Just got back from a road trip to Vt. from Michigan. Never been to Vt. before and wanted to stay in southern part of the state since I was meeting my kids from NYC. Looked around and came up with a few names. Without knowing, these were all just names. The Wilmington Inn and Tavern had recently undergone a name change from the Red Shutter Inn (a name used in previous reviews). The Inn sits atop a hill and overlooks some of the town and a river. That river just overflowed from Irene and wiped out a large part of the town of Wilmington. The Inn was lucky and unaffected physically. So during our stay, the whole town as well as John and Rachel were a little pre-occupied with the goings on of the town. But they have owned the Inn for about 2 years now so they have had time to fix things up.
Overall once you enter the Inn it's really cute and has a nice bar area and restaurant. The Molly Stark suite was nice but there was a lot of dust on the overhead fan which I wanted to use one night but didn't dare. For the most part it was clean, quaint and relaxing.
But they have this marquis position and with a little attention to detail they could hit a direct bullseye. There is rust lines running down the aluminum vent which is seen from the front of the house. A nice paint job and some land scaping in the front would make it so much more pleasing to the eye.
It seems as though it is just short of showing to their guests that they are very picky and do pay attention to detail. But as it is the message is that we are too distracted to fix things up.
The breakfasts were amazing. Blueberry pancakes were a huge hit. On Tuesday nite the place was hopping and the chef made an amazing blind tasting with incredible food. Despite serving meat, they easily accommodated a vegetarian in our group. They were super helpful in helping to suggest activities. Rachel is very friendly and easy to talk to. John also was very helpful.
My disappointment is countered by the warmth and relaxing time topped off by good food once we got in the door. I think once they do some minor improvements this is a 5 star Inn. I wish John and Rachel lots of luck. They are a nice couple and are very close to success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An 1894 main house with an attached carriage house. Located on a knoll at the edge of the village.Main building has 4 rooms, a large suite,fireplaced living room,Lincoln library,pub,and fireplaced dining room that is also open to the public.Carriage house has 3 rooms and a suite.Guest rooms decorated individually -antiques,country furnishings,and a splash of the owner's travels.All rooms have private bath some with whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces.Full breakfast is included in rate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wilmington Inn & Tavern Hotel Wilmington
- The Wilmington Inn And Tavern