Read the other reviews and you'll come to see why people travel to the Inn at Weathersfield from all over. It's the food, it's the ambience, it's the sense of relaxation. You have to poke a bit down some Vermont roads to get there (admit it, you've never heard of "Perkinsville"), but the 200-year-old building at the end of the lane justifies the work.
For many years there was an extraordinary chef at the inn. He left back in the fall of 2013, they've got a new fellow overseeing the kitchen and, almost always, he keeps the rep going. [The wall next to the office is plastered with rave reviews from travel and food/wine magazines all over, so thats quite a rep to live up to.]
OK, the food. Yes, it was great. Breakfasts of these amazing combos of pancakes and sausages and yoghurt and pastrami (!) and eggs and…just top-notch. Dinner (they don't serve lunch) was similarly impressive. We ate one night in the Tavern, one night in the more formal space (really, they're the same space, just reconfigured or imagined), and enjoyed both meals. Great wine list, imaginative cuisine, very good service. BUT…on two separate nights, my wife's entrees were not uniformly warm/heated, i.e. a little hot here, a little tepid there. Hm. And one night, they just apparently forgot about our table - the waitress came out all flustered, apologizing. That "Chef's Tasting Menu," where everyone in the place gets pretty much the same thing, took two hours. Now, I love to sit, and I love to imagine what the next course will be, but two hours was r-e-a-l-l-y long to get through a meal. Small things, and I expect they'll be ironed out.
The inn itself? Fabulous. We stayed in the Taftsville Room, upstairs in the front (old) part, with windows on three sides, a gas fireplace, comfy chairs, a deep king bed, a cool shower…boy, it was hard to leave, when our stay was up. The owners, Merilee and Richard, are extremely friendly and accommodating -- they're clearly enjoying the experience as much as you are.
We were there in the dead of winter and they kept telling us how beautiful it is in summer (the flower beds, the lingering evenings on the terrace), but it was pretty wonderful in mid-January, too. They have snowshoes you can grab and go out onto the property with.
"New England's Premier Culinary Inn," the website says. Well, I don't know about THAT: New England is kind of big. Let's just say that it's a lock that you will not be disappointed. Most likely, you'll be planning your next trip back as you drive away down the lane….
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Weathersfield is a boutique farm-to-table inn set on 21 wooded acres with 12 en-suite guest rooms, full service restaurant open to the public for dinner with dining inside and out (weather permitting), on-site cooking classroom studio, organic vegetable garden, wooded wedding amphitheater. Ideally located 20 minutes from Okemo, 20 miles from Woodstock, VT, 4.5 hours from NYC and 2.5 hours from Boston. The nearest private airport is 2 miles away. The nearest commercial airport is West Lebanon, NH or Rutland, VT. Amtrak service is in Windsor, VT and Dartmouth Coach Bus Service is available to West Lebanon, NH with car rental service available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Weathersfield Hotel Perkinsville