The Strong House Inn, A Secret Garden in Vergennes Vermont

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Vergennes Vermont is the smallest city in the United States. This ‘Little City” is just about halfway between Burlington and Middlebury. Its main thoroughfare, Route 22A, is a passageway to all good things: restaurants, Cafes, Vergennes Laundry (a wonderful French bakery), Lake Champlain, etc. In the case of this blog post, it is a path to a Secret Garden.

A Secret Garden is the first impression many have of the Strong House Inn on Main Street (also known as Route 22A) in Vergennes. Things like a library, a courtyard, a gazebo, three fireplaces, a great room, a tavern, a Victorian Suite, and an English Garden Room all contribute to the mental image of a Secret Garden. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

It is not just the greenery or the sense of history (the Inn is on the National Registry of Historic Places) that factor into the Inn’s Secret Garden aspect. It is its sense of possibility. The Inn has an excellent NOI (for those new to the business of inn-keeping, this is the net operating income) and a 10.5 CAP Rate (this is the capitalization rate, the ratio between the net operating income produced by the Inn and its capital cost). There is no deferred maintenance in the buildings. Room rates range between $120 and $350 depending on the season. In other words, the Inn is a great place to answer your calling and make your living.  “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

The Inn has 15 Suite/Guest Rooms, 18 bathrooms, 2 dining rooms, library, Great room, and Conference center. The main house attic has been converted to a space for your family or staff with a living room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. The Inn is licensed for 30 guests and 30 guests in the restaurant. It is also approved for private party functions up to 50 people, think weddings, family reunions. It has a full liquor, beer and wine license. And there are 3 fireplace in the Rabbit Ridge building built in 1998.

The Inn’s magic is not lost on the public. Here are a couple online reviews:
“We had a very lovely and relaxing stay at the Strong House. I am normally not a fan of B&B’s, but my husband planned this trip to see the foliage and Vermont countryside. We could not have been more pleased with our room which had an incredible four poster bed, a fireplace, and great balcony! … The food was very, very good and we appreciated all the special touches found in each room that make it feel so special and homey. We hope to get back to the Strong House Inn soon!” From TripAdvisor.com

“We spent three wonderful nights at the Strong House Inn residing in the Vermont room which was very well appointed and faced the lovely gardens, the woods and the Adirondacks. Each morning we were treated to a superb breakfast… We highly recommend the Strong House Inn and shall certainly return when we visit Vermont.” From BedandBreakfast.com.

You might be just the couple to keep this magic alive. If you have ever considered inn-keeping, this is the place! “And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”

~ Italicized quotes are from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett