Tom and Carol Wells are the proprietors of the Bristol Suites. Carol, along with Paulita Washburn, are our innkeepers. Tom and Carol own Wells Mountain, LLC, which was responsible for the most recent restoration of the Dunshee Block, which is the building that houses Bristol Suites. They also own the Deerleap Building next door, 28 North Street, the Mountain Green Building and the Old High School Building, all in Bristol.
Tom and Carol moved to Bristol in 1996. Before that, they divided their time between homes in New Jersey and Orange, Vermont. Tom and Carol owned Deerleap Books, located in the Deerleap Building, from 1996 until the store was closed in 2006. The same year the store closed, they founded Wells Mountain Initiative, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides scholarships and support to over 600 WMI Scholars as it seeks to build a global network of grassroots leaders who are catalyzing community transformation.
Carol is the former Executive Director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership and also served Bristol for six years on its Selectboard (Town Council). In addition to Bristol Suites, along with Tom, she manages the other properties owned by Wells Mountain, LLC and both spend many hours working on Wells Mountain Initiative.
Tom is a retired attorney and served Bristol on its Planning Commission for eight years and as its chairperson for five years. He currently serves on the Bristol Development Review Board. He also serves on several Boards of Directors.