Sugarbush Inn is a great place to kick back and relax after a long day of skiing at Sugarbush Ski Resort. Located less than a mile from Lincoln Peak and right on the Mad Bus shuttle route, the historic Sugarbush Inn provides easy access to Sugarbush Resort’s excellent ski trails. And with its homey atmosphere, the inn makes your stay feel like a home away from home.
Sugarbush Inn – Located Near All the Action
The Sugarbush Inn is a stone’s throw away from Valley House Double and Gatehouse Quad. It’s less than a mile from Lincoln Peak and walking distance from several incredible restaurants – including Timbers Restaurant, The Bird’s Nest, and The Common Man. In addition to the slopes, the dining, and the ease, the inn is also only a 45 minute ride by car from Burlington International Airport, so it’s pretty easy to travel there.
This year we drove to Vermont to do a family ski vacation at Sugarbush Resort. We found the Sugarbush Inn met all of our needs. It was sweet and not overly fancy, which is sometimes just right when clunking back to your room at end of day with legs that feel like lead.
The History of Sugarbush Inn
Sugarbush Resort was opened in 1958. The Sugarbush Inn was originally built around 1961, by Jim Herman. In the late 1960’s, the Inn burned to the ground, and was subsequently rebuilt by Herman.
In 1977, Jay Young and his family relocated from Jamaica to purchase and run the Inn. During Young’s ownership, the Inn flourished as a four-season vacation spot, with tennis programs in the summer, and ice skating and cross-country skiing in the winter. Across the street from the Inn was a facility that housed the John Gardner Tennis Camp in summer, and the Rossignol Cross Country Center in winter. There were 13 tennis courts, miles of Nordic skiing trails, and an adjacent facility that housed a glass-enclosed indoor pool, locker rooms, hot tubs, and saunas. There was once an ice-skating rink in winter where the current parking lot is now.
Young sold the Sugarbush Inn to Claneil Enterprises in 1984—the same year Claneil purchased the mountain from ARA Services. From that point on, the Sugarbush Inn has been under the same ownership as the mountain, and remains so today.
In 2016, Summit Ventures began a renovation of the Inn. Approximately fifteen rooms were updated, as was the lobby entrance. There is currently an authentic Thai restaurant, Fit to Be Thai’d in the lower level of the Inn. The building that housed the indoor pool and hot tubs across the street is in current use as staff office space. And the tennis courts were relocated to the Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center.
Today, the Inn is open during the winter season, and during the summer for private groups and events.
Sugarbush Inn is a home away from home for skiers. The cozy rooms all have cable television, and wifi. In addition, guests can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, free wi-fi, free public parking, shuttle service and 24-hour reception. It’s one of those places that’s quaint and family friendly. It sort of reminds me of the Inn in White Christmas. It is super quiet at night and fairly affordable too.
In addition to the laid back atmosphere, and room amenities, the Inn also offers a lounge area. This is the first time we have had adjoining rooms with the kids and I loved that this afforded them a bit of independence while also offering us privacy as well. Everyone had space to relax and sleep well.
There are only a few small criticisms I have of Sugarbush Inn – the rooms are quite dated and this continental breakfast is not enough to power through a morning of skiing.
Traveller Tip: Ask for adjoining rooms if you have children.
Sugarbush Inn – Ski All Day. Kick Back All Night
Sugarbush Inn offers a great location that makes the stay more convenient and comfortable, but more importantly, it offers an atmosphere of warmth and welcoming that is nice after a long day on the slopes.
My family recently visited Sugarbush Resort as media guests so that I could write about the experience here. We enjoyed four amazing days of skiing, staying, exploring and dining in the area. We are sharing several of our experiences here. My opinion is all my own and it is truthful.