Bed and Breakfast on Site of Former Sawmill and Farm
Before it was converted in 1967, the property now known as The Inn At Sawmill Farm served for more than 170 years as, well, a sawmill and then a farm. During the Southern Vermont estate’s transformation into an inn, the new owners retained as much of the original buildings as possible. The dairy barn’s hand-hewn posts and boards were repurposed in the new construction, and a portion of the barn’s old-fashioned red-and-white exterior became part of an interior hallway. The hayloft is now a library and game room, and sheep stalls were converted into bedrooms.
Antiques and quilts complement the down-home flavor of the inn, where 21 guest rooms are divvied up among several cottages dotting the 20-acre property. Tucked in the Green Mountains, the inn is located just a few minutes from Mount Snow, making it a tranquil home base for an outdoorsy retreat.
The Inn At Sawmill Farm’s main house includes its library, a living room with a fireplace and several couches, and the classic and deluxe rooms. Classic room #9 mixes floral and striped wallpapers beneath exposed white beams, and deluxe room #3 is one of the most spacious rooms available, with a separate sitting area and a private jetted tub. Hiking trails are located nearby.
The inn’s onsite restaurant, Nonna’s, serves traditional Italian dishes for dinner Thursday–Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Executive Chef Jeff Collins’s menu features Northern and Southern Italian staples along with fresh seafood.
West Dover, Vermont: Small Rural Town near Popular Ski Area
Tucked in the rural region of Vermont’s Mount Snow Valley, West Dover has a classic New England look complete with a prominent steeple and white clapboard houses. There’s not much to the town itself aside from a few landmark structures, however; the area owes its popularity to Mount Snow. As one of the closest ski areas to New York and Boston, the resort gets a steady stream of out-of-towners. It doesn’t hurt that the resort has a reputation for well-groomed trails and a lively après-ski scene. But it’s equipped to handle the crowds, boasting five mountain areas and the largest freestyle-terrain-park system in the East. Advanced skiers head for the bumpy slopes and open glades of the North Face; there are also plenty of wide, beginner-friendly runs on the front of the mountain.
There’s plenty to do during warmer seasons at Mount Snow as well; hikers and mountain bikers can take advantage of more than 20 miles of trails through the mountain terrain. The mountain also has an 18-hole golf course and chairlift rides offering views of southern Vermont and New York State.