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PRESS RELEASES / NEWS
First Prize $25,000 Winner “Hotel Showdown”* 2015 (Travel Channel)
“Best New Inn” for 2016 – Yankee Magazine
“Best restaurant in town” – Forbes
"Not your grandmother's B&B" – Northview Magazine
“an engaging, hospitable getaway" – Montreal Gazette
“Wonderful Experience - Perfect for our Wedding!” • “Superb weekend getaway!” • “Perfect couples retreat, not far from Jay Peak” • “Food is the BEST!” • “Beautiful and comfortable inn, great food and drink, and an excellent sleep” • “Atmosphere Galore” • “My partner and I came for the weekend, and we had the most amazing meal” • “a beautiful inn with delicious food”
Above are just a few of the many raves posted by guests of the Vermont boutique hotel, The INN, on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Facebook about what may be one of the most unique and welcoming B&B sized hotels in all of the United States.
Gay-owned, idyllically located, with a destination restaurant, The INN is a twelve room hotel housed in a former 1890 lumber baron’s home, the décor of which has been described as “…a masculine-chic hunting lodge, complete with Germanic mounted antlers, crewel-adorned armchairs and even a couch stenciled with silhouettes of automatic weapons.”
“The look is what I call "Timber Swag'–part ski chalet, part hunting lodge and part gentlemen’s club. Nothing matches, but it all works. It’s our own personal museum. And I’m not afraid of putting a dead animal on the wall."
From romantic couples to wedding parties to the occasional family with children, The INN is an adult-friendly hotel that was built for relaxation and quiet, yet encourages socializing in the common areas (there are no TVs in the rooms) and enjoying nature.
The INN is owned and lovingly operated by partners in life and business, Scott Pasfield (the photographer behind the groundbreaking 2012 book “Gay In America”) and Nick Barletta, a former AMEX exec, who together left New York City behind to build a new life in Vermont.
< Nick Barletta and Scott Pasfield.
Located in the northern Vermont town of Montgomery Center, The INN is known not only for its quirky decor, comfortable rooms and gracious hosts, but also for its food; the restaurant–open Thursdays through Sundays, 5:00pm to 9:00pm–has become a destination for locals and a bonus for visitors. (Scott usually mans the breakfast kitchen.)
Dishes from the inventive menu of "heartwarming global comfort food" from Executive Chef Christopher Amm are beautifully, yet simply presented.
Dinner favorites? "The Calamari Giovanni is a signature appetizer," says Pasfiled. "Crispy corn meal crusted calamari tossed with sauteed sun dried tomatoes, white wine, roasted garlic and mild green olives. People are always surprised how delicious it is. The lamb chops and rib eye are huge hits too."
Late arriving guests may be greeted with one of Nick's Martinis and go to bed dreaming of Scott’s Breakfast Special (panko-encrusted brioche French toast, often with sautéed apples, bacon and eggs).
Sunday evenings (May through October) in the lounge are dedicated to the hotel's CEA (Celebration of Expressive Arts) program of events, which draws a gathering of adult artists, writers, musicians, to share original work in a supportive, enthusiastic environment at The INN. The hotel also hosts three to four dinner concerts in addition to those Sunday night events.
In addition to the lounge, common areas at The INN include an expansive deck, perfect for a late afternoon cocktail and tended gardens, which overlook the Trout River, the soft babbling of which can be heard in river-facing rooms.
Beyond the comforts of The INN guests will find an abundance of activities at their doorstep, from skiing on nearby Jay Peak, snowmobiling VAST (Vermont Association of Snowmobile Trails) and dogsledding in the winter, to fall foliage hikes to summer swimming holes and canoeing. "By the way," offers Pasfield, "Jay Peak has gotten a ton of snow...so far almost 17 feet this season. Only Sunday River in Maine is the only other ski area that has more snow on the East Coast. This holiday was our busiest yet!"
Other nearby attractions include a giant waterpark (insuring kids have a good time, even if the weather turns bad), the Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center (as unique as it sounds), and a clutch of world renown microbreweries is also within 45 minutes, including Hill Farmstead (dates back 220 years), Lost Nation and The Alchemist.
Montgomery Center within a short drive to Canada's Eastern Townships, including Sutton and Magog and are favorites for their spas, restaurants, and more skiing.
For photographers, regardless of season, The INN is ideally located, surrounded by mountains, farmland, covered bridges and the Trout River. See Scott Pasfield's The INN photo gallery here.
Visit "Fun Things To Do" under the "Info" tab at www.TheINN.us for a complete list of just that.
The INN is only an hour and a half drive from Montreal, making it not only a great weekend spot for Canadians, but also a convenient and appealing country-city get-away for Americans from New York, Boston, Portland and beyond who want stop for a few nights at The INN on their way to or from Montreal.
Rates approximately $169-$289 U.S., including breakfast, wi-fi. Dorm rooms with (bunk beds), $52-$72 per person. Pet-friendly, $25 per day. Bar/lounge/dining room open 5pm, Thursday-Sunday. www.theinn.us •
> Click here for a quick Q&A with The INN's owners, Nick Barletta and Scott Pasfield.
*"Hotel Showdown," Episode 2: "What a Drag, Clothing Optional" (Travel Channel, 2015). Watch on Amazon.