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“Another great visit to the WHI”
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Windham Hill Inn
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Dallas, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Another great visit to the WHI”
Reviewed 12 October 2007

My husband and I made our 2nd trip to the Windham Hill Inn over Labor Day weekend . We stayed 4 nights in the General Fletcher room in the White Barn (we previously had stayed in the Main Inn in the Treehouse Room). We had dinner at the Inn 2 nights.

It was another great trip - we simply cannot say enough positive things about this inn. The room was fantastic. Having now stayed in both the Main Inn and the Barn, I can say that we definitely preferred the Barn. It was more private and quiet than the Main Inn, which is where the restaurant is located. Both are very nice but the Barn won out for us. The bed was comfortable and the amenities (CD player, bath products, etc..) were very nice. It even got cool enough (at least for us) to use the fireplace some - we really enjoyed sitting by the fire and having a nice glass of red wine. The General Fletcher also has a balcony with a great view of the hills and gardens. The inn's friendly dogs would sometime come up the balcony steps and sit with us while we read.

We had dinner twice at the Inn and thoroughly enjoyed both dinners. My husband has recently become something of a wine snob (at least he thinks so) and it was a real pleasure to talk to Joe and get his input on the wine selection. Our first night we splurged on an amazing bottle of french wine. The wine list (winner of Wine Spectator awards) is one of the main reasons we love the WHI. The food is also excellent and both dinners were delightful.

We took advantage of the Inn's "summer fun package" and it turned out to be a great deal. It included 2 dinners, room for 2 nights and a horseback ride, which turned out to be a lot of fun even though neither of us are "horse people." I know the inn does other packages and they really are a good bargain. Ours even included a basket with baseball caps, bug spray and suntan lotion.

We also went hiking on some of the inn's trails. I will say that the blue trail behind the inn is not for those with bad knees or in really bad shape. The steep section was extremely strenuous. We hiked down to see the waterfall, which was nice but just be aware that going back up the steep section is a doozy (but at least you're working off all the food and wine from the night before).

As usual, the staff was friendly and helpful but w/o being over bearing. Joe's knowledge of wine was a real plus for us, too. His wife is also very gracious and available to answer any questions. For the most part, everyone is happy to help but they let you enjoy your privacy - you get to decide how much contact you want with staff and the other guests.

Overall, it was a relaxing and wonderful trip. So far we have seen the inn during the fall and the summer. We're looking at our schedules to see when we can squeeze in another trip there next year - maybe spring or even winter!

  • Liked — Rooms, restaurant, wine list
  • Disliked — Pool
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Boston
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2007

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at the Windham Hill Inn - we spent the first night in the Robyn Whitney room and the following two nights in the North Loft room.

We had an incredible stay - the Inn itself is wonderful and the grounds are beautifully maintained. We spent most of our time hiking and just relaxing by the pool, but also ventured in the surrounding towns to explore a bit of the area. We had dinner at the Inn on two nights and the food was delicious.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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516 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2007

We stayed 2 nights at the Nathan Lawrence Room. It had a great soaking tub and very nice French toiletries including soaking salts. The views of the mountains were breathtaking.

The cuisine was excellent. Breakfasts were delicious, beautiffully served and very filling. The homemade biscotti were divine. I am sorry I only tried them on our last day. Dinners were superb. We dined both nights and were very happy that we did. The ''prix fix" menus were a good choice (4 courses $50. and on Tuesdays, 3 courses for $35). If you like chocolate don't miss the "chocolate dome" for dessert. There were delicious treats every day between 1:30- 5:00 including coffee and tea. Also a cheese and crackers tray in the evening.

The swimming pool was a nice retreat after a long day of driving in the countryside.

The inkeepers were amable and visible. The labradors so loving....

The only complaint was that the air conditioning in our room was not cooling well. We let them know inmediately but the problem persisted both nights. Too bad because everything else was great.

Overall a great stay. Recommended!!!!!!

  • Liked — Cuisine & views.
  • Disliked — air conditioning in bedroom
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank trvlbufElmhurst
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New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2007

My husband and I visited vermont for a weekend of relaxation & absolutely LOVED the Windham Hill Inn. We stayed in the Matilda Lawrence room, which was great. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy & cloudy that weekend, but the views from the room would have been beautiful had it been sunny or even snowy. We hiked on their trail, walked around the premises, even played Scrabble (they have boardgames in their lounge area). Their breakfast & dinner were outstanding! Everything was very clean as well. Overall, a great place for a peaceful getaway.

  • Stayed January 2007
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1 Thank heysarahbeth
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London, UK
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2006

Stayed in the Marion Goodfellow room for one night over a weekend in May - the wildflowers were just starting to bloom and enjoyed the scenic drive up from Boston.
The room we stayed in was gorgeous - the cupola with its 360 degree views was pretty special, and after reading the guest book, seemed like everyone else thought so, too. The large whirlpool tub in the bathroom was also fantastic.

We started the hike around the grounds in sandals and it was far too trecherous for us - I've heard the waterfall is pretty special, but not for the faint at heart.

Our dinner was excellent - fresh, local ingredients, and a fabulous wine list. They had an impressive selection of Washington Reds - try the Woodward Canyon Old Vines cab if they still have it - purple inky color and long, tannic finish (almost 15% alcohol) that goes on and on. I've taken my girlfriend to tons of fantastic restaurants in London and she still maintains this meal was one of the best she's ever had.

I would come back for the wine list / food alone, and the excellent setting makes this a place to return to again and again.

  • Liked — Food, wine, and Cupola
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — They have some great packages off peak including meals and accomodation
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank dbesser
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Englewood, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2006

We recently spent a weekend at WHI. It was a great experience from the minute we arrived until we departed. The owners/innkeepers, Joe and Marina, are active in running the inn. They are friendly, capable, and solicitious without being overbearing. We stayed in the white barn annex in a room which was clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. The same can be said of both buildings which comprise WHI. There are lots of flowers which add color to the grounds, in addition to foot paths to take you around the property. The staff is pleasant and does a good job. The real jewel here is the dining room. The dinner menu has varied entrees which are fresh, tasty, and presented in an attractive manner. The service is efficient and friendly, with Joe on hand to assist. The wine menu has something for everyone, and equal to what you find in a fine reataurant. Joe made two wine selections for dinner, both of which well complimented our meals. (He has a future in his next life as excellent sommelier.) A healthy/hearty breakfast was included in the cost of our room. All in all, our stay at WHI left nothing to be desired. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Liked — Comfortable
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank wjh
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New York
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2005

My husband and I stayed here in March of 2005 for a ski weekend and loved every aspect of the Inn. Secluded location, but a manageable drive to Stratton and Mount Snow. The converted barn is absolutely adorable -- quaint and cozy -- as is the main inn. The West Room, where we stayed, is perhaps one of the smaller rooms, but beautifully decorated, clean and charming, with a fireplace and skylights. The restaurant was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Overall service was great. An excellent choice for a romantic place to get away from it all. I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2005
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7 Thank Wanderer30
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Property: Windham Hill Inn
Address: 311 Lawrence Dr, West Townshend, VT 05359-9715
Region: United States > Vermont > West Townshend
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in West Townshend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Windham Hill Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Twenty-one guest rooms individually designed and decorated, furnished with antiques and locally crafted furniture. All rooms have luxury baths, some with jetted spa tubs. Most rooms are fitted with queen or king size bed, amenities including luxurious bath towels and thick terry robes, hair dryers and fine bath toiletries. Several rooms with private porch or window seats and 15 of the rooms feature fireplaces. Unique style lifts each room above the extraordinary, with stunning views across the gardens. Rates include full three-course gourmet breakfast and afternoon sweets with complimentary beverages. ... more   less 
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