Before we got to the Afton House, we went hiking at Afton State Park, which if very close. Had planned on snowshoeing, but with the recent warm weather, the snow had melted quite a bit so we didn't think we needed them. It was a great walk and we enjoyed the fresh air. At the Inn, we stayed in Room #1 on the main floor with a king bed, double jacuzzi and fireplace. There was also a table for two if you wanted to eat in rather than visiting one of the three restaurants onsite. It faced the main street with big windows which had nice blinds that we kept mostly closed. I wondered in the summer if it would be noisy, but it wasn't for us since there wasn't a lot of activity outside at this time of year. It appeared that many of the rooms were booked, but it was very quiet in our room all night. There was free wine tasting at Swirl Wine Bar so we stopped in there before dinner. We had planned to go to the Fine Dining restaurant for supper, but when we compared menus, many of the items were on all three of the house's restaurants, so we decided to stay put since we liked the atmosphere and enjoyed chatting with our server/wine manager...she was very nice. We first did the wine tastings. The guy serving us the wine wasn't very chatty....he basically told us what was required and nothing else. Not overly friendly.....any comments we made or attempts at small talk with him were pretty much ignored. He seemed to be more intent on the large table to the back of us....guessing they were locals. Didn't ruin our night though.....we found a nice white blend that we enjoyed and ended up buying three bottles. One for dinner and two to take home. Back at our table, we ordered the crab cake appetizer which was good, but I wondered if I could easily get something similar at Sam's or Costco. Again, our server was very friendly and we really enjoyed her. She talked us into the salmon entree and the braised shortribs.....she was spot on! We LOVED the braised shortribs with creamy mashed potatoes and wonderful green beans. The short ribs were incredibly tender...no fat in sight and extremely tasty. The salmon was great too...served with couscous...both very good...but I think we both preferred the shortribs. Everything on the menu looked good. Lots of people were there drinking wine and ordering appetizers.....lots of different flatbreads.
We got up around 8:30 am, cleaned up and went to breakfast. I would say the breakfast was similar to what you'd get in any hotel, but the set up was a little more fancy. The serving room was just off the front desk. They offered the make-your-own waffles, cereals, bagels, some small cinnamon rolls, yogurt, scrambled eggs and bisquits and gravy. The juice wasn't fresh squeezed, which would have been a nice touch, but rather a Sunny D type of juice. The front desk clerk would also come around and offer to get sodas if needed and was very nice. I thought the bisquits and gravy were good, the eggs were so-so. I was a bit surprised that there was no bacon or sausage offered, but it wasn't a big deal. We didn't try the waffles but assume they were the same as any other hotel. My husband waited to see if the cinnamon rolls would get replenished, but after about 10 minutes he gave up..not a huge deal as we were both thinking we didn't really need it! Overall, we weren't dissatisfied with the breakfast by any means, but there really wan't anything special about it, like I would typically expect at a bed and breakfast type of hotel. To be honest, I actually prefer the breakfast at Holiday Inn Express better. Certainly wouldn't stop me from staying here again though! Really enjoyed our little getaway. Thinking a summer stay would be even more fun with the river so close and such a neat little town to explore!
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