Willard Street Inn
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The Willard Street Inn, located in Burlington, VT, is a charming Victorian mansion built in 1881 of brick and white marble as a private family home for Charles W. Woodhouse. The three story Inn offers grace and grandeur blended with the warmest hospitality. Tall double front doors with antique brass handles open to welcome you into the beautiful cherry paneled foyer and its striking staircase. The decor is both elegant and comfortable.
Each of its 14 guest rooms, all with private baths, is individually decorated with authentic and reproduction antiques. Each room has its own personality that welcomes you with a blend of historic charm and modern comforts. Every morning a delicious gourmet breakfast is prepared by our chef and served in the sunny marble floored solarium with its delightful views of our beautiful English gardens and Lake Champlain.
In the warmer months, a stroll down the stunning marble staircase off the solarium leads guests to our 1.5 acres of lawn and English gardens filled with flowers and herbs. Whether in bloom with spring flowers or ablaze with autumn color, the gardens are a place to behold the wonders of nature. A short walk takes you to the University of Vermont, Champlain College, Lake Champlain's waterfront and Church Street's fine restaurants and shopping.
We are proud members of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Larry, Katie & Jordan Davis for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most of our guests are looking for a different type of lodging experience. Our Burlington, VT location and the craftsmanship of the house, speak for themselves. While we embrace the home’s historic nature we also spend a great deal of effort trying to anticipate the needs of the modern traveler. This type of fusion is where our motto stems from, “The Service of Yesteryear with the Amenities of Today.”
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
I think we are best known for the complete bed and breakfast experience we provide from excellent service, to chef-prepared breakfasts, to our comfortably refined yet casually elegant atmosphere. Also we are family owned and operated, the four members of the Davis family and our “adopted” employees.
One of the best experiences at the Inn comes in late spring when the gardens are in bloom and you are enjoying breakfast in the sunny solarium. I can tell you from personal experience that French toast reaches a new sensory level at this time. When the aromas of spring blend with the sweet taste of local maple syrup all while the morning sun streams in… it is just a great way to start your day. It is a Davis family favorite.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
That would depend on the season. In the springtime the greenery and blooms are breathtaking. In the summertime, Lake Champlain and all it has to offer really shines and then there is the fantastic array of music festivals/events downtown and along the waterfront. In the fall we have the explosion of colorful foliage for which Vermont is famous. And come wintertime, Burlington and the Lake Champlain Region is convenient to many of the major East Coast skiing attractions.
On top of all that the food that results from a thriving localvore movement is nothing short of tantalizing and will surely excite the taste buds.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“The feel of a country estate in the city.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We have fantastic music, food, and scenery here in Burlington, the Lake Champlain Region, and Vermont in general, as to what is the best kept secret, you will just have to come and find out.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go on a day hike, rent bikes and ride the Island Line Trail along the shores of Lake Champlain, visit Burton Snowboard’s Flagship Store, tour the Shelburne Museum (your pass is good for two days), tour Shelburne Farms to see cheese being made, visit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, or simply ask our staff for even more customized suggestions for the Lake Champlain region. If here over a weekend the Burlington Farmers’ Market is a must see and it runs year round. In the warmer months it is held right downtown in City Hall Park and come snow it moves indoors to Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. Buy and browse your way through rows of farm fresh products, prepared foods, and crafts. For more information about vendors and schedule see www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are within walking distance of downtown. It is about a 10-20 minute walk to the restaurants and shops along the Church Street Marketplace. Since Burlington is built on a hill it’s a slightly faster walk when headed downtown and slightly slower on the return to the Inn after experiencing the sites, shops, and food of Church Street.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
“There are so many great options for food in the area it is impossible to choose a favorite.” That is the answer we usually give our guests, always followed with a question of our own, “what type of cuisine are you craving?” This question allows us to better customize our recommendations, right down to favorite dishes at given restaurants. So just ask our staff for recommendations we have favorites for most types of cuisine.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
a. Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce: www.Vermont.org
b. For hiking: Greenmountainclub.org or Trailfinder.info
c. For Localvore info: www.diginvt.com/places/ or www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org
d. For all happenings and current issues both mainstream and beyond check out the local weekly alternative newspaper Seven Days: www.7dvt.com
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 14 rooms, two of which are suites. All of our guestrooms are individually appointment and all have private baths.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not accept pets.
Each of the 14 guest rooms is unique and individually decorated with authentic and reproduction antiques and equipped with the following amenities:
- Flat screen LCD TVs with Cable
- Free high-speed wireless internet access
- In-room wireless internet access and local phone calls are complimentary with your stay
- Air conditioning
- Alarm clock
- Hair dryer
- Lotion & lip balm
- Plush Terry Robes
- If you do not have wireless access on your computer we do have a high speed ethernet connection available in the living room for use with your personal computer
- Irons, ironing boards, and a steamer are available upon request
- Just in case items: We also keep a small stock of personal supplies if you forget your toothbrush etc.
- Free parking: convenient off-street parking is provided for our guests in our private lot, in the front of the inn
We serve a full breakfast each morning to our guests from 7:30 am until 10 am in our marble-floored solarium. We start you off with a selection of juices, Green Mountain Coffee or hot tea and a basket of our homemade breads and muffins. This is followed by your choice of one of our three daily breakfast options prepared by the Inn's chef: an egg dish, be it either traditional or with a bit of the unexpected, such as an omelet, Eggs Benedict, or a savory scramble; a sweeter dish like pancakes, waffles, French toast or crepes with pure Vermont maple syrup; or the Willard Street Inn's homemade granola filled with nuts and dried fruit served with either milk, a selection of yogurts, or soy milk. Each entree is also accompanied by a nice side of fresh fruit.
We are happy to try to accommodate your special dietary needs or preferences (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, food allergies etc.) Please just let us know prior to your arrival so we can make necessary arrangements. Inn guests may invite outside guests to join them for breakfast at a cost of $13.95 per person (tax included.) However, we do ask that you please limit the number of your outside guests to 2 guests per reserved room so that we may maintain our intimate dining setting.
Each day we deliver a plate of our signature chocolate chip cookies to your room with Lake Champlain chocolates and a dried fruit snack. Green Mountain Coffees and a delightful array of teas are available throughout the day and evening, along with another small nibble, whether it be another delectable sweet or a piping hot cup of soup in the winter. In the warmer months we offer iced tea or lemonade as the perfect beverage to take outside where you can sit in our brightly colored Adirondack chairs, stroll in our English gardens, or play a game of bocce ball or croquet.
We do not have a liquor license, but you are welcome to bring along any beverages of your choice. We are happy to provide glassware, corkscrews, ice, and wine buckets for you. There is also a guest refrigerator in the kitchen for keeping your beverages cool during your stay.
Awards & Accolades
- 'Everyday with Rachael Ray' recommended the Willard Street Inn as the place to stay in Burlington when attending cheese making classes put on by the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese.
- 'Ski Magazine' described Burlington, VT as the "perfect base for New England fun."
- 'New York Magazine' recommended us as "a great place to relax after a full day enjoy all the outdoor activities Burlington and Vermont have to offer. "
- 'Vermont Magazine': "Burlington's Willard Street Inn has all of the charms of a country getaway, yet with an urban setting."
- 'Conde Nast Traveler' recommended "the handsome Willard Street Inn," as the place to stay in Burlington.
- 'Northwest Airlines Magazine': "nwa WorldTraveler chose the Willard Street Inn as a great place to stay when visiting Burlington and the surrounding Lake Champlain Valley region. "
- 'Business People Vermont' featured the Willard Street Inn and our family, read all about us: Business People-Vermont: Willard Street Inn
- 'The Boston Globe': "Burlington's most charming bed-and-breakfast is the Willard Street Inn."
- 'Wall Street Journal' recommended us as "a charming place to stay when visiting Burlington. "
- 'The Washington Post' bestowed kudos upon us as a good choice for accommodations when traveling to Burlington.
- 'New York Times': "The best place to stay" while visiting Burlington.
- 'Rough Guide to New England' gave us top ratings as one of their authors' favourites (British spelling!) and we quote: "the large rooms at this distinctive home are brilliantly restored (but not frilly). You also get a 24 hr. pantry, excellent homemade breakfasts, and a lush, green, relaxing English Garden.
- 'Dailycandy.com' recommended the Willard Street Inn as the place to "hunker down" when you "Road Trip to Burlington Vermont."
- 'National Geographic ADVENTURE' online chose Burlington, VT as one of "America's 100 Best Adventure Towns" and honored the Willard Street Inn as a "town staple with delicious breakfasts and cozy digs."
- 'Project Foodie' selected the Willard Street Inn for its Bed and Breakfast Spotlight! Check out our Chef's culinary creation: Chocolate Chip-Orange Scones
The Inn is conveniently located within walking distance to Burlington's Church Street Marketplace with its many shops, restaurants and galleries. Burlington's Flynn Theater plays host to countless events throughout the year including off-Broadway theater productions and nationally acclaimed performers. The Burlington Waterfront and bike path are also only a quick walk or drive away. The Shelburne Museum is just seven miles from the Inn, and a number of golf courses, ski resorts and other attractions are within an hour's drive making the Willard Street Inn the perfect home base for your next Vermont getaway.
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
www.vermont.org Information on local and regional events, attractions and restaurants. The Chamber's website is a wealth of information for the visitor including dates and times of special events.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
www.VTBear.com Delight in the whimsical world of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Take a fun-filled tour and watch teddy bears come to life before your eyes. Browse for gifts in the Bear Shop and create your own teddy in the "Make a Friend For Life" fun factory. This is a magical place where teddy bears and memories are crafted for a lifetime.
www.shelburnemuseum.org One of the world's great collections of American folk art, artifacts and architecture. Enjoy the diversity and delights of this national treasure. Nestled on 45 scenic acres. 37 exhibit buildings. 80,000 artifacts. Annual events and on-going programs for children and families. Owl Cottage Family Activity Center. Hands-on activities, crafts and art projects daily during July and August. Workshops for children, teens and families in theater arts, story quilts, and woodworking. Museum store open daily.
Flynn Center for The Performing Arts
www.flynncenter.org Events presented by the Flynn are carefully selected from among the finest performers and performances in the world. These are often rare opportunities available in only a limited number of major cities in the United States.
Lake Champlain Ferries
www.ferries.com Enjoy a ferry ride on beautiful Lake Champlain, the most direct route between Vermont and the Adirondacks and, as a round-trip foot passenger, the best way to watch a spectacular Lake Champlain sunset. Come aboard!