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
My husband and I were going to Bermuda but due to a medical condition we needed to move closer to home. My husband booked this in on his own as a surprise. It was very expensive, $700 a night with taxes. I did not feel it was worth it at all. While the staff was very friendly, it did not do enough to justify the cost of staying at this inn. Power went out one night, that was ok...but the really loud drunk people above us was not ok! Not just one night. They kept us up and should have been asked to leave. There is no staff at night and the staff that was there were to young and inexperienced to handle the situation. The restaurant downstairs was OK although very expensive. There are not many places to go in the area although we did do wine in our own room. The room was nice enough...again this inn in my opinion is extremely overpriced for the service and accodomarions.
The staff is warm and gracious. There is always something to look forward to. 7:00 am muffins and scones. A nice selection for breakfast. Go sightseeing with lots of choices. Return for afternoon cookies. My duck dinner was almost too good looking to eat. It was excellent. There is a connection to local farmers. My room had old world charm with all the current amenities.
We have been to the Inn several times, but things were a little different this time. We stayed in Ski 2xs before and Mountain on the last occasion. We were blown away during the last two visits, and expected the same given the sharp increase in price (up around $300 per night, from about $500 to over $800). The towels in the room were miss-matched and not very soft, the breakfast no longer includes scones and muffins, afternoon tea was discontinued, and the two restaurants now share the same menu. There were a few other little things, but it is the little things that make a difference. We typically eat dinner at the Inn, but with one limited menu, we ventured out to have other options. We found the one dinner we did have in the Inn to be ok, but not worth the price, and not necessarily the type of food one is looking for when vacationing in Vermont.
All the little details, and perhaps to be expected as the owner was trying to sell the Inn, and Ari, the long-time manager, has left, but it's not what one expects from a Relais and Chateaux at this price point. I looked forward to chatting with Ari during breakfast, as he would have good recommendations for things to do and see dependent on the weather. I never did meet his replacement.
The staff is friendly and accommodating, although some of the new wait staff seemed a bit casual.
We hope plans are being made to invest some money back into the INN, and to bring back the little things that are now a miss. We still love the Inn, as the rooms we have stayed in are pretty spectacular, and the area is just beautiful.
There are so many things I wish to write about this place! But I don’t like long reviews. So...
Located in the heart of a small village it is as picture perfect of New England as it can be.
Each room has been beautifully decorated to inspire a different mood. There are artifacts in the hallways and rooms which are amazing!
There are also 2 large suits in a nearby cottage suitable for pets.
Food is perfect. We had breakfast and dinner - sublime.
We have been there in the early fall. I think in the winter the place becomes a fairytale, magical. I cannot wait to go back!
When this historic property burned down in the 1990s the owners spared no expense in rebuilding. Each room is unique, with first class amenities and wood burning fireplaces. The food in the restaurant is excellent and the staff friendly and accommodating. The Pitcher is not cheap, but pours with such graciousness that you won't mind a bit. Manage to hit days when the leaves are at their peak and the entire experience is magical.