Well yes, the main dining room is elegant, very proper, and a bit stuffy — but make a reservation anyway and request an outdoor table! This is a place to be savored! The sunsets are breathtaking and, if you arrive early, you can stroll along the magnificent gardens alongside the cliffs above Lake Champlain. Or, on a rainy evening, sit by the fire in one of several libraries. You will never be rushed out the door, so plan on a dining "experience."
The food ranges from perfection to good, and I am not sure how one would know, unless you pointedly ask the waitress. The service is quite slow, and on a busy night, plan to eat at a very relaxed pace. We recommend going for breakfast where you won't have to spend a small fortune and you can enjoy the better part of the day on the grounds, without paying for a night's stay in their Inn. The food at breakfast is usually very good, made with local produce and bread from their onsite bakery. Their oatmeal always gets rave reviews as does their French toast. And they always have the freshest vegetables and berries incorporated into their interesting menu.
On their best days or evenings, you will be treated to an impeccably prepared meal in a setting that is not to be missed. On their less stellar days, there is so much to enjoy that your meal's imperfections won't detract from a memorable experience.
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