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
Just visited (again) for a 30-something anniversary with my wife. This is our Go-To place. I wish we could go here annually as it is a magical and special location. This is an old new england style family farm that was converted to an Inn a long time ago (our first visit was over 20 years). The charm, warmth and location are beyond description. Rooms range from cozy to roomy but all are impeccably decorated and maintained. Many rooms have tubs and fireplaces. The staff here is very accommodating and you generally only see the if you want or need something - otherwise you are left alone to enjoy the location. This place is remote. There are not a lot of other things to see or do in the immediate area but a 30 minute drive will get you to mountains for hiking and skiing, outlet malls, and much more. Hiking trails on the property may be the only thing you need.... The restaurant and food is exquisite! Breakfast is often included in the room and some packages include a dinner as well. The menu for all meals is simple but elegant. Dining here is amazing - if not just a little "high-end". If you are a wine snob - don't worry - they will have several options to please anybody! I look forward to going again....
great experience; wonderful staff and location. beautiful lodge with comfortable rooms. we had two dinners there and they were really excellent with creative food and great taste. excellent recommandation for the wine. the two breakfasts were also great. we will return with pleasure
My wife and I have returned to Windham Hill Inn several times since our first stay 25 years ago. The accommodations, the food, the scenery - they are all spectacular! While the Inn is off the beaten path (which is absolutely part of the allure!), it is still within a very easy drive of Stratton Mountain and scenic Manchester.