The Cortina Inn-a Vermont resort for all seasons-reopened with fanfare on U.S. Route 4 in Mendon last week. The formerly troubled inn, located near Killington and Pico ski resorts, closed in 2008 after three cases of Legionnaires disease were linked to the facility's hot-water tank.
The inn's highly publicized problems and bankruptcy in 2008 faded away like yesterday's news on Feb. 10. Owners, guests and Outlook reporters were on hand to inspect the beautifully refurbished four-season-and four-star-alpine inn.
In 2009, former inn owners held a public auction in the hope of finding a buyer for the overinflated $10 million property. The effort failed quickly when auctioneers realized no takers were in the offi ng. However, by mid 2009, the inn was still up for sale, but this time for a song-so entered a Florida business couple that saved a bundle and revitalized a much-loved Rutland County landmark. The couple picked up the property for a tad over $1 million-a real steal, if you'll pardon the expression.
New owners Ravi and Sudha Bhakta were committed to bring fine hospitality back to the Cortina Inn. They spent several months last year rethinking and repairing the 96-room property. When a state inpsector finally gave the inn's new high-tech water purification system a healthy, clean bill of health, it was full-speed ahead for the Bhaktas.
The Bhkatas told guests at last week's reopening ribbon cutting that the inn is situated on 32 acres with gardens, natural woodland habitat, and a living pond. All newly reappointed rooms and public areas are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. There are 57 rooms in total, six rooms with fireplaces, 11 with open-hearth fireplaces (some gas, some wood burning), six in-guest rooms, and five in-public areas, that Bhkatas said.
Sudha Bhakta was especially proud of the inn's new kicthen and menu-breakfast and dinner are served daily with a wide variety of foods including steak, chicken, seafood, and pasta entrees. More dishes is what makes the new Cortina Inn special and worth considering again.
"Guests can whet their appetites with the creaminess of our mac and cheese threesome, or dive into the sea with our own unwrapped bacon scallops," she said. "In addition to crisp house and caesar salads, diners will be tempted with the beefy heartiness of the grilled sirloin topped salad. Our chefs know diners sometimes look for simple comfort in food and offer familiar dishes, such as the chicken pot pie, or my grandmother's baked Ziti."
The Cortina's in-house bakery also adds to the full dining experience.
Last week's Cortina ribbon-cutting event was coordinated with the help of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.
Come visit the Cortina Inn and discover its traditional magic all over again.
Check ItOut: The Cortina Inn is located seven miles east of Rutland on U.S. Route 4 on the left side of the road. The inn is three miles west of the junction of Routes 100 and 4 on the right side of the road. For details or resevrations, call 802-772-7118.