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Jay Peak, not flophouse, not cutesy Inn

post #1 of 29
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Ok so the misses and I decided that since we both have a week off around Xmas/New Years (jobs in the educational field are great) we are going to take a few days and hit up Jay and possibly Burke.

We are looking for a place to stay, the cheapest thing on mountain is $300 a night. Off mountain it's either some B&B or Grunts. Neither one is quite our flavor (GG is probably closer to our style out of the two). Any suggestions on where to stay?

Here is what we are looking for:

Under $200 a night(preferably way under)
No cockroaches
No included meals (we prefer to explore and find our own stuff)
Private bathroom
No cutesy, I'm in Vermont I want to pretend its like that show Newhart type of Inn/B&B, screw charm, I want privacy

So yeah I guess we want a basic hotel/motel or a condo, but those seem to be a rare breed in the Jay area (we've got the Burke part figured out). A hot tub would be nice, as would an in room microwave/fridge, if something with a full kitchen can be done in our price range even better.

I think part of the problem, price wise, is that one of our nights will be new years eve.

What about staying Newport? Has anyone ever done that?

thanks
post #2 of 29
I am looking for the same thing. On alpinezone, someone suggested Newport. It is about 30 mintues from Jay by mapquest. I am looking into this today.
post #3 of 29
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I am looking for the same thing. On alpinezone, someone suggested Newport. It is about 30 mintues from Jay by mapquest. I am looking into this today.
I always thought it was a bit closer than that, time to hit the old mapquest...
post #4 of 29
I often stay in Newport at a motel there. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Jay. Watch for speed traps.
post #5 of 29
GG actually has a couple of off site apartments which meet your bill. I think they are like 110 or 150 a night and sleep up to 8. The ones that we always stay at are clean and private and there is a nice restaurant right next door. The GG breakfast is included and the ease of it makes us stop, but I dont think you are paying extra for that, plus its on the way and good and usually you have breakfast with a pretty unique group of characters there.

We do usally bring our own sheets but that is mainly the wives concern, and don't forget to fill in the journal.
post #6 of 29
not to hijack the thread here, but i also may be looking for accommodations in VT later this winter. unlike the other poster i am looking for a flophouse, and don't mind cockroaches. anyone know a dirtbag cheap place? or how about camping areas (preferably free ones) that are open during winter?
post #7 of 29
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not to hijack the thread here, but i also may be looking for accommodations in VT later this winter. unlike the other poster i am looking for a flophouse, and don't mind cockroaches. anyone know a dirtbag cheap place? or how about camping areas (preferably free ones) that are open during winter?
Grunts
post #8 of 29
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GG actually has a couple of off site apartments which meet your bill. I think they are like 110 or 150 a night and sleep up to 8. The ones that we always stay at are clean and private and there is a nice restaurant right next door. The GG breakfast is included and the ease of it makes us stop, but I dont think you are paying extra for that, plus its on the way and good and usually you have breakfast with a pretty unique group of characters there.

We do usally bring our own sheets but that is mainly the wives concern, and don't forget to fill in the journal.
Hmmm the GG apartments sound like exactly what we want, I like the idea of GG's breakfast and maybe GG's basement, but not so much on the shared bathrooms.
post #9 of 29
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not to hijack the thread here, but i also may be looking for accommodations in VT later this winter. unlike the other poster i am looking for a flophouse, and don't mind cockroaches. anyone know a dirtbag cheap place? or how about camping areas (preferably free ones) that are open during winter?
your car?
post #10 of 29
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wow the apartments are snatching $250 a night... back to the drawing board
post #11 of 29
I've stayed in Newport a number of times at the Newport Motor Inn. Cheap and clean. I believe I spent $75 a night. There's also a swimming pool although I've never taken advantage of it.
You'll find a great breakfast joint(Brown Cow?)100 yds down the road and a very nice Italian restaurant on the Main Street called Lagos.
post #12 of 29
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...not so much on the shared bathrooms.
Wrote 'dumpy'.

What's the name of the motel on your left as you drive away from Jay Peak? It's only 5 miles or less from the lifts, if I recall.
post #13 of 29
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Wrote 'dumpy'.
Who says I want to subject others to my funk... it's not all self preservation...

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What's the name of the motel on your left as you drive away from Jay Peak? It's only 5 miles or less from the lifts, if I recall.

The Inglenook? thought had crossed my mind, its slightly innish (comes with dinner, i hate that), but looks ok. Anyone ever stay there??
post #14 of 29
One place I stayed at for a trip to Burke was Holiday Motel in St. Johnsbury. They were very reasonable. I stayed there Presidents day weekend in 07 right after Valentines day blizzard . Myself and 11 year old daughter with lift tickets to Burke was about $115.00/night , 1 night lodging and 2 tickets, room was clean, easy to Burke, probably 1+ hour to Jay. They had a deal on Jay peak tickets too, but we spent the time at Burke.
post #15 of 29
The place I stayed was decidedly more motelish than innish. Sorry, can't recall the name.
post #16 of 29
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One place I stayed at for a trip to Burke was Holiday Motel in St. Johnsbury. They were very reasonable. I stayed there Presidents day weekend in 07 right after Valentines day blizzard . Myself and 11 year old daughter with lift tickets to Burke was about $115.00/night , 1 night lodging and 2 tickets, room was clean, easy to Burke, probably 1+ hour to Jay. They had a deal on Jay peak tickets too, but we spent the time at Burke.
Yeah the Burke part is easy (and cheap) with St. J and Lyndonville right there, there are probably at least 10 motels within 20 minutes of Burke. These are about 45-1 hour from Jay, I'd like to be closer.


How did you like Burke? I spent a few years there and found it to be a fun lil hill, with one slow ass lift...
post #17 of 29
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I've stayed in Newport a number of times at the Newport Motor Inn. Cheap and clean. I believe I spent $75 a night. There's also a swimming pool although I've never taken advantage of it.
You'll find a great breakfast joint(Brown Cow?)100 yds down the road and a very nice Italian restaurant on the Main Street called Lagos.
Lagos Trattoria is excellent. Even if you stay at Jay or Montgomery Center go there for dinner. I had the best roast duck I have ever tasted there and their prices were extremely reasonable. Call for reservations or go early though because you will not be the only ones making the trek from Jay for a good dinner.
post #18 of 29
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The place I stayed was decidedly more motelish than innish. Sorry, can't recall the name.
Could it have been either of these??

http://www.snowlinelodge.com/pictures.html

http://www.inglenookvermont.com/index.asp
post #19 of 29
I stayed at Snowline Lodge 2 seasons back. Small musty room. clean and comfy though. Really good sit-down breakfast comes with price of room. It was around $100 or 120 per night, but that was non-holiday rates. It is the closest place to Jay Peak.

I have looked into the Inglenook and it seems like a good place I was just looking for less costly sleeping arrangements.

Last year we rented from Alpine Haven, Got a 1 bedroom condo 3 miles from the hill for around 700 for 6 nights Sat - Fri. This was during President's week rates. Clean and comfortable, Gas fireplace, Large bathroom, small kitchen and a dining area. No cable or internet. We lucked out on the internet, seemed like some locals that lived in the building had unencrypted wireless so we borrowed their connection all week.
post #20 of 29
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I stayed at Snowline Lodge 2 seasons back. Small musty room. clean and comfy though. Really good sit-down breakfast comes with price of room. It was around $100 or 120 per night, but that was non-holiday rates. It is the closest place to Jay Peak.

I have looked into the Inglenook and it seems like a good place I was just looking for less costly sleeping arrangements.

Last year we rented from Alpine Haven, Got a 1 bedroom condo 3 miles from the hill for around 700 for 6 nights Sat - Fri. This was during President's week rates. Clean and comfortable, Gas fireplace, Large bathroom, small kitchen and a dining area. No cable or internet. We lucked out on the internet, seemed like some locals that lived in the building had unencrypted wireless so we borrowed their connection all week.
i don't even see a one bedroom on their site, that seems to be a problem with a lot of the condo-ish places, lots of bedrooms not much in the way of small stuff.

Thanks for the tip on Snowline
post #21 of 29
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Yeah the Burke part is easy (and cheap) with St. J and Lyndonville right there, there are probably at least 10 motels within 20 minutes of Burke. These are about 45-1 hour from Jay, I'd like to be closer.


How did you like Burke? I spent a few years there and found it to be a fun lil hill, with one slow ass lift...
I was pleasently surprised with the terrain, I thought they had a good selection of groomers and some bumps, mostly liked the glades, not the steepest stuff around but a worthwhile trip. If I was closer I would spend more time there
but its hard to pass up MRG and Sugarbush on the way from my house to go there. The lift situation is not great. I think the slowness comes from the lift stopping alot. I know its not a high speed quad but stopping every 1-2 minutes was really slowing it down.This was on a holiday weekend.
I noticed while standing in line waiting to load that the loading ramp should have been a little longer because the reason it kept stopping was that people, mostly clueless ones could not get out to the loading line fast enough before the chair was on top of them. Typical tourist type stuff but if the ramp was longer it might have helped.
post #22 of 29
There are a couple of hotels in North Troy... I'm spacing on the names right now, but I'm sure you could look them up. It's far enough from the mountain that you won't pay resort prices (unlike Jay and Montgomery spots) but it's much closer than Newport. Worth looking into.
post #23 of 29
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not to hijack the thread here, but i also may be looking for accommodations in VT later this winter. unlike the other poster i am looking for a flophouse, and don't mind cockroaches. anyone know a dirtbag cheap place? or how about camping areas (preferably free ones) that are open during winter?
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Grunts
Yep. Grampa Grunts in Montgomery. Communal bathrooms, a big shared BOYB bar area in the basement, rooms rates by the hour if that's how you want 'em, and even some mirrors on the ceilings!

That's all true, but seriously, they have Big rooms with lots of beds in them, and are the cheapest place in town. Give 'em a call.
post #24 of 29
It had to be Snowline. Crank's description rings true. It was booked, but another guy and me talked one of the guests into letting us use the two unused bunks in his room. We were all in a telemark clinic at Jay that weekend. We split the cost three ways and enjoyed an excellent breakfast. I had forgotten that was included. It's a good deal and close.
post #25 of 29
Newport Super 8. Not fancy but functional. You get your own bathroom!

The drive was boardering 1/2 hr, depending on how fast or slow you drive.

It's way under $100. (more like $80)
post #26 of 29

ComFort Inn

Comfort Inn in St. J. Realize it is a bit of a drive but it offers a great package with choice of Burke, Jay, or Bretton Woods tickets. Clean, Comfortable, Cable, Pool, Hot Tub, and usually a nice crowd there. Have stayed there many times both winter and summer.
post #27 of 29
North Troy Hotel...under $60 a night i think...only 5 miles away, great view of Jay as well.
post #28 of 29
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Comfort Inn in St. J. Realize it is a bit of a drive but it offers a great package with choice of Burke, Jay, or Bretton Woods tickets. Clean, Comfortable, Cable, Pool, Hot Tub, and usually a nice crowd there. Have stayed there many times both winter and summer.
(not really sure why I'm seconding it since I'm the one that asked, but others may be using this thread for info)

That place is retardedly nice for a Comfort Inn, when my folks came to visit me at college, it's where they always stayed.

Thats were we are planning on staying for our Burke day, but I want to be closer for Jay.
post #29 of 29
have you looked at the JVI(jay village inn) in Jay? http://www.stayatjay.com/jvi_rates.htm

The snowshoe pub in montgomery has rooms upstairs.
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