Shearer Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast
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Innkeepers Bill and Patti hope that you'll give them a call and plan a trip to Wilmington, Vermont. You'll be greeted when you arrive with a warm welcome and hot cup of coffee. Whether you're planning to check out the sites, or simply relax at the B&B, Bill and Patti will help you plan each day so that you have the best weekend or extended vacation possible.
Where to begin.
"Bill grew up in the bedroom community of Manhasset, LI, New York, while Patti grew up in the town next door, Great Neck, LI, NY. We met in 1962 and married in 1965. Bill worked for Hess Oil and Patti was a stay at home Mom. We moved to southern Vermont in 1970 from the north shore of Long Island. We had come to visit friends from our home town, Bob and Audrey Gregory. Our visit was so wonderful we decided to uproot our small family and relocate in the rural town of Halifax, Vermont. We bought our run down farm in the winter with a massive amount of snow on the ground. Spring brought flowers, green grass, our moving truck full of all our belongs and melted snow that revealed the fact that we had purchased a 3,000 car junk yard.
"Most of our refurbishing/building projects are complete. We have raised our seven children. Our small working farm that sustained and nourished our growing family has now been converted into a beautiful six room bed and breakfast.
"Stay tune as they say for more.... Patti."
PS- For those who have visited us before...
"You'll see lots of old dilapidated barns as you travel throughout Vermont, reminiscent of an early time when farming was the primary
source of income. These decaying buildings now make for wonderful scenery. That's why we were saddened when we had to tear down the old barn (otherwise VT would charge us taxes on it). Lots of wonderful conversations with guests started because of that old barn."
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bill and Patti Pusey for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Because we are a small “working farm,” our rates are reasonable and we “welcome” children.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We serve Baked Apples and Ice Cream each morning...365 days of the year. We are on a pristine country road, 3 miles off the main highway [Route 9 in southern Vermont] and we raise White Faced Herford cows. We make Maple Syrup and guests get to help. We “love” people and we get the nicest guests!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
4 season resort- Skiing is big reason in winter, but all the seasons provide lots to do.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Three “W’s.” Your B&B is so Warm, Wonderful and Welcoming. A guest from England who stayed for 6 days said, “I have totally enjoyed watching you two dance together” - a metaphor for our ability to make work look “easy and fun.” Visiting us is like being at your “home away from home” and Billy and I treat our guests like they are family. People comment on how welcoming we make them feel.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are a 4 season resort and we are so close to so many big cities: 200 miles to NYC; 124 miles to Boston; 150 miles to the coast of Maine; and 4.5 hours to Montreal, Canada.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Depends on the season:
- Cross country skiing
- Ice fishing in winter
- Making Maple Syrup in the spring
- Marlboro Music Festival
- Horse back riding
- Boating (largest body of water IN the state of Vermont, Harriman reservoir, is just 5 miles from the farm.)
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Being 3 miles off the main road, we live in mother nature’s neighborhood and you can walk in total peace on a country dirt road or through the woods. Each season presents different scenery. At night, enjoy the brightest stars you will ever see. In winter, the whole surroundings is like a winter wonderland.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
So many! In winter the area is filled with about 40,000 visitors to ski, so we have so many fine restaurants. The Anchor in Wilmington is always a hit with our guests.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 6 rooms. Three in the main building and three in the carriage house.
Do you accept pets?
No, because of the cows. We do not allow pets but we love children (we are the parents of 7 grown children).
Plan a Spring Vacation
If you haven't experienced maple sugaring first hand, we have great news! If you stay with us in the spring, generally throughout March and sometimes into early April, you can join us for maple sugaring in our very own private sugarhouse. We're the only Vermont bed and breakfast that we know of with their own sugarhouse.
Plan a Summer Vacation
Whether you're interested in championship golf, hiking, mountain biking, or music, it's all right here in Southern Vermont! In fact, The Long Trail is a hiking path traveling 265 miles north/south the entire length of Vermont and is only a 30 minute drive from us. Mount Snow championship golf course, a mountain biking facility, Orvis fly fishing instruction, gift shops, a quilting store, petting farm, winery, large flea market, ferry boat tours and more are only a few minutes away.
Enjoy the Fall Foilage
Every year visitors from all over New England and abroad visit us to enjoy the splendor of Vermont's fall foliage. We hope you'll be our next new guest. We'll make sure your Vermont bed and breakfast vacation, whether it's just for the weekend, or for longer is entertaining and relaxing.
Plan a Winter Vacation
Sure, we're only a short drive from one of New Englands' most well-known ski resorts, Mount Snow, and Haystack Mountain ski area, but there's also a lot more to do besides skiing and snowboarding. There's even winter tubing and sleigh rides to a log cabin way back in the woods. For those who are really adventureous, not far away in the snowiest part of southern Vermont you can go for a snowmobile tour into the Green Mountain National Forest.
Delicious Baked Apples for Breakfast!
We discovered several years ago that our guests absolutely love waking up in the morning, not only to the smell of freshly baked muffins and coffee, but to baked apples with our very own maple syrup.
We use Vermont apples whenever posssible, generally Early Macs because they ripen in mid-August through early September, which is perfect timing for our fall vacationers. Or, if our guests prefer a more tart apple to offset the sweetness of the maple syrup, we use Granny Smiths.
We've perfected a recipe and baking process that results in a simply delicious breakfast. Best of all, when the weather cooperates, you can enjoy your Vermonter breakfast on the back deck, where you can listen to the cows mooing in the pasture. There's just something relaxing about the loud bellow of cows off in the distance. They're actually calling for breakfast too, waiting patiently for Farmer Bill to bring them their morning hay.
Sometimes the morning air be a bit brisk until the sun peeks over the tops of the trees and begins to warm the air and burn off the morning dew, but our guests never seem to mind the morning chill. We believe they find it exhilarating and great start to the day!
Part of the secret to our baked apples is the bowl in which we bake them. Called "apple bakers," these unique bowls have a ceramic post in the center, so that the cored apple will sit on the post and bake perfectly, without collapsing in the bowl during the baking process. Over the years so many of our guests have requested the bowls to take home with them, that we now sell them as well. $19.95 for a set of 2 apple bakers. If you'd like to order you're own apple baker bowls, simply give us a call. We'd be glad to ship them to you.
We also make our very own maple syrup in our little sugarhouse here at the B&B. We don't know of any other Vermont bed and breakfast that has their own sugarhouse, which is something that we believe makes us quite unique. Since Shearer Hill Farm B&B is also a small working farm, maple sugaring is a perfect fit. Farmer Bill gathers sap every spring, and boils about 50 gallons of syrup in a good season. If you join us in March you can help make Vermont maple syrup. Our sugarhouse is always fun.
How to Find Us
Shearer Hill Farm is located 5 miles off Rt. 9 on Shearer Hill Road between Brattleboro and Wilmington, Vermont, just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington and 20 minutes from Mount Snow Ski Resort. For detailed directions please give us a call.
Our GPS Coordinates
N 42 degrees 49.636
W 072 degrees 47.848