The Dorset Inn

Select Registry Member Since 2016

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The Dorset Inn

Select Registry Member Since 2016

The Basics

Set on our historic village green, The Dorset Inn has offered travelers traditional New England hospitality since 1796. We are Vermont’s oldest continually operating inn, priding ourselves on gracious lodging, gourmet dining, fine wines, and great spirits! Many of our guests return yearly for our welcoming atmosphere and quintessential Vermont charm. In the mountain valleys that surround us, you’ll find the famed Dorset Playhouse, art galleries, shopping, skiing, hiking, wild trout streams, and much more.

Things We Love

Dorset interior

Every room in the Inn has been uniquely decorated by our owner and Innkeeper, Lauren Bryant. Each is named for a local artist, writer, historic family or natural feature

Dorset Exterior

The inn is filled with historic details, including the exterior design that was modeled after George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Washington was still president when the inn was built


We are very pet friendly, so bring along your furry friend. We provide a comfy dog bed, locally made organic treats and chew toys . There are also plenty of country lanes and hiking trails adjacent to the inn for leisurely dog walks

At A Glance

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Pet-Friendly Rooms Available
  • Concierge Services
  • Pub, Tavern or Bar Onsite
  • Jetted Tubs - Some Rooms
  • Weddings & Events Available

Best For

  • History & Heritage
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Romantic Retreat/Honeymoon Destination

In The Know

Here are a few things you can't miss when you visit...

  • Ask our front desk staff about our country road excursions. We have mapped out off - the - beaten - path drives that include covered bridges, waterfalls, spectacular views and hiking, breweries and more
  • Learn about wild raptors in a face to face encounter! It is a truly unique and exciting experience
  • Enjoy a lazy day tubing down the Battenkill River. Fun for all ages
  • Catch a gorgeous sunset at Merck Forest
  • Spend a day at Emerald Lake State Park , enjoying the beach, boating or hiking


For more than 224 years, the Dorset Inn a bed and breakfast in Vermont has offered traditional New England Hospitality. As Vermont's oldest continually operating inn, we pride ourselves on offering travelers gracious lodging, gourmet dining, fine wines and great spirits! Travelers who we've had the pleasure of hosting enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and exceptional cooking.
No matter when you plan your stay, there's something to do all year long in Vermont! Imagine spending the day downhill skiing at Bromley and Stratton during the winter months. Or shop Manchester’s designer outlets and attend summer stock theater at our own Dorset Playhouse! In the fall, enjoy Vermont’s unparalleled foliage season. From the quiet getaway to the outdoor adventure vacation…All of this and more are within minutes of the Dorset Inn.


Inn Amenities: Pool, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Green Environmentally Friendly, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, Pub/Tavern Site, National Historic Registry

Food & Wine

From homemade corn beef hash to fruit-filled flapjack pancakes and chef's fresh, crunchy granola… What better way to start your day than a warm, hearty Dorset Inn breakfast! We offer a la carte service every day to guests of the inn and visitors in our cheerful garden room or the inviting, red dining room.
Enjoy an unhurried and relaxing dinner at the Dorset Inn any night. Reservations are recommended. As proud members of the Vermont Fresh Network, we support as many local farms and businesses as possible. Come enjoy our uncomplicated, bistro-style cuisine that combines classic culinary techniques and traditions with regional influences and fresh ingredients!

Meals Offered: Breakfast, Dinner

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public

Special Diets Accommodated: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Yes

Breakfast: Complimentary

Breakfast Service: Full

Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables

Alcohol Permits: Beer, Wine, Spirits

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Evening Cocktails, Picnics Available

Rooms & Suites

Welcoming travelers for more than 224 years, our guest rooms exude years of character paired with a certain warmth and charm. With a taste for the old combined with today’s necessary amenities, the Inn's 24 individually decorated guest rooms sparkle with new color. Enjoy the gentle sophistication of colorful paisleys, robust tartans and rich florals against the backdrop of a quintessential Vermont village!

Accommodations: Suites

# of Rooms: 24

Beds: Twin, Queen, King

Room Entertainment: Cable TV

Safes: Front Desk

Handicap Accessible: Full ADA

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Refrigerator, Rollaway Available, Telephones, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Front Desk/Security: OnSite

Inn Amenities: Pool, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Green Environmentally Friendly, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, Pub/Tavern Site, National Historic Registry

Location Type

Location Type: Small Town/Village, Mountains


Minimum Stay Required: Weekends, Holidays, Peak Season

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Smoking Policy: Outside Only

Family Friendly: Yes

Weddings & Events

We offer a unique wedding venue for your special day! Our quaint village is only 6 miles from Manchester and our small resort sits on six acres of manicured grounds. Whether you'd like an intimate or lavish celebration, choose from our variety of warm and inviting venue options like tented terraces, lush gardens, historic dining rooms, cozy tap rooms, and white gazebos!

Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopement

Wedding Services & Amenities: Caterer

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor

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