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
Rustic-chic village lodge where wood-burning fires and a well-stocked wine cellar help conclude days of hiking, leaf peeping, or snowshoeing
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.