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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Windham Hill Hotel West Townshend
- Windham Hill Inn Vermont/West Townshend