Ranney-Crawford House Bed and Breakfast
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The Ranney-Crawford House is a brick Federal manor house built by Elijah Ranney in circa 1810. It has been lovingly restored to retain much of its early 19th century charm and elegance. This elegant home, located in Putney, Vermont, has Palladian windows, Rumford fireplaces, fine woodwork and wainscoting is situated amidst flowering gardens, lawns, and some of the original fields first farmed by the Ranneys.
You have a choice of bright, airy bedrooms with queen beds and luxurious linens. Some of the rooms have fireplaces. A hearty country breakfast is served in the formal dining room, or outdoors on the patio. Guests rave about the breakfast specialties, including several varieties of homemade biscotti to enjoy with coffee, as well as, omelettes and frittatas filled with fresh vegetables from the garden. Naturally, pancakes or French toast are staples to enjoy with pure Vermont Maple Syrup.
This idyllic setting is just minutes away from the village of Putney, the Putney School, Landmark College and Vermont Academy. Cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and water sports are nearby. Visit Putney or downtown Brattleboro for shopping, browsing the antique shops, local artisan studios, fine dining, theatre, and music (including the Yellow Barn Music Festival). The Ranney-Crawford House is only a short trip to Mount Snow, Okemo and Stratton Mountain for downhill skiing enthusiasts.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Diane & Arnie Glim for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Cycling comes to mind first. Then, people going away for a weekend, parents visiting students at the Putney School, Landmark College and Vermont Academy. Many of our guests come to pursue outdoor activities (cross country skiing) and cultural events.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our inn is known as a great place to cycle and to eat great breakfasts. We have many rides that leave from our inn and go on beautiful, scenic roads. I think the ambiance makes our inn stand out, and the services that we offer. We try to make people feel welcome and at home.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Peace and quiet; Lots of cultural events; Beautiful scenery.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment is when guests return again and again. They love the cycling and breakfasts. In winter, cross country skiing is a favorite and close by.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Hidden swimming holes, hikes up several mountains with lovely vistas at the top. Organic, fresh food.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Attend a concert, shop, go for a hike, ride a bike. Visit Basketville and The Vermont Country Store. Enjoy good food. If it is winter, partake of some winter sports.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
A lovely swimming hole, several walking routes, one in our meadow.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
McCliments Pub, L.A. Burdick’s, Peter Havens. We have a book of local restaurant menus.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We provide our guests with a booklet highlighting the area, as well as a Vermont map.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 4 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No pets, but there are several nice kennels nearby.
Diane and Arnie Glim are your hosts. Arnie is a retired physics and mathematics teacher with a doctorate in developmental psychology. An enthusiastic cyclist, he welcomes the chance to go out and show off Vermont's beautiful roads and trails. When not cycling, Arnie's hobby is furniture making. Much of the Ranney-Crawford House furniture was handcrafted in Arnie's shop. Diane, a former school counselor, is an expert quilter, seamstress, folk artist and gourmet cook.