Windham Hill Inn
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Couple-friendly secluded mountainside location at the end of a dirt road
- Meals are made from locally grown vegetables supporting area farmers
- On-site winter activities include quiet snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter
What To Know
- The inn closes for several weeks in April
- Your BlackBerry/iPhone most likely won't work on the grounds
- If you arrive at the hotel late, dinner at the inn is your best bet — many options in town close early
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed in an 1823 farmhouse, this Relais & Chateaux property mixes rustic wood beams, stone walls and locally made furniture with elegant antiques and Oriental rugs. Wood-burning fireplaces, old books and sun-filled lounges make for a cozy, relaxing vibe.
Bed & Bath
Each guestroom is individually designed with a mix of antiques — a writing desk here, a spindle bed there — floral wallpaper, throws and pillowy duvets. Perks might include a windowseat, balcony or deck, which allow you to survey the stunning Green Mountain views. Soaking tubs and Molton Brown toiletries come standard in all bathrooms.
By early evening, guests congregate in one of the Main House’s small rooms for free cheese plates (with local cheddars, of course). Then it’s on to dinner at the inn’s namesake restaurant, which offers pairings from the 400-strong wine list. There’s a clay tennis court, a heated granite swimming pool and a snug one-room spa.
In the Area
Set amid 160 acres of Vermont prairie bordering Green Mountain National Forest and two state parks, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor adventures. Take a romantic spin on skates on the property’s lake, an afternoon hike on snowshoes or a glide through the back hills on cross-country skis, all accessible through Windham Hill. Downhill skiing is only a half-hour drive away at Stratton Mountain. Come warmer weather, you can hike the property’s trails or get your thrills at nearby Bromley Sun Mountain Adventure Center, which has ziplines, an alpine slide, a climbing wall and even miniature golf. The nearby town of Townshend has picture-perfect shops for antiquing, or you can drive 30 minutes to Grafton Antiques, which boasts two stories of period pieces in a country barn.
How to Get There
WHI has been a favorite destination for almost 20 years. It continues to satisfy in all aspects. This trip I would highlight the friendly and capable staff. Breakfast is included in the cost of the room and should not be missed. Look forward to my next visit.
Had a getaway with my wife sans our 4-year-old to unwind. The Inn is very, very nice. It retains that rustic feel while not trying too hard. Our room was located in the Barn and featured a super comfortable king bed, awesome robes, whirlpool tub, fire place and a nice little balcony.
Breakfast was very good and we did dinner one of the nights and it was very pricey, but still quite good. We only did two nights and were hoping for some sort of variety in the menus, but that did not occur. I cannot imagine staying here for a long period time and having the same menu every night. We did the Williamsville Eatery the second night and it was phenomenal. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
Everyone there was very friendly (for the most part). Rachel, Alexander, and Greg in particular were super helpful/pleasant.
Even though we had a nice visit, we would probably never return. The Inn is in the middle of absolutely nowhere and given our luck, it rained our entire trip so we could not really enjoy the grounds much and were forced to venture out trying to find something to do. This part of Vermont is pretty undeveloped so there were a ton of muddy roads and a total lack of wifi signal so it was pretty sketchy trying to find things to do.
All in all it was a nice place, but in retrospect it was just too remote for us.
My wife and I enjoy staying at Relais&châteaux properties and had read about Windham Hill Inn in Condé Nast Traveler as being the top hotel in New England. The staff was very accommodating. It is certainly a wonderful setting. Very picturesque views. Beautifully decorated rooms that are cozy and inviting. Our dinner and breakfast were excellent. This is a wonderful quick get away. Definitely worth the trip!
A blissful way to break winter doldrums is at the Windham Hill Inn. Charming hotel in the Vermont hills and nice rooms. Coupled with a great restaurant it is a delightful retreat. Dinner varied from duck to halibut to salmon to fillet mignon. Each was beautifully prepared and delicious.
With comfortably appointed rooms, delishous meals and a quietness that evokes peace, Windham Hill Inn is a place to relax and pamper yourself. We recommend the suites in the barn, but make sure to bring boots as the driveway gets very muddy.