We stayed two nights at the Silas Griffith Inn in order to spend a few days hiking with our dog in the Manchester VT area. The innkeeper was a friendly, cheerful woman who clearly loved dogs. She made us feel very welcome and was helpful with advice about where we could swim with pup and what restaurants had outdoor seating where dogs are allowed. There were no requirements that dogs not be left alone in the room or be crated and if we wanted she would have walked our dog while we were out. Our room and bathroom, in the back building over the restaurant, were a bit tired looking but clean enough and the bed was very comfortable. The outside stairs and landing leading to the backyard were sturdy. The room was stuffy but we kept the fan running on the air conditioning unit and the door to the outside open to bring fresh air in. The rest of the building had a musty, airless feel, like it needed a good cleaning and open windows. The common area with fridge and microwave was cluttered and uninviting. The breakfast area, Emma’s Restaurant, was also cluttered, airless and musty. I suspect that the huge amount of stuffed animals in the fireplace contributed to the mustiness, and according to a previous post they’ve been there since at least 2008. The TV in the breakfast room was blaring – soap opera the first morning, an even louder televangelist the second. The innkeeper’s mother, who was serving, protested when I asked her to turn down the volume on the preaching so I could carry on a conversation. She then asked the couple at the next table if they wanted her to turn up the volume and face it toward them so they could watch the televangelist – they declined. The food was average. The outside of the inn is in disrepair and there is a sign noting that it is undergoing renovation. While I completely understand the astronomical cost and time associated with renovating such a large and historical structure, areas that could cheaply and easily be maintained or removed were neglected – tall weeds choking the flower beds, a broken down hot tub/deck area and caved-in swimming pool (see review from July 2012!), hoses, tires and other detritus visible. A major eyesore was an extremely dilapidated cottage with appliances, an overflowing garbage can and other junk piled up on its porch. An air conditioner in a window and children’s toys in the yard made me think someone was actually living in there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Re-built in 1891 by Vermont's first millionaire as a wedding present for his new bride, this Victorian Mansion features custom designed original tin ceilings, hand carved fireplaces and woodwork, and an amazing Round Pocket Door. Walking paths abound on the property, passing organic gardens and wildflower areas. A custom-cooked breakfast is included with your stay. Family owned and operated. Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate in the peaceful countryside of Vermont. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silas Griffith Inn Danby, Vermont