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The Governor's House in Hyde Park

100 Main Street P.O. Box 300, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655
Innkeeper(s): Suzanne Boden
  • Introduction

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, front view

    The Governor's House is the centerpiece of the quiet village of Hyde Park,Vermont just nine miles from the world-class resort of Stowe, Vermont. The fully-restored historic mansion offers the quintessential New England holiday. Perfect for a honeymoon or romantic weekend getaway, it is also ideal for family reunions, intimate weddings, romantic elopements or simply enjoying the fall foliage or sleigh rides in the scenic countryside.

    Charm and luxury abound inside this distinctive inn furnished with antiques, bedroom fireplaces, and a well-stocked library. The Green Mountains will beckon offering skiing, hiking, dog sledding, snowshoeing, fly fishing, and glider rides to name a few. We serve a full English afternoon tea. Our Jane Austen weekends offer a chance to feel you've escaped to Regency England with a variety of literary-inspired activities. Adjacent to the bike trail along the scenic Lamoille River which doubles in winter as part of the VAST trail, it's an easy stop while biking or by snowmobile.

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, front hallIn 1893, Vermont Governor Carroll S. Page built the house for his family on the bluff in Hyde Park not far from his boyhood home. A copy of the 1759 Georgian house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, known as the Longfellow House, it also had the latest gas lighting fixtures, a drinking fountain of Vermont marble, and made-to-order mirrored mantle-pieces.

    For modern comfort we've added in-room high speed internet, WiFi, cable TV and VCR/DVD players, and a fully handicap accessible room with a private porch and garden. Many original details have survived the century, and the house has been restored and decorated to preserve the gracious elegance of an earlier time. So when you're ready for a very comfortable stay, come to The Governor's House in Hyde Park and back to a time when warm bread and cookies come straight from the oven, and maple syrup comes straight from the tree.

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park,tea tableGuests will find the inn's big, quiet guest rooms very inviting. The parlor is always available to guests, and the well-stocked library is a perfect place for afternoon tea or a game of chess. The cozy reading nook on the second floor has a panoramic view of the mountains, and the quiet portico overlooking the back toward the mountains is a great place to enjoy a summer afternoon drink.

    A very hearty three-course breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. in the dining room, which looks out toward the mountains. On summer afternoons, fresh lemonade and homemade cookies are served. In the fall, it's likely to be cold cider with cheddar cheese and crackers. Winter guests are often warmed with mulled cider.

  • 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 Suzanne Boden for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Pleasure, luxury.

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

    Elegance and style in a carefully restored and decorated mansion built by Vermont's governor in 1893.

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

    It's a charming small village in the mountains.

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

    Almost every time a couple does my elopement package or a small wedding, somebody, if not everybody, says, "It was perfect."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It might be the afternoon tea I serve at the inn, which is truly as good as what you would get at the best London hotels - I compare at least once a year and people rave about the scones which I serve fresh from the oven. Or it might be New England as a whole which is small enough to easily drive from corner to corner on mostly scenic highways, has more cultural and historical things to do than any other part of the US, and touches New York City and Montreal.

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

    Ski (downhill & nordic), snowshoe, kayak & canoe, fly fishing, hot-air balloon ride, glider ride or lessons, fantastic hiking (dozens of easy hikes & the Long Trail which was the original section of the Appalachian trail), several summer theaters - one right across the street, more than a dozen art galleries in 12-mile radius of the inn, dog sled rides and an overnight dogsled camping adventure, several wineries and breweries, the Shelburne Museum where visitors often spend two days & Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh Billings Rockefeller House, the state capital is charming (the smallest in the nation and the only of the 50 without a McDonald's, instead it has the New England Culinary Institute with several restaurants and the historic state house is free to visit), maple sugar houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Cabot cheese factory, corn mazes, zip line, ballet and several chamber music series each summer.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Hiking trails, fly fishing, theater, cross country ski and snowshoe, snowmobile trail.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Harrison's is a lovely bistro and Foxfire is a charming family-run Italian restaurant.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Visit the New England Driving Tours page of my website and the list of local activities

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Eight rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, but there is a great vet an easy 1/4 mile walk away in the village who boards all pets and has 24-hour visiting.

  • Weddings

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, bride

    The simple elegance of Governor's House is a perfect setting for an intimate ceremony. All arrangements & menus for the occasion are custom designed to suit your style & your budget. A weekend of family feasting, a formal reception for 50, or a private candlelit dinner with a heart-shaped cake for two. And we make it ever so easy, taking care of all the details including the license and the justice of the peace. So why put up with the hassle when it should be a piece of cake? Please contact us for details.

    Just the two of you want to slip away and tie the knot? With three days notice, we'll welcome you for the weekend and take care of all the details. Two nights, dinner for two, full breakfast, champagne, flowers, ceremony inside or out, and all the paperwork. Why deal with the hassle when it could be a piece of cake! Also included. Bring a few friends and we'll give them 10% off regular room rates. Subject to availability. Special Price: $735.

    For information about weddings, please visit the Governor's House in Hyde Park weddings page.

  • Afternoon Tea

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, afternoon tea

    Please come to Afternoon Tea at The Governor's House in Hyde Park

    Thursdays and Sundays 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reservations required. 802-888-6888

    Other days & times are possible by prior arrangement.

    This is a New England tea room, but even visitors from Old England won't be disappointed with our freshly brewed house blend loose leaf tea.

  • TripAdvisor Reviews

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, lounge area

    Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

    Ended up in Hyde Park by default but had a very pleasant stay. Innkeeper was very friendly and accommodating- provided tea and ice cream upon arrival, great breakfast, and perfect hike and swim recommendations. Almost nothing in Hyde Park, so if you like quiet, this is a good spot where you will be well taken care of.

    Reviewed July 9, 2012

    Such a wonderful place to stay in VT !! This home is wonderful, everything has been thought of by the inn keeper. A very relaxing setting both indoors and out. The scenery is spectacular, but can't compare to the fantastic (multi-course) breakfast. The inn and it's keeper are warm and inviting. I can't think of a better place to unwind and recharge.

    Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple

    Reviewed February 24, 2012 via mobile

    My girlfriend and I stayed over a long winter weekend and had a wonderful, romantic time. Suzanne was the perfect host, a great person to talk to and efficient and thoughtful behind the scenes.

    The house itself is lovely with tasteful antiques and cozy spaces. Breakfast was terrific.

    Dining options nearby are somewhat limited so make a reservation at a good restaurant in Montpelier and then return to The Governor's House to unwind and relax.

    Stayed February 2012

  • Parties & Private Events

    The Governor's House in Hyde Park, dinner table

    An elegant setting makes your private event even more special and at The Governor's House in Hyde Park, you will fine elegance is very affordable.

    Whether it's a wedding, birthday party, family reunion, afternoon tea, shower, or weekend of adventure, someone here is ready to help with all the details. Use the library, the dining room, the back portico, or the entire inn for your very special private gathering. We will create a menu to suit your individual needs.

    The Governor's House is ideal for family celebrations, reunions, bridal showers, intimate weddings, or just getting away together.Family meals are tailored to your individual tastes.

    Please visit The Governor's House in Hyde Park events page for more information.

  • Kid Friendly

    Well-behaved children are warmly welcomed at The Governor's House in Hyde Park.

  • Things To Do

    • Jane Austen Weekends
    • Downtown Abbey inspired dinners and weekends
    • English afternoon tea
    • Hyde Park Opera House
    • Burklyn Ballet
    • Helen Day Art Center
    • Stowe Theatre Guild
    • Day trip to Montreal
    • Glider rides
    • Hot air ballooning
    • Hiking & biking
    • Canoeing and kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Golfing
    • Horseback riding
    • Dog sledding
    • Snowshoeing
    • Sleigh rides
    • Ice skating
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Snowmobiling

    For more information about activities and events near The Governor's House at Hyde Park, please visit our website.