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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!
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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

Dressing

  • 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! 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!

CSA first share of the season.

CSA first share of the season.

Waterbury Arts Fest 2015!

June 19th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Waterbury Arts Fest 2015Every July, for the past fourteen years, Waterbury, Vermont transforms from a quiet, little Vermont village into a rollicking outdoor art gallery and street fair called the Waterbury Arts Fest – this year it’s the weekend of July 10th and 11th, 2015, the perfect way to relax before running the Mad Marathon on Sunday, July 12th!

Waterbury Arts Fest is a popular summertime event that draws more than 3,500 art enthusiasts to the Mad River Valley to enjoy two full days of over 80 artist exhibitors offering things like framed original art prints, handmade clothing and accessories, metal crafted art jewelry, quilted items, hand-dyed silk, fused glass art, handmade stoneware and pottery, all natural body care products, and just about anything else you can think of (plus a few you couldn’t).

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Mad Marathon 2015 – The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

June 12th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad Marathon 2015It’s Mad Marathon time once again – that time of year when Vermont’s Mad River Valley is filled with the happy sound of running shoes on dirt and pavement, labored breathing, and the sweet scent of concentrated exertion.

Actually, as of this writing, the 5th annual Mad Marathon is exactly a month off – July 12th, 2015, to be exact – but now is the time to book your lodging if you’re planning on being here, either as a runner or a supporter.

The annual Mad Marathon, for those not already in the know, is certified and sanctioned by US Track & Field and, as such, is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is 26.2 miles of scenic back roads and stunningly beautiful with breathtaking views if you’re a fan of Vermont countryside (who isn’t?). Vermont’s famously mild summers should offer up some spectacular running weather, too – bright but not too hot with a touch of breeze to soothe that sweaty brow.

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Snore and Soar with Sugarbush Soaring and West Hill House B&B!

May 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugarbush SoaringSo you’ve come to Vermont’s Mad River Valley and you’re looking for the best way to take in its resplendent beauty. How about from the air with Sugarbush Soaring?

Now, before we get too much farther into this idea, I think I should point out that “soaring” in this context is not being used as a synonym for flying but, rather indicates that Sugarbush Soaring operates gliders and that the gliding community uses “soaring” to differentiate their mode of travel from those who go “flying” in motorized aircraft.

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Let sleeping cats lie!

May 24th, 2015 by Susan

Snowball, CPO at West Hill House B&B

Snowball, CPO at West Hill House B&B

I’m Snowball, CPO, that’s Chief Purr Officer, I’m in charge of Purrs and Snuggles here at West Hill House B&B. You’ll meet my brother, Smoky, another day, but today is my day to shine. First a little history about us. My brother and I were born on the Turner’s farm, Simplicity Farm, just a bit north of where we live today.

Our mom was beautiful, she was pure white with one blue eye and one green eye. I look a lot like her except for my eyes, they are both a lovely shade of green, the color of  an old copper roof. Our mom looked after us when we were very tiny and when we got a bit older she was soon off on her own adventures around the farm and we were moved into the farm house where we learned about litter boxes and eating from a bowl. We mastered both of these new challenges with flying colors by the way.

First steps at our new home.

First steps at our new home.

I knew we were off on adventures of our own when Susan and Peter came to pick us up and take us home with them. We were so little that we fit into the palm of their hands. We felt warm and happy there and we let them know with our purrs. The ride home was a bit strange as we were put into a carrier and strapped into the back seat of the car. We were safe though because the carrier didn’t move a bit and the nice clean towel we sat on was quite snuggly.

When I started to explore on my new home, I was a bit wobbly on my feet, maybe because I have so many extra toes, somehow I kept tripping over my feet and sometimes I just needed to go  into my basket and do some kitty yoga to relax.

Here I am doing kitty yoga.

Here I am doing kitty yoga.

I like to do a lot of things like chasing light around the room, climbing on chairs, and of course rolling around on the red rugs and leaving as much white fur on them as possible!

You see, because I’m deaf it does not bother me that the vacuum is not far behind me making a big noise as it is clearing up my mess! One of my most favorite activities, well, perhaps not exactly an activity, anyway, I love to take cat naps. I have experimented with several different beds,  here are some recommended and some not so much.

A colander, whiile just the right size tends to be a bit drafty underneath.

A colander, whiile just the right size tends to be a bit drafty underneath.

An egg carton, definitely not recommended

An egg carton, definitely not recommended; it makes for a lumpy matress!

Cozy but I spent ages getting my fur clean.

Cozy but I spent ages getting my fur clean.

A bit of a squeeze but I managed!

A bit of a squeeze but I managed!

An unusual pillow, cat grass, and I don't even like the stuff.

An unusual pillow, cat grass, and I don’t even like the stuff.

And sometimes it 's good just to have company when you nap.

And sometimes it ‘s good just to have company when you nap.

Best friends for ever!

Best friends for ever!

I look forward to having visitors at West Hill House B&B because when I’m up and around I’m always ready for pats and snuggles (on my terms of course) from guests. Please remember that because I can’t hear you coming, if you pat me when I’m napping, I’m going to be startled.

Smoky and I are waiting for you, meantime… yawn… I think perhaps a little nap.

Oh, and you know the most wonderful thing about having cat naps?

Whether sleeping alone or with my brother, our humans just let sleeping cats lie!

 

 

Attend the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival!

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Brew-Grass FestivalIt’s Brew-Grass Festival time once again and the 5th annual return of this popular festival promises more of the same good music, food, and of course, craft beer! Scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 6pm at Sugarbush Resort.

Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival is an annual event combining regionally produced, craft-brewed beer, live Bluegrass music, and food from local eateries into one danceably delicious festival!

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