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Huntington House Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rochester
Reviewed 1 September 2011

We stayed at the Huntington House Inn by chance. Forced by Hurricane Irene to seek emergency shelter, we decided that Rochester was as far as we could go before the storm worsened. This happened to be an extremely precise bit of chance, as the bridges north and south of town were washed out within an hour of our checking in.

We arrived two hours before typical check in time, and one of the owners met us and welcomed us into the Inn. We noticed immediately how nicely appointed the Inn was. There is a large dining room and a small tavern on the first floor with an excellent menu and a well stocked bar. The menu looked to be excellent and the rooms were large and clean. The mattress was more comfortable than my own. Wireless internet was provided free of charge.

Unfortunately, the town lost power, phones, and cell service only a few hours after we arrived, and as of this writing, 4 days later, these services are still down.

Many people will not be aware that this part of Vermont was hit incredibly hard by the storm. The worst flooding in 70 years destroyed many of the bridges and roads, cutting off this town in every direction for several days. And even after ground access was restored, it was over dirt logging roads high in the hills with only one travel lane in many places.

Immediately, Scott and Bobby, opened up their Inn to several other travelers, stuck as we were, and some of the hardest hit locals, many of whom lost their homes and possessions in the flooding.

Additionally, because of the power outage, the Inn prepared all of the food in their kitchen that would have spoiled, and offered it up to everyone in the town, free of charge. After their own supplies ran out, they continued to cook large pot luck diners, consisting of food brought in by locals and businesses who had lost refrigeration. Each of these meals were served to a few hundred people free of charge.

It seemed like the two never stopped working to help those in need and to make sure that the people in town had food and shelter when possible. It was one of the most generous acts of kindness and optimism I've ever seen.

For the most part, this was indicative of the town in general. Our group was stranded for three nights in Rochester, and we interacted with many of the locals. All of the business owners displayed the same friendly and welcoming demeanor as the Huntington's proprietors. Random people on the street knew that we were from out of town, and they would walk up to us, give us updates on the situation, and just have friendly conversation. The demeanor remained incredibly calm and civil in the face of uncertainty.

We hope to stay at here again when we travel through the area, hopefully during the upcoming ski season. The local authorities planned to have power and phones restored within another 3 to 5 days, and while rebuilding the roads and bridges will take much, much longer, the sense of community and concern for ones neighbors left no doubt that Rochester will be back on its feet in no time. Our many thanks go out to Scott and Bobby and the rest of Rochester.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights one weekend last October when we were climbing Camel's Hump; one of the only places that had last-minute availability for peak foliage season, though I'm not sure why: it's awesome! One of the only rooms left was a 2 twin room, but we made-do and pushed the beds together the first night, and moved them back for the second since it didn't really matter. Super homey feel to the rooms, and the restaurant and bar/tavern were invitingly warm and slightly more modern than the rooms, though still had that Vermont feel. Love it.

Breakfast was one of the best I've ever had. It was awesome having such a quiet dining room and being able to look out onto the park/lawn area that sits in front of the inn.

We arrived fairly late the first night, but with the restaurant still open, they were super nice enough to serve us coffee and let us order a dessert. Great pumpkin cheesecake! We then went out to star-gaze and saw a ton of shooting stars. So nice to have darkness and see the sky! It was also nice and quiet, though during the morning there was a nice crowd at the local coffee shops and bookstore. It's a town we would have never thought to visit, but we're super glad we did and will be booking a followup trip for this summer. It's location is very convenient, and isn't a far drive from Stowe/Waterbury area. It's nice being away from the typical tourist stops in Vermont.

The friendly service is what you expect at a B&B, but they were truly great. We can't wait to get back and can't wait to try the restaurant next time after having such an awesome breakfast! This is going to be our go-to VT getaway spot.

Free parking in back; plenty of space.

Room Tip: Room 6 has 2 twins, but it's not a deal breaker!
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

We booked the Huntington House for two nights on the recommendation of a friend with a summer home in the area. We wanted to explore the area and didn't want to afford the B&Bs in Woodstock. When we arrived, we found that the inn had been recently sold and the new owner was basically scrambling to get up to speed. The location is remote and fairly isolated, so finding that they'd just decided not to serve meals on Tuesdays was a bit inconvenient. Thank goodness it wasn't the evening we arrived, or we'd really have been stuck. The inn is quite attractive, and has both formal and informal dining rooms, with food coming from the same kitchen. Our dinner the first night and 2 breakfasts were quite good. Our rooms were on the third floor of the house and it was a struggle up the stairs with baggage, but the rooms were very pretty. The bathrooms are tight up there and in need of some repairs, so one would hope the new management will take care of those things. He is an experienced innkeeper, and very friendly, but it was clear that he's playing catch-up right now. It's a lovely LITTLE town, with a nice cafe and bookstore, but plan carefully if you're gong to be there on Tuesdays!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: 19 Huntington Pl, in the Green Mountains, Rochester, VT 05767-5002
Region: United States > Vermont > Rochester
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rochester
Number of rooms: 6

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