Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
What We Love
- A Vermont breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate: blueberry pancakes, fresh-baked muffins, oatmeal and more
- Truly unique activities: falconry school, off-road driving classes and Orvis Fly Fishing School are all within walking distance
- Rooms all have fireplaces and flat-screen TVs, and most have whirlpool tubs
What To Know
- This is a small inn, and after 11 p.m. there’s no staff on-site (an innkeeper can be reached by phone)
- The term “Suite” is used very loosely, as some are regular rooms with no extra sitting area
With its gabled good looks and butterscotch paneling, the 20-room Reluctant Panther resembles a supersized dollhouse, a brick-and-mortar slice of the Americana. Originally a colonial tavern dating back to the 1800s, a 2005 fire and subsequent revamp have garnered it a host of modern must-haves (flat-screen TVs, spa tubs) as well as an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. Add the ambience people come to Vermont for in the first place, and a spot on a quiet residential street (just a few minutes from the Bromley ski resort), and this place is the quintessential New England escape.
Bed and Bath
Cozy guestrooms have a classic B&B style with just enough mod cons. All have least one gas or wood fireplace, a large LG flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a Keurig K-Cup machine and a marble-clad bathroom (where you can unwind in a large soaking tub with Gilchrist & Soames spa goodies).
The inn’s award-winning restaurant is a sedate space of pumpkin-colored walls, royal purple curtains and views of Mount Equinox. Head chef Jonathan Cox is obsessive about cooking local finds, so much of the menu is the fruits of his partnership with the Vermont Fresh Network — such as the farmstead cheese plate (with gooey berry compote) and the succulent duet of duck leg and sausage, with acorn squash and sweet-and-sour slaw.
How to Get There
My husband and I only spent one night at this inn, but had a very enjoyable evening.. Our room was very comfortable, well-appointed and spotless. The cooked-to-order breakfast that was included with our reservation was very good. We'll definitely make a return trip!
The facility was wonderful. It is up to date, clean and extremely friendly. The staff was first class. The food was better than I hoped for. It was top shelf. It was beautifully prepared and presented. I would recommend both the lodging and the restaurant.
My husband and I booked the Inn for our 10th wedding anniversary. We could not have asked for better! Pam, who checked us in was so helpful and sweet...showing us to our room and telling us all about it. My husband and I dipped out to head to the Equinox for a drink (a tradition) and when we came back, we were treated to a knock at the door with two sweet girls delivering chocolate covered strawberries compliments of the manager! Little did she know that is how our honeymoon started back in the day ;) We had an exceptional meal at the restaurant and my husband even stepped out of his comfort zone with a tasting from the chef. Our waiter was exceptional and knowledgeable (I sadly forgot his name). Our breakfast the next day was just enough for our ride home.
Thank you so much for making our 10th Anniversary even more memorable and adding the small extra touches!!!