if you are looking to stay at a historic, comfortable, well serviced b&b, ira allen is it. it is nestled between Arlington and Manchester, Vermont across the street from the Battenkill. lovely facilities. great set up for families with kids. we did a family reunion there and the owners were wonderful hosts. They did everything to make our stay a memorable one. They found a good balance between being there and not being over bearing. The breakfasts were incredible each day. Kevin worked to have each day a different but memorable breakfast. Lots of great coffee. They have a wine and beer license. You can drink in the "tavern" (sitting room) or take it out in the front porch. While the facilities are historic (which means old) they are well kept and have most of the amenities you would want from a good hotel. We also requested dinner at the Inn one night and it was a gastronomic event. Kevin planned the dinner with all local products (we had chicken, salad an incredible cold cucumber soup) and Tim created a "piece de resistance" dessert that was to die for. the mantra about the dessert (again made with locally grown berries) was that it was even healthy!
The hosts did everything to assure that our stay was comfortable and fun. I would highly recommend this Inn.
If there was any negative, it was the weather (over which our hosts had no control). we couldn't enjoy the out of doors as we would have liked due to the incredible heat and humidity and high water level of the Battenkill. Next year, we hope mother nature cooperates, but even if she does not, we know we will have a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ira Allen House is one of the oldest inns in Vermont, and is the historical home of Ethan and Ira Allen, surveyors of Vermont and leaders of the Green Mountain Boys. Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, with direct frontage on the Battenkill River, the inn is a perfect home base for skiing, biking, canoeing, golfing, fly-fishing, and a host of other outdoor activities. Manchester, with its fantastic assortment boutiques, outlets and restaurants, is 5 miles to the north. All the rooms are suites and are ideal for families and groups. Two suites have private fireplaces.A full country breakfast is included in the room rate. Family-style dinner available with advanced notice for a reasonable charge.We invite you to enjoy the beauty of Vermont, the charm of our historic home, and warm hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ira Allen House Bed And Breakfast Arlington, Vermont - Green Mountains