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The Inn at Lovers Lane
3740 Rte. 125 / PO Box 66
Bridport, VT  05734
John and Pam Freilich, innkeepers
(802) 758-2185
stay@innatloverslane.com

The Inn at Lovers Lane is nestled in the
heart of the Champlain Valley of Vermont,
in the small farming community of
Bridport.  Rolling farm meadows and
spectacular views of the Adirondack
Mountains surrounds us. The town of
Middlebury, home of prestigious Middlebury College, lies only 9 miles away
to the East, while New York State and Lake Champlain are less than 8 miles to
the West.

The c.1835 Greek Revival inn was formerly an impressive farm residence, until
the couple purchased the property in 1996. They completely renovated the
home in 1997-98, adding a new heating system, and upgrading the electrical
system and plumbing systems. Open year round, the small intimate inn offers
three very comfortable guest rooms, including one suite, all with private baths,
individual heat thermostat controls, ceiling fans, and air conditioners in the
summer. There are also three large common rooms for relaxing, including two
large sitting rooms, one with a fireplace, and our sunroom with attached deck.  

"Stargazing is wonderful here because we have very or no city light pollution
and the night sky sparkles," said Pam, adding that chasing and playing with
“Lily” and “Kenai,” the inn’s two canine residents, are also one of their guests’
favorite activity at the inn.  A wonderful wintertime activity is snow shoeing
through the farm fields adjacent to the inn.

Q&A with innkeeper, Pam Freilich

Can you tell us a little bit of the history of The Inn at Lovers Lane?

Built c. 1835-40 in the Greek Revival Style by one of the original Bridport
families, the inn was an impressive farm residence until we purchased and
renovated it and opened our doors in October of 1998.  The name came from
the street across from the inn, called "Lovers Lane," and we gave the inn that
name.  In the 1950s, the street was named that because it was used as a lovers
lane!

What got you interested in inn keeping?

We have always enjoyed the special and unique experience of staying at an
inn, and after many years of searching, we finally found this property in 1995
and purchased it in the following year.  Thus our dream of owning an inn
became a reality.  We especially loved the beautiful mountain views, bright
and airy interior, and the fact that we are close to the college town of
Middlebury.  We are both originally from New Hampshire.

What kind of shape was it in when you purchased it and what kind of
renovation work was required?

Interior wise the home was in good condition,
but since it was a residence, we did the following
in creating the inn: Made 3 guest rooms, all with
private baths, refinished the wooden floors, entirely
new plumbing, upgraded the electrical system,
installed a new heating system, made the sun room
a four season room so that we could serve breakfast
there overlooking rolling farm fields and the
mountains. The exterior of the house was entirely re-painted.

What is it like living at Lovers Lane? And what is your favorite spot or room?

There is plenty of comfortable space to just sit and relax, and the entire inn is
bright and airy.  The sun room, with its attached deck, is our favorite spot
because of its panoramic view of the mountains, and we can watch the birds
feeding at the feeders while enjoying our morning coffee.

What makes a stay at your inn unique?

Though we are a small B&B, with only three guest rooms, we have a large
expanse of common space just to relax, read, or sip a glass of wine. We like to
pamper our guests by giving them exceptional individual service and food for
their money, much like an expensive little hotel.

What kind of specials do you have for your guests throughout the year?

In January through April, we offer 50% of a second night’s stay.  This does not
include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Week.

When is the best time of year to stay at Lovers Lane?

Anytime, but summer and early fall is when the area attractions etc. are open,
and of course Vermont’s Fall Foliage is world-renowned.

Please tell us a little about the Champlain Valley region of Vermont.

This is an area steeped in history. We are located
only a short distance away from
Chimney Point
and Crown Point Historic Sites as well as
Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Independence and
Hubbardton Battle Field all significant battle
areas of the Revolutionary War.
Middlebury College
is only 9 miles away which has its own wonderful
art museum, golf course, alpine and cross-country
skiing centers, all are open to the public.

What is a “can’t miss” attraction in your area?

In addition to all of the historical attractions mentioned above, most guests can’
t resist a visit to Vermont’s
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, though it is a bit of a drive.  Within a 30 mile
drive is the
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, and Vermont Teddy Bear
Factory. Nearby are Lake Champlain and Snake Mountain, where on a clear
day you can see for miles all over the valley and up the Lake.  In Middlebury,
the Sheldon Museum,
Vermont Folklife Center, Morgan Horse Farm, and the
beautiful waterfalls downtown, can be found.

Anything else you want to add about your property?

We are located on both the Lake Champlain Birding Trail, and Lake Champlain
Bikeways Trails.

Click here for The Inn at Lovers Lane's favorite recipe, Orange-Cranberry-
Pineapple Bread.

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