The Pitcher Inn
What We Love
- The two-bedroom suites in the barn are perfect for families
- Hybrid bikes, canoes, sleds, and snowshoes are all complimentary
- Dining on the terrace overlooking the river
- Everything you buy at the old-fashioned general store across the road can be charged to your room
What To Know
- Not all rooms have fireplaces
- There’s no gym, but guests can visit one nearby for free
- All rates include a country breakfast and afternoon tea in the library
A white-clapboard house that started life as a resting place for wagon drivers is now a charming blend of contemporary and Victorian elements with enough modern conveniences—WiFi, Nespresso machines—to keep you comfy for days. The Pitcher Inn has just 11 rooms and suites, so it’s as intimate as a B&B, but with the kind of dining (think locally sourced seasonal produce magicked into creative gourmet dishes) you’d find in a top-notch hotel. Under-floor heating, soft bathrobes, and soaking tubs are all designed to keep you warm and cozy during chilly Vermont winters. Each room has a theme: the Ski room is decked out with branches, leather club chairs, and antique skiing paraphernalia; the School room has colorful murals and a lab table repurposed into a desk; and the Trout room boasts a collection of wooden oars and its fair share of sporting prints. It’s a Relais & Châteaux property, so the service is always up to snuff, but the country aesthetic and plethora of outdoor activities let you think of yourself as an adventurer, even while you’re sampling wine and downing foie gras.
In the Area
The village of Warren is small and picturesque, with a charming general store that sells everything from freshly baked pastries to craft beer to kids toys. Warren is part of the Mad River Valley, a hotbed of outdoor sports from cycling to swimming (in an actual “swimming hole”) to skiing at one of the three nearby resorts: Killington, Sugarbush, and Stowe. Hiking is especially popular in late September and October, when leaf peeping is at its best. Day trips are easy—you can reach Burlington in an hour and Woodstock in just a bit more —but lovers of beautiful river views, decadent afternoon teas, and long baths might want to stay close to home.
How to Get There
I highly recommend a girls' weekend with your teenager. It's a great way to bond since the setting is neutral and you're discovering new things together. This weekend, my daughter and I stayed at the historic Pitcher Inn located in Warren, Vermont. Our weekend was relaxing, wonderful and the perfect way to reconnect. Let me help you plan your Pitcher Inn Getaway.
PLAN YOUR PITCHER INN GETAWAY
This Relais & Chateau property is all about going back in time. The Pitcher Inn started in the Civil War era as a lodging house. The Smith family (they are the big investors in the Sugarbush Resort) purchased the property in the 90's. They had big plans for the inn and in 1997, started a huge renovation. Now it's a full-service inn with luxury touches and strong ties to the past.
Each room is designed with a theme. For our stay we got the Chester A. Arthur room. Our room had a huge fireplace, a large queen bed and a spacious deck. It was also appointed with bathroom facilities for the disabled.
The design touches included a reproduction Tiffany lamp and a portrait of the Vermont-born president. The room had a ton of character and the inn provided a history of his deeds - a great way to learn about our American presidents. Did you know, Arthur was the only president that never ran for president?
One thing that did disappoint me was the overall attention to seasonality. Most inns, hotels and shops have glorious fall displays with flowers and gourds and the like. The Pitcher Inn seemed to be pinching pennies on displays of this type.
Momtrends Tip: Definitely request the inn staff build you a fire. The experts had a roaring blaze going in no time at all.
The bedrooms aren't the only rooms to hang out in. There's also a library and a lounge near check in. These are nooks where you can dive into a book and enjoy a cup of tea.
FOOD AT THE PITCHER INN
Unlike the B&B's that proliferate Vermont, this inn has a full service restaurant. There are some great nearby restaurants in Waitsfield, but make sure you get at least one dinner in the main dining room at the Pitcher Inn, it's one of the things that make this place so special. We loved the freshly made pasta and the crisp green salads. Be sure to score a table near the enormous hearth. At night this room is charming and definitely can be romantic. In the morning, the room is bright and airy and a perfect spot to start the day with a hearty breakfast.
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This luxury offering from Relais and Chateau is perfection. Relaxed environment, simple but stunning gardens and beautifully appointed rooms, professional staff, dining that I was happy to throw the diet out the window for.
We felt as though we were staying with friends, visit to the cellar, vaguely competitive pool table banter with other patrons had us with game face on (2:3 if anyone’s wondering) tho they convincingly beat us at every effort on the shuffle board.
Warren village is picture perfect.
In summary, worth the indulgence.
Only negative for me was that as a sufferer of asthma and hayfever, I struggled with my bionic sense of smell being adversely affected by the bedroom fireplace. Notwithstanding it was clean and empty, the ash and smoke smell had me in its grip.
Perhaps not the venue for asthmatics.
This is a beautiful old hotel on the stream in Warren, centrally located in Vermont, with easy across-the-street access to the Warren Store with one of the best bakeries and delis in this part of the world.
Unfortunately the hotel needs a little bit of a tuneup as it is showing a few signs of age. The flooring creaks and needs refinishing, the small section of cobblestoned road outside needs sand to be added to prevent it being a loud rumble strip at night as cars drive over it, and other minor matters need tuning for it to become a great hotel again.
If you want to avoid noise from the road, pick a room facing the creek. I would not suggest staying in the lodge room as it is quite noisy at night.
The reason for a 3 star rating instead of a 4 is due to the little things: water not placed at bedside tables at night, towels not all replaced, shampoo and other amenities not replenished, orders for food to be delivered late at night forgotten, etc.
In addition, the lack of choices on the menu for dinner would make this place tiring after a couple of days. Given the very large kitchen and the fact that many if not all of the baked goods come from the Warren Store, you would think there would be more options on the menu.
The final disappointment was not having a fire in the room. “Because it is over 55 degrees the fireplaces don’t draw the smoke up properly” was the reason why we we were told we shouldn’t have a fire made in our room. However, even in late August the rooms get cold at night, and with the heat not on in the building it was downright uncomfortable.
A disappointing stay for a Relais class hotel.