THE REAL 'HOLIDAY INN' IS NOT JUST ON BROADWAY!

December is especially joyful as our beloved 'girls weekend' trio, Pam, Janice and Jules, come to visit. It is the 12th year that they have decorated the Wilburton Inn Christmas tree and their 24th visit to the Wilburton Inn! Yankee Magazine devoted a full page to our magnificent tree in their holiday issue! These girls deck the halls in their very gay apparel. Click here to see a video of their spectacular matching outfits at the Wilburton for over a decade. 

This was our 2nd annual Canine Slumber Party and Jetson loved welcoming more than a dozen fellow Cavalier King Charles Spaniels -- plus a very sweet yellow lab! It was a wonderful celebration of college friends, children, romantic couples, tourists, locals, and of course very cute doggies!

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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


Such Sweet Friends

A highlight of growing up in Manchester were the towering cakes and gooey fudge sundaes at Mother Myrick's. Their orgininal fudge factory (where Zaccheo Fine Art is now located) was our very own Willy Wonka/Serendipity magical confectionery. And the incredible thing is -- 30 years later, it still is!

Jacki Baker and Ron Mancini, the talent, faces and hearts behind Mother Myrick's are still delighting the taste buds of locals and tourists. And now through their thriving mail order business, they share their incredible buttercrunch far and wide. (Be sure to stock up for Christmas!)

Jacki and Ron are such supportive members of the whole community. I love seeing them at outdoor summer concerts on the town green, farm night dinners at the Wilburton Inn and Chamber of Commerce events. When I saw them at the Manchester Music Festival Led Zepplin gala I realized we saw each other 4 times in one week!

Our mom loved welcoming special guests with their buttercrunch, and of course when it's time for my son's birthday, there's no place else I'd go to for a Lemon Lulu cake. They even invited my son and nephew to a backstage tour of the Mother Myrick's factory! And yes, there was an Ethel and Lucy sticker on the conveyor belt.

When we hosted our Canine Costume Howl'oween Party at the Wilburton Inn last week, I knew I wanted to include community involvement and Ron and Jacki were the first people I called. They created a wonderful prize for the "Sweetest Costume." Our talented judges, Rabbi David Novak and Shona from Second Chance Animal Shelter, awarded the prize Jetson in his banana split outfit, but of course, I couldn't accept.

Our other generous community sponsors included Northshire Bookstore (who awarded the most literary costume to Snow White) and Pets Etc who gave prizes to the most creative home made costume. (Beemer and Gracie snatched that one up hands down.) Here is a photo of the trio!

Our fourth sponsor was another cookie baker with a factory right next to Mother Myrick's: Wagatha's Organic Dog Biscuits! What a great opportunity to make a new friend in Wagatha's CEO Neil Reilly and his terrific assistant, Erica. Wagatha's sweetly supplied a box of Maple Bacon dog cookies to every 4 legged guest.

My heart overflows with gratitude to Jacki and Ron and all the businesses, judges, guests and community dog lovers who were a part of our Howl'oween hoopla. Not only did we have so much fun, but we also raised $100 for Second Chance Animal Shelter!

I feel fortunate to have come home to the Wilburton and be a part once again of this wonderful town. What is sweeter than a homecoming with dear friends, beloved dogs and the BEST buttercrunch in the USA?

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!


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.