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PREVIEW: Review coming soon Gastronomes flock to this historic B&B in Vermont for its award-winning restaurant, which puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to ethical food sourcing and menus

Eco


Overall eco rating


PREVIEW: expert review coming soon, but here's what we know based on preliminary information from the hotel. Ratings are provisional.

People

  • Support the Vermont Foodbank who supply food to those in need in the state
  • Provided extra support during aftermath of Hurricane Irene
  • Provide work experience to nearby school
  • Strong local supply chain with direct links to producers
  • Promote tours of farm partners and local food enthusiasts

Animals & nature

PETA assessment of cruelty free credentials of cleaning products and toiletries to come

  • Strong vegetarian/vegan menu
  • Scrutinise suppliers for animal welfare and other issues including use of chemicals
  • Have a number of bat houses around the property

Environment & buildings

  • 5yrs into a 5yr plan to green the hotel, have reduced energy consumption by 50%
  • Have upgraded the building fabric (insulation of the hotel foundations and new doors, room by room programme of insulating walls and replacing windows)
  • Incorporated energy efficient lighting, more efficient heating and cooling and invested in better zoning and control of HVAC systems
  • Also considered air quality when refurbishing and chose low VOC paints and materials
  • Continously looking into methods to save energy
  • Signed up to become a Vermont Environmental Partner
  • Recycle all the usual, compost and donate cooking oil to local biodiesel producer
  • Work with local farmers to supply majority of produce
  • Vet all suppliers for green credentials and preferentially use those with sound environmental and/or ethical credentials

Reviewed by

Tim Starley-Grainger


Luxury


Overall luxury rating*


PREVIEW: expert review coming soon, but here's a taster. Ratings are provisional.

A quaint historic B&B in Vermont is an unlikely foodie mecca, but this inn ticks all the boxes for gastronomes, and overnight guests get a healthy dash of New England charm to round off a memorable meal.

The scene

In the back of beyond, amid 21 rolling acres and surrounded by mountains - snow-covered in winter - this historic inn is the real deal, and guests who've discovered this hidden gem know it. It's not far from New York or Boston, yet it feels a million miles - and a century or two - away. The setting is a stunner year-round, but it's especially cosy in autumn and winter, where you can cosy up by the fire to a backdrop of remarkable autumn leaf colour or blankets of winter snow. You can ski near here, too, so don't forget the salopettes.

  • Surrounded by snow in winter, flowers in spring, lush trees in summer and those world-famous leaf-colours in autumn
  • 12 miles from Okemo Mountain Ski Slopes

  • The countryside setting, with little to do beyond the Great Outdoors, won't be to everyone's liking

The style

Home comfort is the presiding ethos of Inn at Weathersfield - guestroom fireplaces, featherbeds, clawfoot bathtubs. The smaller rooms are a tad too tiny and mid-range, but the Deluxe Kings with Whirlpools and Fireplaces are right up our street. If our street was in 1880s New England, that is.

  • Quaint, comfortable historic B&B

  • Only the largest rooms meet our luxury standard, but all are charming

The facilities

To stay here and not eat here is like visiting London and not bothering to swing by Big Ben. The food is renowned throughout New England, and among in-the-know foodies nationwide. There are, in fact, two restaurants - Restaurant Verterra and Lucy's Tavern - but rumour has it that you can eat off both menus in either, if it's not too busy and you ask nicely. Restaurant bookings are highly recommended, though, even if you're staying here, as people come from miles around. The cuisine is New England Gastro and changes, and your main course will be something like Roasted New England Cod with Caramelized Candy Stripe Beets, Bacon & Red Potatoes and Yellow Peppers Broth.

Beyond the restaurant, this is a small inn so it's light on facilities, but there's a yoga room and a lounge with fireplace.

  • The restaurant worth travelling for

  • As a small inn, facilities are few, so there's no spa, gym or swimming pool

We love

The restaurant is a winner

The setting is cosy New England countryside

You might not love

The smaller rooms aren't really as luxurious as we'd like. Stick to the Deluxe Kings with Whirlpools

Reviewed by

Jill Starley-Grainger


The Inn at Weathersfield

1342 Route 106, Perkinsville, Vermont 05151

USA
+1 802 263 9217

Standard room rates from US$139

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Eco

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"One of the most fantastic details of this historic southern Vermont property it first opened as a stagecoach stop in 1792 is the original beehive oven in the front entryway, where partner, executive chef, and Slow Food advocate Jason Tostrup bakes bread daily" Travel + Leisure

"The Cavendish Farm quail roti with chickpea and lovage stuffing from chef Jason Tostrup is reason enough for a visit to this southern Vermont charmer" Bon Appetit