We're in the Boston Globe!

We are thrilled to be recognized as family innkeepers in this stunning article in the Boston Globe.

When our parents bought the Wilburton Inn 30 years ago, there were many family inns in Manchester. Now all but one has been purchased by a commercial chain. 

Our family celebrates our 30th year as family innkeepers this summer. Our parents dined at the inn to celebrate dad's 50th birthday, and on June 12th we celebrate his 80th birthday this summer. The eldest Levis child, Tajlei turns 50 in June.

"We didn't buy it to run it like a Hyatt" is the chorus to our theme song. We bought it for a lifestyle, for the joy of hospitality, or meeting new guests every day and having them stay in our lives as an ever growing circle of friends.

How lucky were are to work together, side by side, three generations of Levis family innkeepers, sharing our talents, our passions, our genuine love of each other and our guests.

Our mom Georgette passed away three years ago and it is a fitting tribute that this Boston Globe article came out on Mother's Day. The vitality and joy at the Wilburton Inn celebrates her legacy for Vermont and her guests and our family.

Come up and see us sometime.  The Wilburton Inn is truly inn-credible.

Christmas at a Country Inn

Christmas and Innkeeping go hand in hand, and all the way back to the very first Christmas of all when there was no room in that Bethlehem Inn. (If Mary had come to the Wilburton, we would have made sure to accommodate her somewhere!)

Photo by Jeff Fox

Photo by Jeff Fox

We are honored that our Christmas tree is featured in a full page photo in the current holiday issue of Yankee Magazine. It has been a pleasure to welcome guests from all over the world who come to enjoy our historic inn tours and cookies. Our Victorian mansion looks truly splendid with garlands wrapped around the mahogany stairs and beams.

The Wilburton itself is lit up like our beautiful Christmas tree.

Photo by Jeff Fox

Photo by Jeff Fox

We look forward to welcoming back many families and couples who have been joining us over the Christmas holiday for two decades. 40 members of the Pennoyer Family gather at the inn for their post-Christmas family reunion. Patriarch Robert Pennoyer sent us his wonderful book "As It Was" and we have enjoyed learning even more about his distinguished family history. The Seabrooks and Abrahms families are coming back too for their traditional New Years gatherings at the Inn. This will be the Seabrook's 26th year as Wilburton Inn guests!

The scent of Filet Mignon wafts from the kitchen as Chef Gary prepares the feasts in our Billiard Room. 

Photo by Renzi Hawkins Studio

Photo by Renzi Hawkins Studio

The presents are under the tree and Jetson and his friends keep guard to make sure no one opens them until Christmas morning.

Here is the Wilbur Family's Christmas card from 1919! They are enjoying afternoon tea in the very same wicker chairs that our guests enjoy today. They certainly don't make 'em like they used to.

So in the words of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur,

"We wish you comfort, joy and peace,
And plenty of love and laughter,
A heart of courage to face the world,
And whatever is coming after."

Happy Holidays to all,   
The Levis Family


HOWL'oween Doggie Slumber Party & Costume Ball

Everyone who has visited the Wilburton Inn knows how much I love Jetson, our mascot, 4-legged innkeeper and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I am new to the world of Puppy Love. Jetson is named after Jackson, who was the Max's childhood dog, but because I am older, I was already out of the inn when Jackson came into our lives. So now, I am making up for lost time.

Jetson welcomes a guest.   

Jetson welcomes a guest.

 

Inspired by Jetson, we are throwing our innaugual HOWL'oween Doggie Slumber Party on Oct. 30 - Nov. 1st. All dog bringing guests are welcome to enjoy $165 discounted guest rooms, no pet fees, and our Canine Costume Ball! The free costume ball is open to all members of the community as well as our lodging guests. (We ask that you only bring small dogs that weigh under 25 pounds.)

We are very grateful to our doggie friendly local businesses who are generously donating these costume prizes:

Most Literary Costume = Northshire Bookstore
Sweetest Costume = Mother Myrick's Confectionary
Most Creative Homemade Costume = Pets Etc
Most Astounding Dog Trick = Wagatha's

Howl'oween Doggie Slumber Party & Costume Ball!

I want to thank all our guests for the tummy rubs and conveniently dropped pieces of bacon at breakfast. I love sharing Jetson with all our guests. Here's a video to celebrate his first year in our lives at the Wilburton Inn. 

Happy HOWL'oween to all!


So many things to do in Manchester!

What a busy weekend!

It's another beautiful August day with bright blue skies and green trees. Today is the antique car race up Equinox Mountain. We wish our guest Andy Greenberg a great race. This is his Aston Martin that he drives up from New York City for the big race. Nice wheels, Andy!

Andy's Astin Martin

Today is the sidewalk sales in Manchester. You can save on all the great shops at like Coach, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren at Manchester Designer Outlets, plus Orvis, and our favorite independent boutique, The Gold Trout, 

This is the final weekend of the 6 week Vermont Festival Horse Show. We have loved hosting so many riders who have stayed with us for many weeks. We think you all take the blue ribbon.

Vermont Festival Horse Show

Today was a town wide tag sale in Arlington Vermont. Norman Rockwell lived in Arlington for the later part of his career and it is a charming small town with lots of great treasures and antiques.

Tonight is the August Moon Dance at the Southern Vermont Art Center to benefit the Israel Congregation of Manchester.

This weekend we are delighted to welcome back two Wilburton Alumnae brides and grooms who are here celebrating their 7th and 11th anniversaries with their families. We are also hosting a sustainability conference in one of our homes and two family reunions. 

We want to welcome back the Lundberg family who have been guests at the inn for many years for their family reunion. This year includes weddings for two of their children -- so it's great that they can relax before the wedding planning begins.

Have a great weekend!

family reunions at the wilburton

Have a great weekend!


Mother's Day Is Every Day at The Wilburton Inn

Our mom, Georgette Wasserstein Levis, believed in family. She came from a large family in Brooklyn, New York. Her siblings, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein and advertising executive Sandra Meyer were all extraordinary, all legends in their fields.

Wendy, Mom, Sandy, Bruce at our parents wedding at the Plaza Hotel in 1967.

Wendy, Mom, Sandy, Bruce at our parents wedding at the Plaza Hotel in 1967.

Mom was extraordinary in a completely different way. She married a nice Jewish doctor. (Well, Albert is certainly many more things in addition to 'nice'. More like 'brilliant,' 'interesting,' 'complicated,' and 'generous.') Georgette had four children in 3 different decades: Tajlei and Melissa in her 20s, Oliver in her 30s, and Max when she turned 40.

Georgette and Oliver, the farmer, Melissa, the children's songwriter, Tajlei the Broadway bound lyricist and lawyer, and Max, the scholar and manager of the Wilburton Inn.

Georgette and Oliver, the farmer, Melissa, the children's songwriter, Tajlei the Broadway bound lyricist and lawyer, and Max, the scholar and manager of the Wilburton Inn.

Mom was an intrinsic part of the community of Manchester, Vermont, serving on the board of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Weston Playhouse, The Israel Congregation of Manchester, and many other organizations. Mom was a hostess and innkeeper for 27 years. She welcomed guests from around the world to the Wilburton. She made our guests and staff feel special and truly cared for. 

Innkeepers Albert and Georgette Levis

Innkeepers Albert and Georgette Levis

In the Jewish tradition, families sit shiva for a week and friends drop by to reminisce. Our family has been so grateful because every weekend for more than a year we have enjoyed visits from returning guests and Wilburton brides who share wonderful stories of what Georgette meant to them: her charm, her hospitality, her inspiration, her wit and of course the pretty bows and flowers in her hair. 

We honor Georgette every day in our lives and at the Wilburton Inn. The parties continue, the guests return. New families play lawn games and splash in the pool. More brides and grooms celebrate their love on our majestic hilltop.  Max, Tajlei, and Melissa have come home to Vermont work beside Albert and make the inn more vibrant than ever.

Levis Family at Farm Night

How Georgette would have loved seeing her dear guests return for their annual vacations. How she would have enjoyed tasting Oliver and Bonnie's delicious food at farm night, watching Tajlei's theatrical annual Murder Mystery, hearing Melissa's family concerts, and seeing Max shine in every capacity as he hosts corporate events, weddings, and runs the Wilburton Inn. And now she would be so proud to see Albert and Max open the Museum of the Creative Process on Memorial Day!

An innkeeper is like a mother to her guests and staff and community.  So here is to our mom, Georgette Wasserstein Levis, with gratitude, joy, and love. Thank you for the huge impact you made on your family and friends and community. Forever may you dance.

Me and My Mom: A musical tribute to Georgette Wasserstein Levis.

Enjoy Early Spring in Manchester

My father and I took a stroll last night and heard the bullfrogs singing in Hildene meadow. Manchester is alive with nature and we're all so happy all the winter is past!

The Wilburton is abuzz with all the changes that await our guests this spring! The seeds have been planted and the gardens are growing at Earth Sky Time Farm.

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We have stripped all the white wool carpets out of the guest rooms and restored the beautiful original hardwood floors to all 11 guests rooms in the Wilburton Mansion.

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Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the splendor of the mountains when they are purple and yellow with a increasing dose each day of green.  Join us this weekend for the last of our Two for One April weekends. Call 802-362-2500 and enjoy!

This is Talula Levis, the only grand daughter in the Levis family.  Here she is smiling last May at our Mother's Day brunch. Come join us for another wonderful celebration of family.

This is Talula Levis, the only grand daughter in the Levis family.  Here she is smiling last May at our Mother's Day brunch. Come join us for another wonderful celebration of family.