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Guests Feel Truly at Home at Warren's Sugartree Inn

By Elisha Neubauer

Originally from London, Owners Maxine and Graham Longmuir knew immediately they felt at home in Vermont. Purchasing the Sugartree Inn in 2004, they settled in for the long haul. The Inn, which was quite a concern at purchase, had been operating since the early 1970s; although, under many different names, owners, and concepts. Despite any qualms they may have had about the previous history, the Longmuirs knew they had found a hidden gem, and decided to plant their roots in the form of the Sugartree Inn.

"When we were looking to buy, it was important to us that we be in a venue, a real location as oppose to somewhere someone might stop on the way to somewhere else," Maxine Longmuir said. "We chose Vermont as we think Vermont is the USA's best kept secret and it seems most Americans still like to keep it that way! We love the USA and the American people as the philosophy is always 'glass half full' and wanted a chance to live and work here, which, when you are Brits, is not easy."

One of the big standouts when it comes to the Inn is the way in which the Longmuirs have decided to run it. "We don't like to use marketing buzz words. We did that in our past careers," affirms Longmuir. "Our Inn is not 'rustic charm' or 'country contemporary' and it's not 'modern boutique'. It's a home, so the rooms and bathrooms are just like being in your own home- comfortable beds, neutral decor, fluffy feather duvets and pillows and fresh, good quality towels and linens."

Repeat guests, of which they have many, refer to the location as their home in Vermont, only adding to the concept that the Sugartree Inn is a home, not a hotel. "A home with breakfast ( and sometimes dinner) all home cooked from scratch on our English AGA stove, which we brought over from the UK," states Longmuir.

Their easy-to-reach location is just mere seconds from the Sugarbush Ski Resort, making their busier seasons fall in the latter part of the year?fall and Winter. "Vermont Fall Colours are a legend that have to be seen by everyone at least once in their life?we have guests that choose to come and see them every year," she tells us.

In addition to being in close proximity to the ski resort, the Sugartree Inn is close to the eclectic town of Burlington and the Mad River. "There's tubing, kayaking, swimming holes, and fishing to be enjoyed during summer and fall, as well as some world class hiking on the long trail for the more experienced or many riverside and mountain hikes for those who are less energetic," states Longmuir. "Scenic Route 100, which has been designated by The Travel Channel as one of the most beautiful drives, makes a very enjoyable bike ride too."

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