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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.