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    A Vermont Hideaway

    Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Located a scenic, three-hour drive from Boston in West Townshend, Vermont, the Windham Hill Inn is situated at the end of a quiet country lane. It is primarily a hideaway for couples, both long-married and newly enthralled. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    Get Outdoors, Dine Well and Sleep Blissfully at Vermont's Windham Hill Inn

    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...MORE 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
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The gracious main inn building at Vermont's Windham Hill Inn dates to 1825. Originally a private residence, it has served as an inn for nearly 50 years: since 1962. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Relais & Châteaux

    Windham Hill Inn - Relais & Chateaux Luxury Hotel in Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour In 2009, just 12 months after it was acquired by US Hotels, Windham Hill Inn achieved membership in Relais & Châteaux, luxury hospitality's most coveted association. It is one of only three Vermont properties to receive this designation. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The White Barn

    White Barn at the Windham Hill Inn in Vermont - Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Windham Hill Inn has 21 guest rooms and suites: Each room is individually decorated with antiques and locally crafted furnishings. My room was in the White Barn, which is located a short walk from the main inn. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The Marion Goodfellow Room

    Windham Hill Inn Room Photo - Marion Goodfellow Loft Suite
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour My room, the Marion Goodfellow, is one of three loft suites: the most spacious accommodations at Windham Hill Inn. I had never slept on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, and while I didn't initially think I'd find it comfortable, I slept wonderfully both nights. © 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
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The cherry king bed in my suite was crafted locally, and the cute moose on my pillow was from Mary Meyer, the stuffed toy company that operated in Townshend, Vermont, for years. The Mary Meyer museum and Big Black Bear Shop continue to delight families. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Firelight and Classical Music

    Room with a Fireplace - Windham Hill Inn Vermont Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Many of the rooms at Vermont's Windham Hill Inn have fireplaces. Although it was too warm for a fire when I visited in late May 2010, a classical music CD was playing softly in my room when I checked in, and it set a relaxing, romantic tone for my stay. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Luxurius Soaking Tub

    Windham Hill Inn Bathroom Photo - Soaking Tub Butler Drawn Bath
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour My enormous bathroom at Windham Hill Inn was equipped with a soaking tub. For a fee, guests can request a butler-drawn bath infused with a choice of essential oils. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    My Very Own Cupola

    Windham Hill Inn - Room with a Private Cupola Window Seat
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The thing I loved most about the Marion Goodfellow loft suite at Windham Hill: climbing the steps to my private cupola, where I curled up on the window seat with my laptop and a romance novel and enjoyed the sights and sounds of evening in Vermont. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Window View

    Windham Hill Inn Picture - Window View from Loft Suite at Windham Hill Inn
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The windows in my room's private cupola framed views of rounded mountain peaks, lush trees and the main inn building at the Windham Hill Inn in southeastern Vermont. As you can see, the White Barn annex is just a short distance from the inn. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Pastry and Smoothie

    Windham Hill Inn Breakfast - Berry Cream Puff and Watermelon Smoothie
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The rich Berry Cream Puff and chilled Watermelon Smoothie served at my first Windham Hill Inn breakfast would have been plenty to start my day. This was, however, only the first course. Breakfast in the inn's dining room is included with overnight rates. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

    Vegetarian Eggs Benedict Photo - Breakfast at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The main breakfast course, Vegetarian Eggs Benedict, featured Hollandaise-drizzeld poached eggs atop roasted potato and toasted brioche, with asparagus and a Johnny Jump Up from the garden as garnish. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The Frong Pond

    Windham Hill Inn VT - Frog Pond Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The dining room at Windham Hill Inn overlooks this lovely frog pond. Although I never relish dining alone, I enjoyed having this enchanting view as my breakfast companion. Room service is also an option for solo travelers or couples seeking seclusion. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Natural Beauty

    Windham Hill Inn Frog Pond Scene - Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The air--and the amphibians--are still on this May day, and the calm Frog Pond reflects the natural beauty of Windham Hill Inn's surroundings. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Bountiful Garden

    Windham Hill Inn Photo Tour - A Bountiful Garden
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour After breakfast, I strolled through Windham Hill Inn's organic vegetable and herb garden, which is tended by the kitchen's staff of three, headed by Executive Chef Graham Gill. Fresh from the garden ingredients are used in many dishes served at the inn. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Johnny Jump Ups

    Johnny Jump Ups Photo - Picture of Edible Purple Flowers Johnny Jump Up
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour In the Windham Hill Inn's herb garden, I spotted vibrant Johnny Jump Ups and recognized these edible purple flowers from my breakfast dish. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Scenic Trails to Explore

    Windham Hill Inn Vermont Photo - Private Hiking Trails with Views of the Green Mountains
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour There are more than five miles of scenic, private hiking trails at Vermont's Windham Hill Inn, which is situated on a 160-acre parcel surrounded by the Green Mountains. In the winter, these groomed trails beckon to cross-country skiers. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Colorful Foliage

    Colorful Foliage at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The foliage surrounding the Windham Hill Inn was surprisingly colorful during my summer visit. I imagine the vistas are spectacular when autumn arrives in southeastern Vermont. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    On-Site Recreation

    Outdoor Recreation at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Hiking Skiing Tennis Swimming
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour With its hiking and skiing trails, clay tennis courts and heated outdoor swimming pool, the Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend, Vermont, offers plentiful options for on-site recreation. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    What a Setting for a Swim

    Picture of Swimming Pool with Mountain Views at Windham Hill Inn in VT
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The heated Gunite pool at Windham Hill Inn is encircled by antique brick, but it is the surrounding mountain scenery that makes a swim here truly unforgettable. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    All is Calm

    Windham Hill Inn - Quiet Exclusive Peaceful Calm Getaway in Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour As I walked back from the pool toward my room in the White Barn, I was struck by how quiet and calm the environment is at Windham Hill Inn. Guests choose this high-end property for its peacefulness and exclusivity. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Rustic Yet Comfortable

    Windham Hill Inn Photo - Rustic Yet Comfortable Lodging in Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The common areas inside the White Barn at Windham Hill Inn have a rustic feel, yet the service and amenities are incredibly sophisticated. The bear in the antique sled is another Mary Meyer plush. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    My Favorite Antique

    Antique Typewriter - Picture of an Antique Typewriter at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour I love old sleds, but this antique typewriter in the barn's sitting room really caught my eye. Tea, coffee and afternoon sweets are available to guests in this cozy space. One complaint: The half-and-half in the refrigerator was past its prime. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Business Retreats

    Business Retreats at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Conference Center Photo
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Looking for a place to host a business meeting or retreat? Windham Hill Inn's Conference Center in the White Barn can accommodate groups of up to 30. You'll definitely feel away from everyday pressures at this Vermont inn, located 140 miles from Boston. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Grape Escape

    Wine Cellar Themed Grapes Bathroom at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The Conference Center at Vermont's Windham Hill Inn has two of the most inventive restrooms I've ever seen. The sign on the door of this wine cellar-themed bathroom simply says: Grapes. © 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
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour I was more cautious about opening the door labeled: Apes! There was nothing to fear, however, inside the second bathroom in the Conference Center at Windham Hill Inn. These whimsical facilities are bound to inspire some creative thinking. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Dining Destination

    Windham Hill Inn Vermont Dining Destination
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Windham Hill Inn's dining room is open for dinner to both overnight guests and visitors by reservation. It is absolutely worth the trip if you are vacationing in Vermont and appreciate polished service, an inventive menu and a leisurely dining experience. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Chef's Offering

    Dinner at Windham Hill Inn Vermont - Photo of Chef's Offering
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Dinner at Windham Hill Inn began with this petite teaser from Chef Graham Gill, composed of roasted beet, ricotta, crispy pancetta, beet gel and balsamic vinegar. The intriguing mix of tastes and textures set the stage for my evening's culinary adventure. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Seafood Spring Roll

    Lobster Shrimp and Scallop Spring Roll Photo - Dining at Windham Hill Inn Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour I opted for the Chef's Tasting Menu ($80 as of 2012, $130 with paired wines): It changes weekly. The spring rolls were crisp, hot and bursting with lobster, scallops and shrimp. The spicy soy dipping sauce was delicious but overpowered the seafood a bit. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Pig and Fig

    Windham Hill Inn Restaurant Chef's Menu - Smoked Pork Tenderloin
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Course two was Inn-Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Mixed Greens, Mission Fig and Medjool Date Chutney paired with a Medrano Estate Argentine Malbec. I liked how this earthy wine complemented the bacony chilled pork but found the chutney a little sweet. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Best Pairing

    Foie Gras Picture - Windham Hill Inn Pan Seared Foie Gras Atop Calvados Sauteed Apples
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour The menu's most perfect pairing was this Pan-Seared Foie Gras atop Calvados Sauteed Apples and Brioche Toast Points, served with a sweet dessert wine: La Chapelle de Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes. I rarely order Foie Gras, but I found this dish delicious. © 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
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour "Ginger spice is very nice with lobster," I jotted as I sipped my soup, which could have been hotter but went down very easily. "Little by little, we're getting full," said a gentleman at the next table: an apt description of the tasting menu experience. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Duck Two Ways

    Windham Hill Inn Dinner in Vermont - Maple Leaf Farm Duck Two Ways
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Course 5, Maple Leaf Farm Duck Two Ways, was served with my favorite wine of the eve: 2007 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas, a very drinkable blended red. I especially liked the seared duck breast with plum gastrique. Two hours in, and I am ridiculously full!. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Crepes for Dessert

    Windham Hill Inn Dessert Picture - Savory Orange Crepe with Toasted Hazelnuts
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour "Tart and yum," I wrote of the Savory Orange Crepe with Toasted Hazelnuts, paired with Patricia Green Sherry Fino, which was potent for a sherry wimp like me. Throughout dinner, Wine Director Dan Pisarczyk described each wine and shared its story. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Breakfast Under a Shady Tree

    Windham Hill Inn VT Photo - Breakfast on the Lawn
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour Innkeeper Katja Matthews suggested I enjoy breakfast on the lawn, and she was quick to remedy the situation when cream curdled in my coffee. As the Evening Report delivered to my room promised, it was a sunny day: perfect for sightseeing or birdwatching. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Savoring the View

    Windham Hill Inn View Photo - Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend Vermont
    ••• Windham Hill Inn: A Photo Tour I nibbled breakfast slowly--as much because I wanted to savor the view as because I was still full from the previous evening's six-course meal. I was amazed by how relaxed I felt after just two days in this peaceful place. © 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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