Deming House Bed & Breakfast Inn
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Step back in time and enjoy a romantic stay at the historic Deming House, in Old Arlington Village. Located in the heart of The Shires of Vermont, the Deming House was built in 1780 by Gamaliel Deming and was originally named, "The Deming Tavern". Today, this charming two story Georgian Colonial retains much of its original splendor and architectural demeanor. The Deming House is a historical landmark placed on the National Register of Historical Places by the Department of Interior.
The Deming House and it's owners, Rick and Kaaron Schultz, invites you to be our guests and discover bed and breakfast comfort and hospitality with a warmth and friendliness that is distinctly Vermont. Relax in the comfort of our spacious queen-sized bedded guest rooms, each with a cozy stove to ward off the chilly New England mornings or add a little romantic atmosphere at night. Each room has it's own distinct personality and a private full bath. Enjoy a generous country breakfast served daily in the elegant, sunny dinning room. Guests are encouraged to relax in the spacious living room where they may choose a book from our extensive library or simply relax by a warm fire.
The Deming House has been redecorated with antiques, wallpaper and period collectibles blending the past old world charm with the present.
Located in the beautiful Green Mountains and almost in the center of The Shires of Southern Vermont, the inn is a mere 200 yards from the famous Battenkill River. Nature beckons you to any number of outdoor activities. During the summer and fall months treat yourself to hiking, bicycling, fly-fishing, horse back ridding or canoeing. Or just sit back and enjoy the fall foliage. During our winter months you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the nearby Bromley, Stratton, Magic or Mt. Snow ski areas, or a leisurely cross country or snow shoe tour of Hildene, former home of Robert Todd Lincoln.
For the less adventurous there is always antiquing along Route 7A or a short drive to the factory outlet stores of Manchester Center. The area also provides glimpses of history including the covered bridges, revolutionary war battlefields and museums, and was the home of such storied characters as Grandma Moses, Norman Rockwell and Robert Frost.
During the warmer months the area hosts many craft and antique fairs, classic car shows and the Vermont Summer Horse Festival at the base of Mount Equinox. Come spend a relaxing Vermont adventure with us in The Shires of Vermont.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Rick Schultz for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most people stay at our inn because they like the smallness of it, and the fact that they are out of the hub bub of the larger inns and towns.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are a historical monument and most likely the oldest building in Arlington. The fact that it was here during the Revolutionary Way and those members of the Green Mountain Boys, the first governor of the state and other dignitaries of the period spent time under its roof, makes you feel like you are staying in a museum.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
It is a quintessential small town Vermont. Small towns have a tendency to be friendlier.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
People come as strangers and leave as friends. We love it when people say they felt right at home.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The Deming House B&B.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit Bennington area, museum and battlefield. Travel over route 9 to Brattleboro and spend the day there. Take a leisurely hike on Mt. Equinox or canoe the Battenkill River. Spend a day in Manchester visiting Orvis and the American Fly Fishing Museum, Hildene (Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home) and even the factory outlet shops. Many lovely restaurants there as well. Perhaps a round of golf or a cross country ski trip, depending on time of year.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Battenkill River is 200 yards out the back door as well as the Arlington Rec Park with walking trails and a 9 hole golf course. Tennis courts and basketball hoops are there as well.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Jonathan's Table, 1 half mile north of the inn serves great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Fine dining is across the street at the Arlington Inn.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We have guides for fishing and hunting as well as a very active Chamber of Commerce, visitmanchestervt.com.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 rental rooms, all with queen beds and private baths.
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, no pets are allowed. There are several boarding kennels available but all guests there must be up to date on vaccinations, especially Bortadella.
"Absolutely wonderful B & B. The Schultz’s are the best and we think this will be the high point of our New England trip”
“Such a lovely home away from home. Loved every minute of it. We will remember you always”
“What a truly unique experience! Your home is lovely and you are our kind of people right down to the Twizzlers and candy corn. Kaaron and Rick, we wish you the very best. We’ll be back! Love ya.” Judy, June and Patti - Louisville, KY
“This was truly a Bed & Breakfast & Beyond experience! You are such wonderful innkeepers and the house is so beautiful with the wallpaper and antiques. You’ve done a beautiful job decorating and making it such a nice place to stay." Mary & Bryan - Sacramento, CA
“We had a wonderful stay at your lovely inn. The breakfasts are to rave about, Kaaron. The house is most beautifully decorated. We felt at home with your hospitality. Thank you. Hope to see you next year." Kristine & Karl - Albany, NY
“Thank you for your hospitality. We enjoyed our visit and you have been WONDERFUL hosts! You did a great job in creating a beautiful, cozy country home. May God bless you! Randy and Betty - Fullerton, CA
“You have done a wonderful job restoring your house. We thought the decorations and furnishings were wonderful. Topped with a warm welcome and an excellent breakfast, we couldn’t have asked for more.” John and Wendy - Peterboro, England
“We can not thank you both enough for your warm hospitality. We really enjoy your company. You have also taken such good care of us on those “morning afters”.” Andre and Lois - Chantilly, VA
“Thank you for a wonderful VT weekend. We felt like family! The inn is friendly, comfortable and the best travel experience we have had." Bob and Shigeko - East Haven, CT
Thank you for a wonderful weekend in your home! Everything was perfect! From the hospitality to the breakfasts to all of the amenities of The Deming House Inn, this was a fabulous retreat. Many, many thanks. Rich and Katie - Wallingford, CT
PS; See you next year!”
A Short History of The Deming House
Sometime before the year 1780, a drover of cattle from New Milford, Conn., and a loyalist to King George of England, decided to escape the persecution of like believers due to the ongoing conflict that we now know as the Revolutionary War. Coming to a place he was familiar with in the Green Mountains of Arlington, Vermont, he picked a knoll overlooking a river called the Battenkill and either built or had built a two-story tavern. This man’s name was Gamaliel Deming and the establishment became known as The Deming Tavern. People of like beliefs soon followed and the area became known as “Tory Hollow”, a slang term given loyalists of the time.
Gamaliel and his wife Rebekah had two sons, Martin and Sylvester and soon changed their tory ways with Gamaliel hosting the first recorded town meeting on September 5, 1780. His two sons became Green Mountain Boys, Martin serving under Col. Ethan Allen and Sylvester being listed as a Life Guard for the first governor of Vermont, Thomas Chittenden. Gamaliel later served the town as a Grand Juror and commissioner. His Inn is mentioned many times on official invoices for various official business visits, the most common commodities being sold, “Vittels” and “gills of Rum” for the men and “bats and slays” for the horses. For example, on an invoice dated Oct. 1780, 9 meals of vittels and half point of rum were listed as costing 9 shilling, 8 pence. On the same invoice, 6 meals of vittels, 16 gills of rum and 26 horse bats cost the state a total of 1 pound, 12 shillings. So it appears that until his death in 1802 at the age of 75 and his wife’s death in 1816 at the age of 84, the two ran a very successful inn. The second floor of the two story “Georgian Colonial” served as a ballroom as well as a meeting hall and has a very unique feature of 12-foot high curved ceilings. Quite an architectural achievement for its time, and still very structurally sound. Also of interest is the fact that the original tavern’s foundation still supports the old structure with massive hand-sawn and round trees notched and placed where they were originally over 223 years ago! All of the Deming’s are buried across the street in St. James cemetery, land deeded to the town of Arlington by Gamaliel.
The Deming Tavern was owned by the family until Feb. 27, 1864 when it was sold by Sylvester Deming II to a man named Henry Hard. After passing the old tavern down to his children, it was sold to a number of other people who made various changes to the building including adding a “north wing” addition in 1883 and dividing the old ballroom into 3 rooms for use as a rooming house. But despite the many years, The Deming House retains much of its original charm and character and is listed on the Department of the Interiors historical buildings.
The Deming House is located in the old village of Arlington at 3929 Historic Route 7A. This is at the intersection of Route 7A and Route 313 to New York via Cambridge.
The nearest major airport is Albany International, approximately an hour and 20 minutes drive away.
Driving Directions From Albany Airport to Deming House in Arlington, Vermont.
When leaving airport parking, turn left at the stop light and follow the road until you get to I-87. Stay in the fast lane on the frontage road and turn left after crossing under the freeway to merge onto I-87 North. Stay toward the right and take exit 7 to route 7 east toward Troy and Cohoes. On this exit, merge to the left and head towards Troy on route 7. Follow this all the way into Troy toward Bennington and stay on it until you pass through all the stop lights and it becomes the country. This road eventually becomes Vermont route 9, but before Bennington you will see the road veer to the left and become route 279 towards North Bennington and Manchester. Take this road to miss all the downtown Bennington traffic and continue toward route 7 north, Manchester. After passing the city you will be on route 7 north for about 12 miles. Take exit 3, Arlington/Sunderland exit to the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp, route 313 west. Turn left and travel about 5 miles to the intersection with route 7A. Turn right at the stop sign and travel 2 miles through the village of Arlington. Turn left just past the old church, (St. James) and the graveyard, which is also 313 west, and take an immediate right into the Deming House parking lot. Feel free to park near the fence marked visitors.
The Deming House is only 12 miles from the factory outlet shops at Manchester Center and is approximately 30 minutes from Bromley ski area and 45 minutes from Stratton Mountain. A little further drive will take you to the Magic Mountain, Killington and Okemo ski areas. After a hard day of skiing or shopping, plan on relaxing by the fire in The Deming House's large and cozy living room.