One of our favorite spots is the Inn at Sawmill Farm in southern Vermont. Until recently it had been in the same family for many years and had a well deserved reputation for hospitality, food and for an amazing wine cellar.

But new owners purchased the property in December of 2010 and have already made some significant changes......seemingly for the better. The Inn is now family and pet friendly, there is WIFI in all but 2 rooms, flat screen TV's and phones have been installed in the rooms and maybe best of all, room rates have been dropped by 1/3 to 1/2 from previous levels.

The new restaurant, Nonna, is Italian and is more casual and family style than previously. We'll miss the great wine cellar, but the new one seems more than adequate. The Inn is also hosting a number of new events like wine dinners beside the pond.

The new owners seem to understand that people's tastes and even budgets have changed and that is reflected in their approach to the Inn. We wish them well because this is an idyllic setting in a beautiful part of the state with gorgeous rooms.

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