We just got back from our stay at The Inn at Manchester and every aspect of our stay was perfection! Frank and Julie were beyond gracious and glorious hosts of their centrally located Manchester B&B. We are a family of 5 with 3 children ranging in age from 10 to 14. We travelled with another family of 4 with two teenage girls. Frank and Julie not only made us feel more than welcome (almost like one of the family), they were way beyond gracious and kind to our children. That is not always the case at B&B's. It was truly appreciated.
We stayed in the Green Briar Suite located in the Carriage house behind the main house, It was lovely, quiet and warm. We had a king size bed with a pull out sofa couch. Being that we had 3 children, we brought a aero mattress which the suite amply was able to accommodate. The king size bed very comfortable and the sheets and linen were superb. The room was decorated in Vermont chic (charming and eclectic pieces with a history) and the room boasted a lovely gas fireplace that was definitely welcomed after our days of skiing.
The water pressure was decent and towels were plush and delightful. The bathroom contained a bath and shower head that were in very good and in clean condition.
Our room also contained a vestibule which we found very valuable to keep our boots and ski items.
Frank was there to greet us as soon as we arrived and was font of useful information as well as a delight to converse with. He inquired if we had made dinner reservations and offered his well informed opinions of the local restaurants. His assessment of the Silver Fork was spot on and was one of the best dining experiences I have had in years.
The Inn is flavored with varied pieces of art and paintings that truly enlivened every room. I personally loved the landscapes. Real and very seemingly real gas places lend to the warm and inviting atmosphere of the Inn. The small and intimate bar area boast many good wines (I adored the zin) and we spent many a night before dinner talking amongst ourselves or conversing with the genuinely kind staff. There is a sitting room/parlor in the front of the house that boasts a cozy fireplace. It is a perfect room to sit and play chess or a game with your kids.
Our breakfast at the Inn was wonderful every day. The egg dishes always tasted as if they were made with farm fresh eggs and ingredients. Even my son who is a picky eater was having seconds of toast with the Inn at Manchester strawberry jam or the maple flavored bacon (or at least it was maple flavored in our minds). Julie was a lovely server and an uncanny talent for remember our large party's orders and Frank and Julie were more than accommodating if one of our group members opted for "egg whites" or "toast with bacon" instead of the current breakfast selection of the day. The Green Mountain coffee was always fresh and there was always a nice selection of teas. In addition, there was fruit, cereal and baked items available. Seconds were always offered (and appreciated by many in our group).
The surrounding grounds of the Inn dressed in snow showcased the best of Vermont. Frankly, I am excited to returns to the Inn in the summer and fall to experience the dramatic backdrop of the Green Mountains as she sheds her white, slips into green and then into her fall finest.
We were skiing at Stratton and it took us 20-25 minutes to get to the ski area. Add a little more time if you are driving in snow. Manchester village is walk away. I didn't get much of chance to explore the stores, but I am looking forward to when I return.
As I was leaving, I went in to say goodbye to Frank and Julie and to buy some small strawberry jams that my son adored. Frank asked me how many jars I would like, to which I replied "4."
When I attempted to pay, he told me there was no charge. Warmed my heart.
The Inn at Manchester- the place the O'Shea-Dorfman family will go to be known as the O'Shea-Dorfman family and not room 435.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Manchester Village, this accommodation has 21 rooms and offers a full breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Manchester Hotel Manchester
- Inn Manchester
- The Inn At Manchester Vermont