While there is nothing like living in Manhattan, sometimes it is nice to escape the rat race of the city and head for greener pastures with a less hectic pace. This past weekend, my family had the pleasure of staying at the Wilburton Inn, a 20 acre majestic hilltop Victorian estate. It’s been hailed by CNN as “One of the top 8 mansion hotels in America.”
The Wilburton Mansion contains elegant master suites and deluxe rooms, as well as the hotel’s library, living, and dining rooms. Mahogany moldings, four poster beds, down comforters, oriental carpets, and fine antiques are some of the signature features of these accommodations. Rooms offer stunning views of the Battenkill Valley and Green Mountains and the property’s stately grounds.
We stayed in Room 5 “Best Friends,” a delightful floral room featuring two double beds.
Room 6 is a glamorous king bedroom evoking the elegant era when RKO Pictures owned the Wilburton Inn. The movie studio bought the inn as a secluded getaway for executives retreats and celebrity romances.
After the four hour drive up from NYC, we quickly checked in, dropped off our bags and looked at the sculptures throughout the grounds.
After a invigorating walk, we found a basketball and discovered how good Ian can dribble. We played some hoops and then we wanted to go explore the town which is only a 5 minute drive from the inn. I especially wanted to hit the outlet shops which close at 6PM. Interestingly, the restaurants are only open until 9PM for dinner on Saturday night. We certainly were’nt “the city that never sleeps” anymore.
Upon waking up from our comfortable beds and removing the plush down comforters, we dressed and headed downstairs to the inn’s dining room. There we enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast which is included in the room rate.
Ian has become a boy who is all-consumed by anything pertaining to vehicles and transportation. Scott let Ian help him pump gas on our way up. (As a girl raised in NJ, I am so happy that now my lil man is able to help me if I can’t find a full serve station).
Ian had a blast eating lunch at The Bennington Station, renovated historic railway station now serving hearty, traditional American cooking. Unused railroad tracks lie just to the west of the restaurant which it was converted into in the 1970s.
We couldn’t have been up in Manchester over a better weekend. Our hostess Melissa told us that The Equinox Hotel was having a Porsche showcase in their packing lot. We drove by and drooled over 150+ shiny Porsches in mint condition. One even had a “Dad 911” license plate.
My dad passed away 10 years ago and not a day goes by that I still don’t think about him and miss him like crazy. I am convinced he was part of our trip to Vermont. Ian, who is named after him, dashed across the street from the restaurant to admire a car that was for sale. As we gotten closer to the vintage sports car, I realized it was a Triumph which is the car my dad drove in college.
When I sent a picture of it to my sister, she texted back, “Buy that car.” At dinner, one of the specials the waitress informed us about was fiddleheads and ramps. The first time we heard of this vegetable was when my sister and mom were at dinner with my dad years ago.
On our drive back to NYC, we turned off the main highway to get ice cream. I was shocked as we drove by an A E Pi house, which was the fraternity my dad belonged to at Bradley University. And then on our way back to the highway, we passed Griswold Street. My dad was often told he looked like Chevy Chase and Vacation was one of the very few movies my dad went to the theater to watch. The Griswold family was so similar to our own family that we were all hysterical watching the movie.
We would love to return to The Wilburton Inn, but truthfully next time I’d prefer to go as just a couple to be able to relax and unwind and leave the kids in the city. I can boast that I did read half my boo when the kids fell asleep Saturday night after a delicious dinner in town.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary room for the weekend, but as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.