Based upon feedback that we have received over time, we created this informational
page in an attempt to summarize what we are and what we do. It is our hope that
you know what to expect prior to visiting our inn so that you are not met with
any surprises upon your arrival.
First and foremost, we are a Bed and Breakfast. Our inn is a historic farmhouse
in majestic Vermont. Each morning we serve a delicious, healthy, three course,
full country breakfast
(for humans). Our rooms are immaculate and comfortable,
each has its own private bath. Our beds are first quality, our decor is tasteful. But because of our clientele (i.e. the kind that often chews things, destroys
things, lifts their legs on things), we resist the temptation to decorate with
fancy stuff. Besides who needs all those knick-knacks around anyway? We are fastidious
about the cleanliness of your beautiful room and when it comes to your room, we
consider cleanliness and comfort as most important.
Please make no "bones" about it, while we do provide many dog services, we are
not a doggie day care. On our property we operate Mario's Playhouse as a courtesy for our guests. The 'Playhouse' is a specially designed facility where you can safely keep your dogs while you are out and
about. We created this concept because our own personal travel plans were always compromised - many places accepted dogs - but few truly understood the unique needs of dog owners. Because our 'Playhouse' is a unique service, we endeavor to set expectations properly. Specifically regarding our dog-centric policies which emphasize maximum safety and comfort and reflect more than 11 years of feedback from guests. If you are reading this page with the possibility of visiting, please read on!
For many reasons, we cannot allow any dog to be left alone in a private guest
room without their humans. We know that some people have a hard time with this.
After all, we CATER to dog owers and their dogs right?
But after years of experience, because we must look out for the comfort and safety for all guests, and because of the large number of dogs we must manage in our inn, we very respectfully ask all guests to understand in advance that we cannot make exeptions to this policy. We have repaired many rooms after dogs ("not MY
dog") have destroyed them, caused themselves injury, and have disrupted the experience for other guests. This is why we created the Playhouse as a safe, clean, comfortable
alternative. If you feel that you must leave your dog in your private guest room,
while you are out, then we ask you not to visit us.
More about this: Given our keen focus upon meeting as many needs as as possible, we have taken every possible measure to elicit feedback to ensure the health and
safety of every dog who visits us. This includes the cleanliness of the Playhouse
so disease is not spread, as it has been the sad case in so many dog cares. We have completely eliminated fabrics and any other potential source
for spreading germs. Each family has their own private, large run, separate from
the other dogs. The Playhouse is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.
It is cleaned daily, most often 2 or 3 times per day. We have made it as "pretty"
as possible and have even added classical music or movies on 2 TVs for the dogs to watch.
We ask you to bring your own dog bed to further ensure that germs are not spread.
In addition to us as owners of the inn, we have a small staff
who lovingly provides various "dog services." By request, we will walk
your dogs, play with your dogs, feed your dogs, and give your
dogs alot of love and attention. We do not "dog-sit,"
but we do our best to ensure that your dogs are comfortable
while you are out without them. We offer our "dog services"
from 10am-4pm. All other hours, the Playhouse is available
as a self serve facility. It is safe, clean, and comfortable.
We have many wonderful activities that we provide such as agility, obedience
training, hiking, and more. But we are NOT a day camp for dogs. We make no promises
that other dogs will be social with your dogs. But most often, guests will socialize
with one another and the dogs have a great time together.
Prior to visiting us you are required to complete a "dog profile form" which
tells us what we need to know about your dog while he/she is in the Playhouse.
This profile is very helpful because it enables us to learn the nuances of your
dog's "personality." We ask that when you arrive, that we spend just a few minutes together - for us to greet your dog(s) and for your dog(s) to grow comfortable in their new surroundings. It is at this time that we also ask you to share any information with us that you think would be helpful to create a most comfortable experience for you and your dog(s).
We take great pride in the wonderful connection that we have with so many of
our guests and look forward to serving you. Please do not hesitate to contact
us with any questions. We are here to provide you with the highest possible level
of service that we can. Please give us the opportunity to tell us how to make your visit most enjoyable.
Mitch and Jen