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John Mahoney
John Mahoney
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Posted 07.16.13
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In which we try our luck staying at a Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Fitch Hill Inn
Hyde Park, Vermont

HYDE PARK, VT | The lovely Fitch Hill Inn here has my vote for one of the best BnBs in Vermont. Any way you want to measure it -- class, comfort, or dollar signs -- it is simply outstanding.

From the moment we walked in the front door we felt "at home." For the past decade, Innkeepers Julie and John Rohleder have provided more than just beds and breakfasts -- the eighteenth century home they share is a haven, a place of peace in a lovely three-acre country setting, on a paved street.

A brief word about Julie and John. They don't come from a long line of innkeepers and hoteliers.

Julie is an engineer, by education and practice. And she is a quilt maker, bread and cookie baker, organizer, and very handy with saw, hammer, and level.

John is a retired US Air Force engine mechanic. And a designer and maker of fine furniture and stained glass. His sausage and egg casserole we had for breakfast was delicious, done just right.

The six-room Inn has the lived-in feel of both old stuff and new stuff made by hand, all of it loved. Your bed quilts are made by Julie, of course.

Let me tell you about our room - the Quebec Country Room ($109 plus $9.81 VT rooms and meals tax).

Here's how they describe it on their website at http://www.fitchhillinn.com/vermont_rooms.html:

" A southwest corner room on the 2nd floor, three windows fill this room with sunlight and offer outstanding views of the Green Mountains. This blue and white room is bright and cheerful. It contains a full-sized quilt-covered antique iron bed, oak chest of drawers and wardrobe rack, TV/VCR, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. Old wide plank spruce floors and an oriental rug lend warmth to the room."

On the dresser, there was a dish with chocolates and a decanter of sherry; down the hall, a Keurig coffee maker and assorted K-Cups. What's not to like, eh?

There is a lengthy list of amenities on their website - see for yourselves.

The Inn has four individual rooms and two one-room suites - again, check out their website for details and photographs. You can check room availability and reserve on-line.

Hyde Park is at the crossroads of Vermont Route 100, a major scenic north-south route, and Vermont Route 15, which runs east and west from Burlington to St. Johnsbury. To sum up -- easy to get to.

Fitch Hill Inn
Julie & John Rohleder, Innkeepers
258 Fitch Hill Road, Hyde Park, VT 05655
E-mail: innkeeper@fitchhillinn.com
Telephone: (802) 888-3834
Toll Free: (800) 639-2903