January is one of those months that seems to go on forever. The holiday glitter is gone, but the cold dark nights remain. One way to shake off the cabin fever is to get out of town. Escape Boston and the January blues by visiting this quaint Vermont inn. Hill Farm is only a three-hour drive from Boston and yet a world away.
Where is Hill Farm?
Nestled in the Equinox Mountain Valley along the Battenkill River, Hill Farm is a quaint Vermont inn worth visiting this winter. Hill Farm started life as a dairy farm in 1779 and is now a sustainable vegetable farm that invites guests to experience farm-to-table dining in a luxurious, cozy setting.
There are both inn rooms and private cottages available for guests. As soon as you step into your room you will feel as if you have arrived at your very own country escape.
The entire property has been designed to highlight the works of local artisans and there are plenty of opportunities to experience the local culture through a wide range of activities like farm tours, culinary classes, fly-fishing, hiking, natural dyeing and yoga.
Dining at Hill Farm
The property recently opened an onsite restaurant called the Grange at Hill Farm. Vermont native, Chef Austin Poulin, formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Albi in Washington, D.C., has created a menu that shifts with the seasons and highlights the local bounty.
Housed in a new lofted barn with an open kitchen and wood fired oven, the Grange is a modern interpretation of what farm-to-table dining is all about. Expect dishes like fried chicken of the woods with black garlic, lemon, and burnt baba, Studio Hill Farm Lamb with stuffed tropea onion, celery leaf gremolata, zaatar and pepperhini, and whole brook trout with sprouting brassicas, tomato water and rotating grain tabouli. The beverage menu also pulls inspiration and ingredients from New England growers. The cocktail menu was created in collaboration with Hamlet and Ghost from Saratoga Springs, NY.
Room rates are around $250/night this winter.
For more ideas on where to escape Boston this winter read our guide to the best weekend getaways and our guide to the best day trips from Boston.