Vermont Fall Scene

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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Hot? Cool Off With a Mad River Kayak Tour!

July 27th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Kayak TourWhy is the Mad River mad? It isn’t – but if you want to be happy, try a guided Mad River Kayak tour with Clearwater Sports through West Hill House B&B!

Getting out of doors this time of year in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is the obvious choice for really enjoying life – and what calls strongest on a hot, summer day than a chance to be out on some cool, flowing water? Not much.

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Attend the 2015 Vermont Festival of the Arts!

July 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Vermont Festival Arts 2015With over 100 different events in just over a month’s time, the Vermont Festival of the Arts – August 1st through Labor Day, 2015 – is the most diverse, must-see, something-for-everybody event in New England – perhaps anywhere!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley is good for a visit no matter the time of year but in August, look out! The towns of the Mad River Valley come together to host a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of art events designed to celebrate, encourage, support, and engender creative exploration.

One glance at the Vermont Festival of the Arts event schedule and you’ll see seminars, tastings, talks, performances, exhibitions and more on subjects as far ranging as pottery, craft brewing, yoga, leathercraft, dance, rug hooking, rosemaling, sculpture, and so very much more!

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2015 – domestiques r us!

July 7th, 2015 by Peter MacLaren

The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place September 4th to 7th, 2015, offering, as always, 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the mountains of Vermont. We are honored to have had many accomplished cyclists stay at West Hill House B&B for the Green Mountain Race and look forward to the event again this year!  Last year our guests monopolized the podium, probably because of Susan’s great breakfasts!

Lodging for the GMSR

Tim Johnson cyclecrossListen to Tim Johnson; he tweeted on July 7th: Anyone racing ! Book a room – you won’t regret it. Susan and Peter will gladly be your domestiques!
GMSR 2014 -  some winners
Yes indeed we know how to be great domestiques and here are a few other perks to consider:

  • We have a large barn (our Handsome Red Barn) where there is room for you to set up and make adjustments
  • We have indoor storage for your bikes in the barn, and we’ll be happy to store them for you if you ship them ahead
  • Guests rave about how comfortable our beds are
  • We provide breakfast at the time you need it for your race schedule
  • If you stay with us for the race for three or more nights we offer a 15% discount

AND: If you are first in your class as of the end of the 3rd day of racing, that night will be compliments of the B&B!

Registering for the GMSR

You can register for the race online or by mail to: Green Mountain Stage Race, LLC P.O. Box 1172 Waitsfield VT 05673. Then book your room online here at West Hill House B&B or give us a call at 802-496-7162.

Biking all summer long!

In addition to the GMSR there is great cycling and mountain biking in the Mad River Valley all summer.  Please checkout our Cycling page and the Road & Mountain Biking page on the Mad River Valley website.


Carrot Greens Salad

June 23rd, 2015 by Susan

Stirring it up: Last week was the first week for our Community Supported Agriculture share for this year and it got me thinking about carrot greens.  Carrot greens are most often thrown away during meal prep but I thought there had to be a use for them. I searched the internet, got some inspiration from a number of websites then opened the fridge and built a salad. I used various quantities of veggies untill it looked and tasted good.  Quantities are to the best of my memory!

Sooo good!

Carrot Greens Salad

  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. cleaned & chopped carrot greens
  • 1 c. black beans, pre cooked or canned
  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. garbanzo beans (aka chick peas), pre cooked or canned
  • 3 med carrots, diced
  • 4-5 stems parsley, fresh & chopped
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 5-6 mint leaves, fresh & chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. quinoa, cooked & cooled
  • 4-5 green peas in the pod, fresh and thinly sliced


  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 3T. red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed or 1/4 t. dry garlic bits (not powder)
  • 2-3 T. lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 t. sugar

Prepare all the vegetables and place them in a large bowl along with the cooled quinoa. Prepare the dressing by putting all the ingredients in a small jar and, with the lid on,  shaking it well. Pour the dressing over the veggies about 10 minutes prior to serving and lightly toss the salad. Be sure to adjust the quantities and veggies to your liking! It tastes great the following day too and the carrot greens are still fresh looking. Bon appétit!

Next time I might add about 1/2 c. corn kernels and 1 med tomato, diced. I served this with a side of a couple of slices of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese. This salad was a great meal in itself.

Dishing it out: As a child I was sometimes called “carrot top” by those out to tease me but seriously, I had red hair and a carrot top is green.  Obviously those folks had no idea what they were talking about and, thus far in my life, I’ve never seen anyone with naturally green hair!

CSA first share of the season.

CSA first share of the season.

That being said, we love the carrot greens we get from Muddy Boots CSA and we love being part of the Muddy Boots CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which is a collaborative venture of  Kingsbury Market Garden, Wood’s Market Garden and Burnt Rock Farm.  It also includes dairy products from several of the local farms including Von Trapp Farmstead and Ploughgate Creamery at Bragg Hill Farm. Our week one share was a marvelous selection of absolutely fresh produce including brie cheese, luscious tomatoes, tasty shallots, crisp carrots and cucumber, crunchy kale, dried black beans, beautiful lettuce, pungent basil, deep red beets, and more. How could you not like any of it, or waste any of it which is why I wondered about the carrot greens. Carrot Greens Salad, what a perfect way to celebrate the wonderful farms and hard working farmers this 4th of July or on Canada Day if you are north of the border!