When I was researching accommodation for my New England fall road trip, I was focusing mostly on places available on Airbnb. We were travelling for two weeks, and therefore staying in hotels every night can really push the total cost of a trip up really high.
But in typical Annmaree fashion, where I have to be 150% sure I’m making the right decision when booking a place, I happened to do a Google search when researching the Green Mountains area of Vermont. And I won’t lie, I may have Googled things like ’boutique hotels Green Mountains Vermont’, just to see if there was anything a little bit fancy, which is how I came across The Hill Farm Inn.
I clicked the link to The Hill Farm Inn website, and scrolling through the gallery of images, it was love at first sight. A quick look at the nightly rate and availability, and with just one room left at the inn, I had no time to waste, I needed that room! I booked it for just one night, but that was better than nothing, and it became one of the things I was most looking forward to on the trip.
On the second day of our trip we were up at the crack of dawn thanks to jet lag, so we made our way towards The Hill Farm Inn, based in Sunderland VT, by mid morning. As we pulled into the driveway I knew we were in for an amazing experience. Located on a large farm is the main inn, with some smaller houses dotted around the land, a huge red barn, and alpacas grazing in the paddock. This place made my heart sing.
We walked up the steps onto the porch, which was decorated with pumpkins for fall, and had rocking chairs dotted around, looking like something out of a dreamy Hallmark movie (my favourite kind of movie!). Walking through the entrance, into the cosy warm inn, we were greeted by Kate the manager, aka the loveliest, friendliest manager ever! It was too early to check in, but knowing there was about to be heavy rain fall, she was more than happy for me to run around the property snapping pictures before everything looked soaked.
Satisfied with my photo taking, we head into the nearby town of Manchester, which looks like a movie set. Everything was perfect and so pretty! We dodged the rain by checking out some shops and grabbing lunch, visiting a few more super cute towns and then finally making our way back to the cosiness of The Hill Farm Inn.
We checked in to our room, which was in one of the other houses on the property. It was perfect. Beautifully decorated, a super comfy bed and modern bathroom. At the entrance to the house was coffee and water available to guests at all times.
By early evening, guests were in the games room playing pool and darts, the fires were lit, and you could even makes s’mores – that delicious American dessert consisting of melted chocolate and marshmallow between graham crackers/cookies.
On a cold and rainy night, what better way to spend it than in a pub? Which is one of the huge plus points of The Hill Farm Inn. They have their very own pub! I loved this feature. It works on honesty which is wonderfully trusting, and you can play bar tender and pour yourself a wine or beer to either enjoy at the bar, or in the beautiful sitting room, complete with comfy sofas to lounge on. We sat out on the heated porch, with the Hill Farm Inn’s VIP resident, Milo the cat, and as I sipped my wine, I added to my bucket list: ‘Must own a farmhouse with a wrap-around porch one day’.
The inn has both a pool and a jacuzzi, so with the rain still falling we jumped in the jacuzzi and sat back enjoying the cool air on our faces and an evening where we didn’t have a care in the world. Back in the warmth of our cosy room, jet lag had come back full force, so it was time to retire for the night. I nestled into my soft pillow and slept like a log til morning.
Awake early again with our bodies not yet adjusted to the new time zone, I enjoyed an hour of lazing in bed, with American tv playing – something I always love to do when I’m on holiday in USA. Eventually getting ready for the day, we wandered over to the beautifully decorated dining room for breakfast. There were so many delicious options on offer, and they even catered for gluten free me, which I’m always so appreciative of.
With breakfast over, and our bag packs, it was with heavy hearts that we had to check out and move on to our next destination. Saying our goodbyes to Kate and the team, we took one more walk around the property, laughing at the alpacas all huddled together in the shed, and made our way to our car to hit the road towards another day of adventure.
If you’re planning a visit to Vermont, do check out The Hill Farm Inn. It is such a beautiful, special place and makes me want to run an inn of my own one day!