This past week, my husband and I were on a country inn hiking vacation in Vermont, in which we were scheduled to stay at three different inns known for their gourmet food. Our reservations and package included three meals a day, the lunch meal being a packed trail lunch.
We arrived at the Fox Creek Inn about 5:00 p.m. on a Tuesday night, still in our hiking clothes – hungry, tired, and looking forward to an evening of comfort, food, friendly people and hospitality.
The inn was big and dark, both outside and inside. After ringing the bell and knocking on the door, to no response, we saw a note saying to call a number if nobody answered. Of course, this assumes you had a cell phone (with service); and fortunately we did. Before we finished dialing, though, Sandy, the proprietress, approached and welcomed us to the Fox Creek Inn. She quickly told us the code to get in when no one is there; opened the door, and we entered a dark, dank, musty, and gloomy inn. She proceeded to explain a myriad of other instructions about working the lights, the coffee machine, the bar, etc. My mind was spinning – how were we going to remember all this? Where was the staff going to be? Before showing us to our room, she told us that because we were the only two guests that night, she wasn’t going to make dinner for us but would give us a voucher to a restaurant. Then she showed us to a somewhat quaint but tiny room. I asked whether we could have a larger room – we had a lot of luggage – and she curtly stated that that was not included in our package. Well, considering the inn was empty, it didn’t seem to be an unreasonable request. From there, the conversation deteriorated. We did not want to stay in this big, dark inn where we had to fend for ourselves and drive somewhere else to get dinner. Why weren’t any lights left on before our arrival? Or some windows left open to allow in some fresh air?
After harsh words, we all decided it was best to call our tour director to make other arrangements. He called back, but my cell phone dropped the call; so he called back on the inn’s line. The phone rang twice, and I asked Sandy to answer the phone; she seemed to be ignoring it. She lashed out at me that I shouldn’t tell her when to answer her phone. Finally, after about 20 minutes of this type of back and forth, we agreed to return to the previous inn that we had stayed in, the Crisanver House, where the innkeepers were delightful; the service warm and friendly; and the company kind. We left with Sandy yelling at us to get out of her house.
In summary, we found the inn dark and uninviting, and the innkeeper not very hospitable. If your idea of a bed & breakfast is to stay in a dark, musty and empty building where the innkeepers are down the road, I guess this is your place. If not, avoid the Fox Creek Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 7 acres in a private little valley, Fox Creek Inn is exactly what a country inn should be comfortable and sophisticated but never stuffy. Our dining room is complimented by an excellent wine cellar and a full bar, we are less that 15 minutes from all winter and summer outdoor activties so whatever your preference for relaxing indoors or out, Fox Creek can be the ideal location. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fox Creek Hotel Chittenden
- Fox Creek Inn Vermont/Chittenden