Mountain View Inn

1912 Mill Brook Road (Route 17), Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
Innkeeper(s): Fred and Susan Spencer
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Mountain View Inn, located in Waitsfield, Vermont!

    Located just one mile from Sugarbush's Mount Ellen, two and a half miles from Mad River Glen, and three miles from Sugarbush's South Basin, Mountain View Inn Bed & Breakfast is truly in the "heart of ski country." This exceptional Vermont country inn is just two miles from Waitsfield village with all its quaint shops and restaurants, and when you are here you are surrounded by the beautiful countryside in a relaxed and friendly setting.

    Mountain View Inn Bed and Breakfast has all the charm of an old Vermont farmhouse with the comfort of modern conveniences including wireless internet. The inn itself is lovingly decorated with family heirloom antiques and quilts made by Suzy. The old wide pine floors have been uncovered, finished and graced with both old and new braided rugs. This Green Mountain Vermont inn has seven bed and breakfast guest rooms each with a private bath and beautiful views. It is truly a "home away from home" in the Vermont countryside.

    Mountain View Inn Bed and Breakfast is located on 3+ acres just across the road from the Mill Brook. In the winter cross country skiers can access an expansive trail network. The Catamount Trail parallels Rt. 17 and leads to Mad River Glen. A trail behind our Inn passes Bragg Hill and Phen Basin and ends just up the road at The Battleground. There are also several local cross country skiing centers.

    We are just over three miles from where the Long Trail crosses the Appalachian Gap on Rt. 17, and the above noted trails connect us with the Long Trail on both sides of "App Gap." Our country inn is well situated for hikers to access the Long Trail going either north or south to enjoy destinations such as Sunset Rock, Mount Abraham, Molly Stark's Balcony and Camel's Hump as well as spectacular panoramic 360 degree views. Inn guests can also enjoy our porch swing or the hammock out back in the hackmatack tree.

     

    We added the dining room on in 1983 so that we would have a large enough room to comfortably accommodate our twelve foot long antique pumpkin pine harvest table. With a small extension Fred built, this table can seat all of our fourteen guests as they enjoy delicacies from the kitchen, views of the mountains and conversation with each other. Our large plant-filled bay window affords guests views of both Mad River Glen and Sugarbush's Mount Ellen as they enjoy a hearty breakfast.

     

     

    One of our breakfast specialties is blueberry pancakes made from blueberries picked on our property and served with Vermont Maple syrup produced by the trees on the hillside behind the inn.

    Our living room is comfortable and inviting. During cold weather we stoke a fire in the Vermont castings stove and heat mulled cider for the guests. The inn has an extensive selection of books and board games and an upright piano for guest use.

     


    Our parlor is a sunny cozy spot in the afternoon as the sun streams through the bay window. The many potted plants add a touch of greenery. Just the place to relax after a busy day and renew your spirit.

    We do not have television at the inn as we feel it distracts the guests from being able to relate to each other and leave the cares of the world behind. However, our boys have a VCR and an extensive collection of videos they may be talked into sharing with interested visitors. We do have wireless internet so that you may be in contact with those outside of the Valley.

    Mountain View Inn has seven guest bedrooms. All of our rooms are basically the same in that they accommodate two people and each has a private bath with shower. Each is individually decorated with its own "personality" and unique with its own beautiful views. It is truly a "home away from home" in the country.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Fred and Susan Spencer for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Many people stay at our inn to ski at either Sugarbush or Mad River Glen Ski Areas which are located less than three miles from our inn. In other seasons of the year people stay here for hiking and sightseeing as we are located in the heart of the Green Mountains.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for "at home comfort and personal attention". Our Inn is unique in that it was one of the first inns in the Valley having been converted from an old farmhouse to an inn in 1946, before there were any ski areas in our Valley. I love the character of out 200 year old inn and the beauty of the surroundings as we are snuggled right into the mountains.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We live in the TOWN of Fayston just west of Waitsfield, VT far from any cities. The best reason to come here is to unwind in the country, recharge your batteries and bask in the beauty of the area.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our best compliment is that coming here "is just like going to Grandma's, only better".

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret of our area is that even though Stowe, VT is known as the home of the VonTrapps because the Trapp Family Lodge is there, many of the VonTrapps live in our valley and Elisaqbeth vonTrapp who is a beautiful entertainer/singer lives just a few miles from us and is our personal friend.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    If a traveler is staying here in the winter skiing would be a good bet, in the summer/fall, a trip to Ben and Jerry's Ice cream Factory in Waterbury is fun and hiking and biking are good ways to spend a day. We are located just 4 miles from the Long Trail.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are located just 2 miles from the village of Waitsfield which has many quaint shops and boutiques and also many artists and artisans.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Just .2 of a mile down the road is the Hyde Away Restaurant which is run by Bruce Hyde, a graduate of the Cornell University School of hotel and restaurant management. They have a unique setting and delicious food.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Mad River 4-Season Guide, www.DiscoveryMaps.com, MadRiverValley.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have a total of 7 rooms, each accommodating 2 people and each with a private bath.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets. Just 1 mile down the road is Mad River Veterinary Services which will board pets. Their phone number is: 802-4496-7272.

     

  • About the Inn

    Mountain View Inn has all the charm of an old Vermont farmhouse with the comfort of modern conveniences including Wifi. The old wide pine floors have been uncovered, finished and graced with both old and new braided rugs. In the living room we replaced the old floor with wide pine boards—two are almost 28 inches wide—from a pine tree that grew at the corner of the house until it was struck by lightening. Both sides of our family have gifted us with wonderful antique furniture—our dining room table, a ceiling high corner cupboard and numerous beds among other things. All of these have been incorporated into a relaxed friendly setting in the country.

    Mountain View Inn is not only our business—it is also our home. We bought it in 1978 as a ski lodge with four guest rooms and five years later added three more bedrooms, private baths and a beautiful big dining room. Our three boys, Jeremy, Andrew and Jonathan have lived here their entire lives. When home they often challenge the guests to a game in the living room and help out in the kitchen. Because this is our home we share it as such and welcome guests to visit with us as they share about their day's activities. We enjoy living here and we want your stay with us to be comfortable and fun.

    The inn was built as a farmhouse circa 1826. It was located on 46 acres adjacent to the Mill Brook, a tributary of the Mad River. In 1946 Allen and Nancy Clark bought it—without electricity, running water or central heat—and converted it into one of the areas first ski lodges to service skiers at Mad River Glen. (There was no Sugarbush at that time.) We bought it thirty two years later, in 1978 and have been running it for twenty three years as a country inn B & B.

  • About The Family

    We, the Innkeepers, Fred and Suzy, met while students at the University of Denver in the early 70's. After we married we lived in southwestern Colorado where Suzy had grown up on a working cattle/guest ranch which her great grandparents had homesteaded in 1886. After a couple of years the call of the northeast where Fred had grown up was so strong for him that we felt compelled to seek employment in this area and he was given a job managing a large inn in Waitsfield.

    After a year in that capacity we were afforded the opportunity to purchase Mountain View Inn. That was in 1978, and the rest, as they say, is history. We started with four rooms and two hall baths and gradually over the years have added on—bay windows, a new dining room, three more bedrooms and all private baths.

    As the inn grew so did our family. Andrew and Jonathan both started college after their Junior year of high school. After completing college in New Zealand Andrew has stayed there working in computer hardware for a company called Computer Care. His girlfriend Sarah is also there completing a degree in Veterinary Science. Jonathan completed a degree in Architecture and is presently living and working on the California coast and enjoying the mild climate there. Jeremy has remained in the Army National Guard after getting his degree in Systems Engineering. His Guard unit is presently deployed to Afghanistan where he is able to use his training as an engineer. Since graduating from college he has become an Army officer.

    The shop across the driveway from the inn is Fred's domain. Here he creates masterpieces in his metal fabrication operation. Much of his work is for two local sign making companies who have sent his work to such far reaches as Universal Studios in Florida and Busch Gardens in Virginia. He can often be found in the shop bending and shaping metal into intricate designs.

    We enjoy our life living in one of the most beautiful areas of the country and sharing our home with guests so that they can enjoy it, too.

  • Guest Comment

    “Another Wonderful Stay at Mountain View Inn”
    Reviewed March 3, 2011


    This is the third time we stayed at the Mountain View inn, and it is always a wonderful experience. The owners are so nice and welcoming, and we feel very comfortable being there. The rooms are very comfortable, they are each decorated a little differently, and they all have their own bathrooms.

    The location is great for many activities, including skiing at Mad River Glen (just a couple miles up the road) and Sugarbush (maybe 5 or so miles away?). Its really close to lots of hiking, including the long trail. And its proximity to American Flatbread is really important too (if you've experienced American Flatbread you'll know what I mean! its the best pizza!)

    The house has been beautifully renovated, I think it was built in the early 1800's, and its what you would expect from an unpretentious Vermont B&B, with lots of country charm and a little rustic with exposed beams and hardwood floors. Very simple and relaxing!

    Breakfast was awesome and incredibly filling: we usually started out with 1/2 a grapefruit, coffee, juice, and then had either blueberry pancakes and bacon, or an egg souffle ( i think its called) with blueberry sauce, which was awesome! We even got chocolate covered strawberries to start since we were there on Valentine's day!

    In the three times we've stayed here, the house has been spotless, the showers wonderfully hot after a day of skiing, and the hosts couldn't be more welcoming. We go to this area often and will definitely always stay at Mountain View.

    ProvenceLavender
    Coatesville, Pennsylvania

  • Location and Directions

    Mountain View Inn is located on 3+ acres just across the road from the Mill Brook. In the winter cross-country skiers can access the Catamount Trail which parallels the road and takes them toward Mad River Glen, 3 miles, or Fred can point them to his favorite trail on Bragg Hill behind the inn which ends at The Battleground—just up the road—after passing Autumn foliage of the oak tree in the front lawn, tulip tree in front(downhill) through Phen Basin. We are 3 miles from Sugarbush's Mount Ellen (north) and about 6 miles from Lincoln Peak (south).

    Other seasons of the year guests can enjoy our porch swing or the hammock out back in the hackmatack tree.

    We are just over three miles from where the Long Trail crosses the Appalachian Gap on Rt. 17. This is the perfect access for hikers to go either north or south on the trail. For those people who only have a short time to hike, Molly Stark's Balcony, reached by going north on the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap, affords a beautiful view overlooking the beaver pond and the valley to the west.

    Many hikers who stay at the inn enjoy a day hike up Vermont's spectacular Camel's Hump to the north or Mount Abraham to the South. A shortened version of the Mount Abe hike is the hike to Sunset Rock which takes you part way up the mountain and gives a beautiful view, especially at sunset! There are trails from the Inn that connect with the Long Trail each side of "App Gap," making us a favorite stop for long distance hikers and on guided tours, Country Inns Along the Trail. Both of these mountains have spectacular panoramic 360 degree views from the top.

    From New York City (300 miles, 6 hours), Connecticut and western Massachusetts: 

    Follow I-91 North to White River Junction in Vermont and get on I-89 North. From the Boston area (200 miles, 3.5 to 4 hours), take I-93 North to Concord, New Hampshire, get on I-89 North and follow it into Vermont. Once on I-89 North in Vermont, proceed 55 miles and take exit 9. At the end of the ramp turn left. At the "T" turn left on Rt. 2 east. Go only 0.4 miles and, just after the curve, turn right on Rt. 100B south. Follow this for about 13 miles, keeping straight as Rt. 100 intersects. After passing through Waitsfield Village and Irasville, bear right onto Rt. 17 and follow about 2 miles to the Mountain View Inn on the right.

    From Montreal (140 miles, 220 km, 2.5 hours):

    Take I-89 South to exit 10 in Waterbury, Vermont. From Burlington International Airport (30 miles, 55 km, 40 minutes), exit the airport left on Rt. 2 South, proceed approximately 2.5 miles to Rt. 2A. Turn right, go less than a mile to the highway. Turn left at the second entrance, heading South on I-89 to Exit 10, Waterbury.   From I-89 exit 10, follow Rt. 100 South approximately 14 miles through Waitsfield Village and Irasville. Bear right onto Rt. 17 and follow about 2 miles to the Mountain View Inn on the right.

    From New York State and points west and south:

    Take the NY State Thruway, I-87 North, through Albany (the Northway) to exit 20. About 2 hours of driving time remains at this point. Take Rt. 149 East through Fort Ann to U.S. 4 North and follow through Whitehall. Follow Route 4, proceeding northeast through Rutland, Vermont. About 12 miles past Rutland, turn left after the Greenbriar Hotel onto Route 100 North and follow for 44 miles.  At the intersection of Route 17, turn left and follow about 2 miles to the Mountain View Inn on the right.