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Chester Winter Carnival

1787079-winter-knit-hat-040214-979CHESTER, VT — What could be better than a carnival in mid-February!

Thanks to the owners and staff of the Chester Hardware Store, Chesterites and those visiting the town revel in some good old fashioned winter fun in February.

The list of planned activities usually includes a bonfire, ice skating, sled races, snowshoe softball, sled dog rides, a snow sculpture contest, and a Winter Carnival Dinner, a snowmobile poker run and a broom hockey tournament.

With Mother Nature’s help, it will be a great winter festival again this upcoming winter for all ages.

Covered Bridges Uncovered

slaughterhouse covered bridgeCHESTER, VT — The innkeepers have this year found that more and more Chester House guests are interested in visiting the covered bridges while touring southern Vermont.

Many visitors are fascinated at the bridges’ design, solid construction and durability. Annette Latella of Boston just loved their rugged beauty. “They are so delicate, yet so strong and durable, she said. “I’ve never seen such a marvelous collection. Every bridge I’ve seen rivals the previous one. I’ve taken some great pictures at each covered bridge I visited.”

Vermont has the greatest collection of covered bridges in the US, many of which are still in use. A century ago, there were over 600 covered bridges, but the flood of 1927 left only about 200, many of which have since been lost to fire or development. The remaining bridges in Vermont are among the nation’s finest.

With 22 of Vermont’s 114 covered bridges located within 35 miles, it’s no wonder that the Chester House is a popular hub for visitors interested in visiting these historic architectural marvels.


Roots on the River

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 2.25.05 PMBELLOWS FALLS, VT — The lineup for the 14th annual “Roots on the River Festival” has been announced and it looks as if it’ll be another great musical event. Excitement is building for this year’s four-days of memorable music and song.

The festival started years ago with two small concerts at a local watering hole and an artist’s studio, and has blossomed into an event that draws fans from across the United States, Canada, and Europe who attend year after year.

Once again, the Chester House Inn is ready to be home-base for those attending the Roots on the River Music Festival.

For more information, please go to the Roots on the River website or call 802-463-9595.


No Lack of Fine Dinners

panarellos2CHESTER, VT — When visitors to the Chester House preview the Restaurant Menu Book at the Chester House, they often marvel at the number of fine restaurants in the Chester area.

“Not only does the area around Chester have so many, many interesting places to see and things to do,” said Ben Jackson of Somerville, NJ. “But the number of really fine restaurants is astounding!”


The Chester House in Winter
The Chester House in Winter

CHESTER, VT — Winter brings tremendous smiles to lovers of winter sports and outdoor activities in Vermont!

Many Chester House guests have found a romantic sleigh ride a nice addition to their winter visit to Vermont.

The Chester House is ready with its Stay and Ski / Board packages, with substantial discounts both on the room and on the Okemo lift tickets. Even most “peak weekends” and Presidents Week, Chester House guests will save on their snow getaways.

We also have a package for Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Grafton Ponds!

Ski & Snowboard Packages

CHESTER, VT — Get ready for some mighty fine winter fun, as the Chester House releases details of its current Skiing and Snowboarding Packages.

During a tough economy, skiers and riders will welcome lodging and lift discounts every day.

Skiers and boarders from New England, the mid-Atlantic states and beyond have enjoyed many an economical winter mini-vacation at the Chester House.  This year will be no different.  Click here to see our packages and more detailed information.

Chester House Welcomes Spring Guests

Unexpected guests stayed atop a porch pillar.
Barely a peep out of the children during their stay.

CHESTER, VT — Occasionally guests arrive at the Chester House Inn without having made a reservation.  Of course if we have a room available, they may have it, but guests without a reservation take a chance that there will be no vacancy.

Well, this Spring some unexpected guests showed up and took some available room that suited them just fine. Since they let us take their pictures (below), we decided not to charge them for their stay:


Chester House has Special Guest

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Special Guest on his recent visit to Chester. Yes, that’s really him, with innkeeper Bob!

CHESTER, VT — The Chester House Inn was delighted when a famous Hollywood actor stayed at the Inn in early 2012.


New Arrival

GranddaughterCHESTER, VT — Innkeeper Bob recently helped welcome into this world a new member of his family: Bob’s daughter Abigail and his new granddaughter Alisandra.