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
We had an awesome experience at The Reluctant Panther. The food was delicious and the waitress was top notch. The atmosphere was romantic.
We especially enjoyed the lobster brie fondue, it was incredible! The rib eye was very tender.
The dining room was beautiful laid out, and very comfortable. We had the Lobster Risotto and Duck, all outstanding. Tuna crevice as an app.
The service was EXCELLENT, Good wine list.
We look forward to returning!
I was in the area for a wedding and booked a room at the inn. I was upgraded to a lovely suite. I had a personalized note, local spring waters and glasses with a bottle opener in case we had a bottle of wine or champagne. The room was huge, comfortable and clean. The bathroom was large and had everything you could need. When I arrived back to my room after the wedding, there were two freshly baked chocolate cookies waiting for me, and they were delicious. I had breakfast in the restaurant in the morning which was very good, especially enjoyed the apple fritter. I only wish the room had a full length mirror for getting ready. I wasn’t planning on returning to the area but after my lovely experience at the Inn and in town, I will definitely be back!
My husband and I had reservations at 5:30 for dinner and arrived a bit early. We were seated in the comfortable bar and enjoyed a glass of wine then promptly seated. The dining room was lovely with view of the outside garden. Dining outside was an option, the inside dining room was so pleasant we decided to dine in. We had the Pheasant Ravioli, The Organic Green Salad, Veal Chop and Waygu Hanger Steak all of which were OUTSTANDING. The service was EXCELLENT, I wish I could remember our server's name, she was a delight. Portion size was perfect. We look forward to returning!
Birthday weekend getaway! Huge suite with fireplace, sitting room and king size sleigh bed. Our package included a full breakfast which was delicious. Staff was friendly and very helpful in sightseeing and antiquing. Found some hidden gems.