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Brass Lantern Inn
Ranked #2 of 22 Stowe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Walpole, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Another fantastic stay at Brass Lantern!”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Brass Lantern for the second year in a row and loved it again! The service and quality here is consistent and the breakfast is always delicious. The Inn is located a quick walk from the center of Stowe and about a 30 minute drive from Burlington and Lake Champlain. I highly recommend staying here and plan to go back next year!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 8 October 2012
Thank you for your return stay. We appreciate your return and thank you for the plans to return again. Your comments are priceless to our small, family owned/operated business and we never take our service to you for granted. Thanks for taking the time to post such wonderful comments.

See you soon,
Mary Anne and George
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

What more could I add that has not been already said by other reviewers. The moment we were greeted by George I knew all the reviews I had read couldn't be more true. He is so genuinely helpful, attentive, kind. Never met such Inn keeper. The Inn is very conveniently located only a few minutes from town. It was such a treat to see my favourite mountain to hike in the horizon. We stayed for two nights, and the Inn had no vacancies during our stay while other places did in town during our stay, that should tell you something. Due to having booked our stay very late, the first night we stayed in the Pinnacle room, and the second night got a smaller one, the Roundtop Mountain room. The first room is facing the mountain, is roomy, and I'll book this one for our next stay. The second room is facing the road, has no tv, and probably if it wasn't for the aircon I would have heard the cars pass by. The breakfast, the afternoon cookies and lemonade are a treat! Walking around Stowe we saw many Inns and hotels, but I can't imagine staying anywhere else next time we're in Vermont.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 8 October 2012
We are so glad to read that our B&B felt like home. This is a primary goals of ours. We appreciate very much the kind words regarding our love of this lifestyle. We also appreciate your understanding and willingness to relocate rooms during your stay (and our busy summer season in our 9 guest room Inn). The second room you were in is a very popular room for our guests that are looking for maximum value - all the amenities (minus those mountain views from the room) and the attentive service you note. And while Maple Street is fairly active during the day we are in northern Vermont where it is quite peaceful at night, i.e. not much traffic at off hours.

Thanks again for the very kind words and we truly hope to host you again soon!

Best,
Mary Anne and George
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We came to Stowe for a wedding and stayed at the Brass Lantern B&B last weekend. It had been "checked out" by the bride and her report was that it was a lovely place to stay. It exceeded all expectations. Often times pictures lie. The Inn is as charming and spotless as it appears in the photos. Our host, George, was very welcoming and upon our arrival he very generously gave us tickets for the 1st Stowe Weekend Festival. Because of the wedding and wedding related festivities we were not able to spend as much time at the Festival and Inn as we would have liked.
The 3 course breakfasts were amazing. The room was beautiful and the bed was so, so comfortable. We would give the Brass Lantern 10 stars if the rating went that high. We look forward to our next stay at the Brass Lantern Inn.

Val & Ken Baker
Scituate, MA

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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
I'm sure I have said this in a previous response but you two felt like lifelong friends within minutes of being here. You were so very gracious and understanding of Mary Anne's need to be away from the Inn for a family emergency. I know she is sorry she missed the opportunity to meet you both. Your very kind words and time to put this online ("after you were home!") is very much appreciated. We trust that our sincere, "Thank You" explains just how much we value your stay and our chance to host you. We very much look forward to hosting you again.

Best,
George and Mary Anne
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We ended up for one night (we wished it was longer) due to a cancelled bike trip in Vermont. We stayed in the Madonna Peak room which was large and had a great view of the Green Mountains. Mary Anne (who let me call her Mary Beth the whole time) and George were incredibly welcoming hosts. We loved the afternoon cookies, sweets and other refreshments. Mary Anne gave us great information about Stowe and places we might enjoy. But the one thing that I have raved about to everyone about our stay was our breakfast. We were lucky enough to be there the morning they were serving Belgian waffles with Maple Bacon Ice Cream. The other tables thought we were crazy but they really missed a unique treat. Who doesn't love ice cream for breakfast? The waffles were cooked to a crispy outside and tender inside with a scoop of the ice cream. We also ordered their special blueberry syrup just in case so we had the best of both toppings. We started breakfast with a parfait of fruit and we were also served herb scrambled eggs with the waffle but the waffle stole the show. We had a great time chatting with Mary Anne and the other guests during breakfast. We also had a delightful conversation with George and Mary Anne when we were checking out. This was one of the best B&Bs we have ever stayed at. If I could I would rate the Brass Latern Inn a Excellent PLUS rating.

Room Tip: Madonna Peak is a great room. It takes a number of stairs to get to so if that is an issue check on...
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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
We very much enjoyed even your brief stay here at the Brass Lantern Inn. What a treat to be able to share bike touring stories.

And yes, how about that Maple Bacon Ice Cream over Belgian Style Waffles? We think it is a great combo and even a bit more decadent with a topping of maple blueberry sauce on top... (and this was on the menu for this morning!).

Again, though brief we had a wonderful time chatting with you and know that we could fill evenings on the back porch sharing stories with you both. Thank you so much for your delightfully kind words and consideration for another stay. We truly hope to see you again soon and next time for a bit longer to let you sample some of our other breakfast treats.

Appreciatively,
George and Mary Anne
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St. Bruno, Quebec
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

My family and I have been visiting Stowe on and off for over 25 years because we simply love Vermont and everything it has to offer. A recent stay at the Brass Lantern - my second in just two months - confirmed my initial impression of the warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere at the inn. After enjoying the first visit there with my husband, I brought a friend who was in need of some long overdue R & R, telling her "I know just the place for you..." Needless to say, we weren't disappointed. Mary Anne and George are delightful - professional, efficient, friendly and accommodating in a way that elevates the term hospitality to a whole new level. They go to great lengths to ensure that every detail is taken care of and their genuine, people-minded approach is an inspiration. Highlights included the delicious breakfasts, afternoon tea, charming and comfortable accommodations, beautuful scenery and of course, my jar of Purely Patrick cookie mix to take home. I came away from that weekend, feeling as though I had shared a very special gift with my friend, and hope to return there with more of my loved ones in the future. I can just picture my daughter at the piano in the parlour or both my girls oohing and aahing over the beautuful furnishings and comfy beds, not to mention those yummy breakfasts! When I think of the Brass Lantern, I must say I agree with Patrick - It truly is Hakuna Matata!

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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
Josie - it is us who are so very thankful that you found us. And a little secret - when we feel that guests understand and appreciate our efforts it doesn't feel like work. It is just wonderful music to our ears to hear that our details mean so much to you. That reward is truly invaluable.

And how do we thank you enough for your outreach of kindness and care to our family and Patrick in particular? You are so right, Patrick has taught us the fine art of Hakuna Matat - no worries for the rest of your days...

Thank you for making our day then and now as we respond to your wonderful review. Wow, your entire family here? That would be wonderful and we would appreciate the Inn filled with music!

Best Wishes Always,
George and Mary Anne
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We started looking on line for B & B's in Stowe. We came across this Inn and from the description decided we would give it a try. It was as fantastic as the website described it to be. George and Mary Ann are fantastic and gracious hosts. We wanted to go to a free concert the first night we were there and in talking about that with George he offered to put lawn chairs in the car so we would not need to sit on the ground. They were always willing to offer suggestions according to your desires for your time in Stowe. We were not steered wrong with anything we decided to do from their recommendations. The two waterfalls close by are beautiful. The breakfasts were fantastic. Maple Bacon Ice Cream on waffles, who would have thought how tasty that would be. There was plenty of food offered. The afternoon drinks and sweets were also greatly appreciated. Our only regret is that we only had two nights to stay at the Brass Lantern Inn.

Room Tip: Room #2 (Spruce Peak?) was very quiet, spacious and had a beautiful view of Mount Mansfield.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
Thank you for your kind words. We like that combo of Maple Bacon Ice Cream and waffles. Sounds like a perfect match for a breakfast in Vermont! We are glad you had a great time exploring Stowe. We were inspired by how much of our area you were able to see during your stay. I'm sure we can suggest even more for your return trip! How about some snowshoeing?! It won't be long till we break out the winter gear and explore this area in a whole new season.

Thank you for your review and time to post. Always very much appreciated and never, ever taken for granted.

Kindest Regards,
George and Mary Anne
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

Our only complaint -- entirely our fault -- was that we should have booked a longer vacation at the Brass Lantern. We planned a three-day, two-night getaway to take a quick breather from a hectic time at home in Montreal. But after the warmth and hospitality that we encountered from the moment we phoned to make the reservation, we realized that we should have arranged to stay longer -- something we'll definitely do when we return.
What amazed us was the personal, friendly touch that we felt in everything that our hosts, George and Mary Ann, did for us. At many bed-and-breakfasts, the attitude often is, "Here's your key. Breakfast is at 8:00." At the Brass Lantern, we truly felt as if we were being invited into someone's home and were being pampered. Everything was immaculate, from our bedroom to the dining room. We got a "homey" feeling from the coziness of the parlour, with its comfortable couches and large library of books and magazines. We also have special dietary needs, but at no time did George or Mary Ann make us feel as if we were inconveniencing them. They invited us to use the spotless small fridge and microwave oven (that all guests can use) in an area off the dining room. We also ate our lunches and dinners (food that we had brought or bought) on one of the outdoor tables overlooking the enormous back lawn and George's beautiful flower and herb garden. Coincidentally, it was very helpful that a supermarket is located a five-minute walk from the Brass Lantern -- close enough to be convenient, but not so close that it disturbs the inn's idyllic atmosphere.
Incidentally, the gorgeous back lawn and the mountains in the distance set the stage for a wonderful, scenic breakfast as you sit in the dining room and enjoy the view through the large picture window from your table.
Mary Ann also sets a nice table in the dining area with snacks in the afternoon: hot and cold beverages, and home-made pastries.
Since our tastes are very simple, we chose the inn's smallest room, but it had exactly the charm and coziness we were hoping for. But what did size matter, when we spent our (too short) time reading, lounging and taking a long walk on a nature trail? All in all, we couldn't have asked for more -- except more time, and that's something we'll correct in our next getaway.

Room Tip: Go the Brass Lantern's website and browse the rooms. All nicely-appointed and it was the pattern...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brasslantern, Owner at Brass Lantern Inn, responded to this review, 3 September 2012
We are always so very happy to read when a guest feels as though they are truly at "home" when staying here. I hope you understand that we get just as much reward from hosting you and we hope you felt for your brief get-away. We know how hard it was for you to leave and we were so very touched by our conversations and the gift of the ice cream on your departure - how very nice of you!

I enjoyed the conversations about art, the theater and so many other various subjects on the back patio.

You added so much warmth and spirit to our Inn during your stay and we truly hope you will bring it back soon! Thank you for your stay and especially for the very kind words on our behalf.

Best,
George and Mary Anne
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Property: Brass Lantern Inn
Address: 717 Maple St, Stowe, VT 05672-4250
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Region: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Brass Lantern Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We welcome you to our ca. 1810 brick farmhouse that has been respectfully and warmly renovated into a nine guest room Bed & Breakfast. All of our guest rooms include private bathrooms. Most have gas fired fireplaces, cozy sitting areas and spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain Range. We understand how important and precious your time away is and we work diligently to meet those expectations. See our reviews then see for yourself. ... more   less 
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