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A Custom 4 Day Itinerary for Your Vermont Vacation

Summer is almost here! Have you made your vacation plans yet? Enjoy this customized four day itinerary for the perfect Summer Stay in Vermont.


  • Arrive at our Vermont bed and breakfast for your perfect getaway. The fun starts here!
  • After you have taken a few minutes to settle into one of our charming rooms and put your things away, go for a refreshing swim in our pristine pool and relax after your travels.
  • Play bocce on property with your other half – it’s a blast and the perfect excuse to get outside and take a look around.
  • Savor a leisurely dinner with your love and enjoy a romantic night to yourselves.


  • Wake from a peaceful night to a blissful breakfast right here at the inn.
  • Embrace adventure and go horseback riding – enjoy the views! Ask your innkeepers for recommendations on the best places to ride.
  • Swim at Echo Lake for a local experience like no other. Take in the views and the gorgeous outdoor nature that Vermont is so famous for.
  • Set out on the perfect date night and take in live music at Okemo. Dance the night away and have a dreamy night with your love.


  • Luxuriate at our charming inn with a delightful breakfast.
  • Meander around the Farmer’s Market and marvel at the local selections. It’s the best way to experience a sunny Saturday afternoon in our neck of the woods.
  • Visit Plymouth Cheese for a classic New England experience.
  • Savor dinner at the inn and spend some quality time with your travel partner! Go over your favorite parts of your trip so far over a delicious dish and a drink or two.


  • Wake to a delicious breakfast on your last day. Sip hot coffee and savor your last slow, peaceful morning at the inn.
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail and get some fresh air before you head home.
  • Take a swim at the Gorge and soak in the sun rays and summer feelings.
  • Head home and look forward to your next trip to Vermont!

Itinerary for Wedding Parties at Crisanver House Inn

Hosting your dream wedding at our Vermont bed and breakfast? Wondering how it will accommodate your wedding party and family? We have put together a custom itinerary for you, your wedding party, and your family who will be traveling to the inn and staying with your during your special wedding week.

Please Note: This is simply a sample itinerary. When you buy-out the inn for your special event, we can further customize the itinerary to the needs and interests of your guests.

Imagine 4 perfect days with your closest friends and family. We can customize the most amazing destination wedding in Vermont. You and your guests will have the time of your lives. The possibilities are endless… View a sample of 4 fabulous days celebrating your most magical, fairytale wedding.


  • Arrive at the inn for the best week of your life! You and your friends and family will settle into their rooms and get ready for a wonderful stay at our Vermont bed and breakfast.
  • Take a dip in our pristine pool to unwind and relax. Dry off in the sun and enjoy a drink and some peaceful time of reading, chatting, or whatever you’d like.
  • Celebrate life and love with a glass of Champagne toasting friends and a new life together.
  • The bride to be and bridesmaids can unwind with a variety of spa treatments.
  • The men can head out to enjoy a game of bocce perfectly paired with adult beverages.
  • Fill our lovely dining room with laughter as you reminisce about the past & look towards the future with your wedding party. A dinner at the inn is sure to be a favorite experience.
  • Enjoy s’mores and a nightcap by the fire-pit to close out your first night.


  • Wake to a blissful breakfast and enjoy from the comfort of the inn. Sip hot coffee and prepare yourself for the day before your wedding. It should be tons of fun but relaxing as well!
  • Take an afternoon to explore our lovely area. Visit our favorite antique stores and unique art attractions near us. Or find a trail that interests you and enjoy a brisk hike. Pick your adventure and head out for the day with the wedding party. Get to know Vermont with food, shopping, site seeing, hiking, golf and more.
  • Savor wine and appetizers before dinner, surrounded by your wedding party.
  • We are perfect for a memorable rehearsal dinner and relaxing at the inn before your wedding day!


  • Start the day off right with a delectable breakfast before the day’s festivities.
  • Have some bubbly and light fare while getting ready for the ceremony.
  • The property is a buzz with love. From the brilliantly executed catering, the decorating in the outdoor tent or in the barn, scurrying feet of little ones, hallways filled with laughter, and the tears of joy that will be shed throughout the day. Your magical wedding ceremony in Vermont is finally here.
  • The elegant music, cute flower girls and hilarious ring bearers, the touching moment the groom sees his bride for the first time, the father giving away his daughter, the first kiss as a united couple… the perfect start to your new life together commences.
  • May the party begin. Embrace a night of fun ahead with a reception full of laughter, food, and dancing!
  • Sleep peacefully after the most wonderful day that you will remember forever.


  • Indulge with your last wonderful breakfast together with friends and family at the inn.
  • See your loved ones and friends off before starting your own adventure as a couple.
  • A fun filled and romantic honeymoon in Vermont starts now! Your first vacation as a couple should be the best of your life.
  • Enjoy hiking to a romantic waterfall, mountain biking, swimming, golfing, getting lost in your romantic room, visiting a sugar house, star gazing and more. Crisanver House has everything you need for an adventurous, relaxing and memorable honeymoon.

Please fill out our Vermont Wedding RFP or call us at 802-492-3589 to discuss your event with our wedding coordinator. We can’t wait to plan your dream wedding with you!

Crisanver House 27th Anniversary is Crash, Bang and Boom

Crisanver House just broke ground on its biggest room expansion to date — a new four room luxury cottage. After all these years in the business we are excited (and a little nervous) to announce a 50% expansion in our capacity! Carol and Michael Calotta have taken Crisanver House from a circa 1806 classic post and beam farmhouse, one that wasn’t winterized, to a fully reconstructed four season luxury small resort destination in Shrewsbury, VT during their almost 50 years taking loving care of this 120 acre property. “Opening Crisanver seems like yesterday, yet has been a quarter century journey for Carol and I. The time has flown as we meet wonderfully nice guests who appreciate our efforts to create a special environment in a special place for a special experience” Michael reflects.

This year is Crisanver House’s 27th anniversary of its renovation, rebranding and rebirth, having since served guests from the northeast, across the country and globe. Recognitions including Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Yankee Magazine’s Best Small Resort in New England, member Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, all hold high standards that they strive to exceed.

When Michael and Carol first arrived, the old Tip Top Inn was a fun summertime business. Michael recalls “While searching for a ski house we discovered the Inn and were immediately smitten with a good intuitive feeling upon entering –and its magnificent Sound of Music views; a common reaction from our guests, causing some to have purchased homes in Shrewsbury to enjoy the beauty full time.”

Then 6 years later with babies in tow the duo decided to take a break and focus on family. In the 80’s the house needed massive renovation to build a proper foundation to save it from sliding downhill hill. The Calottas decided it was time for a complete overhaul over six years to bring the place up to code and give it the classic country luxury design it enjoys today. The number of rooms was reduced from 21 to 8 rooms, creating suites from former individual rooms, and constructing private baths for every room, added a wedding barn, swimming pool and pool house, tennis court, bocce court, new cottages, carriage house, game room, massage room, hiking tails, generators, floral, vegetable & herb gardens, a Conservatory dining room with wine and beer service for Inn guests and area residents.

New cottage rooms will be an expansive 400 square feet, with upscale features including private entrances, individual patios / seating, each with beautiful mountain views facing west. Interior special features include radiant floor heat, tiled floors and bathrooms, rain showers, built in wall fireplaces, exposed beams, designer linens. Upper floor rooms have king beds, his and her sinks, ceiling fans and Jacuzzi. Lower floor rooms include walk in rain shower, Queen beds and sliding barn bathroom doors. Connor Homes of Middlebury designed the project to complement the Wedding Barn. Construction is underway by Palladium Builders of Ludlow who estimate completion by late fall.

Still family owned, and run with the help of their daughter Andrea and a few loyal local employees, this Vermont bed and breakfast is enjoying its most flourishing business. Andrea mused, “Every year we watch the trends and listen to our guests wants and needs, discuss amongst ourselves, listen to the industry changes, and we learn and we tweak. We are always looking to improve and start something that will push us to the next level for our guests’ enjoyment. The inspiration for many changes came two years ago when we realized how seriously our website needed to be updated. The photos were outdated, our SEO was abysmal, and we weren’t reaching the US audience in a powerful way. We knew we needed a huge revamp so we invested in ourselves, hired a marketing firm, and got to work. The result: the biggest upswing in business we have seen in all our years!” Andrea’s initiative to partner with one of the best inn marketing firms was a gamble for a small business to take on such a hefty expense… thankfully the gamble has paid off, and generated the impetus for this expansion.

Fall Foliage in Vermont

4 Days of Mountain Fun & Fall Foliage

Let us craft a custom itinerary for you based on what you like. Tell us your personal wine and beer preferences, the types of food you love, and what combination of relaxing, romantic, and adventurous getaway you’re looking for. We will tailor your 4 day getaway even more. For now, here’s the getaway we recommend. Check it out – you will love it!

Day 1

  • Check in
  • Enjoy a game or two of bocce
  • Settle into your romantic room and relax
  • Have a dinner together with sunset views
  • Clink to good times with after dinner drinks
  • Unwind at the outdoor fire pit – snuggle up and get cozy!

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Day 2


Day 3

  • Wake up to a gourmet breakfast
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Go wine tasting at one of the wonderful wineries in the area
  • Enjoy dining in town
  • End the day watching the sunset in the crisp Autumn air

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Day 4

  • Savor your last breakfast at the inn
  • Check out
  • Walk around the beautiful grounds and view the stunning fall foliage
  • Take one more walk on the trails
  • Have a safe trip home

couple having breakfast in the morning at home. Rich breakfast on the table and hot coffee

Experience Magical Fall Foliage

The best part about Vermont in the fall is the stunning foliage. There are so many ways to celebrate fall!Vermont Getaway

  • Apple picking
  • Snuggling up by the fire
  • Stunning foliage
  • Romantic dinners out
  • And more!

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Top 5 Swimming Spots in Vermont

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Everyone loves Vermont’s gorgeous green mountains but our favorite New England state also offers some of the area’s best swimming destinations! Make your romantic getaway equally relaxing and outdoorsy with a trip or two to the lake for kayaking, canoeing, picnics, relaxing, and of course, swimming! We have some of the best lakes located within the surrounding countryside of our bed and breakfast in VT. Check out some of the top swimming options Vermont has to offer!

Camp Plymouth State Park – 17 miles from Crisanver House

Located in Vermont’s gorgeous Central Lakes region, Camp Plymouth State Park is a beautiful park with large trees, perfect for getting some relaxing shade after a swim in the sun. This long and thin lake is also ideal for paddling adventures. Take advantage of the canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals and mix things up after a swim.

Bomoseen State Park – 29 minutes from Crisanver House

This pristine 3,576-acre park is located in the Taconic Mountains and features a few different quarry holes, perfect for a unique swimming experience. Marvel at the historic slate and rich history that this area embodies. If you’re looking for some exercise, try a self-guided tour of the Slate History Trail after you’ve enjoyed an afternoon of swimming.

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Halfmoon Pond State Park – 32 miles from Crisanver House

This quaint and quiet park boasts nearly 3,500 acres of lush green grass and woodlands perfect for camping or just relaxing by the waterfront. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy together by the water, explore the woods with a leisurley hike, and then go for a swim – sounds like the perfect day!

Lake St. Catherine State Park – 33 miles from Crisanver House

Lake St. Catherine State Park is made up of 117 acres. Couples have been enjoying swimming here since 1953. A historic and beautiful state park, Lake St. Catherine’s is known for slate quarrying operations and more. Soak up a little Vermont history while enjoying yourself at this charming location.

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Branbury State Park – 34 miles from Crisanver House

Near the Green Mountain National Forest, you will find Branbury State Park. It is an almost 70-acre park that used to be a working farm and is now a location enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer! This property also features a quaint picnic area. Have a romantic dinner out – Vermont style and end the day with a swim.

Now that you have some ideas of wonderful places to take a dip and relax lakeside, all that’s left to do is check availability at our Vermont bed and breakfast, pack your bags, and get away!