Applebutter Inn: Living the dream

Having talked about becoming innkeepers for 20 years, we (Don and Jill Rose) bought Applebutter Inn in May 2016, trading our suburban life for a Vermont adventure. We fell in love with the inn, Woodstock Village, Taftsville, the idea of living steps from a covered bridge—but most of all, the quiet.

Don’t get us wrong; there’s plenty to do around here. Summer and fall are filled with walking, biking, long drives on country roads, visits to farm stands and farmer’s markets, hiking in the Gorge, and climbing Mt. Tom and Mt. Peg. Our guests like to pick up a bottle of wine and some local cheese to enjoy on our side porch or patio at the end of the day. Winter brings downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, antiquing, and cozy evenings by the fire. Not to mention the abundance of amazing artisans like Simon Pearce, Andrew Pearce, Farmhouse Pottery, Shackleton Thomas, The Collective, The Hanover League of NH Craftsmen, and more.

But one of the best things about Applebutter is its distance from the traffic and activity of Woodstock Village (three miles, to be exact). Taftsville is a hamlet consisting of our inn, a country store with a post office, and a cluster of historic homes. That’s it! You feel like you’re away from it all, but you’re minutes from dining, shopping, museums, and more. In good weather, our guests enjoy walking from the inn over the Taftsville bridge and along the hardpack road next to the Ottauquechee river or following Happy Valley brook, which runs through a pretty forested area.

Enough about that—let’s talk food! Our favorite activity is getting into the kitchen to experiment with new pastries and breakfast dishes. From our pre-breakfast buffet with fruit, juice, yogurt, granola, and pastry to our delicious hot meal (think blueberry pancakes with lemon cream and maple sausage) to our afternoon tea buffet with hot and cold drinks, cookies, and cakes, you will never go hungry. Our food isn’t fussy, but it’s never dull—we put a delicious spin on everything we make.

The inn is our home, and we want you to be as happy and comfortable here as we are. We love to hear about guests’ adventures at the end of the day, and we’re delighted to offer recommendations about our favorite places to dine, shop, hike, bike, and drive when you arrive or as you’re planning your day in the breakfast room

Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions about our rooms, the area, things you read on our blog, or Ginger’s level of excitement when new guests arrive (high—but immediately followed by a nap).

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Come join us

Take a break from it all. Enjoy a relaxing stay and fall in love with Vermont.