Story of the Red Clover

A Historic Vermont Mountain Retreat

Illustration of Red Clover Inn and surrounding forests and mountains

Named after the Vermont State Flower, the Red Clover Inn has a rich history of  providing warm and sophisticated accommodations paired with locally-sourced fine dining. Once a summer retreat and horse barn, the Red Clover thoughtfully combines hospitality with timeless Vermont charms, a unique experience for travelers from both near and far. 

Explore the different periods of Red Clover’s history below! 

Chapters of Red Clover History

The Ripley family of Rutland, Vermont purchased the land for a summer retreat and 200-acre farm in 1849. Nearly 75 years and several owners later, General F.J. Woodward purchased the property. After years of world-wide travel in military service, the Woodwards were happy to settle down in the beautiful Killington Valley, with fresh air, forests, streams, and mountains to explore with their children and grandchildren.

Eventually, the Woodward family moved on and the farm fell into neglect. The area was so remote and unattended that a monk, who wrecked his private plane in the mountains near Killington, was passed over by a sizable search party even though the wreckage was only 30 feet from the old farm.

Later on, the Montgomery family brought life back to the property with their SATCO lodge in the 60’s and 70’s. Their five adopted children from around the world grew up at the Lodge.

The Tallagnon family purchased the property in 1977. As enthusiastic equestrians, they added the Carriage House and Farmhouse and made good use of the barn. They renamed the property the Red Clover Inn after the delicate purple-red flower that graces Vermont’s fields early in the summer, distinguishing the landscape. Some long-used dinner recipes come from Tallagnon family.

In 2009, the Tyler and Hill families purchased and tastefully updated the Red Clover.  With the help of Innkeeper and wedding planner Carol Ryan and her husband executive chef Mike Ryan, the Red Clover became widely renowned as pre-eminent wedding and events and foodie destination, attracting both Vermont neighbors and travelers from across the globe to experience the peace and beauty of the Killington Valley.  

In late 2021, biotech entrepreneur and outdoors adventurer, Dr. Mark Allen and wife Venetia purchased the Red Clover Inn.  Building upon the beautiful work of the prior owners, they are restoring and re-imagining the property in a rustic, elegant style.  They brought back Carol and Mike Ryan to offer the same impeccable service and amazing food that made the Red Clover famous.  Our team is now focused on helping our guests get the most out of their Vermont vacations, providing concierge guidance and partner discounts at Killington Resort and other attractions.  We’ve added services and amenities to make the Red Clover the ideal location for weddings, corporate retreats, and celebrations