I’ll be surprised to hear you’re not familiar with the film. “A Christmas Story” is one of those classic, holiday movies beloved by many and watched over and over again each year – but even if you have seen it a billion times before, take my word that catching it on stage is a special treat.
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One of the things we here at West Hill House B&B pride ourselves in is providing our guests with the kind of unique experiences they’ll remember for years to come. Something that you will return to in your mind time and again as having been the vacation of vacations.
It is with this in mind that we mention (and heartily suggest) one of our state’s best-kept secret, vacation activities: dog sledding in Vermont!
The Fourth Annual Mad Marathon and Mad Half are scheduled for July 6th, 2014 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. Registration is already open.
You will be running through this extraordinary rural community on 26.2 miles of country roads, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, rolling farm lands, quaint villages, historical barns, covered bridges and fields of our famous Vermont cows!
Check out the full details on the Mad Marathon website.
West Hill House B&B is delighted to be a Sponsor of the Marathon for the fourth consecutive year, and we already have our sponsorship certificate on the dining room wall. (We are running out of space!)
Regrettably we are ALREADY sold out for the weekend of the Marathon, however please check the Marathon Lodging page for other options. Plan ahead as accommodation is hard to find closer to the date.
Every August since 1997, the towns of the Mad River Valley host one of the most diverse arts festivals in New England. Regularly honored as a “Top 10 Vermont Summer Event” and featuring over a hundred multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age events, The Vermont Festival of the Arts has something for everyone, young or old.
Activities include: sculpture, pottery, fiber, painting, photography, culinary, literary, music, dance, theatre arts, and more. Local artists open their studios to the public, allowing the opportunity to see and understand their process.
Once again as a special ‘Thank You” to US and Canadian retired and active military, West Hill House B&B is joining with many other B&Bs across Canada and the US to offer one complimentary night of accommodation for military personnel in two of our guest rooms on Sunday November 10, 2013, with the option to add Saturday or Monday nights at a 50% discount. (These two rooms are now both booked.)
All our other available rooms can be booked for a two night stay, including Sunday November 10th, at a 50% discount—except for the Logan Suite, which has a 3 night minimum booking and the discount will apply to two of those nights. Of course our wonderful breakfast is included each morning.
In prior years this offer has sold out, so we encourage you to book early.
The organizers call it “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon” and you aren’t going to hear us disagree! Our bed and breakfast is in the Mad River Valley because this place is truly a year-round natural wonderland. We think the marathon is a wonderful and sustainable way for folks to see this corner of the nation we love so much, hence we are a sponsor again this year.
If you are a runner, no matter your skill level, we encourage you to come to central Vermont for the Third Annual Mad Marathon, taking place on July 7.
You will be running through our extraordinary community on back roads, some of which will be gravel. There will be breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, challenging rolling farmlands with tough climbs and descents. Cruise through quaint villages, under covered bridges, past old barns and fields of famous Vermont cows!
The marathon course is certified and sanctioned by the US Track & Field. The certification number is VT11012RF and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Walkers are more than welcome for the Mad Half and there is also a category for Mad Half Walkers.
Marathon Course Description
The race starts at the Mad River Green in central Waitsfield Village, heading north on Rte. 100. You will pass under a covered bridge almost immediately and your first hill at around mile one. Once you finish your climb up Joslin Hill Road, you will head gently downhill for about 2.5 miles. Once you hit the third aid station, you will be on dirt roads through farmlands until about mile six.
You get to our neck of the woods, Warren, at just over 12 miles into the route. You will spend about 3 miles running on East Warren through rolling countryside. When you reach Roxbury Mountain Road, you take a four mile loop amongst back country lanes before returning to East Warren Road around mile 19 and heading back to the Finish line. See the full route and map on the Mad Marathon website.
Lodging for the Mad Marathon
Our bed and breakfast is seven miles from the starting point of the race. You can see a video about our Inn on the Course Map page. We are delighted to be full for the weekend with Marathon runners— and we wish them all good luck!
In this era self-promotion via Facebook, Twitter and other social media, it is said that an amazing experience is worth just as much as an expensive watch. People are willing to pay more for memories they can treasure (and share), rather than a physical object which might lose its luster or become unfashionable.
If this reasoning resonates with you, we have a suggestion for the experience of a lifetime: Dog sledding. Envision yourself as an Inuit native guiding the dog team to hunting grounds. Or perhaps you’d prefer a Jack London-esque setting, where you are a gold seeker in the 1800’s. Taking a trip on a dog sled can help you understand those stories and histories better.
October Siberians is our preferred tour provider for dog sledding. They are one of Vermont’s best kept secrets! Offering tours in the Little River State Park in Waterbury Vermont, their Huskies are friendly, energetic, hard working dogs that literally transport you to an era when human and dog depended on each other for more than companionship. Little River State Park is about 30 minutes north of our B&B in Warren Vermont.
One reason we like October Siberians is because they make sure you are part of the group, not just a tag-along. You will have a hands-on experience working with a dog team. Share in the beauty, peace and history of the Green Mountains and the sport of Mushing.
We can book the adventure for you, however, it is important to let us know ahead of time as there is limited availability and outings are weather dependent.
The magnificent 11 meter tall Royal Arch, a symbol of Bejing-Canada friendship, welcomes visitors and residents alike as they explore Chinatown in Ottawa, Canada. Built entirely of reinforced concrete and stone it is in the style of the wooden arches found in China. Artists from China undertook the detailed hand painting and finishing work. The Royal Arch glistens in the sun and even on a snowy day like the day we took this photo, the colours are outstanding and the size quite amazing. After many years of planning and fund raising by the local Chinese business community, the Arch was officially dedicated in 2010.
Many Asian cultures including Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese are represented in this area of Ottawa which is replete with shops, markets, restaurants and residences. If you are in Ottawa it’s a “must see” – you will find the Arch at Cambridge St N and Somerset St. W.
On January 26th 2013 we will be holding our 5th annual Burns Supper at West Hill House to celebrate the 254th anniversary of the birth, on January 25th 1759, of this great Scottish Poet, often referred to as “The Bard”. (Bard is a Scots word for a poet.)
A Burns Supper is a significant tradition in Scotland and among Scots around the world. The evening will consistent of traditional Scottish fair including Haggis (which really is worth trying!) and Scottish Trifle. Wine will be served with dinner and a wee dram of Scottish whisky will be served to toast The Bard (for those 21 and older; soft drinks will also be available).
The Haggis will be piped in by a local piper and will be addressed in the traditional manner by Peter:
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm. …
We will then encourage you to try some Scottish Dancing after dinner – we’ll show you how!
The Burns Supper will be held in our handsome Red Barn and we have room for only 30 guests. We expect a sell-out so don’t wait till the last minute to book. Tickets must be purchased by January 21st.
The Burns Supper is just $50 per person (including tax), and it is sure to be a memorable evening. Book two nights including the 26th and we will include the supper at the reduced rate of $80 per couple. Advance reservation is required for all tickets.
Hi everyone, I’m the Red Chair that has been traveling throughout New England for the past several months.
I arrived at West Hill House B&B in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and rain was the order of the day. Fortunately my hosts offered rain boots and an umbrella so I stayed pretty dry. Inside I was given a place by the fire to warm up a bit even had a pussy cat come curl up with me for a bit.
Once the weather cleared my first stop was at the top of the Lincoln Gap Road, the highest road pass in Vermont, where I set foot, or should that be feet, on the Long Trail. The air was so fresh I’m felt I could have walked the full 273 miles of the trail but I had places to go and things to see.
With winter just around the corner I wanted to be introduced to the Mad River Glen ski area. I checked out the ski school meeting place then of course had to have my photo taken with the single chair.
From there we went to Sugarbush where I had my photo taken with a local cow before going to sit beside the year ’round skier. He didn’t say much, we just enjoyed the solitude of the moment.
I visited the Hartshorn Farm and hey, for fresh food, maple syrup from their own trees and hay, head to their farm stand. And speaking of stand – look at me standing atop a huge bale of hay!
With my feet firmly back on the ground I posed with some squash then climbed up on the wall to sit with the boxes of pumpkins for a while.
My legs were getting a bit cramped so I hopped down and headed over to visit with the alpacas, The Finkles, who didn’t seem to mind my company. I certainly did not expect to see alpacas in Vermont!
A stop to pose in front of the Warren Covered Bridge that spans the Mad River then back to my temporary home at the West Hill House B&B and ready for a warm cup of hot chocolate and a little cake.
Wow, have I had fun! I can’t wait for my next adventure! Tomorrow I am off across the Green Mountains to visit Middlebury, Vermont – I wonder what adventures await me there.