The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
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Today was a catch your breath and take stock day. We were met at our lodgings by Penelope who gave us each a copy of her book of short stories. We chatted for a while and then adjourned to their place for one of John's culinary treats, crepes with coconut milk and other secret ingredients (not to mention one of Vermont's claims to fame, fine maple syrup!) with slabs of smoked bacon, washed down by cappuccinos. It's a hard life having a ...
... senior planner for the NYC Council) which were done before computers and which are so elegant they are an artwork in their own right!
Some rooms of the MIT feature art done by John's mother who studied in Paris and whose work has a definite style to it, GG and I both liked it.
We later enjoyed our hard earned meal and were too full for dessert! We saw some lovely country today, met some beautiful friendly people and thoroughly enjoyed it all.
... such things back in Oz.
For lunch we dropped into Easy Over's in Cuttingsville for tasty toasted sandwiches then off to the famous Pearce's Store. This is the local general store where you'll find Lavinia, one of the colourful local personalities who welcomed us warmly. As a memento of our visit Scott purchased a Pearce's Store t-shirt to show off back home.
Our day finished up with a feast of pork ribs, collard, kale and potato salad prepared by ...
... sights. A Rockerfeller Nat'l Historical Park ( his mansion and grounds), the Billings farm, a dairy farm dating from the 1880s and the Sugarbush Farm where they make maple syrup and age co-op cheese, up to 8 years. We bagged Rocky and the cows after due deliberation and headed for the sweet stuff. Quite a drive it was too. This countryside just shivers me ...
... the steepest of all with a grade of 15%, unheard of on modern roads. It was a strenuous start, but from there the grade decreased and we began passing historic hill towns, many of which date back to the 18th century. The final climb to the top was rough as well, but we all made it and had lunch at the summit. The descent was excellent, but the road was not in the same shape as the western slope, so out brakes were burning. The views were still wonderful though, and the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Chittenden
We arrived to the inn late due to a long drive. It was around 11pm when we were shown to our room by a pleasant woman. The room was nothing like what we were expecting based on reviews and the inn's website. There were multiple, curious and large stains all over the rooms wall to wall carpet. There was hair in the tub and in the supposedly fresh sheeted bed. The toilet made a horrible noise after flushing, the vent didn't work in the bathroom, a lightbulb was out and there was a constant banging noise in the hallway. The person who showed us to our room offered to change the sheets and we accepted, but there was nothing else that could be done about the over all filth factor. We departed early the next day, negotiating a rate (there was a ridiculous resort fee even though resort features also cost money to enjoy) and luckily being released of the cancellation penalty. We relocated to the Equinox and were much happier as a result. The one and only thing this inn has going for it is the amazing panoramic view from the enormous windows facing the foliage. Breathtaking, but not enough to balance out the condition of the inn.
Just got back from a two-day midweek vacation at the inn. Our children surprised us with rooms and dinner to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The inn is very special due in great part to the natural beauty of the mountains and lake behind the inn. We had dinner both evenings in the restaurant- excellent food although very pricey. Eating outdoors was a treat especially when a fireplace was lit on a cool summer's evening. We had visited the inn over ten years ago when it was under previous management. At that time we really enjoyed the experience with our children because the horseback riding, boat excursions and meals were all included. Today the inn looks beautiful, staff was friendly and everything costs a lot! Horseback rides, boat trips, spa services, etc. all have high price tags. We were disturbed to find that although our children had pre-paid everything, we were nonetheless handed a bill upon checkout and questioned in the restaurant about the check. Not at all an efficient management team in the office especially in light of the inn's obvious attempts to cater to an upscale crowd. All in all, we had a great time but there is still room for improvement at the inn!
We just returned from President's Day weekend stay at this inn and we had a fabulous time. It was skiing trip, so we left early in the morning to drive to Killington and returned around 5:30pm daily. I cannot comment on the onsite activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however all other services we have used were excellent. Some highlights:
We stayed at the Inn in late October and couldn't have enjoyed it more. Our room (Angler's Retreat) was very comfortable and well furnished with lovely decor and the view was just amazing. We were lucky enough to view the lunar eclipse on a crystal clear night from our balcony and the red moon shining over the lake was a sight I will never forget.
My wife Nina and I stayed at the Mountain Top Inn late April 2004 where we had our wedding. I can't begin to describe how wonderful it was. The entire staff treated us like family and they are now friends for life. Everyone at the Mountain Top went way beyond anything that a guest could imagine. They even helped arrange for our wedding cake, picked it up and let us use the knife one of them had used for her own wedding! They also gave us a free carriage ride the day after our wedding, used the pictures for their web-site and gave us a CD of the pictures. The meals were delicious and so beautifully prepared (we fell in love with the applewood smoked bacon and black lava cake)! If you are interested in a vacation or hosting an event where you will be spoiled with kindness and sincerity with true first class treatment we recommend the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont. The entire staff made our wedding and honeymoon more than we could have dreamed of and we have new friends for the rest of our lives!
I brought my husband to the Mountain Top Inn for his birthday a couple weeks ago. We went mid week and pretty much had the place to ourselves. I got the Angler's Retreat room which I highly reccommend as it is the only room with a balcony and what a view there is! We didn't really do that much while we were there since it was raining out and still quite cold up in the mountains but we loved the room and the atmosphere of the Inn. We went to the tarvern for dinner and it was a bit pricey but we sat right in front of a huge fireplace and had a great chocolate cake with homemade ice cream for dessert. The staff was very eager to help and in better weather the Inn has a list a mile long of activities to choose from. We checked out all the other rooms (since only one other one was taken) and they are all beautiful. We had a very nice time and the whirlpool tub didn't hurt any either!
Just wanted to give all who are interested in staying here to make sure your plans are definite. They have a 21 day cancellation policy with no flexibility. We had to cancel 13 days out for a midweek - April reservation (read-slow time of year, we weren't taking a room from anyone) and they would not credit our account. They said they would hold our deposit for a future trip. As owners of a small hospitality business, we understand the loss of revenue issue but I can not recall when we have kept a midweek deposit. Because it just creates a disgruntled customer who not only won't go back, but will make sure all their friends know about their treatment. Why should they get to keep my money? I guess because they have their cancellation policy and they stick to it. Just make sure you are going if you reserve.
Dissapointing Christmas Vacation
Very dissapointing. The staff was slow, inexperienced and a little unfriendly. Everything was overpriced, and we were overcharged for more than $1,000.00! Has a lot of potential but not there yet.
Great guides for the riding tours and beautiful setting. Food was marvelous and rooms were cute. Not a posh room but a real good old-fashioned value. Very comfortable and worth the trip.
My wife and I just spent a week in June 2003 at the Mountain Top Inn, and it was fantastic. We went for horseback/trail-riding and it was everything we'd hoped for. The hills, mountains, riding trails, and lake are all beautiful and fun, and the personnel were all friendly, fun, and professional. Don't go there expecting glitzy riding facilities, because they aren't glitzy, but they do the job, plus the horses are great and plentiful, and besides, the outdoors is the real star of the show. With luck, you'll even see some deer and a moose or two.As far as the Inn itself goes, we stayed in the Deluxe/Luxury room and found it well worth the money, for the comfy furniture (big bed, leather chairs) and nice appointments (mini-fridge, coffee-maker, Polo towels, etc.) and especially the pristine lake view. The proprietors and staff were all extremely nice as well, and every single person we dealt with at the Inn bent over backwards to make sure we were happy, informed, and well-cared-for, from the owners to the front-desk-staff to the dining-room-staff to the horse-folks. Overall, the place is great for people who want a mountain-lodge experience. It's not a zillion-dollar flashy mega-hotel with screaming kids, a massive pool, weight room, or video arcade. It's a quiet, charming, lodge with character, for people looking for rest, relaxation, beautiful views, and personal service. Food notes: The dining room was very nice, a roomy area on the bottom floor of the lodge, looking out over a green lawn and down to the lake, with antler light fixtures and a fireplace. The cuisine was very tasty and fancy-but-not-overly-so, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; not cheap, but nothing very good ever is! Note that since you're 20 or so minutes up-the-mountain from Killington/Rutland, there's really not a whole lot of meal possibilities other than the Inn, unless you don't mind that little drive [e.g. get a package that includes meals, or do the Meal Plan if you're not wanting to hop in your car while you're there] Last notes(which are cross-country-ski-runs in the winter) or take canoes, kayaks, etc., out onto the medium-size lake (500 acres?). We had fun with both, plus the Inn owns a comfy motor boat that goes out on demand, if you just want to sit and enjoy the clear air and solitude. We very much hope for a return trip in the future!