The Landgrove Inn
This country inn is one of Landgrove’s best kept secrets.
In high expectation, my mate and I set off on an adventurous drive through the heavy wooded landscape in the rugged, remote area of southern Vermont on the way towards Manchester. Along the back country roads, we enjoy the dense forests and mountain scenery with no one in sight. Slowing down and enjoying the silence of nature is an ethereal experience that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of New York City, which is four hours away.
No matter how many times we drive through this region, we feel entranced by nature’ peace whether it is watching the gurgling water from the streams teeming from the mountainside or watching birds of prey circling above the forests – all is in harmony with the natural surroundings. Reaching Londonderry, we turn into Landgrove Road which leads into a dirt road and the entry to a land gore known as Landgrove.
This small community includes a scattering of private homes and working farms with horses and cattle grazing in the meadows.
Wandering pass these farms, we peer closely at a few rusted tractors on display and wonder whether these vintage models are the prized possessions of some old-time farmers. Perhaps, Landgrove’s appeal is that it still somehow manages to maintain its old rural culture and charm.
This small country town identifies with the “real Vermont” that still preserves its low-key, rural character.
By chance, we find the country retreat that we are looking for — The Landgrove Inn, a former 19th century dairy farm with a bright red exterior with white trim. This goes beyond expectations when we experience the warm hospitality of Innkeepers, Maureen and Tom Checcia, who create a cozy ambiance that make guests feel right at home. The inn offers the pleasures that were enjoyed by past celebrities like the Kennedys and former NYC Mayor John Lindsey and his wife, Mary, and a Rudyard Kipling great nephew and other famous individuals who came to ski and relax at the inn. Since then, the inn attracts individuals, couples and children who come to experience the exhilarating country life.
Now, the owners have carefully restored the old farmhouse retaining some of the original architecture in the living rooms, but refurnishing the 18-room inn for the guests to feel part of its true heritage. Making everyone feel at home, the inn welcomes children and even allows for dogs and cats with some pet-friendly rooms.
Leisure Activities and Art Workshops:
The chance to experience the great outdoors appeals to young and old alike. Having a multi-generational outing, parents might like to take their children on a brisk walk to the nearby horse farm, then turn at the fork in the road before reaching a stretch of icy patch and feeling in awe from the deep silence of the forest.
Now, it’s possible to continue our trek to the next town into Londonderry, but in our case, we were ready to retrace our steps to the inn for a sumptuous country breakfast of fresh eggs, bacon, and hot blueberry pancakes. Once we feel fortified, we are ready for adventure.
Returning to Landgrove Inn, our expectations are high as we dine in the rustic, country setting. We savor the delicious entrees that include fine selection of local cuisine including: crispy roast duckling with blueberry sauce, prime rib au jus, grilled teriyaki flat iron steak, baked haddock topped with ritz-cracker crumbs and other luscious sounding menu items. According to Executive Chef Joe Kapitanski, the locally sourced ingredients are a mainstay to his selections. The desserts are just as tempting, especially the homemade bread pudding and the sweet apple crisp.
In summing up our experience, we find the Landgrove Inn not only brings warm hospitality to the region, but also, its true value is combining old tradition with modern comforts for an “authentic Vermont” experience. At any time of year, this inn offers an awesome experience in a country hideaway.
For further information and details:
Landgrove Inn – children and pets welcomed; wheelchair accessible Premier Creative Art Workshops offered April – November. Tel: 800-669-8466; 802-824-6673 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.landgroveinn.com
Skiing near Landgrove Inn
Only a few miles away in Londonderry, Magic Mountain is known for having the best vertical drop that attracts snowboarders and skiers alike. Watch the action on the slopes at the Black Line Tavern while enjoying good food and entertainment.
Magic Mountain Ski Resort and Black Line Tavern; Tel: (802) 824-5645; Website: https://magicmtn.com/