Vermont Fall Scene

Icelandic Horseback Winter Trail Riding

November 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

vermontWinterTrailRidingYou knew Vermont’s Mad River Valley was good for cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, and skating – but did you know it’s also good for winter trail riding … and on Icelandic horses, no less?

It only makes sense, when you think about it. Vermont’s Mad River Valley is beautiful no matter the season, a feast for the senses, and quiet enough to allow for pleasant walks, hikes, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, so why not trail riding?

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Attend the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House!

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Country Christmas Open HouseThe 17th annual Country Christmas Open House, held in the Mad River Valley’s Waitsfield and Warren, Vermont, December 5th, 2015, is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with several festive activities, get some shopping done, and maybe even be immortalized on canvas!

The Mad River Valley really knows how to put on an event and the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House is no exception.

This year, businesses in both Warren and Waitsfield are working to make this popular, annual event more festive then ever before! Gaily decorated Christmas trees will dot the downtown sections of both towns, accompanied by the warmth of festive, glowing luminarias along the banks of the Mad River.

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Save On A Mad River Valley Ski Vacation!

October 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Ski VacationDon’t be sad summer’s over – be glad ski-season is almost here! Now is the time to plan your Mad River Valley ski vacation with West Hill House B&B’s Ski & Stay Passports!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley ski areas are legend – Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Olé’s Cross-Country Center, Blueberry Lake, our leg of the Catamount Trail – it simply doesn’t get much better than this, and our Ski & Stay Passports go a long way towards making your Mad River Valley ski vacation the best it can possibly be

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Solar Powered Lodging at West Hill House B&B!

October 12th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Solar Powered Lodging Same Sun of Vermont

Same Sun Solar Society solar farm now
providing 100% of West Hill House B&B’s power

West Hill House B&B is always working towards a smaller, more environmentally sound footprint and, earlier this year, reached a milestone: we now provide our guests with 100% solar powered lodging!

We’re proud to be a part of the Green Mountain State and want to help it not only stay green but get even greener. We’ve been a certified Green Hotel since 2008, initiating numerous environmental changes to our inn and the way we do business well before being able to offer solar powered lodging.

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Fall Mad River Valley Lodging Specials

September 25th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

mad River Valley Lodging Specials - Leak Raving!Spring has sprung and summer is a goner but that just means it’s time for Vermont fall foliage and harvest festivals! Our Mad River Valley lodging specials for fall help take advantage of one of the best times of the year to visit Vermont!

If you’re a fan of fall foliage, now – mid September to mid October – is the time to visit Vermont’s Mad River Valley. Early fall frosts begin to come down from the north, turning the leaves on the trees and bushes from their youthful and verdant greens into those oh, so-photogenic oranges, yellows, reds, and browns that have helped make Vermont so famous.

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Art In The Round Barn 2015

September 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Art In The Round Barn 2015Green Mountain Cultural Center’s 25th annual Art in the Round Barn will be opening soon to showcase fine art from around the region and beyond, September 21st to October 12th, 2015.

A popular, annual art show that caps off the Mad River Valley’s summer art season, Green Mountain Cultural Center’s Art in the Round Barn is a tasteful and worthy collection of local and regional artworks including oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings, various types of sculpture, and an assortment of mixed media pieces, including fiber, metal, wood, and found object.

A juried art show drawing hundreds of applicants, Art in the Round Barn kicks off Sunday, September 20th, from 4pm to 7pm, with the highly anticipated “Meet the Artists” wine and food reception. Have an opportunity to meet these talented artists, see their art before it sells, and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

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Get Crafty at the 2015 Mad River Valley Craft Fair!

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Craft Fair 2015Attention fans of spectacle, entertainment, and hand-made, one-of-a-kind goods: the 45th annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair is just weeks away – Labor Day Weekend, September 5th and 6th, 2015!

Too often the term “craft fair” conjures up visions of yarn and noodles glued to construction paper, lumpy clay ashtrays, and uneven, hairy macrame plant hangers – well, you can let that image fade from your mind when you consider the Mad River Valley Craft Fair. This is no middle-school event but, rather an extension of the Vermont Festival of the Arts and all that implies.

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Mint – a continuing great restaurant experience

August 17th, 2015 by Peter MacLaren

Chef Illyan at work

Chef Illyan at work

Mint Restaurant in the heart of Waitsfield’s Historic District offers the Mad River Valley a vegetarian alternative with a primary focus on natural, organic whole foods and ingredients. Mint also specializes in offering a wide variety of teas from around the world.

The restaurant opened in November 2009 and has continued to receive rave reviews from our many guests who have dined there over the years since then, both from vegetarians and others. We are refreshing this blog first published in 2010 to include a recent video testimonial from guests John & Rachel that we encourage you to watch.

Mint is an experience not to be missed. The menu choices prepared by chef and co-owner Illyan are varied and interesting, and have an international flair. While vegetarians will recognize some of the choices, many are original creations and can be thoroughly enjoyed by diners more used to meat based entrees. The flavors are often surprising and delightful. Co-owner Savitri has integrated the amazing and varied tea selection from her former tea room, and provides knowledgeable guidance to match teas with your meal. Also available are a small wine and beer list at reasonable prices. The ambience and atmosphere are delightful and relaxing.

Make it a point to visit Mint during your next stay at West Hill House B&B. Usually open Wednesday to Sundays year round for dinner. Price for a 3-course dinner for 2 including a glass of wine each will be about $80. We shall be pleased to make reservations for you, usually a good idea as there is limited seating,

A Taste of Summer at the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler

August 3rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugarbush Food and Wine SamplerCelebrate summer with a professionally paired wine tasting in Vermont’s Mad River Valley at the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler, August 22nd, 2015!

One of the largest ski resorts in New England, the Mad River Valley’s Sugarbush Resort encompasses more than 4000 acres in Warren, Vermont. Wintertime at Sugarbush means skiing and snowshoeing. Summer at Sugarbush is mountain biking, ziplines, and golf – both traditional and disc. But Sugarbush offers more than just outdoor sport, as they prove throughout the year with events like the Sugarbush Food and Wine Sampler!

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Vermont Bed & Brew Fall Tour 2015

July 29th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Bed & Brew TourWhat better way to enjoy a Vermont vacation than from over the top of a pint glass filled to brimming with fresh-brewed craft beer? If you read this and immediately shouted out “none!” then a Vermont Bed & Brew Tour 2015 is for you!

The Vermont Bed & Brew Tour is back for Fall 2015 with more opportunities to sample the best central Vermont has to offer in vacationing, lodging, and locally brewed craft beer. The brain child of the Mad River Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Bed & Brew package consists of an opportunity to tour and sample the offerings of local, award-winning, craft breweries, plus two or more nights lodging Vermont’s lush Mad River Valley.

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