Here's what the blog Champagne Living has to say about us.
For New England Charm - The Fan House, a bed and breakfast accommodation in an 1840 country house in Barnard, VT offers a "Cheese Fondue & Fireplace Too" 10th anniversary lodging package Jan. 2 through end March 2013. Located in Central Vermont just minutes from premier ski resorts, lakes, the Appalachian Trail, art galleries and boutiques, and The Chateauguay, there are miles of unspoiled snowshoeing wilderness just across a creek bordering the property.
read the full blog entry here: So you want to be a ski bunny.
Forbes features Woodstock!
Vermont gets my vote for the state with the most food sophistication per capita. (No offense to the good people of North Dakota or Alaska, but I wouldn't expect to find a small-town market there selling all-organic meats, 100 percent natural almond ...
read the full article at "Tasting Vermont: The Best Eating And Drinking In The Heart Of The State".
Silver Lake in Barnard is a hidden gem, a three-minute walk from The Fan House.
read the full article at A Trip to Barnard And Its Lake
Take a look at the Fan House in Time Out New York's 101 Getaways issue!
read the full article at Time Out New York Summer 2010
Here's what Rhode Island Monthly writes about The
When owner Sara Widness emigrated from New York City, she brough
a concierge touch polished by a public relations career working with
clients such as the Orient Express and the city of Rio de Janeiro. Her
chic style transformed an 1840's three-bedroom villa into a guesthouse
that is upscale (300-plus Anichini bed linens and Bulgari bath
amenities) yet affordable. The victorian kitchen has polished wide-plank
pine floors and a turn-of-the-century woodstove. Guests gather fireside
in the living room to read an chat while classical music plays. With
claw-foot tubs and antique tapestries, the home's historical character
is evident. Barnard is minutes from recreation-rich Quechee and the
artisan Mecca of Woodstock. If that's not enough, moosetracking, guided
showshoeing, ice skating and in-room massages can be arranged. The
details: 802-234-6704, thefanhouse.com. Rooms start at $160.
Free Night Promotion at the Fan House B and B in
read the full article at Uptake Lodging
Silver Lake (featured below) is a three-minute
walk from The Fan House.
Read the article in Boston magazine's June 2009 issue by clicking the
EXPLORE ONE OF OUR 100 DESTINATIONS - #29
from the New York Post
The Fan House really is more like a second home than a B&B
(and was home to Barnard's first lady lawyer!)
Here's what Fodor's New England writes about The
Do you have an elusive dream, one that hankers for an authentic
home in the heart of a very small, quaint Vermont town? Take the
one-minute walk from the perfect general store in Barnard to this 1840
white colonial: and here it is. The three rooms put together by Sara
Widness — who happens to be an expert on luxury travel — are
cozy, comfortable, and avoid romantic clichés. The rooms are
simply adorned with tapestries, antique rugs, claw-foot tubs, comfy
sofas, and old bed frames guarding soft linens and a mountain of
pillows. The living room hearth, the old wood stove in the kitchen, and
the library nook create a real sense of home.
Staying Inn - Experience New England the
By Natalia De Cuba Romero
from the magazine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
THE FAN HOUSE BARNARD, VERMONT
A renovated 168-year-old house, this three-room European-style villa
still has its original floorboards (some nearly 1½ feet wide),
heirloom tapestries and cottage woodwork. No room at the inn?
Three-suite Avonlea Hill, a farmhouse with a wraparound porch, is just a
few miles away and also part of the family. Snowshoe and cross-country
ski in the winter; swim and canoe in Silver Lake in the summer; and
trail moose and bear on guided nature tours year-round. From $160 per
night, including breakfast.
Simple Pleasures of Vermont
By Jen Murphy, Assistant Features Editor
from the blog Mouthing Off (Food & Wine Magazine)
My mom has a big birthday coming up this month so a memorable
gift was in order. When I was in college in Boston the two of us would
spend a weekend each winter in Vermont. We hadn't been in years so I
treated her this past three-day weekend with a stay at the Fan House, a
precious B&B in Barnard, Vermont. Whenever I go to Vermont I'm
reminded how the simplest things in life can sometimes be the most
satisfying. Some highlights of our trip:
1) Out of all of the amazing dishes Sara Widness, the gracious
owner of the Fan House, cooked for breakfast each morning, my favorite
was also the least complicated: a baked Granny Smith apple with a scoop
of vanilla yogurt. I forgot how good a baked apple tastes in the winter.
It inspired me to come home and try a few twists on such an easy, healthy dish.
2) A day cross-country skiing in two-feet of
fresh snow on the trails of Mount Tom and the Woodstock Inn & Resort ski
center erased any remaining NYC stress I had brought with me.
3) Two years ago my mom and I attended Live Well New York, an
expo featuring healthy-lifestyle products and organic foods. We picked
up a sample of Vermont Morning organic hot cereal and absolutely loved
it but were never able to find it again. I spied it on a shelf at the Village Butcher in Woodstock. I
think the find made my mom's birthday. She bought two huge
pound-and-a-half bags to last her the rest of the winter.
4) I could spend hours browsing the aisles of Gillingham's general store in
Woodstock. Their hermit cookies are sinfully good.
5) The paper-thin-crusted, Tuscan-style pizza at Pane
e Salute, a 22-seat, husband-and-wife-run restaurant and wine bar in
Woodstock, is some of the best I've ever tasted and their roast
chicken with fennel pollen is equally delicious. The impressive, all-Italian
wine list is far from simple - it's totally unexpected for a
tiny Vermont restaurant.
USA Today has a great article about Woodstock by Larry Olmsted.
'Life on Vacation: Live like a Rockefeller in quaint
Woodstock' June 6, 2008
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel has a nice page on Barnard and
the Fan House.
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online March 21,
A new story by Suna Kanga about Vermont and the Fan House
'Autumn Chase', an article by David Butwin
in United Airlines' Hemispheres Magazine:
Most of the New England hotels that answer the "Where's
a cushy, cozy, romantic inn?" question are priced upwards of
$300 a night for the most basic rooms. But in the bucolic town of
Barnard, Vermont, the three-room 1840s Fan House, so named for the fans
carved in the wood frames over each window, offers a shockingly high
standard of hospitality (handmade lamps by Simon Pearce, Anichini bed
linens, Gobelin tapestries on the wall, Bulgari bath amenities) for just
over a hundred dollars a night. Hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing, and
massages in your room (particularly nice in the fireplace suite) can all
be arranged, and the shops and restaurants of Woodstock and the artisan
studios of Simon Pearce, Charles Shackleton, and Miranda Thomas are all
within a 30-minute drive, tops. You'll return to a fire roaring in
the living room and a mug of hot apple cider prepared by owner Sara
Widness, who used to work in New York handling public relations for
upscale travel clients like the Orient-Express and who seems to know
instinctively when to welcome you and when to leave you alone. With the
money you save on lodging, splurge on dinner just down the street at the
Barnard Inn Restaurant (802-234-9961), noted for its local lamb with a
Zinfandel reduction—and its rave review in the Boston Globe. Rooms
start at $130 including breakfast (802-234-6704 or thefanhouse.com).
New York Magazine Winter 2006
When you get there, you'll find that everything about the
little bed-and-breakfast is as seamless as the directions.
SKI Magazine December 2003
For an excellent dinner, head to the Barnard Inn restaurant. For
breakfast, you only have to go down to the dining room for the Fan House
special, a cheese soufflé.
NEW YORK POST February 4, 2003
From the outside, the Fan House looks like a modest Vermont home.
But once inside, guests are in for a pleasant surprise. The inn's
centerpiece is a Victorian kitchen. The kitchen, complete with polished,
18-inch wood-plank floors and a turn-of-the-century wood stove, leads to
a farmhouse dining room and living room, where guests congregate around
the fireplace to read, listen to classical music or just chat. The decor
throughout is elegant, complete with heirloom tapestries and art Widness
has collected on her travels around the world.
BOSTON HERALD July 10, 2003
Best Places To Stay ... the new Fan House with pine floors,
brushed-steel bedsteads and Provencal fabrics.
TRAVEL & LEISURE April 2003
Relax after a day of bird watching at The Fan House, Barnard,
BEST FARES November/December 2003