We spent four nights at the Made Inn, and it has to be the best place we ever stayed in. We had room 905, a big airy space with windows on two sides and a view down to the lake. It came equipped with an old-fashioned record player and a big box or records, with more just outside in the hallway. There was also a video player, which we did not use, and a big TV, which we did. Being Irish, it was fascinating to watch the government shutdown being played out on Fox News and MSNBC, stations we normally only get second hand glimpses of on the Daily Show (which is available in Ireland). I also got to see one of my favourite shows ever, the Colbert Report!
Many of the reviews here pay tribute to Linda, the designer and host, and every word is true. She is funny, larger than life, and take great interest in her guests. The other staff were wonderful too, especially the lady who's name we did not get, but I'm guessing is called Jana, as she said that her father was Norwegian. We mentioned that our son wanted us to bring him home some blue rock candy (don't ask!), and the next morning she presented us with a big bag of it, which she had gone out and bought!
Breakfasts were amazing, and an introduction to American cuisine - cream cheese and lox on a bagel, biscuits and sausage gravy, canadian maple bacon and eggs - delicious! The gales of laughter that would come from the kitchen when these were being prepared indicated a happy workplace.
While there we visited (at Linda's suggestion) the Shelburne Museum of Americana (very good), the Ben and Jerry factory (great fun), Champlain Chocolates (delicious but expensive), Stowe, and we cycled the length of the Burlington lakeside cycle path (beautiful and not too difficult).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Selected "2014 TOP TEN ROMANTIC INNS"by I Love Inns, ranked among the "TOP FIVE VERMONT HOTELS" by Richard Bangs, Travel Editor for the Huffington Post, and "TOP TEN N. AMERICAN WINTER DESTINATIONS" by Chase Sapphire's TABLE & TRAVEL Magazine..... We feel we offer the best Inn in Burlington. "Come for the Design. Stay for the Experience." Trademark...... Escape from the ordinary at Made INN Vermont, our new urban-hip boutique B&B is a Victorian landmark, ideally located in downtown Burlington in an classic New England historic neighborhood;just a few steps to University of Vermont, Church Street Marketplace, Fletcher Allen, and a short drive to Burlington International Airport..... A new chic petite-hotel offering four guest rooms in an private sanctuary with first-class amenities: sumptuous beds, indulgent hospitality, gourmet breakfasts, unforgettable views & Heady Toppers...... The Inn's trendy hipster style is fused into this 1881 classic Victorian architecture with Vermont craftsmanship. The atmosphere and ambiance are bound to remain in every couple's memory..... Our sumptuous, fresh breakfast is made of local farm fresh to table, sustainable foods, cooked to gourmet perfection..... And our First Class, 5-Star Service (self-rated that is) offering for luxury & romance start with the stunning panoramic views from the INN's 4th floor cupola, secluded gardens and under the stars, year round hot-tub, as well as a number of options for customizing romantic packages..... For those spontaneous get-away bookings: we are just a quick get-away drive offering breathtaking views of Vermont from Boston and Montreal; and just a quick get-away-flight from D.C. And N.Y. Everything here calls for you to relax, unwind, rejuvenate and be happy.....Family, and Pet Friendly. Offering Welcoming Heady Toppers, Switchback Ale, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Green Mountain Coffees and many other Vermont specialty foods as our theme is "Made in Vermont". ... more less