Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour

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Windham Hill

Windham Hill Inn is situated at the end of a dusty country lane on 160 picture-perfect, mountainview acres in West Townshend, Vermont. If you're anything like me, you'll be angsty when you realize your cell phone doesn't work here. After a day or two, though, you'll be so enchanted by the scenery, the accommodations and, especially, the service that contact with the outside world will seem highly overrated.

These photos from my May 2010 stay will introduce you to this 19th-century estate turned inn: a Relais & Châteaux property that is rustic, yet refined.

My visit wasn't without a few tiny flaws, but Windham Hill Inn has a secret weapon: Innkeeper Katja Matthews is as polished a hospitality pro as you'll find in New England, and her rapt attention to detail and sincere desire to delight guests imbue the inn with warmth. Chef Gill's inventive use of fresh ingredients delights diners. And the WiFi works perfectly if you really need to stay connected. My advice: Leave your laptop at home.

Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend, Vermont, is a Relais & Châteaux property that is both a dining destination and a peaceful, romantic hideaway.

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A Long Tradition

Windham Hill Inn - A Long Tradition of Welcoming Guests to Vermont
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A Relais & Châteaux

Windham Hill Inn - Relais & Chateaux Luxury Hotel in Vermont
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The White Barn

White Barn at the Windham Hill Inn in Vermont - Photo
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The Marion Goodfellow Room

Windham Hill Inn Room Photo - Marion Goodfellow Loft Suite
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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A Mary Meyer Moose

Mary Meyer Moose - Picture of Stuffed Moose on Bed at Windham Hill In Vermont
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Firelight and Classical Music

Room with a Fireplace - Windham Hill Inn Vermont Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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A Luxurius Soaking Tub

Windham Hill Inn Bathroom Photo - Soaking Tub Butler Drawn Bath
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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My Very Own Cupola

Windham Hill Inn - Room with a Private Cupola Window Seat
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Window View

Windham Hill Inn Picture - Window View from Loft Suite at Windham Hill Inn
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Pastry and Smoothie

Windham Hill Inn Breakfast - Berry Cream Puff and Watermelon Smoothie
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Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict Photo - Breakfast at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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The Frong Pond

Windham Hill Inn VT - Frog Pond Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Natural Beauty

Windham Hill Inn Frog Pond Scene - Photo
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A Bountiful Garden

Windham Hill Inn Photo Tour - A Bountiful Garden
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Johnny Jump Ups

Johnny Jump Ups Photo - Picture of Edible Purple Flowers Johnny Jump Up
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Scenic Trails to Explore

Windham Hill Inn Vermont Photo - Private Hiking Trails with Views of the Green Mountains
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Colorful Foliage

Colorful Foliage at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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On-Site Recreation

Outdoor Recreation at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Hiking Skiing Tennis Swimming
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What a Setting for a Swim

Picture of Swimming Pool with Mountain Views at Windham Hill Inn in VT
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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All is Calm

Windham Hill Inn - Quiet Exclusive Peaceful Calm Getaway in Vermont
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Rustic Yet Comfortable

Windham Hill Inn Photo - Rustic Yet Comfortable Lodging in Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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My Favorite Antique

Antique Typewriter - Picture of an Antique Typewriter at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Business Retreats

Business Retreats at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Conference Center Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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A Grape Escape

Wine Cellar Themed Grapes Bathroom at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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It's a Jungle in There

Jungle Themed Apes Bathroom at Windham Hill Inn Conference Center Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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A Dining Destination

Windham Hill Inn Vermont Dining Destination
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Chef's Offering

Dinner at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Photo of Chef's Offering
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Seafood Spring Roll

Lobster Shrimp and Scallop Spring Roll Photo - Dining at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Pig and Fig

Windham Hill Inn Restaurant Chef's Menu - Smoked Pork Tenderloin
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Best Pairing

Foie Gras Picture - Windham Hill Inn Pan Seared Foie Gras Atop Calvados Sauteed Apples
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Lobster and Ginger Broth

Windham Hill Inn VT Chef's Tasting Menu Experience - Lobster and Ginger Broth
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Duck Two Ways

Windham Hill Inn Dinner in Vermont - Maple Leaf Farm Duck Two Ways
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Crepes for Dessert

Windham Hill Inn Dessert Picture - Savory Orange Crepe with Toasted Hazelnuts
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Breakfast Under a Shady Tree

Windham Hill Inn VT Photo - Breakfast on the Lawn
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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Savoring the View

Windham Hill Inn View Photo - Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend, Vermont, is a Relais & Châteaux property that is both a dining destination and a peaceful, romantic hideaway.

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