The Inn opened its doors in 1801 and quickly became a favorite for local social events and meetings and popular among literary types (Kipling was a guest in 1892) and primarily a commercial hotel patronized by business travelers who knew it as a “good place to stop.”
The Inn has a few notable and famous visitors as well: Webster, Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and politicians Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ulysses S. Grant during election campaigning. Comfortable historic main rooms with beamed ceilings and charm-filled guest rooms welcome the weary traveler to the main tavern building while those seeking a more private stay can consider booking one of the restored historic buildings across from the Main Tavern. A candle-lit dinner at the Old Tavern Restaurant of the main inn will inspire as well as their talented team of chef’s locally sourced, farm to table fare. In the summer, enjoy lunch on their sunny Phelps Barn Pub patio. While at the Inn, wander further afield, (a mere one and a half kilometer pleasant stroll down the road) and enjoy Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. In winter, the site offers skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and sleigh rides or visit in the summer as we did for a hike and stroll or enjoy mountain biking, swimming, and canoeing.
‘…down the highway And travel each bend in the road.’
Quintessential Vermont at its very best, Weston offers a historic downtown with country inn charm and unique shopping. Replete with a tinsmith, a working mill wheel, unique galleries and Vermont’s oldest professional theater company, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company offers traditional summer stock favourites on two stages with opera, art shows, special events and concerts rounding out the remainder of the year.
But what draws most to this charming southern Vermont town is the famous Vermont Country Store where you can spend a good hour perusing the aisles of pant stretchers, novelties, bedding, lumberjack paraphernalia, cheese, dry goods, penny candy and of course Vermont Maple Syrup.
Grab a late lunch at the store’s next-door sister Mildred’s Grill & Dairy Bar and sample some mighty fine local fare washed down with a locally brewed craft beer.
“Pennies in a stream Falling leaves a sycamore Moonlight in Vermont’
Our final stop of the day is a hike and tromp on the popular Jamaica State Park trail, just down the hill from Windham Hill Inn and located on a bend of the West River about one kilometer from the center of Jamaica proper. Four recommendations of this hike and park were given today on our mini road trip, and we arrive and quickly see why: bucolic backcountry Vermont at its finest and a lovely way to end our day of exploring. We amble the approximately two kilometers up Cobb Brook to Hamilton Falls, which enters the West River upstream from the park and simply sit and breath in the lovely pine-scented views.
Indulging in some downtime around the pool upon our return to Windham Hill Inn is a must before heading over to dinner in the main house; the chirping chorus from Frog Pond serenading us over a lovely bottle of wine with dinner. A final stroll around the twilight dew-covered lawns, then comfortably plopped into our Muskoka chairs, the last glass of wine in hand and we are completely ‘……hypnotized by the lovely Evening summer breeze. Warbling of a meadowlark. Moonlight in Vermont’.
Travel well in rural Vermont, my friends.
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