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Attend the 2015 Vermont Festival of the Arts!

July 17, 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 7, 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!
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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.

 

Waterbury Arts Fest 2015!

June 19, 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 12, 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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Attend the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival!

May 16, 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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Experience the Shelburne Museum

April 30, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Shelburne Museum Steamboat Ticonderoga

See the steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum, in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, is one of the most diverse, unconventional, must-see museums in the US, containing over 150,000 works of art and Americana. Even the museum campus is notable: of its 39 buildings, 25 are historic buildings that were relocated to the Museum grounds as part of the collection!

The diverse collection of impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts, carriages, decoys, furniture, American paintings, toys and other 17th-to 20th-century artifacts at Shelburne Museum owe their collective exhibition to Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960).

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Maple No Mistake: It’s Sugaring Festival Time

February 28, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugaring Time Festival 2015

It may be hard to believe right now but, soon, warm days and cool nights will start the flow of sugar maple sap and it’ll be sugaring time in the Mad River Valley – not only that but Sugaring Festival time!

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Vermont Wineries: Feeling Vine, Doing Grape!

December 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Wineries: Feeling Vine, Doing Grape!

Ice wine – one of Vermont Wineries’ many specialties

Vermont is known for many things – skiing, hiking, beautiful foliage, welcoming inns – but did you know about the state’s burgeoning wine industry? If not, you soon will as their success and fame can only grow – and what better way to get acquainted than with a visit to one or more of the many Vermont wineries?

There’s no stopping the current growth of Vermont’s wineries. Our state’s unique and popular fruit wines have been a regional specialty for decades but the proliferation of Vermont’s fine wines, hard ciders, and meads rival the state’s production of syrup – and that’s saying something!

Some of this success is due to up and coming grape species that work well in Vermont’s shorter growing season. Marquette, Frontenac, and La Crescent grapes thrive in Vermont’s climate and soil to create award-winning wines. Vermont wineries are also some of the only ones in the country producing the sweet and delicious dessert wine made from grapes left on the vine until they freeze: sweet ice wine!

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Skiing at its best

December 20, 2014 by Peter MacLaren

Have you been reading “Top 10” lists over the last few weeks? If so you will have you see lists of almost everything under the sun, Top 10 Ugliest Cars, Top 10 Best Places to Live, Top 10 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10 Best Universities, and who knows, maybe even a list for the Top 10 Best Top 10 Lists!

Well…  here’s our “Top 4” list – Four Great Reasons to come Ski in the Mad River Valley this Winter.

1.  Mad River Glen Mad River Glen – Ski It If You Can. Seriously, don’t miss out on skiing this legendary co-op owned ski area. Ranked by Ski Magazine as one of the most challenging on the east coast of the US, Mad River Glen provides an opportunity for skiers of all levels to ski a variety of trails on natural snow though narrow trails which follow the terrain. Riding the Single Chair, chairlift is an absolute must! Lessons, ski shop and General Stark Pub are hillside amenities. Down hill, telemark, and cross country skiers will love MRG but be warned snowboarders… you will  have to look elsewhere for your downhill excitement as no snowboards are allowed.

Mad River Glen's unique single chair.

Don’t miss this ride to the top of Mad River Glen.

2. Sugarbush Ski ResortAs one of the largest ski areas in the northeastern US, and with two mountains to choose from, Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, snowboarders and skiers alike will enjoy the range of it’s 111 trails from beginner slopes to the more challenging black diamond runs. Sugarbush is locally owned and offers lessons, a variety of places for foodies, ski shop and accommodations.

3. Blueberry Lake Cross-Country CenterIs a cross country skiers’ delight. Designed for the average skiers,  outdoor enthusiast can enjoy the classic or skating style of skiing or can snowshoe on the 11 trails which includes 30km of groomed trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available as are lessons. Pre-skiing age children can also enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of a pulk which can also be rented. And for dog lovers, your well behaved dog is welcome and please, remember to clean up after your pooch.

Skiing at Olé's.

Skiers at Olé’s.

4. Olé’s Cross-Country CenterOffering about 40km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals of both skis and snowshoes, a deli and friendly staff, Olé’s beckons to cross-country skiers of all ages to come and enjoy winter. With relatively flat terrain skiers can explore the trails while getting great mountain views and if quiet woodland trails are your choice you’ll find them here too. There are about 15km reserved for snowshoeing only and today’s modern snowshoes are a lot easier to walk in that the old, oversized ‘tennis rackets’ and you don’t need special boots, your regular winter boots fit these snowshoes nicely.

Ready. Set. Visit!

The Mad River Valley offers skiing of all sorts, comfortable B&Bs and slope-side accommodations, friendly folks, great food, beautiful shops, gorgeous mountains, stately trees, as well as wonderful snow, more mountains, more trees, more snow and lots of fresh, crisp mountain air.

Get your mittens and scarf ready and consider this your invitation to visit Vermont, winter in its natural state. Come experience skiing at its best. We’re ready and waiting for you…what are you waiting for?

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!

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