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About the Inn
Mountain View Inn has all the charm of an old Vermont farmhouse with the comfort of modern conveniences including Wifi. The old wide pine floors have been uncovered, finished and graced with both old and new braided rugs. In the living room we replaced the old floor with wide pine boardstwo are almost 28 inches widefrom a pine tree that grew at the corner of the house until it was struck by lightening. Both sides of our family have gifted us with wonderful antique furnitureour dining room table, a ceiling high corner cupboard and numerous beds among other things. All of these have been incorporated into a relaxed friendly setting in the country.
Mountain View Inn is not only our businessit is also our home. We bought it in 1978 as a ski lodge with four guest rooms and five years later added three more bedrooms, private baths and a beautiful big dining room. Our three boys, Jeremy, Andrew and Jonathan have lived here their entire lives. When home they often challenge the guests to a game in the living room and help out in the kitchen. Because this is our home we share it as such and welcome guests to visit with us as they share about their day's activities. We enjoy living here and we want your stay with us to be comfortable and fun.
The inn was built as a farmhouse circa 1826. It was located on 46 acres adjacent to the Mill Brook, a tributary of the Mad River. In 1946 Allen and Nancy Clark bought itwithout electricity, running water or central heatand converted it into one of the areas first ski lodges to service skiers at Mad River Glen. (There was no Sugarbush at that time.) We bought it thirty two years later, in 1978 and have been running it for twenty three years as a country inn B & B.
About The Family
We, the Innkeepers, Fred and Suzy, met while students at the University of Denver in the early 70's. After we married we lived in southwestern Colorado where Suzy had grown up on a working cattle/guest ranch which her great grandparents had homesteaded in 1886. After a couple of years the call of the northeast where Fred had grown up was so strong for him that we felt compelled to seek employment in this area and he was given a job managing a large inn in Waitsfield.
After a year in that capacity we were afforded the opportunity to purchase Mountain View Inn. That was in 1978, and the rest, as they say, is history. We started with four rooms and two hall baths and gradually over the years have added onóbay windows, a new dining room, three more bedrooms and all private baths.
As the inn grew so did our family. Andrew and Jonathan both started college after their Junior year of high school. After completing college in New Zealand Andrew has stayed there working in computer hardware for a company called Computer Care. His girlfriend Sarah is also there completing a degree in Veterinary Science. Jonathan completed a degree in Architecture and is presently living and working on the California coast and enjoying the mild climate there. Jeremy has remained in the Army National Guard after getting his degree in Systems Engineering. His Guard unit is presently deployed to Afghanistan where he is able to use his training as an engineer. Since graduating from college he has become an Army officer.
The shop across the driveway from the inn is Fred's domain. Here he creates masterpieces in his metal fabrication operation. Much of his work is for two local sign making companies who have sent his work to such far reaches as Universal Studios in Florida and Busch Gardens in Virginia. He can often be found in the shop bending and shaping metal into intricate designs.
We enjoy our life living in one of the most beautiful areas of the country and sharing our home with guests so that they can enjoy it, too.
We added the dining room on in 1983 so that we would have a large enough room to comfortably accommodate our twelve foot long antique pumpkin pine harvest table. With a small extension Fred built, this table can seat all of our fourteen guests as they enjoy delicacies from the kitchen, views of the mountains and conversation with each other. Our large plant-filled bay window affords guests views of both Mad River Glen and Sugarbush's Mount Ellen as they enjoy a hearty breakfast.
One of our breakfast specialties is blueberry pancakes made from blueberries picked on our property and served with Vermont Maple syrup produced by the trees on the hillside behind the inn.
Our living room is comfortable and inviting. During cold weather we stoke a fire in the Vermont castings stove and heat mulled cider for the guests. The inn has an extensive selection of books and board games and an upright piano for guest use.
Our parlor is a sunny cozy spot in the afternoon as the sun streams through the bay window. The many potted plants add a touch of greenery. Just the place to relax after a busy day and renew your spirit.
We do not have television at the inn as we feel it distracts the guests from being able to relate to each other and leave the cares of the world behind. However, our boys have a VCR and an extensive collection of videos they may be talked into sharing with interested visitors. We do have wireless internet so that you may be in contact with those outside of the Valley.