There’s nothing wrong with skiing, sledding, or taking the car out for a literal spin on the ice (okay – maybe there is something wrong with that last, there) but sometimes you may find yourself craving something a little slower and more nature-intimate in your outdoor, wintertime activities – in that instance, may we recommend snowshoeing Mad River Valley?
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.
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!
Our Ski & Stay Passports are a truly great value – they were a great value last year and we haven’t changed the prices since then so the value is greater now than ever!
Visitors who have booked a Vermont fall foliage vacation with us will be happy to hear that recent warm and sunny days, followed by cool evening temperatures, have caused the colors we all love to start appearing among the treetops!
Those photogenic oranges and yellows, as you likely know, are caused by the early fall frosts. The colder it gets at night, the quicker the trees achieve those peak autumn colors that made Vermont famous.
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.
We’re proud of West Hill House B&B’s amenities and with good reason; we’ve worked hard to make sure a stay at our bed and breakfast is unlike any other. Beyond our fabulous town here in our beautiful state and beyond our welcoming home, with its warm rooms, delicious breakfasts, and well tended, surrounding gardens, we have other amenities you might not be aware of that we think you should!
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.
While West Hill House B&B is the #1 rated B&B in the Mad River Valley on Trip Advisor at the time this blog is published, we know you have other excellent choices when you come to visit the beautiful State of Vermont. However be sure you choose wisely, as not all accommodation meets the safety and regulatory standards set by the State.
For your protection, West Hill House B&B is licensed and annually inspected for Lodging and as a Restaurant by the Vermont Dept. of Health, it is approved by the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, all fire extinguishers are serviced annually, all smoke and heat detectors are tested annually, and it carries commercial liability insurance.
The B&B is licensed for the sale of alcohol by the Vermont Dept. of Liquor Control. It is registered with the Vermont Dept. of Taxes and remits the applicable Rooms & Meals, Alcohol and Sales taxes that are included in the bill you pay us when you check out.
When you book your accommodation, do make sure you are going to be staying somewhere that is State licensed and inspected. Ask before you book, and when you are there you should see all the relevant certificates on display:
- Lodging license
- Restaurant license (if meals are served)
- State tax IDs for Rooms & Meals and general Sales taxes
- Liquor license (if alcohol is served)
- Current fire extinguisher test tags on each unit
- Current inspection certificate on the fire alarm panel
and the certificate of insurance should be available for your inspection.
You can check the list of all State licensed accommodation (and restaurants) in Vermont. If it’s not there, it’s not licensed.