Technically, Wilton is a town without a hotel, without a motel, without even a bed and breakfast. But you would never know that from looking at the online listings for Wilton on Airbnb, the website for people who rent their homes or rooms out as bed and breakfasts.
The page shows seemingly dozens of listings for Wilton, many in ordinary suburban homes.
And not a single one of them is operating legally, on the books, as a bed and breakfast for which inspections are made and taxes are paid. There has never been any investigation because there have never been any complaints, according to the town’s zoning enforcement officer, who declined to be interviewed.
One bills itself as a peaceful New England retreat, for $60 a night, which is actually less than the cost of a mainstream motel. “A simple blend of personal hospitality and delicious cuisine in a beautiful New England setting. We offer an inspirational and personal forest sanctuary setting for any number of artistic and outdoor pursuits,” is what it advertises.
The owner did not respond to a request for an interview.