We decided we wanted to spend a weekend in Vermont, away from it all. So we loaded up our iPads (full of books) and travelled to Springfield, which is truly the middle of nowhere. We were greeted by a very nice lady who, it turns out, taught many years ago in the same school system in Massachusetts that I did...talk about a small world!
We were shown to a very nice room on the second floor, large and well decorated, kind of Victorian looking. It had a very comfortable king-size bed and a good size bathroom. The amenities were many: coffee in the morning right outside our room , a newpaper, albeit a local weekly, very helpful people, no matter what you needed.
Our hostess was a native of Russia and she saw to our needs admirably. She also served us a delicious breakfast each day we were there. Although the menu is limited, there was enough variety for us to have something different each day. Our weekend included dinner on Saturday night with an interesting twist: a combination Russian/American menu. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, we ordered Russian; my wife had the chicken Kiev and I the beef Stroganoff. Both meals were delicious and so plentiful, I left half on my plate; I was filled to the brim. My wife was shocked, commenting that that's something she never sees: my leaving food on my plate.
It was a fairly slow weekend, a rare occurrence at the Hartness House, attested to by the fact that all 45 rooms were taken starting the following Wednesday. Because of the dearth of clients, our hostess spent a lot of time with us and we learned quite a bit about both the history and the operation of the Hartness House.
Since no accommodation is perfect, it's necessary that I point out the bad as well as the good. There's very little to criticize about the Hartness House but if I had to pick a couple of things, one would be the amount of time it takes to get hot water in the bathroom. Although our hostess attributed that problem to the fact that no one had been using our room for awhile, that doesn't explain why each day we were there and each time during the day that we tried to run hot water, it took at least five minutes before it was hot enough to shower.
The second item is the TV stations. They use Direct TV, which doesn't include the network stations; this was particularly bothersome what with the Olympics still going on. Fortunately, the TV in the sitting area downstairs did get the networks and therefore, the Olympics. I realize that for many, "getting away from it all" might include no television but we're TV watchers so we did miss having access to some of the channels we watch regularly. However these two things were minor annoyances and, in no way, would they prevent us from recommending Hartness House or staying there again.
Definitely two thumbs-up!
- Also Known As:
- Hartness House Hotel Springfield
- Hartness House Hotel