BLUE GENTIAN LODGE – Ken Alberti and Lisa Sicotte have owned the Blue Gentian Lodge, located in Londonderry, since 1994. Magic Mountain can be seen from the back of the thirteen-room lodge. Lisa said occasionally a moose meanders down to the pond. The cozy Alpine lodge is available for retreats, events and family reunions. Visit www.bluegentian.com or call 802-824-5908
CASTLE HILL RESORT & SPA – The stone building was built in 1901, and was completed in 1905 by Allen Fletcher. Fletcher also built the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow, and he donated the Fletcher Fields that are used for soccer and other sports today. The Castle was the first building in Vermont that was wired for electricity. It has beautiful character and detail in the woodwork on the walls, and all of the built-in hutches, buffets and mantles. What was once Allen’s office is now a private dining room with a beautiful chandelier, long decorative dining table, and original decadent windows.
The old billiard room has been transformed into a dining room, but still contains small doorways that housed billiard cues and balls. The oval room is connected, and continues into more dining space. There are 10 guest rooms. Across the parking lot is another building that used to be the carriage house, but today hosts a full Aveda Spa, just walking distance from the Castle Resort building for the convenience of guests.
The Castle is located at 171 Castle Hill Drive, right above the Pointe Hotel in Cavendish, Vt. and they can be reached at 802-226-7361.
ECHO LAKE INN – Tom Gianola is the owner the inn located at 2 Dublin Road in Ludlow, Vt. can be contacted at 802-228-8602. The inn was originally built in 1792, but a small portion of it burnt down, and was rebuilt in 1840. It sleeps approximately 100 guests in their rooms, as well as their condos, which are independently owned. Echo Lake Inn has been preserved to house an abundance of old character and charm, and many antiques from its original days. Calvin Coolidge was one of the famous guests, and there are plenty of pictures to show for it.
The two chefs at the Echo Lake Inn take pride in their work in their 4 star restaurant. It is open to the public and to their guests for breakfast and dinner.
GOLDEN STAGE INN – The Julie-Lynn and Michael Wood at the Golden Stage Inn have owned the inn for about six years. They have 8 bedrooms; 6 of which are standard size, and 2 family suites. Each room has it’s own unique style of wallpaper and bedding. But every room in the inn has a cozy, homey feel. The Golden Stage Inn is located at 399 Depot Street in Proctorsville, Vt. You can contact the Woods at 802-226-7744.
THE GRAFTON INN – Nestled within the quintessential Vermont village of Grafton, 7 miles from Chester. The hallmark of The Grafton Inn is more than the 45 elegant rooms, it is the warm hospitality given upon entering. Dining is open to the public and is available in the Old Tavern Restaurant or the Phelps Barn Pub. Visit www.graftoninnvermont.com or call 802-843-2248.
INN VICTORIA – located on the green in Chester has nine romantic suites. Visit www.innvictoria.com or call 802-875-4288 to book one of the rooms.
INN AT WEATHERSFIELD – located in Perkinsville, was established in 1792 as a stagecoach inn. All the thirteen rustic and luxurious rooms are named after Vermont covered bridges. Climb a spiral staircase to The Martins Mill room is on the third floor and discover the roof top deck, perfect for stargazing. Also available are cooking demonstrations at The Hidden Kitchen, a converted barn on the premises. Visit www.weathersfieldinn.com or call 802-263-9217
INN AT WESTON – Located at 630 Main Street in Weston; within walking distance of the Weston Playhouse and the Vermont Country Store. Visit www.innweston.com or call 802-824-6789 to book your stay in any of the three luxurious country accommodations.
STONE HEARTH INN & TAVERN – The 206 year old, Federal style inn is located on Route 11 west in Chester. The innkeepers, Francy and Sheldon, welcome you to enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire in the tavern. Visit www.stonehearthinnvermont.com or call 802-875-2525 to book one of the eight rooms.