When you come to the Wildflower Inn, you will not only meet the innkeepers, Jim and Mary - you are also sure to meet one, two, or more of their 8 children, and 4 grandchildren. Pictured above is the O'Reilly family (all together which is a rare treat) at the wedding of their oldest daughter, Anna, September 2012.
Welcome to the Wildflower Inn!
The Wildflower Inn was established in 1985 when we renovated a working dairy farm, first built in the late 1700’s. Jim left his Engineering career, and we moved to Vermont with three kids in tow and a dream to open an inn. Over the years, the inn has grown from a 4-bedroom Bed and Breakfast to what it is now - a 24 guest room, four season family resort. In addition, our family has grown to include 8 of our own children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four beautiful granddaughters. (As of this writing, we are also excited for another wedding on the horizon!)
Mary’s parents, Richard and Joan Downing, are partners with us in this venture. Although they live in Massachusetts, they find time to be here often during the year. In the earlier years, Joan worked her magic with the flower arrangements as well as the stenciling. She continues to bring a group of friends up each year for our Christmas decorating weekends. Richard has expressed his love for landscaping by assisting in the formation of our lovely gardens, stonewalls and other pleasant surroundings. He always has a new plan a-budding, whether here at the inn or along Darling Hill, where you’ll enjoy an ongoing renewal of several properties! Be sure to visit the Chapel of the Holy Family, the culmination of his love for architecture and gardens, as well as my mother’s spiritual guidance. We are so grateful for their contributions - both in work, and moral support along the way!
Throughout the years, our children have assisted in many capacities at the inn. Some are still here, we are glad to report! From waitressing and groundskeeping, to Food and Beverage Manager and Assistant Innkeeper, it has been a joy to work with them! Even some of the in-laws have helped along the way. Their experience gained from being part of the inn has been a significant factor in the successful adults they are today.
As a family, we look forward to sharing this special part of Vermont with you!
Jim and Mary O’Reilly