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The 125-room Hotel Vermont Opens in Burlington, Vermont

May 17, 2013 (BURLINGTON, VERMONT)
- Hotel Vermont opened today at 41 Cherry Street in the heart of Burlington. The soon-to-be LEED-certified hotel is locally developed, owned, designed and operated. Smith Buckley Architects and TruexCullins Interiors ensured the hotel offers an authentic Vermont experience, from a wood-burning hearth and the aroma of steamed cider in the lobby, to custom Johnson Woolen Mills blankets in the guest rooms.

"Building in Vermont means crafting quality materials with integrity," said TruexCullins principal, Kim Deetjen. "Hotel Vermont evokes a true Vermont experience showcasing resources such as locally crafted furniture pieces in the lobby and in Juniper, stone countertops with Vermont marble, granite, and flooring made from local shells and reclaimed antique oak."

Stepping outside at the hotel's bar and restaurant, Juniper, a granite terrace with open hearth and soft seating overlooks the ever-changing scenery of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Hotel Vermont offers 2,000 square feet of green roof space, not including the 7,500 square foot Harbor Terrace green roof showcasing locally-based, noted sculptor Richard Erdman's bronze, "Form Reclining." Hotel Vermont features four meeting rooms, two of which showcase Lake Champlain views, which totals 1,100 square feet of space for meetings and receptions for up to 80 guests. Hotel Vermont is also the first hotel to offer a robust 100Mbs synchronous broadband internet access -- the fastest internet speed available, through a partnership with Burlington Telecom.

"This project is a first for Burlington, and has garnered a lot of local interest, support, and regional attention," said Hans van Wees, General Manager of Hotel Vermont. "We are bringing an independent, luxury hotel to this city so travelers can more comfortably enjoy our community and locals can feel at home to gather here, especially at Juniper and at the newest outpost of Hen of the Wood. We have made a considerable promise by naming the property Hotel Vermont, and we plan to deliver."

Chef de Cuisine Douglas Paine will oversee Juniper, which will serve morning pastries, small producer coffee, and afternoon tea service. In the evening, Juniper will offer limited-production beer, organic and biodynamic wines and small plates.

Hotel Vermont's mixology program will also attract attention from hotel guests and the local community. Renowned local mixologist, Eben Hill, has been appointed to head up the beverage program at Juniper. Hill has developed a new cocktail program inspired by local Vermont ingredients, and also offers cocktail classes to tutor hotel guests and locals in the art of mixology. In addition, the hotel has eleven local distillery partners including Whistle Pig Rye and Vermont Spirits.

Opening this summer, Hen of the Wood Restaurant will debut at Hotel Vermont as the second outpost of one of the state's favorite dining spots. Hen of the Wood features the acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine and intuitive service standards of 2011 and 2012 James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef Northeast" finalist, Chef Eric Warnstedt. The restaurant is known for its commitment to small production and family farmers and foragers, a natural approach to wine, and a rotating menu.

To ensure guests sleep well, Hotel Vermont features windows that open to the fresh Vermont air and a new Bedtime Menu, which includes local Lunaroma Aromatherapy offerings to calm the senses; a Vermont Flannel Pajama selection for snuggling on a crisp Fall nights; a custom Vermont Teddy Bear to hug and take home; a selection of bedtime stories for the little ones; and a soothing hot toddy list.

The uniqueness of Hotel Vermont in its offerings and services will elevate hospitality options in Burlington. The hotel is named for the original Hotel Vermont, which first welcomed guests on the corner of Main Street and St. Paul Streets in Burlington 100 years ago. The groundbreaking of the new incarnation of Hotel Vermont was launched by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller in September 2011.

For more information, visit www.hotelvt.com

About Hotel Vermont

The newly-constructed, ground-up Hotel Vermont will stand six stories tall on Cherry Street in Burlington. Ideally located between Waterfront Park and Burlington's epicenter, The Church Street Marketplace - hotel guests will enjoy an a warmly elegant "Vermont" experience exuding approachable and intuitive service and contemporary comforts for  all visitors   Locally designed, developed, owned and operated, the hotel expects to be LEED-certified and welcomes guests to a street-level lobby with wood-burning hearth, granite-clad central core, cast lake shell and stone floor  and in Juniper Bar reclaimed red oak flooring and custom furnishings.  There are 125 guest rooms that feature indulgent bedding, as well as separate luxury shower, bath and water closet areas with organic amenities especially created by the local aromatherapy experts at Lunaroma.  Hotel Vermont is the Burlington home of Hen of the Wood Restaurant, long a Vermont favorite, featuring acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine by 2011 and 2012 James Beard Award finalist for "Best Chef Northeast," Chef Eric Warnstedt. Juniper, the hotel lounge, serves breakfast, specialty coffees, small plates, local beer and wine, and creative cocktails that represent all of Vermont's eleven micro-distilleries. Off the lobby, an outdoor terrace and adjacent fire pit overlooks Lake Champlain, as well as the 7,500 square foot Harbor Terrace. This space is Burlington's first green roof and garden, featuring bronze sculptures by Vermont artist, Richard Erdman. In addition, the hotel's third floor features over 2,000 square feet of green roof space. Hotel Vermont offers two water view function rooms for meetings and events of up to 80 guests. www.hotelvt.com
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Contact:

Michelle Munick Zacharia
Hawkins International PR
212.255.6541
michelle@hawkpr.com


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Also See: Jessica Andreola Appointed as Assistant General Manager for the 125-room Hotel Vermont Opening this Month in Burlington, Vermont / May 2013

Douglas Paine Appointed as Chef De Cuisine for Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Vermont; The 125-room Hotel will Open in May 2013 / April 2013

Westport Hospitality Names Hans van Wees as General Manager of the 125-room Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Vermont; The New Hotel is Scheduled to Open in Spring 2013 / December 2012

Developers to Break Ground on LEED-certified 125-room Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Vermont / September 2011
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