The Hartness House Tavern celebrates reopening with Fall Music Series


Hartness House. Photo courtesy of
Hartness House. Photo courtesy of

SPRINGFIELD, Vt., – The Hartness House Inn, a historic 40-room inn located in Springfield, Vt., is celebrating the relaunch of its on-site restaurant. Previously known as The Governor’s Room, this 50-seat restaurant has reopened to the public as the Hartness House Tavern, and features fresh, local ingredients with a focus on utilizing products grown or produced in the state of Vermont. To celebrate the relaunch and to kick off the fall season, The Tavern will be open for dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m., and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with live music every Thursday night beginning September 29.

The restaurant concept reflects a passion for locally sourced products from Vermont and a commitment to local businesses; with all renovation work done by local vendors. Upon walking into the restaurant, you’re immediately greeted with bright white pine floors from a local sawmill. The bar and dining area are visually tied together by reclaimed wood throughout, also locally sourced. The finishing touches include upcycled light fixtures made from old wind turbines and iron pipes, complete with pressure sensors. The walls of the restaurant are adorned with bright paintings by local artist, Jamie Townsend.

Leading the charge of Hartness House Tavern is Chef Nicholas Matush. Matush graduated from the New England Culinary Institute’s satellite campus in the British Virgin Islands. Nick has worked at restaurants across the country and the Caribbean, including Joseph’s Table, in Taos, NM, and Little Palm Island Resort, Little Torch Key, FL. Nick furthered his culinary adventure by working on farms in Ecuador and the Caribbean. After spending time working alongside the locals on remote farms, he realized his true passion, a “farm-fresh, local” approach to cuisine. This passion extends beyond the kitchen to the heart of how the food is grown, and the importance of utilizing local ingredients. “I like to cook using local product, sending people on a flavor adventure around the world,” says Matush.

Hartness House Tavern captures the essence of this approach and a commitment to sustainability. “I believe in supporting as many local businesses and farms as possible, our main purveyors being Black River Produce and the surrounding farms,” explains Matush. Crowd favorite items include Dirty Potatoes, oven roasted potatoes tossed with Vermont-grown maple sausage, Plymouth Cheese’s Hunter crumbles, and herbed aioli, and a Grass-Fed Beef Patty, Willis Wood’s grass-fed beef, Grafton Village Cheese’s Smoked Cheddar, Orchard Hill Bread Works bun, carmelized onion ketchup, with fried broken potatoes. The menu changes frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients available from the local sources.

To celebrate the reopening of the restaurant and the new fall hours, the Hartness House Tavern will feature live music every Thursday night from Thursday, September 29 through the end of October. Music acts will feature bands from the greater New England area, with an acoustic set by Hayley Jane, of Hayley Jane and the Primates, kicking it off on September 29 from 6-9 p.m. After dinner service on Saturday nights, diners can finish their evening with a guided tour of the underground tunnels. Dinner reservations are recommended.

The Hartness House Inn & Tavern is a historic 40-room inn located in Springfield, VT, with a new 50-seat restaurant featuring fresh, local ingredients. Formerly owned by VT Governor, James Hartness, the inn is also home to the Hartness Telescope, one of first tracking telescopes in America, as well as the underground Hartness Russell Porter Amateur Astronomy Museum. The inn offers Tunnel and Telescope Tours daily for inn guests. For more information, please visit, follow the Hartness House Inn & Tavern on Facebook, @HartnessHouse/, or call 802-885-2115.

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