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Time to Retire Bottled Water? Yes!

December 8th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Bottled waterSome facts to ponder:

  • Bottled water costs the eager buyer up to 10,000 as much as tap water.
  • We are shipping 1 billion water bottles a week around the U.S. in ships, trains, and trucks.
  • Plastic bottles require energy to make and transport. Currently, the amount of oil we use to produce water bottles each year (17 million barrels) could fuel over 1,000,000 cars for an entire year.
  • Only 22% of the bottles get recycled; the rest end up in landfills (or worse).
  • Roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year — 140 million every day!
  • It takes over 700 years for plastic to decompose.
  • The University of Vermont UVM will be the first public university in the country to end the sale of bottled water, effective January 1st 2013.
  • Tap water in the United States is subject to more stringent federal safety regulations than bottled water.
  • West Hill House has beautiful spring-fed well water available free of charge from every faucet in the B&B.

Bottles in LandfillWe think the above says it all! As a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State, West Hill House feels it is time to encourage a change in perspective.  While we have never offered bottled water to our guests, effective immediately we are updating our booking page and confirmation information to also request that guests do not bring bottled water to the B&B.

To help the process along, by January 1st 2013 each of our guests will be offered a complimentary West Hill House re-usable aluminum water bottle to use while they are here and take home with them if they wish.

Please make giving up bottled water YOUR New Year’s resolution!

Winter Wedding

November 29th, 2012 by Susan

Ryan & Jeff married by Greg Trulson, Justice of the Peace

 

With early season snowflakes whirling about them, and the temperature sitting at about 28°F, Ryan and Jeff were married in the meadow at West Hill House B&B. Our favorite Justice of the Peace, Greg Trulson officiated at the wedding making it a very meaningful occasion, as he always does. Following the ceremony,  the newly married couple asked Peter to continue taking photos as they enjoyed a short stroll around our wintery gardens.

Warming up by the fireplace a few minutes later Ryan and Jeff enjoyed an intimate wedding reception complete with wedding cake, made here at West Hill House, and a bottle of  Champagne. They were kind enough to invite Greg and Peter and Susan to join them.

Ryan loves experimenting with recipes. Check out her food blog called Skinny Supper. It’s a fun site with lots of photos to help you along.

Celebrate the 254th birthday of Robert Burns

November 27th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Robert Burns

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.

RoadID – Wear it!

November 14th, 2012 by Susan

I wear mine


RoadID. Pro cyclists wear it. Marathon runners wear it. Ironman competitors wear it. And, not that I fall into any of these categories, I wear one too. Whether you are an athlete or not, this comfortable little wrist band is a great way to have ID on you at all times.

For years we have watched the Tour de France on TV and have not only seen Bob Roll in some pretty funny ads for this ID but have also seen commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen and of course cyclists wearing the RoadID. The ID is available in numerous colors and styles including a style to thread in your shoelaces and even a RoadID for Fido.

Thanks to encouragement from Ted King we’re on board.

RoadID – never leave home without it – you just never know when it might help save your life.

The Red Chair visits West Hill House B&B

November 2nd, 2012 by Susan

Red Chair warming up and being admired by Snowball at West Hill House B&B

Warming up with Snowball

The Red Chair getting shelter at West Hill House B&B

Dry again!

The Red Chair checks out the Lincoln Gap - the highest road crossing in the State of Vermont

I feel high!

Ski School for the Red Chair at Mad River Glen

Teach me if you can!

The famed Single Chair at Mad River Glen has a date with the Red Chair

I am sure I could ski it – need snow!

The Red Chair visits with the Sugarbush cow

Please don’t sit on me!

Red Chair socializing with skier at Sugarbush

This guy looks a bit stiff

Hay there! The Red Chair enjoys a high perch at Hartshorn's Farm in Waitsfield Vermont

David Hartshorn gave me this perch

Red Chair at the Hartshorn Farm Stand in Waitsfield VT

I can’t help feeling squashed!

The Red Chair visits the Alpacas at Hartshorn's Farm in Waitsfield Vermont

I think they are staring at me!

Red Chair at Warren Vermont covered bridge

The river is not too Mad today!

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.

 

A love story

October 23rd, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Nicky & Daniel 20Oct2012 married at West Hill House B&B

Nicky & Daniel and JP Greg Trulson

Nicky & Daniel dancing in the Handsome Red Barn at West Hill House B&B

Dancing in the Handsome Red Barn

Nicky and Daniel were married at West Hill House on Saturday October 20th. Here is their story, as told by Nicky…

Who would have known 24 years ago that on a high school band trip up to Montreal, that my life would be forever changed.

As a young girl at age 16, I travelled from Long Island, NY, up to Montreal, Canada on a school trip where I met the love of my life.

Daniel and I met at La Ronde amusement park in 1988. We fell deeply in love and travelled back and forth (eight hours away) for over three and a half years. It was challenging but we were very determined.  Through snow storms and traffic, limitations of parents rules, school schedules and crossing the border… nothing was to stop us!

As our love was strong, so were our challenges. Eventually we parted and went our separate ways, although we were forever in each other’s hearts.

Twenty three years later, after many life changes and through the benefit of technology, we reconnected and our relationship flourished.  Quickly we planned our life together and our wedding at the beautiful West Hill House B&B. It was absolutely lovely to say the least. We were so fortunate to have the benefit of our closest friends and family by our sides, and the generosity of Peter and Susan to make our day magical and unforgettable.

September flower show

September 10th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

Yesterday was such a gorgeous fall day that I (Peter) wandered round the garden with my camera.

A classic challenge with a garden is keeping color all season long. Our gardener Patty Weston has over the years selected a marvelous variety of species and as you can see from these photos we still have a gorgeous display in early September. (Click on each photo to see it full size.)

These beautiful colors on the ground will gradually be out-shone by the radiance of the leaves on the tress, which are already to starting to put on their fall show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priority PC

August 9th, 2012 by Susan

Priority Pussy Cat

 

 

 

OS X Mountain Lion has nothing on PC VI Barn Cat! For those who need clarification on the new coding PC VI,  read: pussy cat 6. While you computer geeks are all smiles and chuckles over the latest big cat – we got a few smiles and chuckles over this big cat who squeezed himself into a priority mailbox. Though proud to have have his soft-fur updated to the newer more streamlined  PC 13.1 model (that’s pussy cat 13.1 lbs) our 6 year old Snowball still finds himself drawn to compacting himself into small spaces.

Gotta’ love those big cats!

Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2012 by Susan

Happy 4th everyone!

Wow! Awesome!

The Sugarbush area 4th of July celebrations got off to a great start on June 30 with the 3rd annual Stars and Stripes Air Show featuring vintage plane and glider aerial acrobatics.

This morning the focus is on the 64th annual Warren 4th of July parade with its collection of quirky floats which draw thousands of folks to the area for a day of celebration. Family activities, music, and food – including a roast pig from Gaylord Farm and pizza from American Flatbread- will help keep the celebration going all day.

Swimming holes will be a great attraction today too, as folks look to cool off. Sugarbush Resort  has activities throughout the day and to the enjoyment of everyone will conclude the day with a spectacular  fireworks display.

Come Sunday we’ll all be encouraging the runners in the 2nd annual Mad Marathon as it winds it’s way through the beautiful Mad River Valley. We have a house-full of runners booked in for the weekend. Go runners!

Wishing you all a safe and fun filled day.

Indian Rope Plant

June 30th, 2012 by Susan

Blossoms on our Indian Rope plant.

About 30 years ago we purchased an Indian Rope plant and this hardy little plant has traveled with us on our numerous moves. Always adapting very well to its new environment this plant asks nothing more of us than water, tlc and from time-to-time, a bigger pot.

While green for most of the time, every so often it surprises us by bursting into clusters of waxy pink flowers. The flowers in each cluster are quite small though the cluster of flowers is a fair size.

Those of you who have visited West Hill House may remember our fig tree. This tough little guy was also purchased 30 years ago and continues to thrive.

When we moved from Texas to Vermont to the B&B, the fig tree, the Indian Rope plant and three African Violets shared the front seat of my car! And, since the move took place in the winter, we had to ask the B&B owners with whom we stayed on our journey, not if they took pets but if they took plants because it was too cold to leave them in the car overnight. Happily all B&B owners said yes and the plants arrived safely at their new Vermont home.

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