The charming Green Mountain Inn located in historic Stowe, Vermont has 105 guest rooms and suites. It features a large sauna, afternoon tea, and massage services. Each of the rooms in the hotel has handcrafted furnishings from Vermont furniture makers. Whip Bar & Grill, only serves food made from local farm produce and even local microbrews. The bar provides fine dining with a casual atmosphere and they have an extensive menu of flavorful food.
The hotel was built by Peter C. Lovejoy in 1883 and he later traded it to Stillman Churchman for a farm. Churchman added a dance hall, two brick wings, and a double front porch after acquiring the property. He also renamed it the Mansfield House but ended up losing the business to the bank in a foreclosure.
It was renamed the Brick Hotel and in 1893 it was purchased by Mark C. Lovejoy and later became the Green Mountain Inn. In 1982, a Canadian visitor named Marvin Gameroff fell in love with the inn and bought the property. The inn’s current owner is now the Gameroff Trust.
While various renovations throughout the years have brought the hotel in the modern age, a spirit from the 1800S reportedly still haunts the hotel. Everyone who has ever worked in the hotel, as well as guests who have checked in the hotel, know about the legend of Boots Berry. Boots Berry was the inn’s former horseman and he was the son of another of the inns’ former horseman and chambermaid. He was given the nickname Boots because he liked to tap dance. He was born in the hotel’s Room 302 in the servant’s quarters. He was also a horseman himself and was thrust into prominence when he saved a stagecoach full of passengers. He was called a hero and was even awarded a medal.
However, Boots was dismissed from the hotel because of his excessive drinking and he went about wandering the country for many years. He drifted back to Stowe and in 1902, he saved a child who was stuck on a rooftop during a snowstorm. However, Boots Berry slipped and fell to his death from the roof above the room where he was born. Legend has it that people who stay on the hotel can still hear Boot’s tap dancing on the hotel roof.
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