Address: 20 Cross Road
Web Address: http://www.chesterfieldinn.com
West Chesterfield, New Hampshire
Perched on a hill overlooking a pond in the front and a field of wildflowers in the back, The Chesterfield Inn is the ideal place to serve as your base when visiting southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Located just over the border from Brattleboro, Vermont and halfway between Keene, New Hampshire it is the perfect refuge when skiing at Mt Snow or Stratton , antiquing in the many great antique shops, or just relaxing in the mountain air. The sprawling Inn, originally built in the late 1700’s with an additional building constructed in 1992 is wonderfully maintained with beautiful rooms, excellent food and a delightful staff.
There are 15 rooms in the original house and the adjacent Johanna Wetherby Building. Ten have fireplaces, two have whirlpools and six are pet friendly. Mine, #20, in the Wetherby Building could not have been more comfortable. I had a hard time gathering up my things and getting on the road the next morning. A private entry led past an antique secretary to an oversized room made larger still with cathedral ceilings. Two club chairs and ottomans with a throw draped over one surrounded the fireplace and were perfect for reading, glass of wine and early morning coffee. Decorated with toile wallpaper, rich burgundy floral draperies, traditional furniture and antiques, the room was both elegant and intimate. A wonderful Temperpedic bed with luxury linens guaranteed a great sleep and in the morning a personal Keurig machine helped start the day with a great cup of coffee. The bath had a huge two person Jacuzzi, a stall shower and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. A good sized deck looked out over an open field which I was told is filled with wildflowers in the summer.
Cocktails are served in the parlor or outside on the Terrace. The views of the back meadow and the rolling hills beyond are soothing and colorful when the wildflowers are in bloom. The formal dining room is elegantly decorated with traditional furniture set with crisp linens, crystal and china and fresh flowers. A small 4 table porch next to the main dining room juts out over the meadow and is a wonderfully intimate setting for dinner. Under the direction of Chef Bob Nabstedt, the menu is innovative, well prepared and quite good. It features fresh fish from Boston, local game and herbs from their own gardens. I started with a roasted butternut squash ravioli with a balsamic brown butter, toasted hazelnuts and shaved Parmesan that I didn’t want to end. I really wanted to order the braised bison short ribs with a zinfandel and roasted shallot reduction sauce, but opted for the healthier sesame encrusted Atlantic swordfish with a bourbon, ginger and soy glaze and wasn’t disappointed in the least. A pumpkin creme brulee ended a great meal. Appetizers: $7-$11, entrees: $22-$32, desserts: $6.
The wine list, although totaling only 40 selections has some well thought out choices like a Louis Latour Chardonnay, a Trimbach Pinot Blanc, Bogle Phantom and a Perrin Reserve Cote du Rhone, all well priced.
Breakfast was equally as satisfying with fresh Green Mountain coffee, fresh juices and fruits and a choice of delicious entrees including eggs, omelets, pancakes and French toast. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
The owners are also the managers and that attention to detail is evident everywhere. The staff is well trained and gracious, the grounds are meticulously maintained and the rooms are comfortable and in pristine condition. Your favorite pet is welcome and the Inn has set aside six rooms for your canine traveler.
From $174 peak season, topping out at $344. A great value.
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WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
There are all sorts of local activities ranging from rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming and other warm weather activities to the full range of winter sports from downhill and cross country skiing to snow shoeing and more. This is a great area for antiquing and there are lots of museums and cultural activities in the valley. Click here for the Inn’s list of local activities.
Hartford: 1 hour 30 minutes
Albany: 2 hours
Boston: 2 hours 20 minutes
New York: 4 hours