Yankee Classic: Love Letters at the Waybury Inn
In two different entries on a single sheet, an irrepressible young man tells a story with a happy ending: 2.19.95.I just spent the most perfect weekend with the most beautiful woman in the world. All I want is for her to be happy. I know that I am up to the task because she is so easy to be around. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with her because someday I will marry her. You can count on it!10.15.95: I told you to count on it! Suzanne and I made our long-awaited return to the Waybury Inn – as an engaged couple! We stayed in Room 10 but snuck into the honeymoon suite so we could add to this letter.
A recurring theme in these letters is how guests often can’t believe their dumb luck; had they missed the flight or skipped the party, they never would have found the love of their lives. But one letter stands out as a reminder that not everyone has been so fortunate. A 45-year-old woman writes: l’m staying in this room, but I’m not a newlywed-as a matter of fact, I’m single and here by myself. My friends laughed at me when I told them I was staying in the honeymoon suite. But I don’t care. This is my third trip to the Waybury Inn, and I love it. This is my time — it’s what I do for myself. Maybe someday I’II bring that special man with me, and together we’ll spend a night in this romantic and cozy room.
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the Room 9 writers is that they don’t romanticize romance. If anything, they take great pains to point out just how difficult life with another person can be. Relationships are hard. People go through bad times. But something pulls them through, and that something is intimacy and understanding. Romance endures. It also has some nice fringe benefits. From a couple who’ve been coming to the Waybury Inn since 1958: For those of you who enjoy reading these letters for lascivious reasons, the answer is Yes! It is still great after 38 years-especially in Room 9.
Essentials: The Waybury Inn, East Middlebury, Vermont; 800.348.1810; Web site: www.wayburyinn.com.
Classic Article: “The Secret in Room Number 9,” Yankee Magazine, February 2000