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About The Inn

Once you step Back Inn Time in Saint Albans Vermont, you will never want to leave. This graciously comfortable home exudes character and charm. It beckons you to leave your cares and recall a simpler life.

Many of our guests are impressed by the atmosphere here as well as the beautifully restored house, carriage barn, and grounds.

This magnificent Victorian was built in 1858 by Victor Atwood. Amazingly, KarenMarie is only the fourth owner in 160 years. Because it has been lovingly passed down through generations all of its unique features have been well preserved.

The spectacular mahogany staircase near the formal entry invites you to luxurious rooms and baths above. Incredible woodwork, architecture, and craftsmanship are evident in every room and must be seen to be appreciated. Our guests tell us frequently that pictures on the website do not do the house justice.

The elegant dining room is graced with a crystal chandelier, original purple granite fireplace, mantle, and tile work. The formal living room is enhanced by an intricately styled and elaborate wood fireplace with French fleur-de-lis and British coat of arms--telling the romantic story of two cultures uniting in marriage. Though it's a reflection of the Victorian era, Back Inn Time is updated and comfortable. There's nothing typical, like 100 year old wallpaper or tchotchkes everywhere.

Each room has been carefully restored and refinished from floor to ceiling, with careful attention to the selection of fabrics and linen colors. Though the house reflects a bygone era, Back Inn Time has been frequently described as unpretentious and welcoming, relaxing and refreshing. The Carriage Barn has been described as having an elegant rustic vibe.

Our guests are welcome to enjoy our sitting rooms and reading areas located on two levels. Wander through our gardens, or sit back in one of our side porches, one by a babbling fountain and songbird haven. Enjoy a cup of tea, a good book or just relax. In our informal bar, wine and beer are available for purchase near the sunny deck. CHeese and or charcuterie boards are a delight, too.

In addition to times of solitude and private getaways, many wonderful occasions may be spent here. Jazz concerts, private parties, weddings, and other happenings frequently take place in the restored carriage barn.

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The Owner

The current owner is KarenMarie Peltier. This is KarenMarie’s second historic inn, third B&B, and a continuation of a lifetime of playing hostess. Together with her late husband Ron, she embarked on updating and improving Back Inn Time in 2013. Since Ron's lengthy illness and subsequent passing, she has continued to improve upon and maintain the high standards their guests have come to appreciate and return for, year after year. She is doing what she enjoys most and hopes you feel the love!


This place is the real deal—the epitome of what a Bed and Breakfast should be. It is an authentic, luxurious, beautifully restored Victorian manor house, richly furnished with period pieces, but with approachable comfort that draws you to dive right in and enjoy every room, every piece of furniture. The home-made breakfasts were satisfying and delicious. It is walking distance to a great little downtown. The owners provide a wonderful personal touch that created a perfect stay for our special anniversary getaway. We highly recommend this B & B. You will definitely be transformed back to a time where you can savor today, find tranquility, and forget your daily stresses of the here and now. We hope to be back again soon. Our stay was absolutely delightful!

—Angela & Fred, New York (Stayed May 2014)

      If pure relaxtion is what you're looking for, schedule a massage, infrared sauna session, or simply relax on our sun deck, in the gardens, the living room or media room, or one of our four covered porches. (Call ahead for massages.)

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