With the children grown, New Yorkers Tina and Bruce Verdrager renovated their rambling Victorian vacation home on the edge of Echo Lake into a country inn. Bruce's natural enthusiasm and Tina's culinary skills made it an instant success. Arriving guests are welcomed with a drink in the English pub, which is dominated by an authentic 100-year-old English bar of etched and leaded glass set in mahogany. Bruce tells of how he found it in Savannah, Ga., of all places, while he minds the bar. Tina buzzes in and out of the kitchen, bringing in hors d'oeurves and preparing an elaborate three-course dinner. The kitchen remains open until the last guest arrives. "How can you let people drive all the way here and not give them dinner?" Tina asks. Though smallish, guestrooms are delightful ($175-$250, including breakfast and dinner; lift-and-lodging packages available). They're individually decorated with antiques, as are the two living rooms, which provide an alternative to the pub and game room. Nothing is fussy-just welcoming, like a visit to grandma's. And Tina's cooking-appetizers such as scallops in puff pastry with mustard sauce, entrees such as maple-glazed salmon and multi-course breakfasts-puts even grandmother's to shame. Information: The Inn at Water's Edge, Ludlow, Vt. 05149; 802-228-8143 or 888-706-9736; www.innatwatersedge.com.
A charming in near Killington