The Dorset Inn
What We Love
- A charming stay at Vermont's oldest continuously operating inn, with breakfastAll the pastoral pleasures – skiing and sleighing in winter, swimming and boating in summer
- The 220-year history of Vermont’s oldest continuously operating inn – now a Select Registry member
- The complimentary breakfast you’ll receive each morning
What To Know
- This is a historic building; the stairs creak and the floors are uneven
- Some traffic is audible in rooms facing the village green
- All rooms are different sizes to maintain the inn’s historic integrity
- Well suited for couples and families; there’s limited nightlife
If time at The Dorset Inn seems to move a little more slowly, it’s because, when you’re walking among the grounds, it doesn’t quite feel like 2016. Although this Select Registry member property recently underwent a major refurbishment, it still has a quaint, old-fashioned charm about it – surely due, at least in part, to the history of the place. The front doors of the main building were first opened to travelers en route to Albany and Boston back in 1796, making this the oldest continuously operating inn in Vermont. For 100 of the property’s 220 years, meals were sourced entirely from the resident flock of farm animals and the backyard vegetable garden.
Things have changed, of course, but today’s acclaimed, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2015-winning restaurant is still committed to supporting local farmers, as a member of the Vermont Fresh Network. And in general, there’s still a leisurely pace of life here and in the region, whether you’re lounging by the pool at sister Barrows House in summer, or taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride up the mountain in winter. In fact, pretty much every local activity recalls a simpler time, and there are many: skating, skiing, horseback riding, canoeing. And you may find yourself wishing time could stop completely, so you’d never have to leave.
Rooms at the property are individually decorated and titled, sometimes with names that reference Vermont history – think Ethan Allen and Saddleback. They are distributed between several different buildings around the premises, with varying amenities, based on location. Standard rooms are a bit larger than the Regular rooms, with one or two sitting chairs and/or a work desk. Some of the Standard rooms may also feature a tub/shower combination rather than a walk-in shower.
The Dorset Inn’s restaurant is one of the highlights of the property, with a 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. It’s a member of the Vermont Fresh Network and draws from local farms and businesses whenever possible, meaning that your traditional New England fare is often seasonally inspired. You’ll start each day with complimentary breakfast – brunch is also served, Wednesday through Sunday – and if the tavern and dining room aren’t enough choice for where to take your dinner, you can also relocate to the sister restaurant at nearby Barrows House.
The inn sits in Dorset’s historic district, so there’s plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. In the way of recreation, you’ll find golf courses, equestrian-trail rides, tennis courts, a boating lake, a ski mountain, canoe rentals and much more nearby – plus a pool, at nearby Barrows House. In the region are also live entertainment and lots of art, including theater and music festivals, as well as galleries and museums.
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What an incredible property. We stayed in a suite overlooking the historic Dorset Village Green. Immaculately clean and very comfortable. The staff were all friendly and the restaurant lived up to all the reviews. We will be back, amazing experience.
Wow ! The food in the restaurant was outstanding and the service impeccable. I had the best steak I have ever tasted. Truly melt in the mouth with a gorgeous sauce and cooked to perfection. What’s more the portions were actually a manageable size. If you like excellent food and service in a CB delightful setting go. You won’t be disappointed.
The front desk is usually a good indicator of the overall service you can expect to receive. With the Dorset Inn, we got a good feeling the moment we walked in the door. The front desk person was friendly, helpful, spot on with our information and well versed in the area as well. We stayed at the Inn for a wedding that was on property. The high level of service continued throughout our stay.
The room was very clean, bed was comfy, blackout shades worked perfectly. The FOOD WAS PHENOMENAL, the bar staff was a pleasure and the manager who helped with the lgistics all weekend was on point but never intrusive. Great Job Dorset Inn!!!! we will be back !!
As far as other reviews
1. One said something abouyt the noise on the street side. We weren't bothered by it and quite frankly its a tiny little Vermont town, there just isn't much traffic.
2. Another was about the size of the rooms. This Inn was built in the late 1700s, its not a cookie cutter Hilton. That said, our king sized bed and the theroom were more than adequately sized, immaculate and up to date. And there is a lot of space at the Inn to hang out, so why waste the space on the room, enjoy the entire Inn