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“Winter Weekend getaway”
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The Dorset Inn
Ranked #2 of 7 Dorset B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Connecticut
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8 reviews
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“Winter Weekend getaway”
Reviewed 23 January 2012

My wife and I wanted to get away to a B&B in VT that had a restaurant on site. We arrived Friday night with a reservation for dinner that we made on the way up. Check-in was fast, the young woman at the front desk gave us a quick tour of the B & B (a first for us). Our room (Room 7) had a king bed and was spacious, but the bathroom was a bit narrow. We quickly unpacked and went to the tavern for a pre-dinner drink. The tavern had a very lively mix of locals and out-of-towners. We would have been happy to eat dinner in the tavern area. The bartender offered to charge our drinks to our room, which was convenient. For dinner I ordered the Inn Salad which had a surprisingly large amount of crispy vegetables, with something I wasn't expecting, fresh green pea shoots (sprouts). It reminded me of my garden in May when my pea blossoms open and we eat them before they mature!! I'm going to plant some this week at home... great idea! My wife ordered the Rainbow of Beets Salad which she enjoyed. Great winter salad. I had the Grilled Strip Steak, which was cooked perfectly medium rare. And my wife decide on the Prince Edward Island mussels appetizer for her entree. She liked it, but thought it had too many large chunks of tomato. For dessert I had the Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée...crisp caramelized top contrasted perfectly with the creaminess of the custard. My wife had the Blueberry Cobbler, made with the small wild blueberries, like you find in Maine.

We had two tasty breakfasts on Sat & Sun morning that were included in the price of the room.

The Inn sold us $10.00 passes to Hildene, which cost $16.00 at the Mansion.

There was an assortment of single cup Keurig teas, coffee and hot chocolates available just outside the dining room when ever you desire, which was convenient.

Don't miss the The Dorset Farmer’s Market at J.K. Adams just down the street held inside a great kitchen supply store every Sunday from 10-2. It's held in the workshop where they make hundreds of hardwood cutting boards and other kitchen/household products.


All in all, we had a great weekend.

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

......in every way! Where do I begin?? From the moment we checked in, the staff went above and beyond to ensure we felt welcomed and enjoyed our stay. Whether it was assisting us with plans for local attractions and events, or providing a hot cup of coffee or cocoa when coming in from the cold, they are the best...attentive, friendly and genuinely warm and welcoming! The room was cozy, super clean and perfect for our weekend. When we checked in, we were able to view many of the rooms. They were all different, but they were all very clean, well decorated, with updated beautiful bathrooms. The afternoon tea,coffee, cocoa and cookies is a nice touch, especially with roaring fire in the hearth. The inn was so beautifully decorated. There were at least four Christmas trees on the first floor, just beautiful. We got to meet and talk a little to the designer, very talented. The breakfast that is included is really nice. You get to pick from a menu that covers your basic breakfast entrees, eggs, pancakes, french toast, etc. And included is coffee/tea, juice and fruit. Quite lovely for complimentary. Dinner was outstanding. Each course nicely prepared. The best calamari I ever had. We ate there two nights and really enjoyed our meals. But seriously, the calamari is a must. Great desserts too. All in all, a great place to stay. A home away from home! Thank you Dorset Inn for a wonderful weekend. We will be back soon!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

5 stars across the board...everything from the beautifly decorated rooms, to the 5-star dining experience, and the staff were exceptional. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2011
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

The friendly innkeeper met us upon arrival and upgraded us to a really fantastic suite at the back of the Inn. The place was a bustling with a wedding party, and a little loud, but we still enjoyed our stay immensely. This is definitely more of an Inn than a B&B, though breakfast is included; there is an amazingly good restaurant and a great old tavern and sitting room and porch to relax on right on the town green. If you're visiting the Manchester area, this is a really great out-of-the-way place to stay with a very gracious staff.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

We only spent two nights, and had made dinner reservations for only one of them. We are going back in December, and have made dinner reservations both nights. The inn is lovely to look at, and comfortable, and the food is good. What more could you want? We had a "standard" room, which wasn't huge, but was certainly adequate. I expected to hear more noise from the other guests, but it was nice. A good choice of reading material, too.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dorsetinnkeeper, Owner at The Dorset Inn, responded to this review, 3 November 2011
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to returning in December! Return guests are what we constantly strive towards and what will help to ensure our success.
We look forward to seeing you in December!

Steve & Lauren Bryant
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Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We stayed at a B&B not far from Dorset Inn, and we enjoyed their Tavern. The wine list was decent, and the chicken pappardelle was fantastic. My wife had a salad there that was also quite good. We had hoped to go for dinner, but we ended up getting an earlier reservation at another restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Just spent a wonderful L O N G weekend at The Dorset Inn. It was my first time there and have already booked a room for next year. The staff outstanding, the food was amazing, the cleanliness of everything, the decorations, attention to every detail! The room was like our own little piece of heaven. Fireplace in the living room, whirlpool and shower, and the most restful bed! We stayed in the Owl's Head room. I had a massage that was one of the most relaxing I have ever had. I would highly recommend The Dorset Inn. Out of 10 I would rate it 10!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: The Dorset Inn
Address: 8 Church Street, Dorset, VT 05251
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Region: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Dorset
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Dorset
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Dorset Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious lodging, gourmet dining, fine wines & great spirits - all trademarks of Vermont's oldest continually operating inn. Nestled on the green in a picturesque Vermont village,The Dorset Inn has offered traditional New England Hospitality for more than 200 years. 26 uniquely appointed guest rooms & three room luxury suites featuring fireplaces & whirlpool bathrooms. The Wine Spectator awarded restaurant serves dinner nightly. A long time favorite with locals, the Tavern offers microbrew & unique beers, extensive single malt scotch & Irish whiskey list & wide array of cocktails & aperitifs. From the quiet getaway to the outdoor adventure vacation...skiing at Bromley & Stratton, shopping Manchester's designer outlets, hiking & biking on local trails, golfing, kayaking & canoeing, antiquing, perusing museums...all these activities and more are located within minutes of The Dorset Inn. ... more   less 
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