Stately, Historical Mansion in New England Countryside
The wallpaper inside The White House Inn was hand-painted nearly a century ago. In fact, much of the decor inside the Victorian-style mansion can make you feel like you've walked into a time warp. It still has its original light fixtures, an old-fashioned servant call system, and even a hidden staircase.
Built in 1915 as a summer home for a local lumber baron, The White House Inn is set atop a rolling hill on 16 quiet acres in southern Vermont. Take a walk through its 1.5 acres of gardens, and you'll find stone terraces designed by English landscape architect John Hall.
Various New England period pieces adorn each of the inn’s guest rooms, which feature one or two queen beds or one king bed draped in elegant linens. Select rooms come equipped with a private terrace or balcony. Come morning, you can dig into a breakfast spread of omelets, pancakes, hot cereals, and more.
At the onsite restaurant, Chef Jeff Collins crafts gourmet cuisine ranging from dijon-crusted rack of lamb to goat-
cheese fritters. Around dusk, it's worth it to stop by the casual Black Dog Tavern, which has gorgeous views of the sunset. The restaurant is also equipped with a wood-burning stove; stop by to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail and some lighter fare.
You can relax here year-round; there's an indoor heated pool, a spa, and a sauna. You can also play games such as pool and darts or improve your virtual crocheting skills on the Wii console.
Wilmington, Vermont: Charming Small Town in the Green Mountains near Lake Whitingham
Since it's nestled in the mountains of southern Vermont, the town of Wilmington is a haven for outdoorsy activities in the spring and summer. For a peaceful hike or mountain bike ride, visit the nearby Mount Snow, which has more than 20 miles of trails that course through the Green Mountain National Forest. You can also take chairlift rides to the summit, which towers at 3,600 feet.
Just a scenic drive from the inn is Lake Whitingham, also known as Harriman Reservoir. Stop by here for boating or to fish for walleye and pike.
The quaint town of Wilmington is classic Vermont: family farms set up roadside stands selling produce, and you can check out gallery displays by local artists inside vintage buildings.
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