West Hill House B&B

Category Archives: Winter activities

We’re Engaged!

January 3, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Kathryn & Peter got engaged at West Hill House B&B, Warren, VT

Look who just got engaged at West Hill House.

Kathryn and Peter visited us in the spring and came back during the Christmas holidays for some R & R – Relaxation and a Ring!

“Your bed and breakfast is so relaxing and enjoyable and I’m so glad that we were able to have it as our engagement location. I can’t imagine anywhere else where I would have done it and Kathryn thought it was perfect. We can’t wait to come back again.”

Thanks Peter and Kathryn, we loved having you here and look forward to your next visit.

It’s Ski Time in Vermont’s Mad River Valley!

November 25, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Skiing in the Mad River Valley, Vermont

Skiing in the Mad River Valley

Sugarbush opens today, November 25th, with a few runs, and both it and Mad River Glen will be fully open by early December.

The Mad River Valley, encompassing the picturesque towns of Warren and Waitsfield, is the perfect place to ski in the North East. We have three amazing ski hills, Lincoln Peak and Mt Ellen at Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen. The two high speed quads at the base of each of the Sugarbush hills mean short lines even on busy days, and at Mad River Glen – while you may have to wait a bit longer on weekends and holidays – you get to ride the legendary single chair and enjoy skier only slopes. (There’s lots of variety at Sugarbush for riders.) Plus we have great cross country skiing, including right outside our door on the golf course, as well as two extensive networks of groomed trails nearby.

And there’s more. We are privileged to offer a wide selection of excellent owner-operated restaurants here in the valley. No chains, no franchises, no fast food. One of our favorites is Mint, a boutique vegetarian restaurant that even meat eaters will love. Then there is The Hyde Away with a wide menu selection of good value home cooking open 7 nights a week. The Terra Rossa Ristorante will more than satisfy lovers of Italian food, and you can watch pizzas being cooked in front of you in the classic brick oven. Then of course there is The American Flatbread, the mecca of taking pizza to another level, which is so popular you almost always have to line up to eat there, but it’s always worth it. Our overall favorite? The Common Man where you will always enjoy great food, great service and a unique atmosphere.

For non-skiers, our Artisans, anchored by the beautiful Artisans’ Gallery in Waitsfield, are almost always open during the day and welcome your visits, we have Vermont classics to visit like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, and to relax we can arrange a soothing massage at Mad River Massage.

If you’ve never been here, you are missing out! If you have, it’s time to come back. Call us and we’ll help you plan your visit, tell you about specials, and get you booked into the top rated B&B in the area (guess where!). Ask us about the newly opened Logan’s Loft in the barn for a one-week stay.

See you soon!

Girlfriends’ Getaway Special

March 23, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Girlfriends at American Flatbread for dinner Flatbread

Out for dinner at American Flatbread

No meals to cook, no dishes to wash, no beds to make, no housework to do!! Our Girlfriends’ Getaway means you do the relaxing and we do the work.

Come browse our artisans’ shops, be pampered with an “in house” massage, check out the local sites, catch up on your current craft project, or relax in a comfortable chair with your latest book and in the evenings enjoy meals out at any number of great local restaurants. Our rooms are well appointed and very comfortable.

There are lots of Things to do nearby. Whether you come in the winter and take part in the local outdoor activities or enjoy looking at winter from our three large common areas, or you are here in the summer, hiking, kayaking, biking or relaxing in our gorgeous perennial flower garden, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Come before May 13th and get 33% off a stay of 3 nights or more AND we will cook you a table d’hôte dinner one evening at no extra charge!

Maple Sugaring Snowshoe Tour

March 18, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Maple Syrup time

Maple Syrup time

West Hill House is teaming with Clearwater Sports to offer an invigorating snowshoe tour through a beautiful Beech, Hemlock and Maple forest to learn what a real Sugarbush is (no not the ski area). What a great combination of snowshoeing and maple sugaring! You will be guided from the beginning of the sugaring operation at the tap lines and work your way down the hill to the final destination – The Sugaring Shack. There you will learn about the final steps required to change sap into Maple Syrup. (Can you believe it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup)

Enjoy a sample of the day’s fresh product and learn about the different grades of syrup from this important Vermont industry. You will appreciate your waffles and pancakes all that much more with the knowledge gained from this fun and educational tour. Maple Syrup will be available to buy after the tour – or back at West Hill House.

Available daily 3:00- 5:30PM and must be reserved ahead – subject to availability. $55 per person

Special offer: Stay with us 3 nights during the sugaring season and we will INCLUDE this great outing for two at no extra charge. (Can’t be combined with any other offer.)

Spring Skiing in Vermont

March 17, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Spring at Sugarbush

Spring at Sugarbush

As spring approaches, there is no better time to head to Sugarbush. The skiing is still great, and there are lots of special spring activities including barbeques, local bands, and ton of events. March is looking so good — you’d BETTER BE HERE! (Photo from Sugarbush website – click to link.)

Don’t miss out on any of these March Madness events:

•  “Broadway Rocks II” Cabaret – Friday, March 19

•  Sugaring Time Festival – Saturday, March 20

•  43rd Annual Pond Skimming – Saturday, March 27

•  12th Annual Spring Mogul Competition – Sunday, March 28

•  Hot Dog Race – Sunday, March 28

•  32nd Annual Sugarbush Adventure Games – Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11

Click here for the complete events calendar, which also includes the latest event videos.

And of course we have our special spring prices in effect here at West HIll House.

So come and check it all out! Operators are standing by! (A.k.a Peter & Susan)

Singing Valentines at West Hill House

March 11, 2010 by Peter MacLaren


Our Valentine’s Day guests got a breakfast treat!  Listen to local quartet  “The Barre Tones” sing “…How do you like your toast in the morning? I like mine with a HUG real snug!…”

Even more snow!

February 24, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Snow at West Hill House B&B, Warren, VT

Your skiing mecca!

How much?!

Did I mention that we got some snow? How about this?!!!


Lots of New Snow!

February 24, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Great snow!

“Yabba-Dabba-Dooooooooooo!” 12-16 inches of NEW SNOW since yesterday morning and it is still snowing and snowing hard. No kidding, Vermont  is really beautiful this time of year! It looks like this will be THE weekend to come to the Mad River Valley and ski Mad River Glen, Sugarbush or do some cross country or snowshoeing at Ole’s or Blueberry Lake. Of course West Hill House is a great place to stay – we’re just a short distance from each of the ski areas. Come enjoy winter with us.

Ski Vermont!

January 13, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

We have two great ski deals this season.

Ski it if you can! New for 2010 – when you stay during the week for 2 or more nights you can enjoy a Mad River Glen ski pass for $30 per day. (2 tickets per room max.) Plus, if Mad River Glen is closed for any reason we will give you $20 per day per room towards lift tickets at Sugarbush.

Then we have the amazingly flexible Ski-the-Valley package, which offers a great way to try all the skiing that the Mad River Valley offers. When you stay two or more weekday nights (Sunday through Thursday) we can add a multi-day weekday (Monday through Friday) Ski the Valley ski pass for up to the same number of days at a very attractive daily rate. The pass lets you go straight to the lifts at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, and ski at Olé’s Cross Country ski resort – all on the same day if you wish!

Click on the photo for even more information. Note that these offers are not available during holidays.

The Long Trail – in winter

January 6, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Vermont Long Trail in winter near top of Mt Abraham - by Kelly & Paul

Long Trail in winter - by Kelly & Paul

Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks.

Access to the Trail is just a few minutes from West Hill House.

Most guests hike on it in the summer months, but Kelly & Paul had a magnificent outing in the December snow and sun – and then Paul proposed at the top of Mt Abraham!

Click on the photo to see more of their outing in our photo gallery.

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