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Christmas in Vermont: Part 1 – Stowe’s Edson Hill Inn

A few months ago my mother-in-law announced that she was giving my husband and me a trip to Vermont as our Christmas gift this year, and we could take that trip in either the autumn or at some point during the Christmas holidays.  Since I have always wanted to see some small towns in Vermont decorated for Christmas, (see my post about that here) we chose an early December trip.

And of course when our son who is in law school in Connecticut heard about it, he decided he wanted to tag along with us because he would only have to study for exams at that time. Ha.  We agreed as long as he would get his studying done.  So we booked our flights and made our reservations, and as we were making our plans I kept saying…

I hope we see some snow.
I hope we see some snow.

Our departure flight was scheduled for Saturday, December 9. My husband and I were doing some Christmas shopping on Friday evening when we got the text that our flight had been cancelled due to the winter storm that moved into Atlanta. When I had said, I hope we see some snow, I didn’t mean in Atlanta! Luckily the airline was able to rebook us for Sunday, and I was able to get all our hotel reservations delayed one day.

On Sunday morning, we left very early for the airport.  We saw snow in Atlanta, snow when we landed in Philadelphia for our connecting flight, and snow when we arrived in New Haven to meet our son.  We were to drive 4 hours from New Haven to Stowe – where the only snow in the forecast there was a 40% chance a day or so after our arrival.

We had stayed at Edson Hill Inn a few years ago in the summer (see the post about that here) and loved it so much we knew we wanted to stay there again for this trip.  Our little car made it all the way to Stowe with no problem – even though it snowed the entire 4 hour drive. But when we arrived at the inn, it couldn’t make it up the drive. The inn is named Edson Hill for a reason…it sits at the top of a hill, and without snow chains our tires had no traction.

Luckily the staff there helped us out with their sanding truck.  We checked in at the manor house and then made our way to our room.

(The house below is the owner’s home on the property.)

I love the rooms in the guest houses because they have fireplaces, so once again we were staying in one of them. (I took the photo below early one morning so the sky had a yellow cast to it.)

Our room was the “Make Today Amazing” room located in the Birch house. (We had previously stayed in “Now or Never” also in the Birch house.)

Right outside the door was a generous supply of firewood.

We weren’t in room 21, but I took this photo on the way to breakfast one morning..loved the icicles, the wreath, and that red shovel! 🙂

Here is our room with its charming iron beds and fluffy comforters.

I thought the quirky desk lamp was quite unique and cute.

Here’s the fireplace that we immediately lit as soon as we brought in our luggage.

The bathrooms at Edson Hill are soooo nice….especially with their heated floors…

and generous walk-in showers.

Breakfast is served in the manor house each morning and is included with your stay at the inn.  So each morning we walked the short walk from the guest house to the manor house through the snow.

You can see they keep quite a supply of wood on hand for the winter. 🙂

There are some beautiful spaces inside the manor house, but I couldn’t resist photographing this clever door knocker there. 🙂

After walking through the office and common area, we entered the dining room.  In the summer, we enjoyed our breakfast out on the patio, but on cold winter mornings this cozy room was the perfect place to start our day…

especially when we were seated by the fireplace!

A small table was set up with juices and a few pastries,

and we ordered our main entrees from their breakfast menu.

We each ordered a different dish so that we could sample as much as possible. All the meals were delicious.  I loved my French toast, but the polenta was also very good.

While we sipped our coffee and ate our meals, we could watch the snow fall outside the window by our table.

Remember how I said earlier there was a 40% chance of snow for one of the days while we were there in Stowe?  This was what it looked like on the “40% day.”

Then the forecast changed suddenly and dramatically.  A winter storm moved into the area…with a winter storm warning issued and 14 inches of snow predicted!

Same photo a day later after the winter storm began…

And where was the best place to be at night when the snow was falling?
Yes, right in front of that fireplace. 🙂

I think I certainly got my fill of I hope we see some snow, and now I’ll leave you with a little snippet of that snowfall until the next part of our trip.

Stay warm!
Until next time…

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Trudy Dudley - January 24, 2018 - 12:30 pm

So nice to find your blog and read about Stowe, Vt. This is my home state and I only live a few minutes from Stowe. Thank you for sharing your beautiful & inspiring photos of Stowe. So much to see & do in all of our four seasons here in Stowe & throughout this magnificent State. Happy to see you enjoy it!

Debbie Brown - January 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Beautiful pictures and what a great gift! Definitely on my bucket list! Love the way you share your experiences through the blog and photos! Can’t wait for the next post!
It was such a great gift! I do hope you get to visit Vermont one day in the near future. It is so beautiful there – any time of year. Thanks for reading the post and leaving such sweet comments!

Rosemary - January 20, 2018 - 7:02 am

Wow Kelly, absolute perfection! All that snow!! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I’d love to visit Stowe in the Winter, around Christmas time, as I loved it so much when we were there in the Summer. I’m very happy to experience it vacariously though so thank you for sharing all your experiences. I can imagine how excited and relieved you all were when you finally got to your room. I guess the views were spectacular en route but the actual driving, maybe not too much fun! Can’t wait to read part 2. Have a good weekend … have you still got snow? It’s just dull and rainy here at the moment and very cold!!
The driving there was a little rough…especially that driveway up to the inn! The worst driving was after we left Stowe on the day of the severe winter storm. That was scary for those of us that rarely have snow (and when we do, everything shuts down.) Our temp here today was 70! Wish I could you a little of this warmth. 🙂

Donna - January 18, 2018 - 5:13 pm

So glad your wish for snow came true for your trip to Vermont . The inn looks so lovely and the scenery is gorgeous ! The door knocker skier is hilarious! Thank you for sharing your trip on the blog .
I am always so happy to see Talk of the House waiting in my inbox !
Thank you Donna! Edson Hill and its surrounding grounds was indeed gorgeous. Wasn’t that door knocker something?! I’m afraid I have never seen another one like it. 🙂

Dawn - January 17, 2018 - 11:49 am


Thank you for sharing your enchanting trip with us! Take Care.

You are more than welcome Dawn. Thanks for reading!

DiAnne - January 16, 2018 - 10:45 pm

Thanks for sharing this trip with us. What an awesome gift from yourMother in law! I also think it is pretty cool your son could tag along. I love the thought of heated floors in the bathroom Can’t wait for the next post.
Wasn’t it a great gift?! We loved that our son could come along with us – even if he did have to spend so much time studying. (At least he studied in coffee shops, and he loves that.)
Those heated floors were so nice! I can see how they are really useful in places with a lot of cold weather.

kathy - January 16, 2018 - 10:10 am

What a wonderful gift! I like your mother-in-law! (DiAnne and I are trying to give “experiences” as gifts.) Did you get to go on a “one horse open sleigh”? I went back and looked at The Hermitage. Both places are beautiful! I love your photos with the pops of red. I hope you will frame the photo of you in the snow in your red coat. What a peaceful place to sit in front of the fire! That doorknocker is too cute! And, I love the wooden container the juice was in. And, most of all I like a post that starts with “Part 1” because I know there is more to come!
My mother-in-law is really good at giving special kinds of gifts. No one horse open sleigh ride this time. Hopefully we will get to do that on a future trip. Perhaps I will print out the photo of me in the snow…hadn’t even thought about doing that.
There are enough photos to do a part 2 and a part more will be coming! 🙂

Bonnie from Macon - January 16, 2018 - 8:57 am

Lovely! What a wonderful trip…and you definitely saw snow!!
Boy did we ever see snow!!

Jeanne Bell - January 15, 2018 - 8:15 pm

Loved the dining room. The Inn really looks cozy. We live in Pennsylvania and we have been living in snow and sub zero weather. The next time you wish for snow you can come and see us!
That dining room was beautiful, wasn’t it?! I will keep you in mind the next time I am craving snow Jeanne. 🙂 (But we certainly enjoyed our spring like temps here today!)

Vicki - January 15, 2018 - 7:36 pm

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!! I am the one that kept saying post pictures!! I loved it!
I’m so glad you liked all the photos Vicki! It is hard to get the light and color right when you are photographing snow.

julia walker - January 15, 2018 - 5:31 pm

Hey Kelly! What a wonderful gift from your in-laws!!! Thanks for sharing. I would love to know where to find the skier-doorknocker for a friend of mine. She’s a skier in CO. You live a charmed life! Your friend, Julia
It was a wonderful gift. Wasn’t that a cute door knocker?! I have looked online, but I am afraid I do not know where you can find one like it. Perhaps you can call Edson Hill and ask if they know of the source. Good luck!

Sandy - January 15, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Thank you for sharing your stay in Vermont. It’s snowing off and on today in Ohio. I am a firm believer that snow should only fall on lawns and rooftops. Anxious to read Part 2.
Hmmm….not sure how we can restrict the snow to lawns and rooftops, but I do understand why you would wish that. Driving in the snowstorm in Vermont was quite scary!
Thanks for reading Sandy!

Peggy Bryant - January 15, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Kelly, What a fun time of the year to go. Looks like a wonderful time. Peggy
It was a great time of year to go for sure! I hope we get to go in the fall one year. 🙂

Gina - January 15, 2018 - 4:40 pm

What a wonderful gift from your mother-in-law!! Perfect weather for you southerners too!! 😉 So picturesque and I am sure relaxing. I bet it really put you in the Christmas spirit and I am sure you both enjoyed the time with your son. It’s such a treat to have a good long visit with adult children, isn’t it?
🙂 And welcome to our world, not being able to drive up a hill. We live on one so my poor husband walks occasionally in the winter. Ha, I try to just stay home. We walked yesterday to go to church though. Luckily my sister-in-law lives out a short path and her road is state maintained so it wasn’t strenuous. 😛
Definitely a wonderful gift! And we certainly enjoyed having our son along for the trip. (And he enjoyed it too!)
Hills must be murder for you in the winter Gina. Not only did we have the hill there in Stowe, but also one at our son’s home in New Haven. We don’t know how to drive in that snow!
Be safe!

Linda Ishmael - January 15, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Love your travel stories!!!! You always seem to visit places I have visited or want to visit!!! Great minds!!! 😀 Just tell me though how they attached the wire words to the wall!!!! Waiting on snow to arrive again here in Kentucky. Glad to hear from you again! Take care until next time!!
Thank you Linda! I am not exactly sure on the wire words. It looked like they drilled a small hole in the wall at each end, and then both ends of the phrase were just stuck in the holes. Don’t know if that makes sense or not.

Amanda - January 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Oh, I can’t hardly wait to see and read more!
There will be a part 2 and a part 3 Amanda. Hope you enjoy!

Linda - January 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

I so enjoy your posts. Hearing your joy in this post helps me to not despair that it’s snowing AGAIN in Litchfield (CT). Originally from Arizona, I now living in the NY metro area and recently bought a country house in Connecticut. Am also getting lots of ideas from your home on decorating my new place. Thank You!
Thank you so much Linda! It sounds like you have lived all over the United States. A country house in Connecticut sounds like the best! I am so glad you are finding ideas on the blog that you can use. 🙂

N from VA - January 15, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Am putting this on my wish list of places to visit and stay! Lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it! I hope you get to visit Stowe and stay at Edson Hill Inn.

Barbara (WA) - January 15, 2018 - 11:37 am

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!! Oh, I love the interiors of this Inn. Beautiful!
And it did indeed snow! Definitely beautiful interiors there (and the grounds as well!)

Peggy Z - January 15, 2018 - 11:11 am

What a beautiful, magical place. And just to go and sit by the fire. Putting this on my bucket list as I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont. You are probably not old enough to remember a movie called Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby but the exterior pictures brought that to mind. Someone does a lot of hard work splitting wood. Can’t wait to see your excursions.

Kristy - January 15, 2018 - 10:52 am

It’s snowing like that right now in southern Indiana. We had wintry mix with 4-6″ on top of it Friday — frigid temps, and now another 2-4″. I’m ready for that southern spring trip I’ve planned with my schoolteacher daughter over spring break! The snow is lovely to look at if you don’t have to shovel it to get out of your driveway!

Debbie @ Shadows of the Blue Ridge - January 15, 2018 - 10:05 am

Oh how peacefully beautiful! Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your trip. I feel as if I’ve benefited from the calm of a New England vacation :o)

Karen - January 15, 2018 - 9:54 am

What a charming place to spend Christmas! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Marianne in Mo. - January 15, 2018 - 9:51 am

So nice to get this post, even though I saw many of these shots on Instagram while you were there! I wondered how much driving you had, if you flew to Vermont, etc. The drive didn’t sound fun, but worth the views and the Inns’ accommodations! We have had snow almost constantly since Christmas, but only an inch or two. But it’s been mostly cold days that have made it last – and I can do without the cold we’ve had! Our Town has an info page on Facebook, and when it’s really cold they post a photo of Antarctica along with the temp. there,then a photo of our town with our temp., and ours is lower! I may move to Antarctica! LOL!

Karen B. - January 15, 2018 - 9:23 am


What a spectacular way to start the holiday. I’ll be eager to hear about what you did during those snowy days!

Anne from Atlanta - January 15, 2018 - 6:06 am

So pretty! Looks like the perfect Christmas vacation!

Tricia - January 15, 2018 - 5:09 am


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