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“ONE HELLUVAN EXPERIENCE!” 5 of 5 stars
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Brass Lantern Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   717 Maple Street, Stowe, VT 05672   |  
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“ONE HELLUVAN EXPERIENCE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful extended stay at the Brass Lantern Inn last October to celebrate my ‘special’ birthday amid the splendours of the Vermont Fall. Wow! What a welcome from owners Mary Anne and George: from the minute we arrived (Union Jack proudly unfurled beside the Stars and Stripes) to when they waved us off on our way back to Montreal, we were cosseted, entertained, informed and fed to Five Star Plus levels.

Where to begin? In a nutshell, this is high-end inn accommodation where every detail has been thought about, and where the proprietors give unerringly expert, unfailingly constant attention to guests. Yet it is refreshingly homely: we were struck by their genuine friendliness – and indeed that of the other guests, hailing as they did from all over the States (yet with a steady flow of fellow Brits and a goodly smattering of mainland Europeans). Conversations with fellow travellers were readily struck up, everyone swopping holiday stories and offering tips - reminding us of the old adage, that strangers are simply friends you haven’t met yet.

Mary Anne has an encyclopaedic grasp of the locality, and is happy to dispense advice, suggestions, maps and guide books to suit all tastes and activities, often spending time after breakfast to brief guests on their chosen outing that day. She’ll even book a restaurant for you. And speaking of breakfast… Forget the diet! George cooks everything fresh: pancakes, waffles, omelettes, the best quiche we’ve ever eaten, pumpkin bread, maple-cured (what else?) bacon – the list goes on. Our taste buds exploded with shock and awe, and our waistlines ballooned in the nicest possible way. It was all so good we ate it twice - as we were there for two weeks! (An interesting byline… The average stay was shorter than ours, most Americans seeming to keep on the move, perhaps because their holidays were shorter, whereas we wanted a reliable base from which to tour – and of course sample the delights of the nearby Von Trapp Lodge (more of which later!)). Self-service drinks are available from 7 am, with breakfast from 8.30, and an Afternoon Tea at 4.00, again self-service and featuring Mary Anne’s delicious home-bakes. If you wanted to stay in, she was more than happy for you to picnic in the dining room or games room, complete with fridge and coffee-maker (Shaw’s supermarket is conveniently situated just along the road and caters for all but the most eclectic tastes and thirsts).

The public rooms are elegant and plush, two of them, in fact: a beautiful, scrumptious
lounge and the afore-mentioned games room. On top of this, there’s a sun terrace overlooking a huge meadow and the distant Mount Mansfield (a must-do trip, either on foot for the hail and hearty, or via the scenic toll road for the more sedentary, but also enjoyable from the comforts of the Inn’s hot tub). The bedrooms are extremely spacious and comfortable. We had a week in Spruce Peak, followed by a week in Mt Mansfield, where I had my first viewing of The Sound of Music in high-definition Blu-Ray on the room’s system.

Stowe itself –a fifteen-minute walk away - is a pretty village: like so much of the States, it’s exactly like what you see in the movies. It’s perfectly placed for tours, visits and activities nearby and farther afield. It has three or four good restaurants and a similar number of cafes. If there was one slight drawback, we found the shopping experience somewhat limited (as throughout northern Vermont), not that that was high on our list of priorities. On Columbus weekend there was a superb arts and crafts fair high up on the Mountain Road, itself bristling with hotels, inns, bars and restaurants. Some guidebooks give the impression that it’s a bit on the tacky side, but that is exaggerated. Nor did we find the oft-mentioned traffic too much of a problem – but watch out for the infamous three-way junctions, which tend to be something of a free-for-all. For exercise, walk the Stowe Recreation Path, about 5-6 miles up and down the valley, running parallel to the Mountain Road.

We arrived to a weekend of dismal rain – and worryingly green foliage! Then (maybe it was our Sunday morning attendance at the Stowe Community Church, complete with bronzed preacher-man that did it) a glorious Indian summer set in, enticing us out to the meadow to sunbathe most afternoons for over a week. Hot days and cool nights worked their magic on the trees, which changed colour daily and fulfilled their promise of kaleidoscopic treasures, reaching a peak just before we left for home. We enjoyed many ‘leaf-peeping’drives along the highways and byways: Route 100 was wonderful for colour, so was Jay Peak. Basically, the Fall begins in the north and works it way down through the State; generally, the first two weeks in October are more or less guaranteed to be good, though with the world’s weather seemingly on its ear, who can tell? Two other locations stand out: Burlington (the biggest city) with a stunning waterfront, and the diminutive capital, Montpelier, little more than a glorified village – but with the best crafts shop we encountered anywhere slap bang in the main street (and a great diner nearby).


Sound of Music fans will inevitably want to head for the Von Trapp Lodge, a huge Alpine-style chalet hotel set in acres of forest with stunning views, owned and run by the famous von Trapps. We took the history tour – well worth it – which starts with a talk, takes in the family cemetery where Maria and Georg and other family members are buried, continues with an absorbing film about Maria, and ends with a Q & A session with a real von Trapp. We were lucky to have Johannes, the youngest of the three children Maria and Georg had together (i.e. in addition to the seven to which Maria was governess). After the tour your ticket entitles you to roam free around the estate. They also have a great bakery down the road, where you can sample the newly-created von Trapp beers either indoors or on a small terrace overlooking the valley below, and enjoy some lightish snacks and of course, cakes!

Now to the only bad bit of the trip… We had booked a birthday meal in the main restaurant at the von Trapp Lodge, billed on their website as offering fine dining, a wonderful culinary experience. We duly arrived sporting our glad rags, only to be told by the maitre d’ that the restaurant was offering buffet service only that night. What a letdown! The said buffet was all that one expects – and dreads – from the concept. I made the mistake of opting for Wienerschnitzel. Without boasting, I do know my Wienerschnitzels, from Bavaria and throughout Austria, and truly, it was the worst I’d ever tasted anywhere. Others may have had a different experience, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for that special meal: far too risky!

We flew with Swiss via Zurich into Montreal, our first time with the carrier, and were seriously impressed, even in economy: flying like it used to be thirty years ago. Good seats, reasonably good food, good service, clean and punctual aircraft. We had pre-booked a hire car with Hertz – excellent value at under £200 for the fortnight, a medium-sized car (automatic, of course) which came with a full tank of petrol included. The border crossing into the US was straightforward and took less than half-an-hour. One point which isn’t generally known: the ESTA is only required for arrivals by air and sea, but not overland, so we’d actually purchased it unnecessarily. Still, it holds good for two years, so we’ll hopefully be able to use it before it expires (California here we come!).

All-in-all, an unforgettable trip. Thank-you George and Mary Anne for making it so!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2012
Ok, I have been considering how to respond to this wonderful review since first reading it and everything I have drafted as a response since seems woefully inadequate in comparison. We are, of course, absolutely thrilled to know that we were able to provide you with the setting and place for a wonderfully memorable trip. We hope that a sincere "Thank You" suffices in return for your very kind words regarding our opportunity to be of service to you!

Warmly,
Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Yet again, stayed here for the 3rd year in a row with my wife and loved it. We have been staying there since George and Mary Anne took over the Inn and it keeps getting better and better. Everything from the rooms, the breakfast, the location....it all can't be beat.
Stay there. It's just that simple.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2012
Thanks for the very kind words and the return visit. We truly feel like we are welcoming friends back home! And it was our pleasure to have you back now as Newlyweds! Thanks so much for sharing your photos and stories of your special day. Best Wishes!

Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

When I travel, I love staying at B&Bs and this is the best one I've ever stayed in (and it'll be extremely difficult to beat)! 10 stars out of 5. The house is very new and clean, and the decoration in the rooms were beautiful. My boyfriend and I had such trouble dragging ourselves out of bed and away from the house because it was just so comfortable and homely! Breakast every morning was absolutely delicious and so were the home-made cakes and cookies for tea.

Mary Anne and George are AMAZING hosts. They are always so bright and chirpy and made sure we had everything we needed to make our stay perfect. When I fractured my elbow mid-way during my vacation in Stowe, George drove all the way to the hospital to bring me back to the inn and Mary Anne looked after me so well. Despite the fractured elbow, my vacation in Stowe was absolutely amazing and a huge part of it was my stay here! I will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2012
Thank you very much for the kind words and for the incredibly positive, cheerful spirit you maintained even with being sidelined from your first day on. We are so fortunate to have had you and John here and we hope we can see you here again very soon.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery,
Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My husband, daughter (12) and I stayed at the Brass Lantern for 5 nights over New Year's. This was our 2nd stay. We love Stowe and would never stay anywhere but the Brass Lantern Inn! George and Mary Anne are wonderful- warm and welcoming. The Inn is comfy and well maintained. This time we spent more time in the common areas- enjoying the fire and using the gameroom after spending time exploring the mountain. The views are breathtaking! Mary Anne and George offer wonderful breakfasts each day. They were so big we usually only had a very light lunch. We all enjoyed the fresh baked cookies in the afternoon. George and Mary Anne do a wonderful job introducing their guests to one another and offering suggestions on things to do and how to do them. We meet the most wonderful people each time we visit. This time we made several new friends and enjoyed stories, laughs and conversation with the other guests who ranged from college students to retirees. George and Mary Anne just attract wonderful people and the guest interaction truly was the icing on the cake. The first time we visited we felt like we were visiting friends and this time we felt we were visiting extended family. We did not use the hot tub although many of the guests did. It has views of the mountains. The Inn is close to everything. You will not be disapponted if you choose to stay here. George and Mary Anne are natural Innkeepers. It is obvious that they love their work and love people. We can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2012
Wow, how can we adequately thank you for your return stay, warm conversation and this very, very nice review? Thanks for noting why we really enjoy this lifestyle of Innkeeping: meeting and getting to know wonderful guests such as your family. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to host you again this past Christmas/New Year’s week. Your confirmation of a great time is a special reward for us and again we can’t thank you enough for your kind words to us, both, while you were here and through this review.

We also appreciated reading the realization that staying at our B&B provided you with a special opportunity to meet people from near and far. What a lively Inn we had that week! And great to see your posts on our Brass Lantern Inn Facebook page with new friendships developed while here at the Brass Lantern Inn. Lifelong friends and “extended family” indeed!

We hope we gave you the “snow fix” you so anticipated since your first trip north. And please let us know if you would like to experience one of our other wonderful four seasons here in Stowe, Vermont.

Warmly,
Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Brass Lantern is a wonderful inn in Stowe, Vermont. The owners - Mary Ann and George -- are absolutely wonderful and the breakfasts are amazing. I would highly recommend the Brass Lantern as a place to stay in Stowe!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, January 3, 2012
Thank you very much for the compliments! We do our best to create the type of experience you so kindly recognized. We are also so glad you could take advantage of our offer to extend you planned stay. It certainly was our pleasure to host you and we look forward to your "Return Stay!"

Best Wishes for the New Year,

Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

We had a great time at the Brass Lantern Inn. George and Mary Anne serve an excellent breakfast are a great resource for things to see and do in the area. The inn is clean and comfortable, with a very welcoming atmosphere. Easy walking distance to the center of Stowe, beautiful views. Everything you could want in a Vermont vacation.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, December 11, 2011
Thank you for the great review. We appreciated the opportunity for hosting you and your friends for a long weekend. It is always great to see that we met our guests' expectations for a Vermont vacation and never taken for granted.

Thanks for sharing your stories regarding Jeopardy! Sorry, I should have found a way to state that in the form of a question!

We hope to welcome you back to Stowe, Mary Anne and George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

The Brass Lantern Inn is the perfect location in Stowe! The inn is very warm and relaxing! George and Mary Anne are the perfect hosts. They have lots of wonderful ideas on how to best enjoy Stowe, whatever your interests are. The breakfasts prepared by George are a wonderful treat! Many shops and restaurants are located near the inn. Our room was very comfortable, charming and had a wonderful view. We with another couple and enjoyed visiting in the common areas of the inn as well. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, December 16, 2011
Thanks Dianne for the very kind words, your wonderful stay, and most importantly the warm conversation around the living room fireplace. What a treat for us.

We are so glad you could make us your first experience in Vermont. Wasn't that early snowfall in November the best for kicking off the holiday season?

And thanks for the great food photos... So that is what our breakfast looks like from the guest perspective! We hope we can host you again soon.

Kindest Regards, Mary Anne and George
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Address: 717 Maple Street, Stowe, VT 05672
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Location: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Brass Lantern Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We welcome you to our ca. 1810 brick farmhouse that has been respectfully and warmly renovated into a nine guest room Bed & Breakfast. All of our guest rooms include private bathrooms. Most have gas fired fireplaces, cozy sitting areas and spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain Range. We understand how important and precious your time away is and we work diligently to meet those expectations. See our reviews then see for yourself. ... more   less 
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