All season vacation place at the foot of Chipman Hill. Bed and Continental breakfast. Guest kitchen opens to the woods. With grant piano, deck, porch, fireplace, and authentic art. Over look Middlebury College and Adirondacks. Walking/hiking/biking/x-country ski trails next to the house. 6 minute walk into town, 11 minutes to Middlebury College campus. 20 minutes from Middlebury Snow Bowl, 45 minutes from Sugarbush, Killington, Burlington.
Yinglei was a very generous hostess; warm, open, happy to sit and chat over tea but also sensitive to our need to stay on schedule. She is enthusiastic and knowldegable about Chinese medicine; we sat by the wood stove drinking tea from the burdock that she forages in the land surrounding her home. The house is a charming display of Chinese art (paintings, teapots, wood turnings); much by Yinglei herself. The room was private and comfortable; the radiator may be controlled by the guest (it can get very warm at night!). There is a separate kitchen next to the bedrooms for guests to use. Minutes away from the college, it was very convenient. Yinglei shoveled the massive snow before we got up the day we left, so we had no hassles. Thank you for everything, Yinglei!
I had a wonderful experience at Yinglei's house. It is situated on Chipman Hill with expansive views of the Green Mountain state beyond the town of Middlebury, and spectacular sunsets framed by a large panoramic window. While the town is at our doorstep, walking into Yinglei's home is stepping into a warm, creative and artsy world, complete with impressive chinese paintings, a beautiful collection of chinese tea pots, grand piano and locally crafted wooden chairs and pottery. The garden and patio, just like the inside of the home, are tended to with great attention to detail: koi pond, steps up the hill with countless flowers, maple trees, and garden art. A true delight, a unique experience that leaves you feeling great.
My stay with Yinglei was one marked by firsts: First visit to Vermont, first time seeing (and using) a radiator, and my very first experience with Air BnB. I now know a large part of the ABnB experience is meeting truly spectacular people along your journeys which transcend ordinary and everyday connections.
Yinglei is the most gracious of hosts. Her home is just that; her grace and hospitality warm the entire place and the walls (which are decorated with her own artwork and the work of her contemporaries) tell the stories of Yinglei's amazing life.
My traveling companion and I woke up each morning with something fresh for breakfast, either bagels from the shop down the hillside from Yinglei's house or omelets made with wild mushrooms she picked herself near the local college.
The bed was nice and firm, the room stayed good and warm during our late-November stay, and coffee was always available.
Yinglei was more than accommodating to both of us and was always ready with a dinner recommendation, suggestions on where to shop, or a story about the town.
I made many memories in Middlebury -- many of which include Yinglei.
I intend to visit Middlebury again in the near future and will most certainly request to stay with Yinglei again.