Killington Resort Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Red Clover Inn
Where to stay at Killington? When you are skiing the biggest ski resort in Vermont, and eastern North America, you want to find a place to relax and retreat after skiing. Killington is big, with 1,509 acres of skiing and 22 lifts flanking six peaks. After a day exploring Killington's very scenic and vast terrain, you want to soak in an outdoor hot tub with a mountain view, sip a crafted cocktail or Vermont brew by a real crackling fire, dine on Vermont raised beef, artisan cheese, and maple infused desserts. The Red Clover Inn in Mendon Vermont, just minutes from Killington and Pico Mountain, is the perfect place - we think its the most romantic place to stay at Killington and Rutland Vermont.
The Red Clover Inn is a beautiful Vermont spot, tucked on a side street just off Route 4, the main thoroughfare between Killington, Pico, and Rutland. A 1840 Farmhouse, in yellow not red, The Red Clover is pastoral and pretty but happens to be home to 13 lovely guest suites and some of the finest dining in Vermont ski country. At the reception in the warm inviting Inn, one of three lovely gal innkeepers greets you and welcomes you to enjoy the cozy common rooms which include a library and a Tavern with a real field stone wood burning fireplace. Our Suite was located in the Carriage House just steps from the Inn - a spacious beautiful room with a grand poster king bed, our own gas fireplace, flat screen TV, iPhone dock, and a big jacuzzi tub, plus a large tile bathroom. From our room, we had a beautiful view of the Green Mountains - now dusted in white, especially the peak of Pico.
After settling into our Suite, checking emails on free wifi, and soaking in the lovely outdoor hot tub placed in a charming gazebo outside, we were ready for libation. Bartender Thomas offered us some extraordinary cocktails made with clever Vermont ingredients, Vermont made liquors, vodka and bourbon, and of course maple syrup. We sipped drinks by a real roaring fireplace... don't you love the crackle, heat, aroma, and flame of a real fire?!
After many laps of great skiing at Pico and Killington, we skied both in the same day- that's how nearby they are, we were ravenous for some Vermont made cooking. Chef Colin revealed his passion and culinary talent to us immediately. Warm fresh baked local bread with creamy butter, a delicious hand picked salad with homemade lavender dressing and his own herbs started us off. The best French onion soup was my husband's exclamation. Our dinners were long roasted and lovingly prepared, Vermont short ribs served with homemade gnocchi, local pheasant, Grilled steak topped with a fresh farm egg and duck fat fries...these are a few of his unique and delicious offerings. Venison, Duck, Sockeye Salmon, the menu is tantalizing - and everything is super fresh each evening. Candle light, classical music and happy conversations at nearby tables only added to our enjoyment. Chef Colin emerged from his kitchen to check on our satisfaction. He's a snowboarder for fun, but a chef at heart - born in Rutland but trained with top chefs elsewhere before he returned to his roots. "I love to cook with farm fresh greens, local meats, and artisan cheeses. I am so glad to be here at Red Clover. It's just a few minutes from the ski slopes, but worlds away from the busy Access Road. People can come here and really relax and enjoy my food and our special setting." His breakfasts are extraordinary too, fresh baked flaky croissants, farm bacon, and fluffy egg frittatas to start your ski engines.
While you are staying at the Red Clover Inn, you can venture out during the day, go skiing at Pico just 6 miles away or ski Killington 8 miles up Route 4, snowshoe or go cross-country skiing at MountainTop Resort. For lunch, the Red Clover is closed, so try the new Peak Lodge at 4,142' at the summit of Killington Mountain, or stop along the Killington Access Road at one of the many fine eateries, The Foundry with a view of the slopes, Casey's Caboose, The Garlic, Outback Pizza, or stay slopeside for drinks at Killington's Umbrella Bars or the Long Trail Tavern upstairs at the Snowshed Lodge. Après ski and resort entertainment abound at Killington with the best apres ski party scene in New England. The Killington's Access Road is dotted with signs promoting "Happy Hour" and Après ski, Opening at 3! Or you can return to the peaceful pleasant environment of The Red Clover Inn, enjoy a signature cocktail or crafted brewery at the Tavern, by the fireplace in the Pub or soak in what will likely be your private hot tub located outside under a wooden gazebo with views of Pico Peak. If you are lodged in one of the Suites in the Carriage House, you will have your own gas fireplace and Jacuzzi tub in your spacious room as well.
Killington/Pico and Rutland offer plenty of condo style lodging, a few ski hotels, and motels, but nothing is as special as this historic and romantic spot, just a 1/4 mile of Route 4 but miles away from the hustle and bustle of Killington's resort village and ski slopes. Did we mention the exceptional dining?! You should head over to the Red Clover!
Killington Red Clover Inn
GPS Directions: 7 Woodward Road, Rutland (Mendon) Vermont, just 1/4 mile off Route 4
Phone; 1-802-775-2290 www.redcloverinn.com