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SmarterTravel Spotlight: The Weston

Vermont’s Green Mountains are a quintessential New England vacation destination year-round, drawing skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. One thing the Green Mountain State has been sorely lacking, however, is a truly great boutique luxury hotel—until now.

The recent opening of The Weston in the charming village of Weston, Vermont, changes that, adding an intimate five-star hotel option for discerning vacationers. From the outside, The Weston looks like a grand old house, much like any other nearby. However, once you step inside, you know you’re somewhere special.

The Weston is run by the Sharp family, seasoned hoteliers involved with iconic properties like New York City’s The Carlyle and California’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Sharps bring an attention to detail that’s noticeable in the small touches around the property like the oil diffusers delicately scenting the air or the hand warmers offered by staff after a guest mentions plans to go skiing.

The Location

Weston VT Exterior
The Weston

Perfectly situated in the middle of Weston’s Main Street and right down the street from the famous Vermont Country Store, The Weston places guests in the heart of this storybook Vermont village. 

The Weston provides a convenient home base for adventurous travelers looking to get outside. It’s a short drive from four of Vermont’s best ski resorts (Bromley, Magic Mountain, Stratton, and Okemo) for snowy vacations, and it’s also near countless hiking trails for warmer weather trips.

The Weston Theater Company is a short drive away for guests seeking a taste of Vermont culture. 

Dining

Weston VT Wineroom
The Weston

The Weston is home to one of the best new restaurants in Vermont, The Left Bank. Helmed by executive chef Bretton Combs, who previously worked with famous chefs Emeril and Cat Cora, The Left Bank draws as many locals for special occasion dinners as hotel guests.

The dining room retains the original charm and warmth of the historic space, with rich wood beams and stone hearths contrasting crisp white linens and gleaming silver. Historic photos offer a peek into the hotel and town’s past, establishing a firm sense of place. The menu draws inspiration from French cuisine, with flavors enhanced by fresh regional produce and proteins sourced from the area’s farmers, cheese makers, and orchards. An expertly curated wine cellar offers unique, hard-to-find wines worldwide, selected specifically to complement Chef Combs’ seasonally evolving dishes. Many of the wines are available by the glass, allowing guests to sample from under-the-radar regions like Slovenia.

The Rooms

Weston VT Room
The Weston

Although The Weston retains the charm of a traditional bed and breakfast, the amenities here are firmly of the five-star variety. Rooms are stocked with high-end amenities, including generously sized Lafco Feu de Bois and Diptyque toiletries, Dyson hairdryers, clothes steamers, Frette robes, and Frette slippers. 

With just eight rooms (five standard rooms and three suites), The Weston feels like an intimate country estate. Each guest room features carefully curated furnishings like four-poster beds, plush lounge chairs, and cozy rugs.  Modern necessities aren’t left out, with iPad controllers, Nespresso machines, and fast WiFi available in every room. 

The property’s crown jewel is secreted away in the historic Mill Building just next door to the main hotel—suite eight. This spacious suite measures 845 square feet and feels more like a luxury apartment than a hotel room. Inside, a separate sitting room beckons travelers with a roaring gas fireplace outlined with whimsical hand-painted tiger tiles, rich rugs, a desk, and a comfortable chaise.

In the next room, the grand master bedroom has a second gas fireplace at the foot of the four-poster bed, his-and-her closets, and windows overlooking the peaceful Vermont scenery. Continuing onward, you’ll find a custom wet bar fully stocked with an assortment of full-sized liquor bottles, a mini fridge with wine for a nightcap and local cream for your morning cocktails, and a variety of local snacks. The opulent bathroom is one of the largest we’ve ever seen, with two marble vanities, a soaking tub, and a wet room with dual rainfall showers. 

The Fitness Center

Weston VT Gym
The Weston

The Mill Building also houses The Weston’s fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day. This small but well-stocked gym features free weights, cardio equipment, mats, and complimentary bottles of Smartwater and fresh fruit. A separate yoga studio can be booked for private classes. 

The Spa

After a long day on the slopes or trails, The Spa at The Weston provides a welcome place to unwind. The spa’s extensive treatment menu offers indulgent massages conducted on a heated table and customizable facials utilizing luxury European skincare brand Natura Bisse. Continue the relaxation after your treatment with a session in the cedar-lined sauna. 

Price and How to Book

Room rates at The Weston start at around $400 per night and can be booked on Expedia.

Editor’s Note: The Weston hosted the author of this story.

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