My husband and I had stayed at the Woodstock Inn & Resort for four nights, but could not get a room for the fifth night as it was peak tourist season. So we booked our final night at Ardmore Inn just down the street, and honestly, I wish we'd stayed there instead our whole time in Woodstock.
Charlotte and Cary Hollingsworth run this lovely little house with (I think) three guest rooms, each thoughtfully decorated and named after a literary figure. We stayed in the Archer Mayor room -- Archer Mayor is a Vermont-based writer who pens crime novels set in sleepy Vermont. Over the fireplace in our room was an entire collection of his books — all signed by the author. Turns out Charlotte, a SoCal native, used to run an independent bookstore. Which would explain the massive reading room next to the dining hall where wall-to-wall shelves of books entice anyone too lazy to wander out on a chilly Woodstock night. For this season, Charlotte even put out displays of her best Halloween reads.
The room is more than comfortable, with designer Egyptian cotton sheets and all the necessary amenities (including a lip balm - how thoughtful). If there is a single complaint I have, it is only that the ceiling is a low slope and every time I got out of bed I dinged my head.
The whole point of staying at Ardmore Inn is for Charlotte's amazing sit-down breakfast. On the morning we were there she served a four-course breakfast starting with a poached apple with whipped cream, a handmade scone (best I've ever had), your main course - which you have to mark out on a little sheet the night before, whether you want eggs or oatmeal - followed by dessert! (Yes, dessert for breakfast, how can you resist?) which turned out to be a perfectly-sized scoop of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia (Vermont's finest, of course).
Charlotte and Cary are the perfect hosts — they are there when you need them, and when you don't they have mastered the art of being invisible in view. Charlotte might peep in while you are reading a book by the fire in the library, nibbling on her turtlebar and sipping her spiced cider, but you never feel like you need to look up from your book.
All in an awesome stay - wish we had more time. I would recommend Ardmore Inn to any couple headed for Woodstock.
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