I overheard someone describe the Gazebo at the Inn at Weston as “the best table in Vermont.” Already being a big fan of the Inn at Weston, it wasn’t too hard to convince me to check it out. I stopped by one afternoon to see for myself. It is gorgeous! There are thirty five orchids plus about that many other plants decorating the gazebo and deck. I happened to catch a brassaa orchid, aka a Spider Orchid as it had just bloomed. If you don’t like spiders, don’t worry. There are two pitcher plants ready to devour any creeping or flying creatures that wander into their territory. I felt like I was in a tropical paradise. Bob then said, “Yes, it’s beautiful, but you should see it at night. You’ll feel like you’re in a private room.” Needless to say, I made dinner reservations for 8pm the next evening.
It was wonderful! The gazebo was lit with tiny white lights woven around the upper portion of the qazebo, a chandelier, and a candle on the table. As the night sky turned from blue to black it really was like being in a private room with a bright tropical print wall paper. The table seats two to four people and has already witnessed numerous wedding proposals, anniversary dinners, and special birthday celebrations. It’s quite popular, so please request it when making your reservation. Don’t worry if the weather turns bad or the bugs are more than the pitcher plants can handle, they always reserve an inside table for you as well, just in case. If you do end up inside, you’ll better be able to hear either George or Cody playing the piano on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the summer “theatre” season, there’s often music mid-week as well.
Whether you sit inside or out, Chef Michael Kennedy will prepare a feast for you. Our waitress told us that the Chilled Cantaloupe Melon soup with Lime Granite regularly generates requests for the recipe, and it’s no wonder. Phenomenal! The Cornmeal Crusted Calamari was a spicy sensation. The Timbale of Maine Lobster, Mango, and Papaya was a multi-colored tower that was a treat for the eye as well as the palate. The Blood Orange-Maple Vinaigrette on the Salad of Organic Mesclun Greens was the perfect compliment for this light refreshing salad. I chose the Sun Dried Tomato, Black Olive & Grafton Cheddar Polenta with Red Onion Marmalade as my entreΘ. I wanted to try as much as possible and still have room for dessert. My partner chose the Veal Osso Buco with Herb Roasted Baby Bliss Potatoes and Spicy Haricot Vert. He just can’t resist it and he was not disappointed.
Warm Fresh Fruit Cobbler and Chocolate Banana Creme Pie rounded out the meal.
The Inn at Weston has a full bar and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Please call 802-824-6789 and speak to Bob, Linda, or Scott for dinner reservations. Dinner is served from 5:30 PM Tuesday thru Sunday.
Why not try one of their “Play and Stay” packages and spend the night and see one of the plays at the Weston Playhouse as well?!?