Girlfriend Weekends


For years now my “girl” friends and I have been going away together for weekends. Whatever the season, we might take a weekend to shop New York City, go to a specific art exhibit, lie on the beach, ski and build snowwomen, or just enjoy each other’s company uninterrupted by life’s other demands. We’ve been friends for a long time now and we joke with each other that our conversations have changed over the years from dates, clothes, and birth control, to marriage, children, elderly parents, and menopause. And now we have added retirement and grandchildren.

The Inn on Park Street is well suited for such a weekend. Our village location is perfect for shopping and doing the galleries. Yet hiking, biking, golf, and cross country skiing are only minutes away. The area is rich with antique shops whose owners offer our guests special attention. Brandon now also boasts 2 wineries, 2 breweries, and soon a distillery too. Custom tastings can be arranged. Our central Vermont location also puts many options within a half hour or an hour.

The village has several choices for lunch or dinner. Café Provence is popular throughout the state with its chef/owner Robert Barrall, formerly with the New England Culinary Institute and the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Dinner also can be arranged here at the Inn.

With just 6 rooms, we are an ideal size for a group of friends to get away. We will coordinate a getaway that matches your idea of a great time together. We‘ll do the planning for an antiquing route, a moderate or strenuous hike, a full or half day of biking or snowshoeing or cross country skiing. We can offer itineraries for area historical sites, museums, and covered bridges. We can even arrange an appointment with a local artist, a private wine tasting, or massages at the Inn. Of course, there is always shopping!

A group of 4-7 can reserve in the quiet season for 2 nights midweek for $210/person. A weekend getaway during the quiet season is $250/person for a group of 4-7. Your stay will include:

  • 2 nights’ lodging in private rooms
  • 2 full served country breakfasts
  • 2 evening desserts and coffee
  • Light supper on the first night

In season “whole house” rental is $650/night midweek and $695/night weekends, both requiring a 2 night minimum. Maximum occupancy is 12 with shared accommodations.

Dinner at the Inn is available for $23-28/person for a 3-course family style meal or $32-40/person for a 4-course served candlelit dinner. Both options are arranged individually; the group chooses its menu after being presented with several suggestions. The Inn does not have a liquor license, so all alcohol is BYO with sodas, mixers, and set-ups provided.

Does this appeal to you and your group? Call me at 802-247-3843 and we can discuss more details.