inns near Woodstock VT or Lebanon NH

Old Jan 1st, 2008, 06:58 PM
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inns near Woodstock VT or Lebanon NH

Does anyone have a favorite inn for a getaway weekend somewhere near Woodstock VT (where I've been several times) or Lebanon NH (where I haven't been)? I hate driving back roads in the snow, these are areas that involve mostly highway driving to get to from NYC.
I'm looking for something not too frilly with good cold weather amenities (fireplaces, jacuzzis. etc)
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Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 05:22 AM
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A couple places come to mind.
The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, and the Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH. There is not much in Lebanon...not really a tourist destination.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 06:51 AM
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You might want to look into the Maple Leaf Inn (www.mapleleafinn.com) in Barnard, VT. It is on a back road, but only about 10 miles from Woodstock.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 08:46 AM
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thanks. Have you guys stayed at these places? Any recommended rooms?
The Hancock NH area is certainly what I had in mind when I listed Lebanon. I guess I just noticed the town name on the map I was using
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Janie,

I have stayed at the Hanover Inn and it is very nice -- walking distance to Dartmouth College and downtown Hanover.

I have also stayed at the Jackson House Inn (www.JacksonHouse.com) which is just off Rt. #4 west of Woodstock. That is a lovely old inn with its own restaurant. Another, though I have not stayed there in years, is the Kedron Valley Inn in quaint South Woodstock.

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I stayed at the Woodstock Inn in October and it was very nice. I think any room will be fine.
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Although Lebanon is a nice small city with some good dining, it's not really a vacation town. However, Hanover is right up the road and a very nice town to stay in. For something smaller and more New England village, look at Dowd's Country Inn in Lyme NH. For something in the country with amenities like on site x-c skiing, the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm is very nice.
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Yes, I've stayed at the Maple Leaf Inn. About 3 years ago for our anniversary. I am not a big B&B fan, but the Maple Leaf was exceptional. We stayed in the Country Garden room and will likely choose that room again when we go back.
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I've stayed at the Woodstock Inn and it is just what you're describing -- not too frilly, more like luxurious "woodsy" look. They have a lovely spa and fitness room. There is nearby skiing and other cold weather sports. We liked the restaurant and the pub (which also has a full menu).
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We had a miserable experience at the Woodstock Inn. The room was "woodsy" but small -- without the Rockresort background it is comparable to a Holiday Inn room in size at three times the price.

In the middle of the night, the fire alarm went off. The elegant guests were milling around outside in all states of clothing, without any staff to reassure us or to direct us back into the hotel. When we didn't see smoke or multiple fire trucks, we went back inside. In the morning when we asked the front desk, the staff said that a cart had accidentally hit the fire alarm and set it off. No excuses or apologies. Comping us breakfast would have gone far in our feeling that they actually cared about their guests' sleeping and comfort.

We splurged on dinner in the dining room. It took almost 3 hours, without dessert or coffee. Service was slower than I have encountered in any other restaurant anywhere. Again, no apologies other than 'we're short-staffed tonight'.

I think that if you enjoy the golf club, ski area, and fitness club that are offered off-site, which is seems the Inn subsidizes, the price may be worth it, but otherwise, look elsewhere.
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Old Jan 3rd, 2008, 06:10 PM
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These look like good choices, I'll check them all out.
I was in the Woodstock Inn a couple of years ago (for a meal) and while I enjoyed sitting in front of the fireplace in the lobby, I got the feeling it might be too "busy" a place--probably with other people like me who weren't actually staying there.
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