Welcome to Little Gnesta
A Swedish-Inspired Bed & Breakfast
Välkommen to Little Gnesta, a Swedish-Inspired Bed and Breakfast
Little Gnesta B & B and Extended Stay is located in Vermont’s picturesque Northeast Kingdom. We look forward to greeting you in our historic houses set on the isthmus that is downtown Newport, Vermont.
Newport is situated on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, one of the state’s two international glacial lakes which share a border with Quebec. The north and south bays of Memphremagog are a short, two-block walk from Little Gnesta’s front porch. Canada is just six miles away following a lakeside bike/xc ski trail (see mstf.net for trail map). Opportunities for hiking and paddling abound nearby.
Little Gnesta B & B is an ideal stopping point for those traveling between Boston, New York and other points south to Montreal and Quebec City in Quebec.
So, you might ask, what is Gnesta? It is a small town, about the size of Newport, south of Stockholm, Sweden. During a bicycle tour of the area, I discovered that a surprising majority of the names on the gravestones in Gnesta’s cemetery were a variation of my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I felt like I belonged.
We hope that you’ll have the same sense of belonging while visiting Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast.
Every inch of Little Gnesta B & B has been restored/renovated according to Swedish aesthetics and with your comfort in mind. Throughout the renovation, we have been mindful of the environment by choosing Swedish-made, organic linseed oil paints, a wood boiler that incorporates a local/renewable heating source, and when possible, reusing and conserving original architectural elements. Little Gnesta is a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State, having complied with the standards required for the program.
Three of our simple, yet elegant, guest rooms (Umeå, Luleå, Åre) are decorated according to Swedish (Gustavian) design principles and feature the ultimate in restfulness: queen-size Carpe Diem beds imported from north of Gothenburg, Sweden. Our fourth room (Övertorneå) is a small, cozy room with historic twin Rittenhouse beds made in the 1940s in Cheboygan, Michigan. Click on the name of each room for pictures/descriptions of the room and rates ($89-$139.)
Umeå, Luleå and Åre each has its own bathroom ensuite with locally made Mountain Country Soaps, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, hair dryer, TV with DVD player and access to Netflix online. Övertorneå has a dedicated bathroom across the hall. No TV, but free Wi-Fi, air- conditioning, and hair dryer, locally made Mountain Country Soaps. We line-dry sheets whenever possible. Swedish cots are available for children ( Limit one per room, $35 for the first night, $10 each additional night.) Check-in is by appointment between 3:30-8 p.m. Check-out at 11 a.m.
During periods with a minimum two-night stay, single nights might still be available with a $35 surcharge (no exceptions.)
In the morning, help yourself to the kind of breakfast you’d find in a Swedish home: crusty and dark breads, cheeses, meats, yogurt, boiled eggs, granola, coffee, tea and juice. Much of what we serve is organic and/or locally grown or made. Breakfast is usually served at 8 a.m.
Well-behaved adult small/toy dogs (sorry, bigger dogs and their claws are too hard on our hand-finished and light-colored floors-even humans are asked to remove shoes and go barefoot or use slippers we provide) may be welcomed by our own Malti-Poo, Phillip. Please call, however, for a pre-screening and check out our pet policy. A $25/night fee applies. We recommend the open-concept Buster’s Bed and Biscuit for dogs that don’t meet our guidelines (about 15 minutes away).
Please explore Little Gnesta B & B by perusing the pages here at our site. You’ll find before and after photos of Little Gnesta, a blog of its transformation, as well as photos and commentaries of what and where and when to do things here. We’ve also created a list of things to do and see when visiting the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Simplicity. Comfort. Environmental consideration. The spirit of “lagom” (not too much, not too little-just right) awaits you at Little Gnesta B & B.
We hope to see you soon.
Little Gnesta B&B
Relax on the porches at Little Gnesta Extended Stay (Vita Huset) after a sojourn into the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Little Gnesta’s downtown location offers dining and shopping by foot.
Little Gnesta is the perfect base for exploring the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont including Lake Willoughby and Mt. Pisgah.
Cross country ski, bike or hike along the Lake Memphremagog trail to the border (mstf.net.) Just two blocks from Little Gnesta.
After a day of cycling, slow down with a Northeast Kingdom micro-brew or ice cider under our pergola.
A Swedish-style breakfast is served at the B & B, perfect for xc skiers, cyclists, hikers and everyone else!
Relax in the library after a day of birding.
Come home to Vita Huset (extended stay) after a day of swimming in Lake Memphremagog.
Sheets are line dried whenever possible.
View of Lake Memphremagog, atop the hill above Little Gnesta, about a block away.
B&B and Extended Stay
Where to eat when you are here
Fresh by Nature is a collaboration between our local family farms and restaurants. Check out this link for the area restaurants which offer farm-to-table menus and for more information about the farms. Some restaurants are within walking distance from Little Gnesta!
Downtown. 5-minute walk from Little Gnesta
Cider House Bar and Grill
In the NEK Tasting Center. Casual fare in a sophisticated setting. Emphasis on fresh local ingredients, innovative recipes. Five-minute walk from Little Gnesta.
On the lake in downtown Newport-walking distance. Open Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m. to close
Large menu and on Lake Memphremagog. 12-min. walk.
Try their maple creme brulee in maple sugaring season or stuffed squash blossoms in the spring and early summer. Yummy! In downtown Newport, walking distance.