Sunday, July 8, 2018

Iconic Vermont lodge and restaurant reopens for business

Architect's rendering of the rebuilt Seesaw's Lodge. (Images provided)
Original fire pit hood was saved.
PERU, VT -- Seesaw's Lodge, known as Johnny Seesaw's Historic District until it closed in 2014, is about to return.

Booking for July and August has begun for the wholly renovated lodge and reconstructed cabins, according to property manager Kim Prins. The facility largely will cater to Bromley Mountain skiers as the original did, but its non-lodging spaces will be open to the public as well.

The lodge is a residential building that houses a 75-seat restaurant, as well as suites and an event space, and owner Ryan Prins has plans to roast and brew coffee in a building on the southeast side of the property, with plans to construct a distillery as well.

The original 1930s-era lodge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, but could not be salvaged and was dismantled to clear the way for the updating project. Prins was able to save a lot of the original wood and numerous architectural features, incorporating them into the new building during the two-year rebuilding.

The main dining room was rebuilt in the footprint of the original roadhouse, with reclaimed log ceiling  beams in the ceiling, the same bandstand mural (a/k/a "The Seducerie”) painted in the World War II era, the familiar circular fire pit with the original black hood and copper cutouts, and the old fieldstone fireplace with authentic wood relief carvings.

Seesaw's Lodge is located at 3574 Vermont Route 11, about 30 miles northeast of Bennington. Phone: 802-856-7560.

The Bennington Banner has a very thorough story on the project. Click here to access it.

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