What We Love
- The rate includes one free round of golf per person, per visit (note: Golf is closed for the season from October 15th onward)
- Cuisine is excellent, with a chef from New York’s Jean Georges and a dedication to ultra-fresh local ingredients and small farm producers
- Delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies for evening turndown
What To Know
- A resort fee of 20 percent of the room rate per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Breakfast is not included in rates, unusual for a country inn
- Most popular off-site attractions are 30 to 60 minutes away
- Rooms can be a bit on the small side, and doors have no inside deadbolts or chains
- Although food is top quality and the choices impressive for a property with only 15 rooms, menu prices are very high for the region
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
From the moment you enter the vast Hermitage — through a quintessentially Vermont covered bridge, of course — you are in a very special world of country charm and outdoor adventure. After a top-to-toe renovation in 2008, the property mixes the aesthetics of a century-old Vermont farmhouse and outbuildings with all the modern trimmings inside.
Bed and Bath
Replete with colonial country charm, all 15 rooms have king beds, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, Keurig K-Cup coffee makers, Aveda amenities, oversized walk-in showers and, in some, separate soaking tubs. The extensive revamp ushered in sound new eco-practices (solar panels have been installed, an extensive recycling program is in place), automated gas fireplaces and speedy WiFi.
For guests seeking a relaxing getaway, there’s indoor entertainment in the billiard room, fitness center, sauna, massage and treatment rooms, as well as two outstanding restaurants. Both restaurants are under the excellent direction of chef Paul Eschbach and serve cuisine festooned with local offerings, from heirloom tomatoes and baby greens to local grass-fed beef. For outdoorsy types, the property’s real attractions are dotted across the 1,000-acre estate. As part of the redevelopment, the owner acquired the Haystack, an adjacent, then-shuttered Vermont ski resort, which he reopened as an elite private club for members and Hermitage guests.
In the Area
For a dose of retail therapy, Manchester, Vermont, is one of the most popular options (45 minutes). It’s full of high-end factory outlets and home to the huge flagship store of Orvis, the nation’s oldest catalog retailer. Grafton Village Cheese’s famed cheddar is one of Vermont’s most beloved foodstuffs — you can see it being made in nearby Brattleboro. The factory sells a full range of Vermont products, from wines to microbrews to maple syrup. The nationally renowned Vermont Country Store, in Weston — part museum, part retailer and purveyor of many nostalgic items you did not know still existed — is one of the most popular destinations for inn guests.
How to Get There
We drove up to the Inn this past weekend (7/22) to confirm that it is still closed and mired in the financial issues of the larger Hermitage resort. The front door was locked shut and had a sign from the Vermont tax authority saying it was barred from conducting any business on the site. So sad as it was once such a delightful restaurant and inn.
We visited with (2) other family friends for few days. All families had small kids and we called the Inn prior to our booking to confirm availability of cribs and confirm it is a kid-friendly environment. We were it is. Once we were there it ends it is a lie. We couldn't use the lifts ( so we went to Mt Snow); we were not allowed at the pool. The main restaurant sucked! The waiter was incredibly standoffish with lack of skills. I would have fired him the long time ago. He is way under qualified to serve food there. When you order a meal that you expect to be asked how you like it to be cooked. I don't like raw meat/fish. The waiter gave me an attitude. He couldn't even pour a glass of wine from a bottler adequately. The salmon I ordered was the worst I had in my entire life. I am not sure how you can cook salmon wrong but the chef did. I have traveled over 35 countries worldwide so I have a pretty good point of reference. On the check out they charged us for room service we did not request and refused to gave us the break down of what the charges are for. Since we did not order room service and after wasting 15 minutes of my time, I was absolutely livid and refused to accept charges I did not incur. I later found out that they tried to upcharge our friends for different reasons as well. The main lodge was OK, yoga instructor was great. I would not return there. If you are a family with small kids- this is not the place for you. PS our kids are well behaved and are used to traveling and skiing.
Dinner for two in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve.
Cocktails at bar and then dinner.
Tasty shrimp cocktail and oysters for an appetizer followed by short rib entree. Oysters were fresh and shrimp had a nice snap when bitten. Short Ribs were rich and tasty.
Professional waitress made the meal even more enjoyable. Walls adored with Michael Delacroix originals.
Parking on a winter night can be tricky but valet has been available in the past.
Looking forward to a return visit for fine dining in the amount Snow Valley.
My husband and I wanted to escape to the mountains for our anniversary. After looking at a bunch of places on a variety of sites, we decided to go with a great deal with the Hermitage Inn. We're glad we did!
We arrived later than planned on Friday and were within view of the hotel when we realized the bulldozers ahead were not going to let us through. We called the front desk, who advised us that a). the work should have been done by then (it wasn't) but that b). there was an alternative route to the hotel. We backed up and made it to the hotel with little incident, luckily. We checked in and the receptionist led us to our room, which is always a nice touch. There were fruits and snacks on a table, wine glasses with a wine key (always important!) on the dresser, and lots of space for us to spread out. The room itself was comfy and rustic, with a nice king-sized bed with way too many pillows (it wasn't until our second night that we realized that the true sleeping pillows were at the very bottom of the pile. Oops). Our room looked out, immediately, to the parking lot, but broadly over the stables and mountains. We were also above the amenities room.
We quickly changed and headed to the bar for dinner. As it was late June, the restaurant/bar was not very busy, and we had a relaxing, slow-paced meal. My husband ordered the pho and I had the flatbread, which was delicious minus the errant olives. The bar got a little busier as the night went on and we decided to retire around 8:30.
On Saturday morning, we drove towards town to have breakfast at the Cup N' Saucer restaurant. We were the only non-locals there, but we didn't care. The food was delicious and we ate too much. After returning to the hotel, we took advantage of the free bikes and rode around some trails. The amenities and outdoor options were one of the reasons why we chose the Hermitage in the first place, and we were thrilled that the bikes were ready and waiting for us to take. We do wish the trails had been a little better marked, but we made it through. After a quick lunch downtown, we returned to the hotel and enjoyed the amenities room. Even though it was in the 70's outside, we sat by the fireplace for over an hour, reading and relaxing in the cushy leather chairs. We were the only ones in there and it was just really nice. But, remembering our big breakfast, we decided to do one more activity: tennis. We had brought our rackets, so we drove a few minutes down the (bumpy, bumpy, bumpy) road to the next resort. The one solitary court was behind the pool, which was overrun with families, and one very generous family cut short their tennis playtime so we could hit around. One suggestion would be to add another court or two. One was just not enough - and the weird tiles that made up the surface were jarring to play on.
We returned to the downtown for dinner and then, after a little tv, eagerly called it a night. Around 11pm, however, I was jolted awake by an incredibly loud rumbling that continued for a few seconds. Then I heard what appeared to be wheels on the gravel outside, followed by even more rumbling that sounded like it was directly beneath us. It was a bit frightening and I fell asleep only after figuring out that it was likely some sort of trash bin being wheeled from the staff-only door by the amenities room (which was below us) to and from an outdoor dumpster. No one was trying to break into our room. Phew.
The next morning we got up early and had breakfast in the restaurant. We ran into another couple who were standing by the entrance, somewhat confusedly. Then someone came along to seat us and take our order. The food was about as good as hotel breakfasts can get, and thankfully not as expensive as it could have been. After one last look around our room, we checked out and hit the road. All in all, we had a great time. It was relaxing and calm (as non-skiers, we have a soft spot for mountain resorts in the off-season), and a nice escape from the seacoast. It is an interesting concept to have so many hotels looped into the "Club," so I look forward to seeing how they continue to integrate everything under the brand. It still needs a little work, I think.
A quick word of caution to anyone going out there before the winter: the roads are terrible. Once you get off of the gravel driveways, the roads are bumpy and falling apart (at least 1/3 of the asphalt is gone, so between that and occasional equipment, two-way traffic is difficult). Hopefully this will be resolved before the winter!
I stayed here overnight for Tough Mudder but could have honestly skipped Tough Mudder and just enjoyed the relaxing natural beauty of this place. The staff is very friendly and they have a bunch of beautiful paintings my Michel Delacroix all over the place. It was a perfect weekend and I will definitely come back and stay here because I want to see how much prettier this place can be in fall.