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The Lilac Inn Reimagines Romantic Weekends and Destination Weddings

By Marina I. Jokic

Featured in Yankee, Country Living and Vermont magazines, the Lilac Inn can best be described as a small luxury hotel with personalized service and unexpected amenities. Situated in a pristine, picturesque area in the Vermont countryside, the Inn was more recently described as a "charming sprawling estate" and a "romantic getaway."

In order to experience the true spirit of the Lilac Inn, co-owner Douglass Sawyer recommends trying the quintessential romantic package, which includes a dozen fresh roses, a box of Lake Champlain artisanal chocolates, and a bottle of Methode Champeniose. Each tastefully decorated room has a unique character, ranging from quaint countryside charm to regal elegance and comfort.

Guests wake up to a three course gourmet Vermont breakfast cooked to order each morning and served at their table. The Inn is located on Park Street, one of the most beautiful streets in Brandon. After breakfast, guests can meander down the street to explore the local artist scene, bookstores, the covered historical bridges, the birthplace of Stephen Douglas, and learn about Brandon's role in the antislavery movement. If the weather is not ideal for outdoor activities, guests can take a culinary class at the Café Provence at the Lilac Inn with Vermont's Chef of the Year.

During the winter, some popular activities include cross-country and downhill skiing, snow shoeing, sleigh and carriage rides. There are also six working fireplaces on the premises. In the summer, you can see people golfing, fishing, birding, hiking, biking or just relaxing with a good book in the garden.

The Inn is a popular choice for weddings. Offering the scenic grounds of the property, an award-winning menu, and personalized event planning service, the Inn is ideal for small or large wedding or engagement parties. The two acres of perennial gardens with rock walls and water features are the perfect backdrop for stunning wedding ceremonies and photos.

"Because the Lilac Inn was originally built as home for grand parties, it is a natural setting for weddings," Sawyer said. "The ballroom holds up to 130 people, and the courtyard can be tented for up to 250 guests."

Since the Inn was primarily used for entertaining in its early days, its setting and amenities make it ideal for Vermont destination weddings. Sawyer's event team has years of experience planning and coordinating hundreds of custom weddings and engagement parties, and has established itself as one of the leading venues in the area.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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