“We strive for Seesaw’s Lodge to continue to be a place where individuals, couples and families gather to appreciate the beauty of Southern Vermont throughout the seasons and return year after to year to establish longstanding traditions.“
– Seesaw’s Team
The Prins family had been looking at various inns for a couple of years when the Seesaw’s opportunity presented itself right in their back yard. The Eastmans and DiDomenicos, two families with ties to Peru and a long history as patrons of Seesaw’s, had a desire to help reinvent Johnny Seesaw’s and bring it back to life. There was a common shared vision to preserve the original Seesaw’s and its history, give back to the community that has nurtured Seesaw’s since the 1920’s, and build a business that will thrive for years to come. The three families joined together to create Seesaw’s Lodge, undergoing a 3-year renovation and reopening in 2018.
Seesaw’s has played a central role in the Peru community for decades. Locals have come to congregate, eat, drink and be merry; visitors have come to experience skiing, golfing, hiking and all that the Vermont outdoors has to offer, while enjoying the comforts of a local, family run inn that welcomed them with a warm fireplace, good cheer and delicious food.
Seesaw’s has had an eclectic group of patrons — whether it was Charles Lindbergh visiting in the 1940’s or Commander Whitehead, of “Schweppervescence” fame in the 1950’s, President Ford in the 1960’s or Julia Child in the 1970’s. But the cornerstone of Seesaw’s rich history lies most of all with the loyal families that love the Vermont outdoors and returned consistently to experience the special magic of Seesaw’s. There have been thousands of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, engagements, and first kisses celebrated at Seesaw’s.
The Seesaw’s faithful cherish their memories with an uncommon fondness, and we look forward to keeping the Seesaw’s traditions alive, reconnecting with the generations who call Seesaw’s home and with new families that will continue the Seesaw’s tradition. We have started to compile a list of “Seesaw’s Stories” and invite you to contribute your treasured memories and photos here.
It took us thousands of hours over three years to comb through the Seesaw’s site in order to locate, salvage and preserve the important pieces of Seesaw’s history. Everything that could be repurposed from the original Seesaw’s buildings has become a part of Seesaw’s future, with our goal to preserve Seesaw’s rich history and keep the Seesaw’s spirit alive, while updating facilities and adding some modern elements.
The reinvented Seesaw’s Lodge includes three Cabins, a Lodge, the “new” Johnny Seesaw’s Restaurant, the Event “Barn” building, and a Warming Hut built out of an old sugaring house moved from a nearby farm to near our pond.
A multitude of brass plaques were found in the original Johnny Seesaw’s restaurant that had a broad variety of longtime traditions from family reunions, anniversaries and birthdays to a variety of special celebrations. The Seesaw’s team would like to reconnect with these loyal Seesaw’s patrons, and we hope you continue these traditions for years to come. We invite you to come see how the property has evolved and would love to hear from you!