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Love Letters at the Waybury Inn | Yankee Classic

Another writer picks up the thread: … It is your quiet voices, your secret voices that have moved me. You prove that we all have much to share with each other. Thanks to this wonderful place and those hearts who have been willing to share space within you.

The letters also tell of young love: Not bad accommodations for a couple of college kids! We cannot afford to be staying here, but we are young and in love and funding such a wonderful night is a detail we will work out later.
P.S. Mom and Dad, if you ever stay here and read this, Paul slept on the couch.

And of the tricks of the trade in surviving the longer-lasting variety: Just celebrated our 25th anniversary. The man spoils me rotten and I know it. Sweet man, but tonight l will be up till the COWS come home. He snores like a 747 coming in for a landing. The trick is to go to bed before him and get a running start.

The advice in one note is especially poignant and persuasive, given its source. Four traveling widows, having a lovely time in beautiful Vermont. We travel around for two weeks together each year since losing our beloved husbands. Much happiness to each and every one who stops here. Sometimes life is short with your partner. Live each day with laughter, love, and kindness to each other.

In the 1980s the Waybury Inn served as the exterior for television’s Bob Newhart Show. (Passersby might not make the connection today. During taping, the inn was painted white, but now it’s a more historically appropriate shade of green.) That very funny show is long gone, but the comic muse is alive and well in Room 9.

We picked this place to help celebrate a milestone in our lives … but now he is sick and in the bathroom while I am out here alone reading all these romantic letters of good times and fun in this room. Sorry we missed it!

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:

Classic Article: “The Secret in Room Number 9,” Yankee Magazine, February 2000

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Friday, February 13th, 2015

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