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
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.
Fun weekend away!!! Highly recommend this quaint cozy Inn. From check in to check out, our stay was perfect. We had a room with a small fireplace and it was very nice and clean.We had a delicious dinner
on site and breakfast was delicious as well. Would highly recommend this quaint Inn.
Beautiful property. Very well appointed room with a fireplace, patio, whirlpool tub.
Restaurant is 5 star. Chef Neil is truly talented. Amazing crab-cake,
Delicious halibut soup, great breakfast choices. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Would go back for a getaway anytime.
We have stayed at the Inn more than 10 times over the years, through changes in ownership and seasons. It remains the most beautiful and welcoming inn in Vt. we have visited. The staff is friendly, the rooms are well appointed (with very comfortable beds!) and the food is excellent. (Don't miss the crab cake appetizer!)
Our disappointment this past weekend was the dining room experience. The first evening we were one of three couples - the second night, one of five with a marvelous price fixe dinner and Friday night we arrived at 6:30pm, the only people in the room for 30 minutes before others began arriving. Each night, it took the staff 3 and a half hours to serve us......maybe explainable during the lengthy price fixe dinner, but the result of a lack of attention the other two nights. We waited 20 to 30 minutes minimum between each course and then again for the bill. My sense is that it may be understaffed or the staff need training to learn to pace the meal and keep service moving. Either way, this lovely place deserves some attention to ensure that the quality of service matches the quality of the food.
An exception was the breakfast server, Kathy, who was unfailingly efficient, friendly, and flexible. A lovely way to start the day.....
The room was beautiful it could be made even better with one more light at the armchairs and a 4th chair for before dinner drinks with friends.