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“What a Find, Right in Our Back Yard!” 5 of 5 stars
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The White House Inn
178 Route 9 East, Wilmington, VT 05363   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 9 Wilmington B&B and Inns
Heartwellville, Vermont
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“What a Find, Right in Our Back Yard!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We have lived here all of our lives, within 20 miles of Wilmington. We were going out to dinner at another spot last week. When we arrived, we found that due to the first snow storm of the year, that it was crowded with skiers, and we would have to wait at least an hour. No problem.....so we went looking elsewhere. We drove by the White House, and decided, why not? We had never been there, and have been going by it for years. We were almost blown away by the wintry weather on top of the hill they are on, but upon entering the restaurant, were met with warm greetings, even warmer atmosphere and impossibly, even GREATER food. This wonderful place has great atmosphere with a great decor of old world craftsmanship. we were there in the middle of a snow storm, but can't wait to go back and see what it really looks like under the snow! The food was to die for, with great presentation, done to perfection, and fast and friendly service second to none. We will be going back again, for sure. We did not stay in the Inn portion, but would expect nothing but the best. The prices were not inexpensive, but for value received, perfect!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed at the White House Inn just after Christmas and after a big snow storm in Vermont. It was beautiful -- we had a great view from our room, one of the dog-friendly rooms, which had its own door to the outside (convenient for walking your dog). The folks at the inn were super friendly and helpful without being at all stuffy, and the dinner at their restaurant was amazing. We will go back again. If you're looking for formal, this is not the place; if you're looking to feel comfortable and be well taken care of, look no further.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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clinton,ct
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed at The White House Inn in Oct. We had a great time.. Our room was beautiful [15] The staff came up and started our fireplace and our bedroom was very romantic. we loved going on our porch and having cocktails. our hosts we so helpful we didn't want for anything. We ate there both nights and the food was heavenly . We had fun with the bartender Dan, and the service was great. I'm not much of a breakfast person but you shouldn't miss it. We can't wait to go back we want to bring our friends with us so they can enjoy it as much as we did. thank you Kathleen and staff . The orourke's

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We were traveling through the New England area and decided to make a stop in Vermont to see the fall leaves changing. The outside of the property is very pretty and picturesque. The lobby, living room and tavern/restuarant area were equally nice. The attendant escorted us to our room. Unfortunately, it had kind of an odd odor so they allowed us to switch to another room. The room itself was nice but the linens, pillows and towels need an upgrade. We explored the "downstairs" to check out the library/computer, exercise equipment and indoor pool/sauna facilities. It was kind of like exploring your grandparents old basement. It was dark and kind of musty and in need of a fresh coat of paint and new carpet. It was hard to stay down there for any length of time. I went down for coffee at 7:15 a.m. and found the lobby to be completely dark. They do provide a Kuerig coffee service but it was hard to manuever in the dark. Breakfast was the highlight of our stay - very tasty and filling. For every positive, there seemed to be two negatives. It is like an old house that just needs some TLC in the form of some remodeling and redecorating and she will be good as new. For the price, we were expecting something a little better than a two-star type hotel experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Paramus, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We have been to The White House Inn 3 times in 3 years and have loved it every time. Friendly and courteous staff, excellent meals and a beautiful, quiet setting make this our perfect long weekend getaway in the late summer .

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Bangor, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Coming from Maine, we desired a short getaway that would relax my wife and I, but also provide a sense of elegance without any kind of "city life". We booked two nights at the White House Inn and were not disappointed. What a stately looking place as you travel on route 9 and come upon it!
We had one of the outside rooms(112?) and it was perfect-comfortable bed, nice shower - we even turned off the a/c and for the two nights in early August, it was very comfortable and quiet. I loved the atmosphere of the whole place, grounds and building, and was not disappointed that the outside pool was closed. (I guess the years had caught up and it started caving in? Anyway, major replacement work on that- but it doesn't matter to us. We grabbed horseshoes and pitched a game, which I'd rather do than lay beside a pool any day.)
Aaron and Kat, who manage the place, are sweethearts and are doing a commendable job! I found out that they have never run an inn before, Yet they dove in to this challenge early this year and are really getting the hang of this aspect of hospitality! Aaron is an EXCELLENT, professionally trained chef, and Kat has vast experience in waitstaff experience, management included bar tending and hostess-head of house responsibilities). They both have an infectious attitude of positive thinking and "can-do-it-tiveness" (I made that word up...) and are really a joy to interact with. (I assisted Kat in chasing a renegade squirrel out of the inn, twas kinda fun..) They are dealing with the problems of bears in the dumpsters (I think they may have licked that one, and pesky squirrels that find their way inside to the common areas-(not any rooms, mind you), but these things can't overshadow the history, ambiance and service that you experience here.
Just a couple of points to finish up=
-The lounge area is inviting due to the unique sunken bar and the bartender- we had Casey and she was engaging and fun. You have to try one of the house drinks-quite tasty.
-Breakfast should not be missed- Aaron prepares this, as well as dinner, and he truly is an expert in his field. Roger, the waiter, is entertaining and knowledgeable in what the area has to offer.
-If you are there when the night meal is closed, you could have the bar menu, but also consider listening to their suggestions of where to dine elsewhere, if you want to do that.- Excellent referral to other area dining.
All in all, a good trip- a trip to do all over again, thanks to Aaron, Kat and the staff for making it enjoyable!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I spent our anniversary at the White House inn and had a lovely time from beginning to end. The house is beautiful and has a lot of early 20th century charm; we loved the lounge area, the original details, and the era-appropriate furniture. There is a warm, welcoming atmosphere, especially at the bar and outside on the terrace by the fire pit. Our dinner at the restaurant was very good -- perfectly cooked filet mignon. The managers are friendly and low-key, and the staff are very willing to tell stories about the house and show you the secret staircase, the downstairs vault and all the other interesting details of the house. The location is beautiful as well. We can't wait to return in the winter!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The White House Inn

Address: 178 Route 9 East, Wilmington, VT 05363
Location: United States > Vermont > Wilmington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Wilmington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White House is a Victorian mansion offering you elegant yet relaxed surroundings in Southern Vermont located near the Mount Snow Resort. Set on the crest of a high, rolling hill, and surrounded by towering hardwoods and formal flower gardens, it is readily obvious why the Boston Herald and New York Times selected the White House Inn as "one of the ten most romantic places in the world." The White House Inn has established a superb reputation for providing gracious accommodation which is complimented by outstanding continental cuisine in the restaurant. Now offering: Fall Foliage Special! Join us at The White House for the Fall Foliage Season From September 15th to October 26th we are please to offer a mid-week 2 night stay for $199 To take advantage of this offer, simply send an email to us and mention this add, dates you are interested in, and your contact information. Some restrictions apply: Mid- Week rooms are Sunday - Thursday The price of $199 does not include tax or gratuities ... more   less 
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