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Vermont Grampas

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Vermont Grampas & Loring

A personal word from Michael & Stan.

After several failed attempts due to the financial crises, we have succeeded in selling Deerhill Inn to Ariane Burgess and Scott Kocher – a very interesting couple.  Ariane is originally British and spent many years in New Zealand.  Scott is from Wellesley, Mass, and met Ariane while on a trip to New Zealand.  We have known them for several years and feel we are leaving the Inn to friends who will take very good care of our wonderful guests.  They are committed to continuing the level of hospitality and fine dining which we have strived for over the years.

During our nine years as the owners of Deerhill Inn, our families have grown to include in-laws and five wonderful grandchildren, who refer to us collectively as the “Vermont Grampas.   We are ready to enjoy a less stressful lifestyle which leaves more time for family visits and holiday celebrations.  The same relaxed retirement that many of you enjoy.  Statistically, Innkeepers own their Inns for an average of seven years, so we are proud of the fact that we have beat the average.

We would like to thank all of the guests who have visited us over the years, many of you who we have come to know through your return visits.  Although many Innkeepers love to recall tales of problem guests, we have learned that most guests are no problem at all but a joy to care for.   One of our greatest rewards was welcoming stressed out, grouchy power couples on Friday afternoon and watching as they loosened up and relaxed over the weekend.  As we look forward to a new chapter in our lives, we a mindful of what we leave behind.

Michael Allen & Stan Gresens

Deerhill Inn is “Amazing”

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
mountain dining

Amazing Food, Amazing View

During our eight years as owners of Deerhill Inn, we have gotten used to hearing accolades about Michael’s cooking and the Inn.  This  includes the term “scrummy” which I was assured was a compliment in the British Isles.  I assume it has something to do with scrumptious, but seems to be a bit more homey and comfort foody ish.

The word we hear most often, however, is “amazing” used to describe  the cooking, the Inn, the rooms, the mountain views, the gardens, the atmosphere, the robes, the breakfast,  the hospitality, the wine, the weekend, the experience, the romance …

Here are just a few which we have picked at random

Amazing food and lovely décor” – Dan & Sarah, CA

Amazing! Great Atmosphere, Wonderful Food.” – Phil & Sarah, CT (more…)

Thanks For Your Service

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

We have just finished hosting six members of America’s armed forces, and their significant others, as part of the B&B For Vets program.   We decided to donate some rooms to this program because it just seemed the right thing to do – a simple way of showing appreciation to those who serve in our country’s military.  What we learned is that there is a human face to the military and to the wars which seem so far away.
Like many people in America, we are very removed from the military.  We don’t personally know anyone who is in Iraq or Afghanistan, and our families have not been directly affected by those events.  So, the experience of meeting these five couples has given us a different perspective , and a greater appreciation for the professionalism of the modern American military.


Christina, Shane, Jeff, Jordan

We were happy to host Shane & Christina and Jeff & Jordan from Grand Isle, Vermont.  Shane & Jeff are in the reserves.  Robert, who lives in Western Mass with his wife Frances, is stationed in Boston.  Joseph from Albany is a recruiter  stationed in Catskill, NY – he was here with his wife Joanna.   Joe & Margaret from Roxbury, MA are both in the military, he just rotated off active duty and she is stationed in Boston.  (I apologize that only one of my pictures turned out good enough to use) (more…)

Goodby Sophie

Friday, October 29th, 2010

sophieMichael and I are sorry to report that our little Corgi, Sophie, died unexpectedly last weekend from complications due to an obstruction in her small intestine.

Those of you who have been our guests in the past might remember Sophie as the shy, frightened little dog cowering under the reception desk in our office.  Although she was painfully shy and nervous around strangers, she was a much happier dog with all of us at Deerhill Inn.  She enjoyed getting treats from all of the staff members, kept Jeannette company all day as well as making a daily trip with her to the post office. (more…)

Hello world!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Welcome to the Deerhill Inn Blog.  We will use it to try to keep you better informed about activities, events, specials and general news around the Inn and in the West Dover and Southern Vermont area.  We would like to start by sharing these wonderful photographs taken by Christian Giannelli at Deerhill Inn last week.