Whether you visit in the snowy winter, the blooming springtime, the blissful summer, or the colorful autumn, Vermont should be added to every U.S. traveler’s bucket list. The New England towns here are quaint, historic, and very friendly, and there are lots of locally owned places to make your home base. For a more intimate and local experience in Vermont, forget the familiar hotel chains and stay at one of the lovely bed & breakfast inns instead!
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The history of the Inn at Manchester dates back to the late-1800s, and it is a family-run inn with a contemporary flair in Southern Vermont. It’s located between the Green and Taconic Mountains and just a few minutes from charming downtown Manchester. Guests can enjoy homecooked breakfasts, relax in rocking chairs on the front porch, and meet new friends in the living-room style pub. There are 21 guestrooms here, including 12 suites, and some of them have their own private sitting rooms and fireplaces. It’s easy to get outside and active when you stay here as well with fly fishing in the Mettawee and Battenkill rivers, hiking, biking, and skiing.
The Jackson House Inn is an elegant and upscale Victorian house with many historical features and a welcoming country vibe. It is a romantic spot for a couple’s weekend getaway and near the town of Woodstock. The breakfasts served here feature fresh and organic ingredients, and the landscaped gardens span about three acres of outdoor space. People come here to see the fall foliage, hike part of the Appalachian Trail, watch artisans create beautiful furniture and pottery, and taste some of the finest cheese and craft beer in the country. Pets and kids under 12 are not generally allowed, and all rooms and suites can accommodate just two guests.
This B&B is in an 1850s home and near the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club, making it a lovely place to stay for golf enthusiasts. Guests will enjoy the beauty of the Green Mountains while staying at this boutique B&B that specializes in personalized service. It’s a quiet haven that really allows you to experience the peace and serenity of the Vermont countryside. There are nine rooms here that are all individually decorated and equipped with Wi-Fi. You can expect to be served a delicious three-course breakfast each morning and also get to try some excellent local Vermont beverages at the Quaich Single Malt Scotch Bar. It’s easy to explore the nearby towns of Warren and Waitsfield when you stay at West Hill House.
The Stone House Inn is set on nine beautifully wooded acres of land and only a few miles from the ski slopes. Skiers love this inn because the Vermont Ski Museum is close by too. This is a romantic and luxurious inn that’s quiet and really allows you to slow down the pace of live. The B&B rooms are equipped with king-size beds, fireplaces, and double Jacuzzis. Guests will enjoy breakfasts in a bright and inviting dining room with high ceilings and lots of windows. You can even enjoy a tasty mimosa or Bloody Mary with your breakfast here. Mt. Mansfield is less than 10 minutes away for skiing, and there are many other adventure activities to check out in the other seasons too, such as kayaking, zip lining, and whitewater rafting.
A recommended waterfront B&B option in Vermont is the Inn on Putney Road, which is a top-rated bed & breakfast in Brattleboro. Like many places in Vermont, this inn is an ideal jumping-off point for hiking, canoeing, biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. On the first Friday of each month, join the locals for a celebration of art in the downtown area. Interestingly, this land once belonged to the Vermont Asylum for the Insane and was later transformed into a retreat with French Baronial architecture to make it resemble a French chateau. All room stays include a full gourmet breakfast and access to an indoor hot tub with fireplace, free parking, billiard table, sun room, conservatory, and direct access to trails from the yard.
This Shrewsbury B&B is set on a 120-acre plot of land and near the iconic Shrewsbury Peak. It’s another lovely and romantic B&B in the Green Mountains, and it offers panoramic views of the soothing terrain. The Crisanver House is set in a 200-year-old farmhouse that has been reconstructed and refurbished to make the guestrooms upscale, artistic, and elegant. You’ll be close to the micro-brewery trail and craft cheese trail when you stay here, which is perfect for foodies. Hiking trails, bocce ball, tennis, and shuffleboard are just a short walk away.
Here is a 1792 home in Weathersfield that serves as a quaint B&B with an excellent farm-to-table restaurant. Each guestroom stay includes a full cooked-to-order, three-course breakfast for two, which is available from 8am to 10am each morning. The inn is about 20 miles from the town of Woodstock and 15 miles from Ludlow’s Okemo Ski Resort. There are 12 guestrooms at the Inn at Weathersfield, all of which have private baths and access to the full bar and hands-on cooking classroom. Live music is performed on Fridays, and a tasting menu is available on weekends.
Heart of the Village Inn is located in a Queen Anne-style home that dates back to 1886. It’s a great place to stay to explore the Shelburne and Burlington areas and has nine individually decorated guest rooms. When you stay here, it’s easy to walk to Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green and the Shelburne Museum. You’ll also receive coupons and discounts to local attractions and enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast made to order with locally sourced ingredients.
The Swift House Inn used to be a governor’s mansion but is now an upscale B&B in Middlebury. The inn is made up of three historic buildings and is just a short walk away from the attractions in town. There are 20 unique rooms here, many of which include jetted tubs and fireplaces. While staying here, be sure to check out the Otter Creek Brewery, Lincoln Peak Winery, Woodchuck Hard Cider, and bike along the low-traffic country roads.