.

Also, we are glad you enjoyed our wonderful village of Brandon, that is "unhurried, unspoiled and unforgettable". It is an authentic Vermont village, and a welcome refuge in the hurried world we live in.

Again, thanks so much for being our guests and we wish you most happy holidays.
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Vernon, New Jersey
2 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Lilac Inn provided the highest quality service and atmosphere for my daughter's recent wedding. The Inn is elegant and with its beautiful garden and grounds, it is the perfect setting. Needless to say, the hosts, Shelly and Doug are most gracious as they were extremely accommodating in order that we might experience a memorable event in our family's lives that day. Their dedication to providing a high quality experience for their guests made the event special for all of us. The menu and service were of the highest quality and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. No problem was too big as Shelly recommended to us first-class services for photography, music etc., to ensure success for the occasion. This was definitely one of the best experiences we have ever had and anyone considering The Lilac Inn should have no reservations as to the quality and services provided by them.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thank you for having your daughter’s wedding with us and for your kind words. When we were looking to buy an Inn, Shelly realized she wanted to find a location to host weddings. We feel extremely fortunate to have found the Lilac Inn, as it was constructed in 1909 as a grand summer house in an era of grand parties. As she says, “If these walls could talk, when a wedding is going on, this house is very happy”!
As our Inn started life as a home we try to keep that welcoming feeling and personal attention. Shelly loves attending to all of the details to make sure each wedding is a memorable event that matches the bridal couple’s expectations. We loved having your friends and family with us and hope you can return at a future date.
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Shelly and Doug are perfect for the Lilac Inn. They were right there to see that we were comfortable and our needs were addressed as they are so personable. The breakfasts were heavenly. We enjoyed our stay which came to a close much too soon. This was certainly a memorable anniversary trip as we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary here.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Spring Room which was very comfortable. I especially enjoyed the soaking tub! Thi...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thanks for having your 45th wedding anniversary with us and we loved having you as guests. As you know this summer home was built for special celebrations and 45 years of marriage deserves a special getaway. We are glad you enjoyed the soaking tub, which is original to the home. We look forward to a return visit!
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Albany, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely escape for a weekend, breakfast was good but not very creative. Great attention to detail in house and clearly beautiful spot for an event. I would not stay in Room 9 however as that is right above the kitchen and you hear the prep. Doug a lovely host, v helpful but not obtrusive. A late afternoon tea or wine as cheese would be a real added plus.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for being our guests and for your review. In our 13 years as Innkeepers we have tried many things to try to please our guests. As we are within walking distance to the village of Brandon, we find most guests are gone for the entire day, or return briefly, before going back out. For that reason, we keep a candy bowl and apple bowl for a quick snack, but do not put out a cheese tray as we found few guests enjoyed it unless they were here as a large group.

Likewise for breakfast, we have experimented with several different menus and find that most guests like the fact that we do a cooked to order breakfast with a different omelet, breakfast meat and sweet each morning. We hope you try us again and will let us know any special requests for your breakfast.
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Address: 53 Park St., Brandon, VT 05733
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Location: United States > Vermont > Brandon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Brandon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lilac Inn a leading luxury romantic Vermont Country Inn Boutique Bed and Breakfast known for romantic Vermont getaways, custom Vermont destination wedding packages, New England wedding receptions, and special family celebrations - in any season. Featured in Yankee, Country Living and Vermont magazines, the feel throughout is that of a "small luxury hotel with personal service to match". Each morning begins at your individual table with a cooked to order three course gourmet Vermont breakfast. The Inn is located on Park Street, the prettiest street in Vermont in the quaint but welcoming village of Brandon. Located midway between Middlebury and Rutland, Brandon is an unspoiled village in the authentic Currier & Ives tradition that has been tastefully updated to suit the needs of today's visitor. ... more   less 
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