Hotel Vermont has opened in the heart of Burlington. The soon-to-be LEED-certified hotel is locally developed, owned, designed and operated. Smith Buckley Architects and TruexCullins Interiors ensured the hotel offers an authentic Vermont experience, from a wood-burning hearth to custom Johnson Woolen Mills blankets in the guestrooms.
“Building in Vermont means crafting quality materials with integrity,” said TruexCullins principal, Kim Deetjen. “Hotel Vermont evokes a true Vermont experience showcasing resources such as locally crafted furniture pieces in the lobby and in Juniper, stone countertops with Vermont marble, granite, and flooring made from local shells and reclaimed antique oak.”
Hotel Vermont offers 2,000 square feet of green roof space, not including the 7,500 square foot Harbor Terrace green roof showcasing locally-based, noted sculptor Richard Erdman’s bronze, “Form Reclining.” Hotel Vermont features four meeting rooms, two of which showcase Lake Champlain views, which totals 1,100 square feet of space for meetings and receptions for up to 80 guests. Hotel Vermont is also the first hotel to offer a robust 100Mbs synchronous broadband internet access through a partnership with Burlington Telecom.
“This project is a first for Burlington, and has garnered a lot of local interest, support, and regional attention,” said Hans van Wees, general manager of Hotel Vermont. “We are bringing an independent, luxury hotel to this city so travelers can more comfortably enjoy our community and locals can feel at home to gather here, especially at Juniper and at the newest outpost of Hen of the Wood. We have made a considerable promise by naming the property Hotel Vermont, and we plan to deliver.”
Chef de Cuisine Douglas Paine will oversee Juniper, which will serve morning pastries, small-producer coffee, and afternoon tea service. In the evening, Juniper will offer limited-production beer, organic and biodynamic wines, and small plates.
Opening this summer, Hen of the Wood Restaurant will debut at Hotel Vermont as the second outpost of the popular dining spot. Hen of the Wood features farm-to-table cuisine from Chef Eric Warnstedt. The restaurant is known for its commitment to small production and family farmers and foragers, a natural approach to wine, and a rotating menu.
To ensure guests sleep well, Hotel Vermont features windows that open to the fresh Vermont air and a new Bedtime Menu, which includes local Lunaroma Aromatherapy offerings; a Vermont Flannel Pajama selection; a custom Vermont Teddy Bear; a selection of bedtime stories for the little ones; and a hot toddy list.