The Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Vermont
Photos courtesy of The Inn at the Round Barn Farm
Story by Olga Bas
Located in Mad River Valley, The Inn at the Round Barn Farm is a great Vermont retreat. Surrounded by excellent ski terrain (Sugarbush and Mad River Glen) and eclectic farms (such as yak meat), this 245 acre farm features one of five round barns still standing in Vermont. Restored to its original 1910 beauty in the late 80s, The Inn offers an idyllic escape from everyday life and is a perfect winter getaway.
Harkening back to the time of its inception, The Inn's 12 guestrooms feature period antiques and décor. And you can even get warm cookies in the afternoon in the parlor to stave off the chill for that homey touch. When you're not busy skiing, or you'd rather keep your feet on level ground, you can take one of the snowshoe treks led by Cooper, the farm's black lab.
Not only is the view green at the Round Barn Farm, but it's also run with green in mind: the farm grows most of its own produce, plants herbs in pig pens and fruit groves in a retired hay field. All meals are prepared by the chef and all dishes are seasoned. Flooded areas of the fields were converted to water gardens, one of which doubles as a greenhouse enhanced indoor pool.
If that isn't enough to convince you, we're told that Round Barn Farm is "also a year round wedding and civil union venue and one of the only places in Vermont that can host a winter wedding or civil union - ceremony, reception, and 12 guestrooms of accommodations - in an intimate inn setting." You can hear the bells ringing from here.