I am sure that you have noticed that every Casa Bella Inn review that was written prior to this one was very positive. I am also sure that every review following this one will also be extremely positive. There is a definite reason for this. There are no negative reviews is because this has to be one of the best modestly priced B&B Inns in all of New England. My granddaughter and I are skiers. We have spent many Presidents' Day holiday weeks in New England B&B’s, so we know what we are talking about. Skiers tend to require just good food and a comfortable place to sleep. But the Casa Bella Inn goes way beyond those two requirements. The hosts, Susan and Franco, are warm, extremely hospitable, and also quite engaging. They have developed the knack of efficiently managing a top-notch B&B, being fantastic hosts, while simultaneously feeding you well and ensuring your privacy when you desire quiet moments.
Let me tell you about this place called Casa Bella Inn. It was initially built as an Inn and goes back as far as 1835. Susan and Franco have owned and managed the Inn for approximately ten years. The renovations made under their management have modernized the inn without destroying its 19th century character. They turned it into a home away from home, and focused on making the inn warm and inviting. In the parlor (or living room) the stuffed sofas and chairs beckon you to come in and sit down. And when you do sit down, you will find them extremely comfortable. After a hard day of skiing, I had to make sure that I wouldn’t slump over and fall asleep. The original pot-bellied stove that use to provide heat for the entire inn during the 19th century has been refurbished and has a place of honor in the living room.
The inn’s bedrooms were not only immaculate; they were also very tastefully decorated. My “picky-picky” teenage granddaughter loved our room so much that she didn’t miss or ask to watch television. During the latter part of the evenings we sat on our room’s very comfortable rug and played such board games as scrabble (which we borrowed from the living room’s inventory of many board games).
And then there were the meals. Franco is an absolute gourmet chef when it comes to meals. His omelets were perfectly cooked and delicious. His waffles were light and fluffy. And you must have at least one evening meal prepared by Franco. I recommend that you ask Franco to prepare for you his signature dish of Shrimp Fra Diavolo, accompanied with his black bean soup. I guarantee you that this dish is a real gourmet experience.
When you stay at Casa Bella Inn, you feel that you are experiencing the best of two ages; the grandness and semi-opulence of staying at a 19th century inn, while simultaneously having all the modern conveniences of 2012 that make an overnight stay comfortable. My granddaughter and I attempt to ski at different places each year for the Presidents’ Day holidays. She has already asked if we can return to Casa Bella next year. I have already agreed and promised her that if God is willing and everything goes well for us in 2013, we will definitely visit again. In closing, I suggest that you visit Casa Bella Inn in the very near future. Susan and Franco may be contemplating retirement, and the prospect of lodging at Casa Bella Inn should be experienced by every seasoned traveler who does not have money to waste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy inn & restaurant nestled in tiny Vermont village surrounded by magnificent Green Mountains. Year round activities. Golf, hiking and biking in the summer. Sking, XC sking, and snow mobiling (plenty of parking for trailers)snowshoeing in the winter. Shopping and antiques. Great all around outdoor activities. Restaurant on premises. Available for family reunions, rehearsal dinners, small groups. ... more less