For our first trip together my fellow and I decided to try to reverse the Labor Day stream, instead of the beach, we headed to the mountains. Neither of us had ever been to VT in the summer, though he had spent winters skiing there as a child. After we narrowed down the regions we'd be up for driving to (we live about 5hrs away from Waterbury) we searched all inn's in the region and read LOTS of reviews. After staying at The Old Stagecoach, the only thing we didn't understand, were the very few negative reviews they received. We had a fantastic time. Booking a trip anywhere for Labor Day Weekend can be tricky. Several inns we contacted told us they were booked or using their "holiday" (read: more expensive) rates for the weekend. When I contacted The Old Stagecoach late on a weeknight, John the owner wrote me a responding email early the next morning telling me there was only one room left for the dates we were requesting, and he put in a tentative reservation for us so we wouldn't lose it. No one else, and we contacted MANY places, offered that courtesy. We stayed in Room 3, a pleasant sized room for 2 with en-suite sink (which is unbelievably nice to have when you have to share the full bath down the hall). The room had an A/C unit in the window but we used the ceiling fan, and they also had a small plug-in sitting on the trunk at the end of the bed that was a very welcome "personalized" breeze for us at night.
The breakfasts, as advertised by lovers and... not-so-lovers alike, was *incredible*. You are provided with a full menu of options and then the staff will also throw in a couple of specials that really do change each morning. All the food is prepared by innkeeper John. You are able to order as much breakfast as you think you can realistically eat... we may have ordered a little more than that. We had a couple of food allergies to deal with and John was more than happy to accommodate us. The cinnamon rolls at the breakfast buffet were so good, I was given a parcel of them in foil for the long ride home. I will mention though, the inn was built in 1826, the walls are thin, when John started cooking at 6:30-6:45am, you knew exactly what was being served that morning, as the smells will chase you all over the building, and straight into bed! So much for sleeping late. The rooms were all bright and clean (we checked out a few that we weren't staying in before others moved in), the bathroom was clean, the pillows were comfy (two soft, two hard, on our bed), there was ample soap, shampoo, and clean towels.
One thing that we did especially like was the vibe of "this is an inn, you're welcome here, it's a cozy environment, but we don't consider you our house guests." We were greeted each morning and afternoon as we passed by, but not cornered into making small talk or made to feel inconsiderate when we arrived "home" late a couple of nights. The only downside to our trip was one evening we thought we had lost our key to our room and we were literally unable to reach anyone (meaning John or Jack who live in an adjacent building to the inn) to let them know we were stuck. Although there was a sign saying "Ring Buzzer for Assistance" that is put on the check-in counter after-hours, the buzzer doesn't seem to actually ring in a place where anyone who could help you can hear it. Lesson learned, DON'T LOSE YOUR KEYS!
We really appreciated the personal but still decorous atmosphere. Sophie their African Gray parrot fell in love with my companion, they spent long periods of time coming up with complex whistles for each other, which they would mimic back and forth before coming up with a new pattern. Max the dachshund was rather stoic, but he will oblige to roll over for a good belly rub if coaxed. The location is incredibly convenient, seconds from I-89, rte 100 and about 200ft from "town" - with several excellent restaurants (try the bbq joint Prohibition Pig, note it gets crowded fast and early! or The Reservoir, with one of the best veggie burgers, fresh made daily, that either of us had ever had). The valley is charming, the people were so pleasant, and the inn was everything you look for from an experience like that. We'll certainly be there again, John,Jack, Max and Sophie were fantastic hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Stagecoach Inn, an historic bed and breakfast was built in 1826, and is conveniently located in the heart of Waterbury Village. Formerly a tavern, stagecoach stop, and private residence, it is currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Walking distance from local restaurants and shops, enjoy a leisurely dinner or visit a local pub without having to get into your car. Eleven tastefully decorated and comfortable guest rooms and Vermont's best country breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Stagecoach Hotel Waterbury