The fall foliage is pretty much at its peak over the next week or so in Northern New England, which means that hotel rates are sky high. Although one doesn’t always think of the Best Western brand as the epitome of quaint hotels, the Best Western Waterbury, Vermont is a convenient, reasonably priced option for would-be leaf peepers looking for a great deal.
The Best Western Waterbury, Vermont is conveniently located right off of the highway, in Waterbury, Vermont. The quaint village of Stowe, as well as many great culinary tours (Ben and Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee, and Cold Creek Cider Mill among them) are nearby. The hotel is currently going through a renovation – the second floor was only accessible via stairs and there are construction vehicles in the parking lot, but I experienced absolutely no noise disruption.
Check-in at the hotel was easy. While the lobby is small, it is warm and inviting and they even had a fire going while we were there. It took a few minutes for me to figure out how to get to my room – probably because of the construction. But, once I arrived at my room, I was pleasantly surprised. While the room is pretty standard, it was completely spotless and comfortable. Internet is completely free and is very easy to connect to.
The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast in their on-site restaurant Wandering Moose Cafe, but I wasn’t hungry, so I didn’t check it out. Instead, I just brewed some coffee in the in-room Keurig (a nice amenity, especially with Green Mountain Coffee headquarters nearby). The restaurant also serves lunch and breakfast, and offers a bar with local micro-brews, wine, and coffee.
The grounds at the Best Western Waterbury are really nice and include the covered bridge pictured above. The indoor pool and jacuzzi are located right near the covered bridge, which makes for some fabulous photography. There’s also a small swing set outside for children. Since the hotel is located on a hill, the foliage viewing is really fabulous from the rooms and the property – and there are some great nearby hiking and biking paths. The hotel also offers a nice game room and fitness room.
Overall, while the Best Western Waterbury still is a mid-range chain hotel, I think it’s a great hidden gem in Vermont, especially for those looking to save some money during leaf peeking season.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay due to an unrelated press trip.
Article and photos by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine.