Gordon’s first stop is find out what the locals think of Juniper Hill. I guess when he said he’d find out what the locals think, he meant that he would talk to one person about the hotel.
The voice of Windsor, VT.
Gordon finds out that this woman feels like she wouldn’t really be welcome at Juniper Hill. She explains that it’s a little high end for the area. However, she would love to have a place like that to go in town.
It’s time for Gordon to head on up to the inn. The first thing he sees is an RV parked out front. Who the hell brings an RV to park in front of the hotel? If you have an RV, you’d probably want to save money and just sleep in there. The inn really does look great. It definitely has a high end feel to it.
I feel like this is another episode of “Million Dollar Listing.”
Gordon makes his way up to the front door. The first thing he notices is that no one has cleared the snow on the front walk. Then he gets to the front door and finds it locked. Inside, we see Robert come to the door and move something away from it. He gets it open just in time to see Gordon walking away. Now, it’s obvious that Robert knew Gordon was coming. He could have done one of two things to prepare for his visit: 1.) Tell Gordon that they don’t use the front door and then explain what entrance he should use, or 2). Move shit away from the door and unlock it! I can’t imagine either of those would be very hard.
As Gordon makes his way around to the back door, Robert informs his staff that Gordon has arrived and they should prepare his room. I have no experience working in the hotel industry. However, I would imagine that it’s probably a good idea to prepare a room BEFORE the guest is walking up to the door. At least Robert has an explanation for using the back door. In the winter, the snow can fall around the front entrance and kill people. It’s a good thing that Robert reassures us that no one has died yet.
No one dying really is the high point of a stay at this hotel.
There really is a lot of stuff in the main room of the hotel. It looks like Robert went a many yard sales and bought everything that someone told him was an antique. This inn has the saddest bar I’ve ever seen. To put that into perspective, the bar I went to in my hometown was called The Shack. This bar is worse than that.
Apparently not kosher martinis.
Robert tells Gordon that they have three rescued pot belly pigs at the hotel. Where the hell are they? Cute animals would be way more fun than talking to Robert. Because of all the antiques, Gordon doesn’t feel comfortable. He feels more like he’s in a museum than a hotel.
You can see Gordon getting more and more annoyed as they enter the dining room. They actually have a table set up at a couch. Instead of the diner being able to push in his or her chair, they have to move the entire table to the diner. That is probably annoying for the people sitting in the other chairs at that table.
This is just too adorable not to include.
Robert informs Gordon that three US Presidents have dined at Juniper Hill. However, he only lists Teddy Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge. Who was the third? That’s going to bother me for the rest of the episode. Even the hotel’s website only lists those two. The website also mentions that they were named Innkeepers of the Year for 2008-2009 by the VT Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, they also received the Owl Award of Excellence for Best Business in Vermont for Community and Global Outreach. This makes me wonder if the inn really was in shambles before Gordon got here. I guess a lot can happen in two years. I can’t help but wonder if Robert and Ari saw this as an opportunity for free advertising.