My husband and I found this exceptionally quaint B&B on the CAA website when booking our driving route to go from Toronto to a family cottage in New Brunswick. We decided to drive through New England to change it up and because we know it's beautiful country. Right from when we called and booked the room with Julie the hospitality started. She asked about any dietary concerns and preferences which is very thoughtful. When we arrived mid-afternoon John was there to greet us, gave us a tour of the house and premises and some great stories about how they had come across some of the magnificent antique pieces in the house. He was very helpful with restaurant recommendations and even looked into where my husband could go get a beer that he was craving! We took our books and lounged in the beautiful peaceful backyard on some Muskoka chairs for a while. My husband went in to take a nap but was back in a couple minutes with hot cookies fresh from the oven that had just been put out. Chocolate chip and raisin oatmeal. Ridiculously delicious - along with lemonade and other refreshments. Such a homey thing to offer! After a nap we drove 5 short minutes away to dinner. We took a short walk but went to bed early because we wanted to have an early start. When we got back to our room we saw that they had put a fan in the window - it was very hot that weekend - which really helped cool the room down. Next morning breakfast was ready at 7:30 just like we had agreed upon - they are very accomodating and work with your schedule. The breakfast was 3 courses with pumpkin muffins warm from the oven that we slathered in maple cream (we also bought a jar and brought it home it was so good), then stuffed french toast with maple blueberry sauce and bacon and finally a baked pear. I could barely eat half of each course I was so full but it was truly like a kicked-up homemade meal. Coffee was always hot and fresh - it was like eating breakfast with friends, except the friends are serving you and treating you like royalty! It was the perfect start to the day which then consisted of the continuation of the breathtaking drive through Vermont, onto New Hampshire and then Maine. This B&B is in a tiny town surrounded by beauty. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys small casual B&B atmospheres and genuine, service-minded innkeepers! In fact a couple weeks later my niece stayed there on our recommendation and adored it. One thing to remark on is the birds - the crows are VERY loud for those of us who are city dwellers and not used to being awoken while it was still dark out...but we got over it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An historic farmhouse on a quiet residential street set on a hill with mountain views. A full hot breakfast is served each morning. Near Stowe, Smugglers' Notch, and the Northeast Kingdom. Come experience the tranquility of our 18th century Vermont home! ... more less
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