Welcome to the Norwich Inn where our tradition of warm hospitality was established in 1797 by Jasper Murdock, the first innkeeper of this fine old stage coach stop.
We offer a buffet style breakfast daily Monday-Thursday for $6 and Friday-Sunday an expanded continental breakfast for $12 The breakfast operates 7:30am-10:30am each morning.
Guests are welcome to join us for dinner in the Pub, The Newhart Room, our four-seasoned Terrace or our Outside Patio when in season. We serve dinner Wednesday-Sunday 4:30pm-close. Reservations are recommended.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, we still open the bar at 4:30pm so you can still sample our beer while here.
Complementary coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day in the Main Inn next to the front desk. Coffee is also available 24 hours a day in the Walker House elevator lobby on the first floor.
We recommend our hand-crafted English Ales brewed on site at the Jasper Murdock’s Brewery. Our microbrews are served at the Inn and can be purchased in bottles along with our
Whistling Pig Cheddar Cheese at the front desk to take home with you. Ask about our current selections.
On the following pages you will find additional information you may need during your stay. If you have any questions, please call the front desk (dial 0). Thank you for making the Norwich Inn your home away from home. If there is anything at all we can do to make your visit more enjoyable, please let us know.
Enjoy your stay and please come see us again!
Joe & Jill Lavin
History of The Norwich Inn
The year was 1797 when Dartmouth graduate Colonel Jasper Murdock, one of the wealthiest men in the state, completed work on what was said to be the finest mansion in Vermont. He accepted stagecoach travelers to his home and the property has endured for over 200 years as a tavern and Inn through dozens of owners.
The Inn was connected by a bridge way to the block of E.W.Olds next door (now Dan & Whits). At 5am on December 18th 1889 E.W. Olds awoke to the sounds of his crying children to find the store on fire. The flames spread through the passageway to the Inn setting fire to the historic mansion. The Inn, the store, Post Office, a residence and several outbuildings were destroyed by the blaze which appeared to be the result of foul play. Innkeeper Dr. W.S. Bowles undertook rebuilding the property in 1890 committing to construct on the old foundation a grand hotel in the Victorian style of his day. On January 26th, 1891 the rebuilt Inn was formally christened and opened to the public. “…..it has been called by several travelers the handsomest little hotel in The Connecticut Valley”
Hanover Gazette 7 February 1891
In 1920 Dr. Bowles sold the Inn to Charles and Mary Walker who renamed it The Norwich Inn. Though prohibition had just begun, rumor has it that Ma Walker maintained the Inn’s tradition as a tavern by selling bootleg from the basement.
In May of 2003, Tim Wilson established our own Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse as one of the countries smallest breweries. An historic blacksmith’s shop was restored for this purpose and stands opposite the pub in the courtyard. Our ales are handcrafted at the brewery and pumped underground to the taps in the pub and packaged in 22oz bottles available for sale only at the Inn. In 2006 Joe and Jill Lavin purchased the Inn from the Wilsons after falling in love with the property while visiting their son who attended Dartmouth College. They began renovations to the old vestry and carriage house to create the Walker House and Ivy Lodge creating 11 more sleeping rooms. They also added our beautiful wine cellar which houses a large selection of wines.
As an Environmental Partner, our policy is to seek environmental quality improvements through our business operations. We believe that it is our responsibility to prevent pollution in addition to meeting business objectives. As we improve resource efficiency, materials management and handling and other areas of our operations, we seek to improve environmental quality as well. Our business is actively working to achieve and maintain the Environmental Partner Standards promoted by the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. A few of our accomplishments include solar hot water panels and a central air system that continuously exhausts stale air and brings in fresh air to the
Walker House and Ivy Lodge buildings. We are committed to striving for environmental excellence and to serving as an example for other businesses and the community.
Some ways to help us with environmental improvements in your guest room:
- Reuse your bath towels.
- Turn off lights and TV when you are not using them.
- When you leave the room, keep the heat and AC low.
If you have any ideas of suggestions, please do not hesitate to let us know.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us!
All local and long distance calls within the continental US and Canada are complementary. Please contact the front desk at “0” for further assistance.
For all local and long distance calls you must dial 9 to begin. International calls are not available.
Local Vermont call: 9 + Telephone Number
Long Distance Vermont call: 9 + 1 + 802 + Telephone Number
Local New Hampshire call: 9 + 1 + 603 + Telephone Number
To call another guest room in the Main Inn, Walker House rooms 11-18, or Ivy Lodge call: 1 + Room Number (example, for room 36 dial 1-3-6)
To call another guest room in the Walker House rooms 1-9 call: 1 + 0 + Room Number (example, for room 1 dial 1-0-1)
Wireless high-speed internet access is available complementary throughout the property.
Wi-Fi Network Name: NORWICH INN
Wi-Fi Password: 325mainstreet
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HEATING / COOLING & FIREPLACE INSTRUCTIONS
The Daikin heating and cooling system represents the latest in Green Technology. The temperature is generally kept between 60 and 70 degrees depending on the season, until you adjust the controls. You can move the temperature up to your comfort zone by pressing the arrows of the control panel.
The fireplace starts by pressing the button for the desired amount of time, up to 90 minutes. When you press the button you will hear a “beep” and the fire will start in a few seconds.
Please call the front desk by dialing “0” if you have any questions about how to operate these devices.
We do not keep alarm clocks in our rooms but do have them available by request at the Front Desk, just call or stop by.
We can also give you a courtesy “Wake Up” call if you would like, again dial the front desk.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily from 7:30am – 9pm
Innkeeper is on call 24/7 for all emergencies.
Check in is at 4:00 pm
Check out is at 11:00 am
Daily from 7am – 11pm
Located across from the front desk in the “Telephone Booth”
Daily Service beginning at 9am
If you would like to opt in to stay over service hang your housekeeping door hanger outside your door by 10:00am. If you would prefer not to have stayover service but need extra towels or amenities call or stop by the front desk.
Gratuity is not included in your Room Rate
Daily from 7:30am – 10pm
On the Basement Level of The Walker House
Guests in the Main Inn and Ivy Lodge, please go to the Front Desk to get a key card for entry into The Walker House building
A Buffet Style Breakfast is served on Monday through Thursday mornings from 7:30am–10:30am
An Expanded Hot Buffet Style Continental Breakfast is served Friday through Sunday mornings from 7:30am–10:30am
Dinner is served Wednesday-Sunday starting at 4:30pm
Bar is open on Mondays & Tuesdays for drinks and a small appetizer menu starting at 4:30pm
Menus for our restaurant are available at norwichinn.com
They are also displayed in the Lobby of the Main Inn.
For reservations, contact the Front Desk to make reservations, dial 0.
JASPER MURDOCK’S BREWERY
In 1993 Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse began producing traditional English-style ales in 5 gallon glass jugs. Though the batches are now larger, we remain one of the smallest breweries in the country with an annual production of less than 250 barrels.
Our ales are crafted from fine English malts and hops grown in England and in our own hop garden here at the Inn. Filtration can strip flavor and body from a beer, therefore the ale yeast is allowed to settle out naturally in an extended cold-aging process that ensures all the goodness reaches your quivering lips. Our beer is then pumped underground from our beer cellar to the pub, or packaged in 22 ounce bottles for sale in our Bottle Shop at the Front Desk. Our Brewer Master, Patrick Dakin, remains paranoid about quality, so Jasper Murdock’s Ales are available only at The Norwich Inn.
Norwich Inn & Jasper Murdock
Logo Items for Sale at the Front Desk:
Jasper Murdock Short Sleeve Tee………..…….$18.00
Jasper Murdock Long Sleeve Tee………..….…….$20.00
Jasper Murdock Sweatshirt……………………..$39.00
Jasper Murdock Pint Glass………….……..…….$8.00
Jasper Murdock Coffee Mug………………………………$12.00
Jasper Murdock Bottled Ale………….…………….$7.00/bottle
Jasper Murdock Whistling Pig Red Ale Cheese….$7.95
Vermont Tax & Deposit will be added to required items.
PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO SEE,
IN THE CONNECTICUT UPPER VALLEY!
Montshire Museum of Science
The Montshire is a source of wonder and discovery for all ages. Located in Norwich, Vermont the museum offers dozens of exciting hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology. Besides lots to do inside, the museum also boasts an outdoor science park, an extensive network of nature trails and a gift shop. The science park is a two acre outdoor exhibit area in a park like setting which includes water play.
Phone: (802) 649-2200
Billings Farm & Museum
Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past! Located in Woodstock, Vermont visitors of the Billings Farm and Museum will experience a taste of farm work, animals and agricultural processes. The authentically restored 1890 Farm House features a farm manager’s office, family living quarters and a creamery.
The Billings Farm and Museum is open daily May 1st through October 31st from 10am – 5pm.
November through February open weekends from 10am – 3:30pm.
Christmas and February vacation week open from 10am – 3:30pm.
Phone: (802) 457-2355
Get up close to eagles, falcons, owls and more! More than 40 raptors call the VINS nature center home. These avian have sustained injuries which prevent them from living in the wild. Not to be missed at VINS, live raptor shoes, exhibits, nature store and view of the wildlife service team providing treatment and care of avian patients.
Phone: (802) 359-5000
AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Art) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities. AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability— are dedicated to recognizing the ways in which art enriches our lives.
Phone: (603) 448-3117
UPPER VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER
Cool off at the Aquatic Center located in nearby White River Junction, Vermont. The Aquatic Center hosts the region’s only splash park, water slide, warm water pool and lap pool all under one roof. The center also offers exercise equipment as well as group classes.
The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is open
Monday through Friday 5am – 9pm.
Saturdays 6:30am – 8pm.
Sundays 8am – 6pm.
Phone: (802) 296-2850
QUECHEE STATE PARK & QUECHEE GORGE
Take in the breathtaking views of the Quechee Gorge! The focal point of the park is Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. Just down the street you can take in a visit to the Quechee Gorge Village established as a Country Store and Antique mall.
The park contains 45 tent/trailer sites and 7 lean-to sites which are located in the camping area. Two bathrooms with showers ($) serve the campground. Most sites are large enough to accommodate large RVs. There is a sanitary dump station, but no hookups. A large field and play area are also in the campground.
Park & Gorge open Memorial Day weekend through October 14th
Phone: (802) 295-2990
Simon Pearce built his business here after purchasing an abandoned mill building on the Ottauquechee River in Quechee, Vermont. The mill now houses a glass blowing studio, retail shop and restaurant. Each piece of glass is individually crafted using only the highest quality materials. Simon Pearce glass was featured in the Reece Witherspoon movie, Sweet Home Alabama.
Store Phone: (802) 295-2711
Restaurant Phone: (802) 295-1470
KING ARTHUR BAKING COMPANY
America’s oldest flour company, founded in 1790 is a jewel in the crown of Norwich. The King Arthur Flour Company seeks to build communities worldwide through the creative joy of baking. King Arthur Flour, its catalogue, and kingarthurflour.com are recognized as essential baking resources by food writers, cookbook authors, top chefs, and culinary personalities alike. We always make ourselves available to members of the culinary community to give information, ingredients, products, recipes, and interviews. Baking courses together with the King Arthur Flour Store & Café are just around the corner from the Inn.
Phone: (802) 649-3361
Visitors come to Dartmouth for any number of reasons: to tour the campus and learn about the College, its admissions policies, educational offerings, and recreational opportunities; to gain knowledge about local, regional, and national history; tour the Hood Museum of Art’s exhibitions; or attend a performance at the Hopkins Center of Art or an intercollegiate sporting event, among many possibilities. The Town of Hanover itself has many wonderful restaurants, shops and a movie theater.
Phone: (603) 646-1110
Northern Stage is an award-winning, fully professional regional theatre company that operates under a LORT-D contract with Actors’ Equity Association and also maintains contractual relationships with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of IATSE. The company produces a seven-show main stage season each year, from October through May, as well as a three-show Family Theatre Series. The program also includes a year-round professional theatre education program for ages 4 through adult, as well as numerous outreach programs that seek to involve the greater community. Northern Stage is a member of Theatre Communications Group.
Phone: (802) 291-9009
Opera North is the Northeast’s premier summer opera festival, with a proud track record of presenting high-quality productions in the intimacy of the 710-seat Lebanon Opera House, and of serving as a career launching pad for Young Artists. Opera North stays active during the off-season as well. The winter series, Always ON Sundays, presents informal talks on opera topics at private homes.
Phone: (603) 448-4141