2194 Killington Road, Killington, Vermont 05751
This venue is not a good choice for anyone that cannot manage steps.
Charity's 1887 Saloon is located at 2194 Killington Road, Killington. The gravel parking lot has one accessible space located at the ramp to the single door main entrance. There is a small "step" about halfway up and a high step to enter. Once inside there are four more steps to reach the restaurant itself.
This main floor has a full-height bar as well as the very small, non-accessible, restrooms. Dining areas are either two steps up or two steps down.
There is ample space between tables. Booths are spacious.
- Attraction Type: dining
Number of handicapped spaces: 1
Location of handicapped spaces: next to main entrance ramp
Surface of lot: gravel
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: somewhat uneven
Places to rest: na
Paths and walkways: rubber mat on ramp
Location of handicapped entrance: there is none
Number of floors: *
Ramps: ramp to entrance
Steps and staircases: a small step along ramp, high step to enter, another four steps to main level; two steps up or two steps down to dining areas
Width of aisles: ample space
Places to sit: full-height bar, tables, booths
Location of restrooms: near bar and entrance steps
Type of restroom: very small, non-accessible, multi-stall,
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: no
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and accommodating
Notes: *number of floors is difficult to say - after the four steps to the main level (bar and restrooms) you must either go up two steps or down two steps for dining at a table
We need to tell you at the outset that, if you cannot manage steps, Charity’s is not the venue for you.
When our kids were “kids” we spent at least one evening each time we visited Killington, waiting for a table at Charity’s. Many years later we don’t need to be the last ones off the mountain and are able to go early enough not to have to wait for a table !
Charity’s bar is the centerpiece of this low-key, laid back venue, which can get rather lively at times! Originally constructed in France, it was shipped to the US in 1887 for an Italian immigrant, for his saloon and possibly “Miss Charity’s” House of ill repute in Davis, West Virginia. It is made entirely of cherry wood, with its handrail and pillars of Italian marble. In 1971, the original owner of Charity’s learned that the bar in West Virginia was being demolished. Due to its construction as a fine muscle instrument, he set out to determine how the bar could be dismantled without damage and shipped to Killington! (website)
It obviously made it because it is still the star of Charity’s.
The gravel parking lot has one accessible space right next to the “ramp” to the single door entrance, There is a small “step” about half way up. There is a rather high step to get inside, and then four steps to reach the restaurant/saloon itself. Once here you cannot miss the beautiful full-height bar, which contributes to the cozy atmosphere.
The bar and restrooms (very small, multi-stall, not accessible) are the only things located on this level. Two steps up will get you to what I call “the fireplace room,” with its roaring fire, booths and tables. Two steps down gets you to the spacious booths that look out on the parking lot. In summer there is outdoor dining.
No matter where you sit, the friendly, accommodating staff is warm and welcoming. A “must” for us is Charity’s onion soup – there is none better ! Although we did not know it when we came, at the moment there is a limited menu. We were fine with soup, salad and nachos. They also have burgers and tacos. But if you are thinking of going and you care, make sure to call ahead (602- 422- 3800) and check on what is being offered that day. Out house salad was chocked with gorgonzola cheese – so good. Our nachos were as good as we have always found them to be. We will happily return during our next visit to Vermont.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, www.charityskillington.com, to “know before you go,”