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West Mountain Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Arlington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Schenectady
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35 reviews
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“Whoa, Nellie!!! I Cannot Believe I Forgot to Write.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

My wife and I of 40+ years have stayed at the West Mountain Inn for at least 10 years staying 3 or 4 times some years. As retired teachers, we are frugal. The Inn offers so much value for a very fair price that is always our choice when we want an elegant stay to get away from it all for two or three nights. The Inn is only about a 2 hour drive so it is convenient to get there.

I was reading the Trip Advisor reports I have written over the last 10 years and did not find one for the West Mountain Inn. How could I have neglected my duty? I think it might be that we are always so pleased; we assume everyone already knows about this Inn.

Our impressions: Always Outstanding;
Staff- friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful. This includes the reception and dining room personnel, as well as the cleaning staff.
Food- delicious, nutritious, and filling breakfasts with an option of chocolate chip pancakes with ice cream for a finisher, 5 course. Five Star dinner with excellent options from a quality chef using locally sourced ingredients. There is always coffee and tea available with homemade chocolate chip cookies in a jar by the dining room.
Romance- an inviting presence on a hilltop overlooking the valley below with candlelight in every window, lovely dining room with candlelight and a wood burning fireplace, common areas with comfortable seating and a wood burning fireplace in one room, little nooks to be alone with your partner, enticing rooms for different wants that are shown on their website.
Grounds- well maintained, walking trails, alpacas, flowers, sitting areas.
Aimee- the innkeeper who has maintained the “spirit” of this lovely Inn.
A Feeling- We always leave with a happier heart, having relaxed at a friend’s very large home, planning our next visit as we drive away.

So- what are you waiting for? Get up (or down) to this outstanding Select Registry property.

Room Tip: We like the Gov. Chittendon room but have stayed in most all the rooms and you cannot really make a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

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!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cypress, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

I had a wonderful time at the West Mountain Inn. Wonderful foood, great service, and clean enviorment. The location is ideal to get great views of the Vermont hill sides. Great access to trails and beutiful scenery.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Essex, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

No matter where you go, most everything is secondary to the people you deal with. At the West Mountain Inn, we encountered a wonderful staff, from Amy (innkeeper) to so many others-everyone was so very nice, pleasant and accommodating. This place has a thoroughly relaxed vibe, which is precisely what we had hoped for. Very comfortable, beautiful, private setting. If you're looking to escape the bright lights, glitz and big-screen TV's (!) then this the place.
We look forward to returning and seeing our new 'friends' again. One other note of importance: they offer a room with a wonderful handicapped access bathroom, including a large walk-in (roll-in) shower-perfect for our elderly relative who did not have to worry about dealing with a tub to step over.

Room Tip: Room #1-'Booker T. Washington' is quiet, private and has a comfortable King bed. (Just don...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We can't say enough about how lovely the inn is for a relaxing, comfortable visit. We stayed last year and this year right after New Years when the house was decorated for Christmas. Snow shoed and visited the alpacas but it was too cold to do much outdoors. We were fine with sitting by the fire and having wine with friends who joined us from Syracuse. Excellent food, we ate dinner twice and enjoyed all the 5-course meals. Breakfast is huge and also very good. Staff are all friendly and provide you with all that you need or ask for. Not too far from downhill ski resorts.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

My husband and I had stayed here before in the spring, but made our first winter visit due to a special they had. It was such a great deal. The room we stayed in was lovely with a great view, sitting room, and wood burning fire. Like always the food is amazing. We'd have dinner here even if we weren't staying at the hotel. Little touches like coffee and cookies available all day, hiking trails (with snow shoe you can use), and nice bathroom amenities (the body lotion is great!) make this place stand out versus other places we've stayed. Looking forward to another trip.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

My wife and I stayed at West Mountain Inn for her birthday (Dec. 23-24) on our way to CT. We spent the early part of the day in Manchester (just a few minutes north) and had lunch at the Equinox.Between the Equinox and WM Inn we really got into the Christmas spirit (think of all those old romantic movies about Christmas at a Vermont Inn).
We arrive at 4 pm and were very pleased with our room. They first took us on a tour of the inn before we settled in. One thing that was a particular delight was dinner. We ate at the inn which attracts quite an outside, local clientele. Dinner was great and everything was changed to our room which - another surprise - we found to be very reasonable at checkout time. The Inn is gorgeous and the staff was great. After dinner we enjoyed an evening in front of the fireplace and just sipped wine, talked and enjoyed the Christmas music. We live on the Vermont border in upstate NY and spend a lot of time in VT. This is my best bet for a reasonably price, romantic stay with a great restaurant and ambiance.When do folks nowadays just get to slow down and smell the roses. This is the place I'd recommend to do it.
My wife said it was her best birthday ever.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: West Mountain Inn
Address: 144 Mountain View Dr, Intersection River Rd and Rte 313, Arlington, VT 05250-9116
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Region: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — West Mountain Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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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West Mountain Inn Arlington, Vermont - Green Mountains

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