Boy walking on a path in front of The Wilburton Inn which is located on the 30-acre Wilburton Estate in Manchester, Vermont.

Hotel Review: Wilburton Inn, Manchester, Vermont

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It was a beautiful and sunny start to the Easter long weekend. The drive from Toronto to Manchester, Vermont was just over 7 hrs long. To break up the journey, we decided to stop at one of New York’s show caves, Howe Caverns in Howes Cave, New York.

The cave was a great experience and we were glad we had made the stop. We had never gone boating in a cave before. But, we were very excited to get to Manchester so we did not waste any time exploring the town and headed straight to the Wilburton Inn in Manchester Vermont.

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The Wilburton Inn is a mansion within the 30-acre Wilburton Estate. The Wilburton Mansion has 11 bedrooms. Also on the estate are 7 other properties. The smallest is the Innkeeper’s Cottage which sleeps 6. And the largest is the Battenkill Valley Mansion which sleeps 34. The properties are often rented out for retreats, holidays, and family reunions.

Check-in at Wilburton Inn, Manchester, Vermont

I was a bit apprehensive at first about staying at Wilburton Inn. It really had nothing to do with the Wilburton Inn but more so about preconceptions I held based on staying at other estates turned inns.

Often the mansions contain priceless art and elegant decor- of the type that you would admire by sight but definitely not touch. Our boys are not known for being gentle with things. How would they be able to stay still long enough not to damage anything irreplaceable?

One of the 11 rooms at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont.

But my worries were all for naught. We were greeted with a big smile at the door by Dr. Albert Levis who purchased the inn for his 50th birthday with the vision of turning the grounds into a place where art and science could coexist (more on the Museum of the Creative Process below).

As we entered the mansion, Melissa Levis, the primary innkeeper at Wilburton Inn, was there to welcome us. She motioned for us to join her in the sitting room so she could introduce us to the other guests.

Families sits on the grand staircase going out into the backyard of the Wilburton Inn.

Between the local treats which she allowed the boys to open and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Jetson, the boys were all smiles about our accommodations for the weekend. Melissa must have felt my apprehension as she told me to relax and let the children be. That’s when I knew that we would have a great family weekend getaway at the Wilburton Inn.

Rooms and Amenities

We were accompanied to our bedroom on the second floor by one of the staff. The room was very clean with ample space for all our belongings. There was even a walk in closet that doubled as a hideaway for the boys. The 2 double beds were luxuriously draped with a very comfortable down duvet. The only downside was I didn’t want to leave my warm and cozy bed in the morning!

Bedroom at the Wilburton Inn with two double beds and walk-in closet.

As we were at the Inn during Easter weekend, the outdoor pool was not yet open. Instead, the boys enjoyed playing basketball and dodgeball. There is also a tennis court on site. This gave Kevin and I time to walk around the grounds and admire the various art installments.

Lady walking on a path at the Wilburton Inn enjoying the art installations on the way to the Museum of Creative Process.

Also on the property is the Museum of Creative Process. The museum’s focus is Moral Science which was founded by Dr. Albert Levis. This is the premier destination to learn more about how “science completes the mission of religions in the search for peace”. To learn more, check out their very informative website.

The Museum of Creative Process at the Wilburton Inn.

As we were only at the inn for a couple of days and we wanted to explore Manchester we did not get to take advantage of the on-site spa facilities.

Dining Experience

The onsite breakfast served in the dining room and enjoyed in a sun room facing the beautiful Green Mountains was by far the boys’ favorite place at the Wilburton Inn. There is a table with various baked goods and bread made by their very own Earth Sky Time Farm.

Also available are fruits and yogurt. Warm breakfast is made to order and items are cooked with locally sourced ingredients when possible. For our first day, Kevin and I both had the omelet and it was stuffed full of delicious vegetables.

The boys had chocolate pancakes with Vermont maple syrup. It was a very generous portion that they devoured, but still, couldn’t finish. On the second day, I had the omelet again, while Kevin enjoyed the stuffed french toast (filled with cream cheese and preserves). The boys again ordered the pancakes, but this time they had banana pancakes.

Boy enjoying the fresh fruit at breakfast at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont.

One of my favorites about breakfast was that when the boys were finished, they could go into the backyard and play. And due to the large windows, we were able to watch them from the inside. This meant, I could enjoy a second cup of coffee in peace, while it was still hot!

The backyard of the Wilburton Inn has spectacular views of the Green Mountains.

Unfortunately, as it was still low season the restaurant was not open for dinners. But, this gave us an opportunity to explore some excellent fare in downtown Manchester.

Summary

Our stay at the Wilburton Inn with kids was an amazing way to spend Easter weekend. The friendly staff made it feel like we were visiting family instead of being guests at the Inn. The grounds are also a great place for families. Our kids enjoyed playing dodgeball, basketball, and simply running around and playing tag or hide and seek among the incredible art installations.

A tall multi statue golden art display picturing egyptian pharoes and their families

Since the estate extends over 30 acres, there was definitely enough space for them to run around! The Wilburton Inn is also perfectly situated. It is not a far drive to downtown Manchester and is less than 12 km (7.3 mi) from one of Manchester’s premier tourist attractions, Hildene, the Lincoln family home.

We ended up back in Manchester recently during our Family Camp experience at nearby Mount Snow, Vermont. You can read all about that experience here.

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Christina Wagar

Christina Wagar grew up in a travel loving family. She strives to instil her love of learning about different cultures and seeing new and old places to her husband Kevin and their two young boys.
Having experienced over 20 countries across 4 continents Christina is well versed at travel planning and thrives on sharing that information with others with the hopes of encouraging more families to experience this incredible world that we live in.
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8 Comments

  1. Chocolate pancakes with Vermont maple syrup Christina. Gotta go with the boys on this one 😉 I too would not have been able to finish. Even with my sweet tooth all that richness is a bit overwhelming. This area of the country is gorgeous. Late last year I traveled to northwestern Mass. to pick my wife up at a retreat. A handful of miles from the Vermont border.

    Fab post and review 🙂

    Ryan

  2. This looks like a great place to stay. I’ve never been to Vermont, or really explored much of the Northeastern US. I’ll have to keep the Wilburton Inn in mind when I finally make it up there!

  3. I think it’s so cool that they hard the art pieces on the property. What a unique feature. And of course I’m sure the boys loved playing around the grounds as well. I can’t remember the last time I played dodge ball!

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