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College town Middlebury lies in mid-Vermont at the foot of the
Green Mountains, in the beautiful Champlain River Valley. Some of the
best farmland in the mountainous state surrounds Middlebury. The town
has one of the most intact historic districts in New England. For that
reason its three village greens, four churches and more than 700 heritage
buildings are well worth a visit. Otter Creek contributes greatly to
the community's charm. Waters tumble over scenic Otter Creek Falls into
a deep basin that is best seen from a footbridge linking Frog Hollow
and the Marble Works. Because Middlebury is a college town it has a
bustling, vibrant atmosphere but without any city-type clatter and clutter.
Inn sits in the centre of the downtown area on a hill overlooking a
white steepled Church, historic area and pretty treed square. The Inn's
roots began in 1827 when Nathan Wood constructed a public house, calling
it the Vermont House. By 1927, the imposing red brick structure, known
as Middlebury Inn, was the premier mid-valley hostelry.
Today travelers still enjoy the charm and amenities of a nineteenth
century inn. Visitors are given the chose of accommodation in three
properties, all part of the Inn complex. Accommodation is offered in
the Main House, the c1825 Porter House Mansion and a contemporary on-property
motel. Rooms, including those in the motel, are beautifully decorated
in keeping with the up-scale ambiance of the historic Inn.
Inn is the epitome of hospitality. We arrived in time for complimentary
afternoon tea, served between 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. and enjoyed a cuppa'
in comfortable chairs by a cosy hearth-fire. Our room was on the second
floor, overlooking the square. One of the nicest features was windows
that opened to let in cool night breezes. The room had an air conditioner
but we love the type of fresh air that can only be gotten by opening
windows. Furnishings were tastefully done and in keeping with the historic
nature of the Inn. The bed was comfortable too.
are served in the elegant and comfortable Founders Room or in the more
casual atmosphere of the Morgan Tavern, Rose Room and Front Porch. During
the busiest season, reservations are highly recommended for dining.
If the Founders Room is offering their Old English Carvery, do enjoy
it. The evening we dined, hubby had roast tip of sirloin which was melt-in-your-mouth
good. My choice was thick-sliced hickory smoked ham. Hubby started with
beef vegetable soup while I opted for their delicious chilled strawberry
cup. If chilled blueberry cup is on the menu, do try it too. Home-made
apple pie with a generous slice of Vermont cheese rounded out a superb
Things to do and see in the area include Vermont Folk Art Center, Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Centre, Historic Marble Works, The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, Vermont Soapworks, Robert Frost Interpretive Trail and the Sheldon Museum. If you're yearning for Italian food, Angela's Italian Restaurant comes highly recommended. Try their shrimp pasta, any dish they prepare that boasts shrimp is great.
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