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The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
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Reviewed December 22, 2007

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mountain Top Inn for an early romantic Christmas gift to each other during the third week of December. We had a wonderful, great time. Its hard to imagine a trip that would have been more relaxing, more full of creature comforts and more beautiful. We can't recommend the inn enough and look forward to going back,

The highlights might have been the setting, amenities and service. The trip really started out on the right foot when we arrived late on Thursday evening. We had been delayed because of snow storms and when we arrived around 10:00 PM, the tavern had closed for the evening. Still, the front desk brought us a turkey sandwich spread with all the fixings, cookies and beer! Plus, we found out on Sunday that they didn't charge us for that late night snack. Exceptional.

Our Room: Since there was a leak in the roof of our cottage, we were upgraded in advance to Mami's Retreat in the lodge. Fantastic! Two room suite with two flat screen TVs, great furniture including leather couch, huge queen size bed, six headed-shower, whirlpool tub, fridge, sink, duel sided fireplace and more. Amazing.

Highlights:
-Activities galore. While we chose to do nothing, there was Cross Country Skiing, Dog Sled Rides (!), Snowmobile, Sleigh Rides, Snow Shoeing, Board Games, a Tavern, and many more.

-The Food! Aside from the formal dining room, there was a great selection from the tavern menu. We ate three meals there and each time was great. Plus, free breakfast ever morning.

-The Wine! When your stranded 11 miles from Rutland, its nice to have access to a very, solid selection.Plus, delicious beer on tap.

-The Lodge! Great building. Comfy, clean and nice. A good set up. Our room was quite cozy.

-Friendly Staff! Everyone was truly on the ball. Lots of people working hard. One of the highlights was when the power went out on Sunday (a bad, bad storm rolled though), the front desk lady walked around and announced there would be soup and sandwiches in the tavern shortly. Nice.

Low Lights:
-Not the least expensive vacation place, but worth the money. Easy to rack up quite the cost because you can charge virtually everything to your room. Still, was cheaper than we imagined.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2007

Mountain Top Inn was the finest decision for our small corp gathering: Exceptional hospitality at every turn...Fantastic rooms (everyone raved), the sleigh ride, dog sled, and cross country skiing events were lots of fun and a comfortable adventure for all, Fine Dining -everyone person pleased and personally accomodated. Amazing spot for a memorable Vermont Get Away! Thank You Mountain Top. From Laura at JARE, Dorset VT.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed October 9, 2007

Pay no attention to the other reviews! We had a fantastic time. The inn was of course, extremely busy given the Columbus day weekend, but the staff was personable, compassionate and accomodating on so many levels.

At the front desk, we checked in and were shown our fantastic luxury room with efficiency and grace.

The dining room was busy yet unhurried. They have a fine dining section as well as a cozy tavern - each with it's own respective menu. Our meals on both nights, from both menus were stellar. Try the Seared Lamb Panzanella! The Venison with cherry sauce is sublime. The cuisine is truly exemplary of one's expectations of autumn country cooking. Our servers took care of our every need and recommended wines from a consice and esoteric list that were as delicous as they were unusual.

From the joy of riding horseback through the autumn foliage to kayaking on the pristine mountain lake to complimentary s'mores by the late night campfire, we are at odds to find a flaw in this beautiful gem of a resort.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2007

Vermont weddings are not inexpensive; we have just one chance (hopefully) to get it right. In choosing a location, it was important to the bride and groom that their out of state family and friends got to see and enjoy Vermont at its best.
Our family's wedding took place on the 4th of July (a Wednesday) with the majority of guests arriving by Monday and staying through Friday.
There was a welcoming reception for all on Tuesday, wedding reception Wednesday evening complete with fireworks (courtesy of Mountain Top) , and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra showed up for their traditional July 5th performance on Thursday evening. Three exceptional evenings. In between events people hiked, kayaked, biked, went horseback riding, ran, swam, fished, toured, did skeet shooting, or just enjoyed the setting and the company.
Chelsea, Jay, and their crews did a fantastic job on the formal events. The food was outstanding, everything was in place when it was supposed to be, service was impeccable. They brought a "can do" approach to everything that was asked of them - and they delivered.
The inn and the chalet homes ... no matter where someone stayed ... it was special. Of course, the Jewel and White Birch were a step beyond even that. It was nice for both sets of parents to have an informal base of operations for guests to stop in, relax, enjoy the worldclass view, and hang out with us in the days before and after the wedding.
What a great way to bring two families together. Had the reception been held at hotel ballroom somewhere, it just would not have been the same.
With the Mountain Top Inn, I am really convinced that the longer (and midweek) events play to the strengths of their location and facilities. They offer a great selection of activities, both orchestrated and free-form, that go beyond the usual scope that one anticipates at a wedding. In doing so, the wedding became a vacation for all who attended; and the added days provided a chance for our families and friends to truly become acquainted with one another.
How far different this was from the usual situation where a small group of people arrive just in time for the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening, more arrive just before the wedding takes place Saturday, and guests are back on the road before their 11:00 am Sunday checkout.
There is no comparison.
I know that the bride and groom (and their parents), if we had it to do again, would do it all again; just as it was done.
Mountain Top made it special.

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

My 13 year old daughter and I are diehard equestrians. We ride regularly in fairly upscale stables in Hamilton, Massachusetts where we ride in hunter paces, ride cross country, do jumping in the ring and some hunting. Because we ski on Killington we frequently venture up to Vermont during the summer as well. I think we enjoy Vermont more during the summer than even during ski season. We wanted to find a stable where we could ride spring, summer and fall--IN VERMONT. We saw a tv ad for riding at the Mountaintop Inn & Resort and decided to check it out. We were very surprised and pleased with what we found! My daughter is a cautious rider and I never really thought she would ever jump, but at Mountaintop, the riding instructors put her on a spirited and responsive chestnut mare, a confidence builder. We took lessons together; I jumped and my daughter did not. Yet by the end of our first summer riding at Mountaintop, my daughter had started jumping courses in their beautiful mountaintop ring where they have cross rails, oxers, bounces, gates and the verticals. The ring is positioned beautifully next to a trout pond. And the trail riders pass silently by on their way up the mountain trails. This is a beautiful spot on earth.

That same summer my daughter had also started to use the cross country jumping course, directly in front of the Inn. It is a course with breathtaking views of the mountains all around and the resevoir beneath the Inn. This is a resort where you can truly grow as a rider with the patience of good horses and experienced instructors.

The same staff returns to this resort each year as do the horses. The horses are hardy and sound and well cared for, but most especially loved by all the people working in the barn. The instructors know the horses and treat them very well. For any horse lover, this is a very important detail. I love this resort and visit it with my family all summer so we can take advantage of all the riding and the spectacular views. Come here and roam the mountains on horseback...

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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