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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I have stayed at the Dorsett Inn several times,never disappointed.The people from the front desk,to the bar & restaurant always give you great service and attend to all your needs.Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway.
This little gem is cozy, and inviting. Staff were pleasant, and greeted us with smiles as we entered. You can hang your coat up prior to being seated. We enjoyed cocktails at the bar first, my friend and I had cosmopolitans which was perfectly made! We were seated shortly for dinner. The menu has a small selection but definitely enough to please anyone’s palate. We enjoyed mussels and fries to start. I ordered the calves liver, oh my goodness it was tender and so flavorful. The mashed potatoes and vegetables were deliciously prepared. I actually didn’t need to add any salt or pepper because it was seasoned so well. We would definitely come back!!
We came to the Inn for our Anniversary. It was a wonderful experience from the moment we entered the Inn and was greeting by Aimee, gave us a tour of the Inn, which is very cozy, then took us to our suite for another tour. The accommodations were super a touch of old and new.
In the morning we had a terrific breakfast, wonderful staff and Vermont farm fresh food.
As we left we had another great conversion with Aimee. We felt like we were leaving family and now can not wait to get back.
The Dorset Inn was a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary and enjoy late fall colors. We did not know the Inn or the town of Dorset, but a recent write up in the Boston Globe was very complimentary of a place "off the beaten path." Our Saturday night dinner was delicious, and the pork prime rib is on my favorite meat preparations list! The staff were really helpful and pleasant at all times, and the service was impeccable. Our room was comfortable and had all the amenities you would want. I was very grateful that they mailed me a charger that I had left behind.
Stayed one night while enjoying New Hampshire's and Vermont's fall colors.
Cosy room in oldest continuously operating inn in Vermont. Opened windows to cool room and got lots of noise from air conditioning units cooling kitchen. It finally stopped after restaurant closed.
Out of the way location. Nothing much in Dorset.
Very expensive, compared to other stops on our vacation. Not great value.