Colin Windell

Apart from the thrum of big diesel engines and the swish of tyres on wet roads, there’s little to challenge the snow-blanket silence that makes Wilmington’s The Nutmeg Inn such a peaceful retreat for so many visitors to Vermont, writes Colin Windell 

Some four hours from New York and two hours from Boston, The Nutmeg Inn is ideally located for the city-bound snow bunnies eager to tackle the ski slopes of Mount Snow or the many hiking and snowmobile trails in the area that provide the winter fun.

The Nutmeg Inn surrounded by snow

However, it is also a summer retreat and a major autumn (Fall) attraction when the thousands of trees in the area undergo a kaleidoscope of colour change with the leaves changing from bright green through an array of purples, oranges, yellows and browns.

This southern Vermont boutique hotel dates back to 1777

This southern Vermont boutique hotel has morphed from a farmhouse established in 1777 to the cosy and unique establishment it now is.

On September 21, 1772, the land was sold to Lieutenant Bezaleel and Joanne Waste,who began building their farm house and barn, attached to the main house by a breeze way. Most likely the carriage house was added as their family grew.

Comfy furniture makes the Nutmeg Inn feel like a real home

Sometime between 1890 and 1920 the new owners, the Bellows family, expanded the carriage house by adding a second floor to it. It first saw service in 1958 when Dave French purchased the property and turned it into a ski lodge to house skiers for the newly-opened resort called Mount Snow. Dave named the property The Nutmeg after his home State of Connecticut.

Winter reindeer in the garden

In 1984 the Lawrences bought the Inn, and tastefully transformed it into one of the premier properties within Vermont. In 1995 Dave and Pat Cerchio visited The Nutmeg Inn and shortly thereafter became the new caretakers.

Current owners, Paul and Shelley, purchased this little piece of beautiful Vermont in the fall of 2014 and are updating the property while holding on to its rich history.

They live on the property and one of the true charms of a stay at The Nutmeg is that visitors are treated more like family friends than simply hotel guests, explaining the number of repeat bookings, many made more than a year in advance.

A muted palette adds to the sense of tranquility

All the rooms have private bathrooms and the inn offers free wi-fi, free parking, cookies baked fresh daily, two beautiful living rooms, a dining room (breakfast only) with wood-burning fire, a games room and two outdoor fire pits.

The Nutmeg is committed to making the smallest possible impact on its natural environment and uses eco-friendly cleaning pr oducts and natural, goat milk bathroom amenities. In addition the staff at The Nutmeg support local farms and purveyors and so, produce is locally and responsibly sourced.

A cosy living room

The Nutmeg has 10 cozy rooms and four suites, all with cable television, central air-conditioning and in-room heat control.

Located on Route 9, the village of Wilmington is central to a host of other towns such as Brattleboro, Keene and Dover and the region is a treasure trove of restaurants, diners, bars and even craft breweries for the discerning beer palates.

The Nutmeg truly epitomises the word ‘getaway’.

Colin Windell is a petrolhead, rock music addict, and apprentice retiree who has managed all three into a love of travel that specifically excludes security and most airline staff He has worked on newspapers and magazines in South Africa and England and currently bides his time between excursions at an intimate watering hole on the KZN South Coast thinking about where he would like to be. Having missed it the first time around he would like to ‘drop out’ before he actually drops dead.