Columbus Day weekend is our 28th anniversary as Levis Family Innkeepers. Our parents, Georgette and Albert, dined at the Wilburton on July 13, 1987 to celebrate Dad's 50th birthday. That's when the Maitre D' mentioned the inn was for sale and Dad had the spontaneous idea to buy it! Dad was a full time psychiatrist in New Haven, CT and mom was a new mother at age 43 to baby Max, but he convinced her that this was just what our family needed -- the inn would be a canvas where every member of the family could apply our creative talents and enjoy meeting wonderful guests from around the world. By the time the contracts were signed - and mom gave in - Columbus Day Weekend was here!
In a Fawlty Towers like twist, there was a freak blizzard that weekend that caused a week long power outage. As it was Columbus Day, the inn was sold out and all the guests and staff were snowed in for a week! Our chef burried the food and ice cream in the snow as the refridgerator was out. Mom and Dad lit lots of candles and kept the fireplace blazing as the electricity was out too. And just when you think it couldn't get worse - the stock market crashed the very next week. What a welcome to innkeeping!
But Dad was right. The inn certainly has been the best birthday present our family could have ever imagined. The inn was my parents 5th child and a child who always needs attention. Mom was in charge of decorating, lodging, dining and weddings. Dad supervised maintance, landscaping and the art on the grounds. And now the inn brings the second generation of Levis Family Innkeepers together:
Oliver bakes the hearth made breads each morning for breakfast and caters the farm to table feasts in summer thanks to his farm.
Max is the best manager, wedding planner and bartender.
Tajlei writes our business plan and our interactive Murder Mystery weekend coming up soon on Nov 7th, "Dial M for Manchester."
Dad still loves talking with guests about art, psychology, education and his new video game through the cultures of the Ancient World.
And I just sang for a bus tour of fall foliage leaf lookers and gave a TED talk about my homecoming to Vermont.
What makes the Wilburton special is that we are a family inn. We love meeting new guests each week and welcoming back dear friends who visit several times a year. (A special shout out to the Seabrooks who have been joing us from Westchester twice each year for 26 years!)
We celebrate 28 years at the Wilburton with a very special offer --
Save 28% on your next booking! This offer is only valid on reservation booked in the next 28 days, so it expires on Nov 5, 2015. Reservations must be used by June 15th, 2016. Black out dates and certain room restrictions apply. This can't be combined with another offer and must be applied only to new reservations. Two night stay required.
As we sadly learned with our mom's passing -- life is fleeting. The only insurance is to live life to the fullest every day. We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends to create memories of a life time at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester Vermont.