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Cozy and private!

Just a few miles from Manchester town center. It is very easy to drive to and each room has an individual parking space right in front of it. I loved that each room felt like it’s own building. The rooms are spacious and each one is decorated differently. It was clean and we had all the amenities we needed. We had our own sliding door to the back lawn of the property and I’m sure it gets plenty of use in the summer. There really wasn’t much noise and we barely even knew other people were staying at the lodge until we saw them at breakfast. The pub and breakfast area are intimate and decorated with a variety of antiques. The breakfast portions are huge and they were able to make modifications to make our breakfast vegetarian. Would definitely come back and spend more than one night next time!


New in the Pub

Our selection of single malt and bourbon is constantly growing and changing.   New in the Pub is Smuggler’s Notch Maple Bourbon.    Destined to become a new favorite Vermont distilled spirit, this bourbon is not a sweet maple bourbon, but rather a light maple flavor in the background.   Now that maple sugaring season is here, give it a try and see what Vermont can do with maple sap.

Another recent addition is from our favorite distillery, Buffalo Trace.  The Single Oak Project was quite an undertaking in bourbon making, an experimental project that will not be repeated again – although it made some pretty good bourbon.   We have 3 bottles from 3 different  barrels.   It is rare and hard to find – but we have it.   The story of how it was made is extremely interesting, and you can read about it on the Single Oak Project website.

Another favorite distillery of ours, located in the bourbon capital of Kentucky (Bardstown), is Willett Distillery.  We’ve got our hands on a couple of bottles of Noah’s Creek, usually only found down south.   This little distillery produces great products, and the distillery states that Noah’s Creek is “surprisingly elegant at 114.3 Proof, which is perhaps odd to say about a whiskey at near-barrel strength, but it drinks more like a 100 Proof Bourbon Whiskey. You get the rye showing its face on the front end with a nice creaminess and subtlety on the back end”

Now, another great Vermont product, from Mad River Distiller’s, is Revolution Rye.    Mad River Distiller’s have come a long way since their first bottlings, actually a very long way.   This is a really good Rye Whiskey produced in Vermont.   Try it, you’ll like it.

Our semi-yearly trip to Vermont

We’ve stayed at the North Shire Lodge many times now, sometimes just my husband and I, and others with our kids or a big group of friends. Every time we stay, it’s a wonderful experience. Tim and Kerry are such great hosts, the room is clean and comfortable, the pub is cozy and wonderful, and the breakfast is always so good. It’s such a great location, but actually we just love to stay right there at the Lodge, having a drink in the pub, taking a movie from their huge collection, and hanging out in our room. In good weather, it’s wonderful to open up the back doors of each room, sit outside, and enjoy the amazing view of the mountains with a group of friends. Highly recommend!



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