We visited the inn for a wedding. The setting was beautiful and the wedding itself very well executed. The barn was gorgeous decorated with candles and flowers - like a magazine spread.
The breakfasts we had were perhaps the best I've ever tasted at a hotel or inn. The muffins were incredible.
Unfortunately there is always a downside to most venues and ours was found in the room. We were placed in the Cottage, which is at the foot of the driveway. It's basically a little house which probably once upon a time housed the staff or owners of the inn, but now is rented to guests when the main house is full. There is a living area (couches, fireplace, bookshelves), kitchen and, I think, 3 bedrooms. The cottage is a bit shabby, the front door doesn't open without a lot of shoving and fanfare. Our room was at the front of the cottage so we were blessed with an audible treat every time a vehicle went up or down the gravel driveway. This meant both mornings of our stay we were not able to sleep past about 5:30am. The bathroom was dark with a tiny little mirror so almost impossible to apply makeup in there. In the entire cottage there was not a single full-length mirror so getting dressed for the wedding was a risky business, only being able to check our appearances to neck level.
And finally, the "get away from it all" idea. This is infuriating. Why can't there be a clock and radio in the room? If someone really wants to escape from real life, let them request these items are removed or unplugged when they book. For the rest of us (particularly the optically challenged), having no bedside clock was beyond annoying when we wanted to check what time it really was when that first car went racing up the driveway in the morning. And a radio is very nice when staying in a room with thin walls and doors. I don't care to hear the bathroom activities of my roommate or any other guests and a radio playing softly nicely disguises this.
Overall these are small details which did not detract at all from our enjoyment of the wedding and the beauty of the surroundings. The inn emailed me for feedback after we stayed and I dutifully provided the information above. They never replied back to correct or explain, so I feel it's fair to publish my thoughts here.
Our tip: try the muffins!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visitors to the West Mountain Inn are surrounded by spacious, antique-filled guest rooms, fantastic views, and 150 acres of gardens, lawns, and woodlands. Guests can explore miles of trails, visit alpacas, walk our labyrinth, flyfish or canoe the Battenkill River and relax in the Adirondack chairs on the front lawn. The Inn’s wood-paneled dining room provides the perfect setting for the lavish breakfasts and sumptuous 5-course dinners created daily by our award-winning chef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Mountain Hotel Arlington
- West Mountain Inn Arlington, Vermont - Green Mountains