Monday, July 26, 2010

How Did We Get To Stone Hill Inn?

1. Though both Weber and I travelled a fair amount during our first marriages, neither of us had a honeymoon.
DECISION: We would definitely have a honeymoon.

2. We wanted to go someplace that neither of us had been before. Had to be somewhere in the continental U.S. because we are responsible for and had to be easily available to the Offspring. We both preferred mountains to beaches. We have both been to the mountains in the western part of the U.S.
DECISION: East coast mountains.

3. The Poconos and Niagara Falls are too cheesy for us. I've been to North Carolina and Virginia. The farther north, the cooler. (At least that was the fiction at the time we were making this decision.)

4. Once we settled on Vermont, we did what every educated person does when they are looking for information. We Googled "honeymoon spots in Vermont."

5. We then Googled "where to stay in Stowe, Vermont"
DECISION: Stone Hill Inn

This process led us to an amazing, luxurious, romantic inn nestled in the mountains of the quaint town of Stowe. The inn advertises that it is for couples only and all of its amenities are designed so that the two of you can truly enjoy each other's company.

Vermont is worthy of its name. Everything was lush and green. The wild flowers along the roadside were beautiful and the intentionally planted gardens were awesome. The inn was surrounded by both.

Here is our first impression.
Each of the inn's nine rooms is decorated differently though they have the same amenities. Each has a view of the gardens, a fireplace, a jacuzzi tub, a king sized bed, CD, TV, and DVD player.

We stayed in "The Fiddlehead"

The bath was huge and shared the two-sided fireplace. The tub came complete with a rubber duck as well as an assortment of herbal bath salts.
Each morning we had a gourmet breakfast at a candlelit table for two.
The meals consisted of fruit, homemade muffins and coffee cakes, a choice of entrees that ranged from Eggs Benedict to Waffles smothered in Vermont maple syrup. A piping hot carafe of coffee awaited us each morning. These morning feasts made it easy to get up and get going each day.
The inn was surrounded by beautiful gardens. Scattered throughout were pairs of chairs where we could sit and read, talk, listen, or nap. These were our favorites. This is where we read Morning Prayer each
day. Below is another picture of the gardens - and us. The inn keepers, Deb and Dana, were amazing. They were attentive without being intrusive. One evening when we were enjoying hors d'ouvres in the garden, Deb came out and said that she thought that she needed to take a picture of us together so that it didn't look like each of us had been on this trip alone. She took a few pictures, asked if we needed anything else and then left us to enjoy our food, drink, and each other.
We planned this whole trip using the Internet and gut feelings. Our experience at Stone Hill Inn far exceeded our expectations. It is nice when something is actually better in person than it appears on the Internet!
It is going to be hard for any place to beat our stay at the Stone Hill Inn!
Stay tuned for more from Vermont . . .