West Hill House B&B

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Skiing in Vermont – time to act!

November 6, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

West Hill House B&B in Winter

West Hill House B&B in Winter

Imagine a Christmas Card snow scene, a house surrounded by snow on a quiet country lane, a quintessential red barn, snowshoes, sleigh rides, shushing down the slopes or gliding on trails through the trees on your skis… Then comfortable beds, Jacuzzi tubs, steam showers, amazing breakfasts, and of course a cat or two curled up in front of a blazing fireplace…

Your imagination can become reality when you book this year’s ski holiday at West Hill House!

To make things even simpler this year, while we will be happy to put together a custom package for you for two or more nights, we have two inclusive deals you can choose from:

  • 3 nights of B&B over the weekend and 3 days of skiing at Sugarbush
  • 4 weeknights of B&B and 4 weekdays of skiing at Sugarbush
All you have to do is choose your room and the same all inclusive price (including taxes) applies:
  • Queen Room Package – $899
  • King Room package – $999
  • Suite package – $1099
You can add dinner for two at The Common Man on any of Tuesday through Saturday evenings for just $99 including tax and gratuity (drinks are extra).

So time to stop imagining, and start planning.  We are looking forward to seeing you at West Hill House.  Smoky and Snowball are standing by!

Note that these package prices are not available over Christmas/New Years, MLK weekend and Presidents Week, although of course we will be pleased to have you stay at those time as well!

Sugarbush – Mad River Glen

October 27, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

A Wilson Bentley snowflake photograph

OK everyone… IT’S SNOWING HERE TODAY! 

Time to think about getting those skis tuned up and making those ski holiday reservations.

Vermont photographer, “Snowflake” Bentley, was the first person to photograph snowflakes. Check out the website dedicated to his works.

Also check out our skiing specials.

Find us on Facebook!

January 28, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Burns Supper at West Hill House

Burns Supper at West Hill House

While we post regularly to our blog here, you can also follow us on our Facebookpage. Often we duplicate postings but usually there is more on Facebook than here on the blog.

For example we just posted a photo album from our Burns Supper, held for the first time in our newly renovated Handsome Red Barn. (Click on the photo to see the full album.) About 25 local residents and B&B guests joined in the festivities, celebrating the 252nd birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns who was born on January 25th 1759.

In addition to pipe music, we enjoyed Haggis with the traditional fixings, Scottish Trifle, some Burns poetry then Scottish Country Dancing led by Don and Martha Kent. A good time was had by all. Be sure to come next year!

So “like” us on Facebook to keep up with ALL the news!

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?!!!


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