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
The Pitcher Inn is one of those places that you don't find, but it finds you! We actually found it by an internet search and knew nothing about it and at first I wasn't sure if it was going to be "that" place. The prices are on the higher end, but once you experience it you'll understand and know it's worth every penny! The staff is dedicated to the inn and what it represents to the area. If you want a place with some hustle and bustle it's NOT the place for you, but if you want peace and tranquility with just a touch of modernisms, well than this is it!! If your a skier there's a resort just up the street (Sugar Bush) if you just want to kick back and chill than that's ok and if your interested in covered bridges and sugar shacks, well they have plenty within driving distance. As I looked through the guest book in our room I noticed most people come up for a special occasion (weddings, engagements, birthdays etc.), but we just went cause it was a new place for us. Although not in season or just at end of season it was still a great experience and we WILL be back. Thank you Pitcher Inn for your dedication to comfort and a stress free environment
Visiting the Pitcher Inn truly felt like i was going back in time, but with the amenities of today. The staff was welcoming when we arrived; though there are no elevators, they offer to bring your luggage to your room. We made reservations with 275 Main on the night that we got there, and were seated in front of a roaring fire place. The decor was perfect, and they attended to our vegan needs throughout the entire dinner, bringing oil for the rolls and constructing a pasta dish that my husband is still raving about. They have a lovely library where board games are available, and in the room that we stayed there was a working fireplace that the staff lit for us. We also enjoyed their beer tasting option, and visited their downstairs bar which is just as beautiful as the rest of the property. This was truly a weekend where we decided to spoil ourselves, and the Pitcher Inn did not disappoint!
We stayed at the Pitcher Inn for two nights mid-week in January. It was wonderful in every way. We were offered a room upgrade (to Trout -- a beautiful room with a stone fireplace) and also took advantage of the ski package where we got two free lift tickets. The Pitcher Inn is charming and well-kept with personalized (yet unobtrusive) service. The Inn itself is beautiful and stylish, with interestingly themed rooms and inviting common areas. Everyone at the Inn went above and beyond to provide excellent service -- starting fires, offering dinner recommendations, and providing suggestions for hikes or walks. The included breakfast was delicious and had many choices. We have visited several Relais and Chateaux properties in the Northeast and Canada and the Pitcher Inn is a perfect example of what the brand offers. We hope to return!
Great atmosphere & service, and very good-excellent food, but at a price. DEFINITELY worth a stop here, and ask to eat downstairs. WE came with our kids and the service was great (Betsy Duffy was wonderful). Gorgeous downstairs and with shuffleboard and pool table to keep everyone busy after dinner I was glad we came. Having said that, it was definitely a bit expensive for the area - we are in VT! Plan on coming back but perhaps without the kiddos and maybe just for drinks and appetizers.
This review is for the management of the Inn and prospective travelers. My wife and I are luxury travelers and enjoy 5 star properties...and are willing to pay for it. We booked the Pitcher Inn based on reviews for 3 nights at $800 per night. We left after 2 nights. Here is my review:
Check In: Good parking up front. Entryway a dirty scrub rug leading into the lobby. No greeters in the lobby but a young woman in an office behind a sliding window. Got key and got our luggage for about a 30 step climb to the room. The woman offered to carry our bags but...given that she was half my size...there was no way I'd have her carry my bags....call me sexist if you like. Net...no owner greeting...no real ambiance....could have been a Marriott Courtyard.
The Room: Very nice, large, nice bath (Chester Arthur Suite with balcony). Nice fireplace too...but stern written warning to only allow their staff to light a fire. Even after you have had a fire and it goes out...no relighting it please! That kind of bothered me. I mean...I know how to light fires. The bed was OK...but not an $800 per night bed. Worst? The TV was a small kitchen model located about 20 feet from the bed. Not a home away from home experience at all. We were stoked to watch the Baseball Playoffs and NFL during the weekend but the TV experience was terrible. We wished we were home.
Personnel: All personnel were very nice and accommodating. However, we did not get the feel of any "personal" attention...no owners...no apparent "in charge" person or people. That is what we expected from the reviews. It could have just as well been a 3 star Marriott with good employees as an $800 per night stay.
Activities and Warren: Was surprised the Inn did not seem to help with literature or brochures about things to do in the area. I guess most guests come in the winter to ski. So we were on our own. Warren has 0 to do other than great vistas of the mountains and a glider trip at the airport...and the next door general store owned by the Inn. We did leaf peeping which was nice.
Restaurant: The restaurant at the Inn was very good. And the service was very good also. Breakfast was included in the rate...and also nice. However...here is a small thing...but telling. Breakfast is served at 8. We arrived at 8 to see two employees folding napkins and tablecloths...they seemed to be about half done. Did not want to bother them...so just asked to be seated for coffee. They asked me what time it was...and I told them 8....and they said the menu was not completed yet. OK..fine...we sat for coffee.... Nice folks...but not $800 service.
The bottom line...we came to the Pitcher Inn expecting to have a first class...personalized service experience...instead it seemed to be an average inn not nearly as nice or "cozy" as others we have been to. I later read the owner may be trying to sell the property...so maybe the eye is off the ball compared to earlier reviews.
Anyway...my wife and I left after two nights as the experience just did not live up to $800 per night...disappointingly so. To their credit...they did not charge for the 3rd night.
Advice: clean up that entryway....get some brawny baggage handlers...have the person in charge at the time introduce themselves to new guests....let folks light their own fires...upgrade the TV experience...help visitors with local activity guides...and be ready for guests at 8 for breakfast. And last..continue to be nice folks as you are!
Hope this review helps all.