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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

December 15, 2014 by Susan

MV5BMjA0Mzg0OTU0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTM4MjY5._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Dreaming of a White Christmas but live where there isn’t any snow? Stop dreaming and come live your dream. Come to Vermont!

The movie White Christmas is indeed a classic and a must see Christmas movie in our family and perhaps yours too. The holidays are not complete without a visit, via DVD, to the the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont.

Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as successful broadway producers, and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as a sister, singing act, a twist of fate brings the foursome to The Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, in late December. Dreaming of a white Christmas and that “Vermont should be beautiful this time of year, all that snow” the four arrive and find, to their great disappointment, that there is no snow at all. The sisters find, with few registered guests, their singing contract is to be cancelled. Meanwhile, the two men discover that the innkeeper is their former commanding general.

Despite the lack of guests and the challenge of the weather, the four decide to stay and the story develops as a light-hearted romance suitable for family viewing. With songs sung by Crosby and Clooney and beautiful dancing by Vera-Ellen and Kaye, the movie is a good way to spend a winter evening.

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While there is no Columbia Inn, there is West Hill House B&B in Warren, Vermont, a place to enjoy a white Christmas and winter in all its glory.

We can predict with some degree of certainty that we will have a white Christmas and we most certainly have a copy of the movie for you to watch!

Ski Catamount Trail - the Length of VermontSkiing at  Mad River Glen  and Sugarbush will be in full swing with people from around the world enjoying the opportunity to ski some of New England’s best slopes. On the Sugarbush golf course just behind our Handsome Red Barn, is a perfect hill for sledding on one of the Mad River Rocket Sleds created here in Warren. If your pace is slower, there are miles of cross-country skiing at Olé’s and  Blueberry Lake only 10 minutes from West Hill House B&B. If skiing isn’t for you, our snowshoes are perfect for exploring around our property or farther afield.

If you’re not an outdoors type or your skiing days are past, there are numerous artisan shops, small stores and coffee shops to visit but that will have to wait for another blog.

If  a white Christmas to you means looking at snow through a window,  how about curling up in a big chair by the fireplace and losing yourself in a good book, or playing a board game with your special someone.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas look no further than Vermont in winter. Winter in its natural state!

Visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market

August 30, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley's Waitsfield Farmers MarketIf you like the idea of locally grown and prepared foods, plus a community-oriented, carnival-like atmosphere, then you’ll love the Waitsfield Farmers Market!

Farmers markets seem to be on the rise of late and that’s a good thing. Sustainability begins with locally grown and prepared food, as well as other goods, and a farmers market fosters a greater sense of community between growers, artisans, and their clientele – all of whom are likely neighbors!

Not to say that “outside” visitors aren’t welcome to the Waitsfield Farmers Market. On the contrary! A sense of local pride that wants to be shared is part of the farmers market dynamic – and what better way to share said pride than by sending the results of your hard work home with someone from a different town, state, or country?

Farmers markets are a fun and colorful way to buy fresh and locally produced food – or even things like crafts and flowers. It’s also a great way to get to know a community, as farmers markets, by their very nature, provide a very authentic atmosphere.

The Waitsfield Farmers Market is located on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield, Vermont and runs from the middle of May through the middle of October. One of the best farmers markets around, the Waitsfield Farmers Market offers fresh produce, flowers, seedlings, honey, wool, eggs, locally and humanely raised meats, cheeses, maple syrup, vegetables, and many other farm products. There are also Vermont-made fine art and handcrafts, Vermont cider and beer, baked goods, and prepared food. Better yet, every Saturday features a different offering of live entertainment provided by local musicians so you can tap your toe as you shop. There’s even free wifi!

Farm fresh produce and meats, prepared foods ready to be eaten, handmade crafts and local art, live music … all in all, perusing the booths at the Waitsfield Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Mad River Valley!

Mad River Valley's Waitsfield Farmers Market

Waitsfield Farmers Market

Saturdays from 9 to 1pm
mid-May to mid-October

Mad River Green
Waitsfield, Vermont
www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com

Mad River Valley Lodging
West Hill House B&B is a strong supporter of farm fresh food, sustainability, and the local, Mad River Valley community. Earlier this year we became involved in the Muddy Boots CSA program because of this commitment to ourselves, our community, and, of course, to YOU, our guest! We’re proud to be able to offer farm-to-tummy produce when we can in our breakfasts and other treats.

Stay at West Hill House B&B for an exceedingly comfortable and guilt-free, certified “Green Hotel” experience – and be sure to visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market for more of what makes the Mad River Valley the special place it is!

44th Annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair

August 16, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Craft Fair 2014As the last few months have demonstrated, the Mad River Valley loves its art – and we’re not done yet! Labor Day weekend sees the arrival of the 44th Annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair: August 30 & 31, 2014.

The 2014 Mad River Valley Craft Fair is 100 of the region’s top artists and artisans displaying and selling their wares in a festival-style atmosphere that continues to attract visitors from all over Vermont and beyond.

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2014

August 8, 2014 by Katie Pate

The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place August 29 – September 1, 2014, 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!

Lodging for the Green Mountain Stage Race

ITT-500M-to-goIf you are coming into town for the race and need lodging in the Mad River Valley, here are a few perks to staying with us you might 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
  • 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 staying with us and finish in the top three in your class on any of the first three stages we will comp your room for that night! 

Registering for the Green Mountain Stage Race

You can register for the race online or by mail to: Green Mountain Stage Race, LLC P.O. Box 1172 Waitsfield VT 05673.

Recreational Cycling in the Mad River Valley

While future Olympians partake in races here, anyone can enjoy the beautiful vistas from our quiet back country roads, perfect for cycling. We can help you with everything you need to get your cycling trip underway. Bikes are available for rent at the Sugarbush Adventure Gear Shop, a few miles down the road, and we can provide you with maps and directions for miles of well-maintained blacktop routes.

If you would like to mountain bike, Sugarbush offers biking on some of their ski routes in the summer months.

The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out

July 26, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out 2014The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out is a festival inside of a festival, located as it is within the circle of the 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts, here in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

And just what is “Plein Air Painting” you ask?

Plein Air alludes to the French phrase “En plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” In other words, Plein Air painting is painting out of doors but, more than that, against the changing of the light.

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Celebrate Art at the Vermont Festival of the Arts

July 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Vermont Festival of the ArtsVermont’s Mad River Valley doesn’t mess around when it comes to celebrating the arts, as the month-long, 120 event, Vermont Festival of the Arts amply demonstrates!

Held every August in towns around Mad River Valley, the Vermont Festival of the Arts has a simple mission: to support and promote existing Vermont art while also encouraging new art and artists. And by “art” Vermont Festival of the Arts means *all* art – from pottery to painting, culinary arts to music, from the classic to the avant garde.

The Vermont Festival of the Arts is made up of primarily free events and, along with exhibitions, offers workshops, seminars, and demonstrations for all ages, disciplines, and levels of ability. This festival truly does have something for everyone!

Here are just a few of the offerings from this year’s festival:

Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent
Originally performed by Leonard Nimoy himself, Vincent is an intimate, one-man play full of drama, conflict, humor, and beauty adapted from the actual letters between Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo.

Beethoven to Bernstein – Two Centuries of Piano Duos
Hear the nationally acclaimed Transcontinental Piano Duo of Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson as they work their way up through the musical decades with truly entertaining and educational, 4-handed piano pieces.

Mosaic Shard Workshop – You Break It You Make It!
A two-day mosaic shard workshop led by the artist in her Waitsfield studio. Learn how to plan, design, and grout ceramic shards for exterior or interior mosaics.

Mural Painting – at the Village Country Creemees
Help transform a blank wall to a spectacular work of public art by adding your efforts to the new valley mural at the Waitsfield Creemee Stand.

Sidewalk Art Show and Sale
View and purchase paintings resulting from the Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out! Meet the artists and gain insight into their processes.

And of course much, much more!

 

The 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts

August 1st through Labor Day, 2014
For a full schedule of events, locations, tickets, and other details, please visit: www.vermontartfest.com

Vermont Festival of the Arts Lodging
West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT is the perfect choice for your Mad River Valley vacation. With nine individually decorated guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, lush, quiet grounds, and Quaich Single Malt Scotch bar, you’ll feel positively spoiled.

Waterbury Arts Fest 2014

June 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Waterbury Arts FestThe 13th annual Waterbury Arts Fest, held in Waterbury, VT – minutes from West Hill House B&B – is scheduled for July 11th and 12th, 2014.

And what is the Waterbury Arts Festival?

This annual festival-cum-block party of the arts in Waterbury is a collection of more than 80 vendors showcasing their fine art plus food, drink, and live entertainment. Last year’s celebration brought in thousands of visitors from all over who took home all manner of one-of-a-kind jewelery, crafts, home furnishings, apparel, and fine art – and this year is looking to be even bigger and better.

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Don’t Walk, Run to the 4th Annual Mad Marathon

June 20, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

4th Annual Mad Marathon in Vermont's Mad River ValleyThe 4th annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half, and Relays are scheduled for July 6th, 2014 – and you’d be hard pressed to ask for a more breathtaking course than Vermont’s Mad River Valley – that’s why they call it “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon!”

The Mad Marathon and associated events occur along rural Mad River Valley roads with stunning vistas of the Green Mountains, rolling farm land and fields dotted with cows, rustic barns, quiet villages, and, of course, Vermont’s historic covered bridges.

With three different events, runners have the opportunity to choose a race that suits their level of ability. The Mad Marathon course is 26.2 miles long and the Mad Half is, as the name suggests, half that at 13.1 miles long.

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Get Wrapped Up In the Vermont Quilt Festival

May 26, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Quilt Festival 2014The Vermont Quilt Festival, scheduled for June 27th through 29th at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center, is New England’s oldest and largest quilt event!

Quilting is a tradition that goes back far into our collective history. Who hasn’t snuggled up under a big, soft quilt on a cold, winter night – or at least wished they could! There’s something special about a handmade quilt – that family heirloom, that work of art – something that surpasses the depth of many other household objects whether you’re a quilter yourself or just a fan, and that’s what the 38th annual Vermont Quilt Festival is all about.

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BrewGrass Festival 2014

May 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

BrewGrass Festival 2014Something’s brewing in them, thar hills – it’s the fourth annual Sugarbush BrewGrass Festival!

And what, exactly, is a BrewGrass Festival?

The BrewGrass Festival is an annual, Mad River Valley celebration that combines three of the better things in this life: blue grass music, craft-brewed, regional beer (also cider and distilled liquors), and a delectable selection of finger-licking foods: *that’s* BrewGrass Festival.

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