Inn Keeper Comment / News: 2019 will be a centenial year for us. Watch for party detail!!
After several conversations with guests and other Inn Keepers around the State I feel compelled to make a statement in reference to licenseing of Vermont B & Bs. With the influx of Reservation platforms like Air BnB and Home Away and many others, the VT Legislature and Health Department have been unable to agree on how to handle the smaller units and primary owner residence places like The Old Homestead. At this time many of these newer listing do not register, are not licensed and are not inspected. While many are out of personal integrity very wonderful stays there have also been some problems reported. I am sure there will be more legislative action on this next year. Meanwhile do not hesitate to ask about one's license status. We have been licensed and inspected since our beginnings 99 years ago.
I am inspected periodically by the health department. They check for clean sheets, bed bugs, flys on the window sills, bathroom scum, refrigerator temperature, mouse turds under the sink, dust on the over head fans, etc. etc. No B & B gets 100%. Most of us get 98% or 99%, always! Today I am proud to announce, 100% for this Inn!! 3/17/16.
July 2013, written from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum by a guest from Germany:
I am sitting inside the Athenaeum. It's great, a very Good atmosphere. Thank you for this advise. My stay at your inn and our conversation I liked very much. Thanks again, also for the nice beer and cheese. (Vermont Mircro Brewrs and Cabot Cheddar Cheese compete well with German beer and cheese, also known the world over! We did stay up rather late sharing common international problems, but by midnight had solved nothing of importance.)
May 2013, Thank you very much for your generous and warm hospitality ……… I loved our morning 'kitchen chats'. Your place is a real treasure. (I also love the early morning kitchen chats while coveting that first cuppa, but I have to remember the task or breakfast is late!)
Charming home, certainly a house to be enjoyed in all seasons! Hopefully we'll be back to enjoy them all -- and to explore the area more fully. Nov. 2011, MA
Appreciated the wonderful accomodations and directions / map to see Fall foilage. Beautiful room and great meals. We'll be back in another season. Oct. 2011
Thank you Gail for our incredible hospitality, great food, and wonderful stories. Sept., 2011
It is always a pleasure to ease our journey to and from Maine with you. August 2011 & 12 & 13.
(I like to have you stay more than one night and sample some of what the area has to offer, but I also treasure the friendships formed
with many of you in your travels to and from those summer cottages and camps! I'm glad to be the half way respite.)
Charming place in a lovely locale. Enjoyed our breakfast chat so much. Next trip will plan an additional Sunday and make Bread and Puppet. July 2011
Restful, pleasant stay. We most enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching the rain, and wishing we could import it to new Mexico. Your guests should get off the Inter-state at Bradford and drive up Route 5 SLOWLY and enjoy! (Great advice! Also a good bike touring route.)
Thank you for taking in unexpected snow travelers. We loved the nice warm room, wonderful breakfast, and great conversation. January 2011, CT
Gail, we really enjoyed those sumptious breackfasts, what a treat! Thank you for your warm hospitality and the cofort of your lovely home. April 2011
Thank you so much for making our stay truly "a home away from home"! …… gracious hospitality … knowledge of the area, directions on where to go and what to see have been just what we needed, thanks so much for everything. October 2010 CA
To Gail, a most gracious and thoughtful innkeeper and hostess -- you have found your calling and in doing so you have provided us wth a relaxing haven! From the lovely flowers to the scrumptions breakfasts, to your insightful company we have had a beautiful stay. Thank you & God Bless.
One of the best stays ever. October 2010 Florence Italy