The History of Four Columns Inn

Established by Rene and Pierrette Chardain, Four Columns Inn opened its doors in 1960's as an oasis for sustainability and luxurious healthy living. Building on that opening mission, our hotel continues to be the touchpoint of southern Vermont’s cultural, artistic and culinary scene.

One of the First Farm-to-Table Establishments

The Four Columns Inn first opened as a guest house in 1965, welcoming travelers to experience a top-level lodging and dining which highlighted a very European atmosphere thanks to its French-born chef and owner René Chardain. Its restaurant, the first true farm-to-table in the country, provided a dining experience unlike any other. Ever since, the inn has become a staple in Southern Vermont's cultural, artistic, and culinary scene. Famous guests over the years have included John Kenneth Galbraith, Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas, Sting, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Ron Howard and Whoopi Goldberg!
The original restaurant managed by Chef René Chardain in 1965 (sold in 1981) was the first true farm-to-table in the United States, before Alice Waters (Chez Panisse) even! The pond was stocked with trout, the garden with vegetables and herbs; chickens and pigs were raised on-site and game birds were sourced locally. The Inn became a top-notch national food destination.
Rene Chardain

Now, since May 14, 2022, cookbook author and celebrity chef Andrea Jourdan seeks a return to these values at her own place, Andrea’s Table, by offering seasonal menus with a delectable farm-to-table cuisine prepared with carefully harvested and selected ingredients. If you've traveled the world in search of the finest foods and the best wines, you will enjoy this destination with its over-the-top gourmet experience.
Andrea Jourdan
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