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Pitcher Inn, Warren 

275 Main Street
Warren , Vermont
Tel: 802 496 6350
Fax: 802 496 6354
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It seems as eternal as the brook that burbles beyond its back deck, but the Pitcher Inn is fairly new. It was completely rebuilt in 1997 after a fire destroyed the original 1880s building. The new owners used the opportunity to add some whimsy. The nine guest rooms and two suites are individually designed to reflect a particular Vermont theme, a concept that's more entertaining than sensible: The Trout Room has tree trunks for bedposts, a giant trout on the wall, and your own fly-fishing gear, while the Ski Room has furniture made from wooden skis. But you can't argue with the fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, whirlpool tubs, or Wi-Fi access in nearly every room. Located just ten minutes from both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas, it has the best food in the valley—the chef insists on using local meats and produce—and, in the off-season, dinner is included in the room price except for Friday and Saturday nights. Best of all may be the Tracks Lounge, a shadowy hideaway downstairs where you can have a martini before dinner.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"The general manager is amiable, knowledgeable, stops by daily at breakfast and checks with each guest to ensure that all is well. He's the best thing here." This inn opened in the late 1800s as lodging for wagon drivers and today's rebuilt version remains in a setting that is "unparalleled. You can walk to the quintessential Vermont village." Each room has its own theme, such as "schoolhouse," where desks fill in as bedside tables, and the Mallard room, replete with duck decoys. 275 Main serves modern American cuisine like wild Alaskan king salmon with bacon, corn, and fava bean chowder and "emphasizes local ingredients."

(11 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.2
  • Design: 88.2
  • Food: 87.9
  • Location: 88.2
  • Rooms: 93.8
  • Service: 88.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008

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