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B&Bs Kick Gas!

April 10, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Save on Gas. Travel with Friends.

Remember these days?

Invite another couple or two other couples to join you for a gas-saving get-away at West Hill House Bed and Breakfast.  Make a reservation for 2 or more nights, pay on one credit card, travel here in one vehicle and take advantage of our B&Bs Kick Gas, Gas Saver Special.

Pay full price for each of the rooms for the first night and receive the second night(s) at a 50% saving. If you stay for 3 nights, the third night(s) – on the house. Think of the savings as our way of helping you fill your gas tank.
We are happy to provide you with touring ideas, dinner reservations or even a home cooked dinner at the B&B if there are 6 of you traveling together.
The Gas Saver Special good now through June 30, 2011 and cannot be combined with other specials we may be offering . The Paris Suite is not included in this offer.

Une visite de France

January 13, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Three cousins visiting from France delighted us with this guest blog about their visit to the Mad River Valley. Nous disons, “Merci, Fanny, Audrey, et Valerie pour votre visite.”

Nous avons passé quelques jours au West Hill House chez Susan et Peter en août 2010. Et quel séjour au coeur des Green Mountains, dans le Vermont. Les hôtes sont charmants et très accueillants, heureux de nous faire partager leur passion pour leur magnifique région. La maison est très jolie et confortable, rappelant les maisons Américaines (exterieur), Canadiennes et Ecossaises (intérieur). Quant aux petits déjeuners de Susan : exquis !! Et en tant que Français, tout le monde sait à quel point nous aimons les mets de qualité!

Et pour finir deux grands chats adorables : Smoky et Snowball!

La région du Vermont vaut le détour : de belles randonnées dans les Green Montains, des baignades dans la rivière, beaucoup d’expositions d’artistes et artisans d’art, The Warren store à voir absolument (Magasin qui rappelle le magasin de Mr Olson dans la petite maison dans la prairie!!), vous pourrez y déguster de délicieux petits plats et trouver des objets insolites, The Store à Waitsfield (petite ville à quelque kilometres de Warren) où l’on vous accueille avec une tasse de thé ou de café, vous y trouverez tout le necessaire pour cuisiner : des ustensiles aux condiments. Cette région regorge de “red barn” = fermes typiques rouges, de ponts couverts, et de restaurants où nous avons toujours très bien mangé.

Bref, je gardais du Vermont un souvenir exceptionnel, 15 ans après mon premier voyage, j’ai retrouvé la même authenticité et le même accueil chaleureux.

N’hésitez plus, West Hill House et le Vermont sont des lieux que l’on n’oublie pas ! Pour ma part, je reviendrai en automne ou en hiver, cela doit être magique!

10 Reasons to Visit the Mad River Valley

December 5, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

MRG Single Chair

Lolita waits for snow on the single!

Just in case you have never heard about the Valley, or are still wondering whether to come to ski here this season, we thought we’d make it easy for you by listing 10 reasons for visiting:

1 classic single chair lift

2 come or not to come – is there any question?!

3 hours from Boston (or maybe slightly more)

4 glorious seasons for romance, recreation and relaxation

5 beautiful ski areas: downhill, cross-country and back-country

6 great restaurants (or more – you decide) within ten minutes of the slopes

7 hours from NYC (or maybe a bit less)

8 AM, weekend fun-on-the-snow begins

9 B&Bs within ten minutes of Sugarbush (and some are much closer!)

A perfect “10” as a winter get-away!

If you are still undecided, please call and tell us why!

Farmers’ Market Bounty

November 26, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Last weekend we attended our local Thanksgiving Mad River Valley Farmers’ Market.  There was a definite feeling of winter in the air so it was fortunate that this event was held indoors at the Inn at the Round Barn Farm.

What a variety of food, handicrafts and even some music! Locals and visitors alike wandered among the displays filling their bags with local fare.

Everything from beautiful handicrafts, to amazing cheeses made by Three Shepherds Cheese (we really liked the strong King Louis cheese), to chair massages from Mad River Massage (always relaxing), to a magnificent array of vegetables from local farms. The amazing displays pictured here are from David Hartshorns’ Santa Davida Farm.

Although this is our last Farmers’ Market for the year we invite you to come experience our winter wonderland – see our immediately prior blog entry about Ski Time in the Mad River Valley – then return next summer to visit our Summer Farmers’ Market held every Saturday morning from Memorial Day through to the end of October.

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!

Guest Blog: Columbus Day Weekend

November 17, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Breakfast in the Sun Room at West Hill House

Breakfast in the Sun Room

From guests Jessica & David:

We spent a long Columbus Day weekend enjoying the fall colors and exploring the area. The West Hill House met every expectation of what we wanted in a New England B&B. Susan and Peter went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The WHH B&B was very clean, very cozy and Susan’s breakfasts were delicious.

The number of guests seemed just right (it was full up at 16 guests) and we enjoyed making new friends. The woodstoves in the common areas and the gas stoves in the bedrooms added to the ambiance, along with the decorative lighting throughout.

We travelled with another couple and the four of us are planning to return in the winter for a ski weekend.The West Hill House is about a 5-minute drive from Sugarbush. (Editor – actually about 2 minutes.)

Relaxing in the Hammock at West Hill House

Relaxing in the Hammock

We were surprised at the number of good restaurants in the area, and we enjoyed the farmer’s market, Sugarbush quad chairlift up Lincoln Peak, the Sugarbush zipline, and a glider ride at Sugarbush Soaring.

Editor:  As you can see from their photos, our guests enjoyed great breakfasts and some nice relaxation in the hammock.

The Weather in Warren is beautiful (now!)

October 2, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

The Warren Falls in surge mode, near Warren, VT, attribution to Jeremy Montemagni as shown on photo.

The Warren Falls in surge mode

Wow – we had a lot of rain in the Mad River Valley over the last couple of days. All of the North East was inundated. While we had no problems at West Hill House (we are almost 1000 ft above the valley floor, so well away from surging rivers), there were a few problems that needed remedial action along Route 100. The photographs on the Valley Reporter website tell the story. The photo shown here, from their collection, is an amazing view of the Warren Falls taken by Jeremy Montemagni.

However the good news is that it is over. Sun is forecast for the next 10 days, the colors are amazing both on the trees and among the leaves already on the ground, so come and admire the foliage. We still have some openings this week (October 3rd and 4th only), and we still have our amazing and fun “Leak Raving Special” open from the 17th onwards.

Moose Crossing

September 17, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Moose visiting West Hill House, Warren, VT

Moose visiting West Hill House

One of the frequent questions guests ask us at West Hill House, is can they see a moose? As many of the roads nearby feature large signs that say “Moose Crossing”, it is a natural question.

In general moose, despite being very large, are shy and keep out of sight. So during our more than four years at West Hill House only a handful of our guests have actually had the opportunity to see one, and we have seen them near the property only twice. Also, fortunately, so far none of our guests have encountered one in the middle of a dark road while driving here, which can be a devastating experience, with the car and occupants often coming out on the worse side of the incident.

Having said all that, this May during breakfast all of our guests were treated to the fascinating sight of a mother moose and her offspring sauntering across the meadow behind the barn. Therese was quick off the mark with her camera and very kindly sent us the photo featured here. Click the photo for a larger image.

Welcome to the King!

August 24, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Ted King Cyclist - member of Cervélo Test Team

Ted King

West Hill House is delighted to be welcoming pro-cyclist Ted King.  Ted will be staying with us during his participation in this year’s Green Mountain Stage Race.

Ted is an Economics Major from Middlebury College, so while he currently lives in Spain he is coming back “home” for this year’s event in the Green Mountains.

He is a member of the Cervélo Test Team and was part of this year’s team in the Giro d’Italia.

Last year we were honored to have James Mattis, the 2008 US Pro National Champion, stay at West Hill House while he was competing in the stage race.  Check out our Cycling page for more details.

While your innkeepers Peter & Susan have never counted cycling as one of their activities we are passionate followers of the Tour de France each year. We really enjoyed watching the almost unprecedented excitement of the close contest in this year’s race between Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.

Memorial Day Adventures

May 18, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Vermont Open Studio WeekendStart summer off with a relaxing weekend in the Mad River Valley with 3 nights of accommodation and a barbecue dinner included, and several optional activities to choose from. To make it easy we will do the planning for you, but you must book by Monday May 24th so that we can make all the arrangements. Check out the full details on our Memorial Day Package page.

Activities you can include:

  • Open Studio Weekend: The Mad River Valley has many artists who work a wide variety of crafts and their studios are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art. Over Memorial Day weekend it is Open Studio Weekend in Vermont and there will be many studios close by for you to visit and enjoy at no charge.
  • Soaring above the Valley: One of the most beautiful soaring sites in the United States is nestled in the Mad River Valley here in Warren. Memorial Day weekend is a great time to take to the skies over the Valley. The cost is about $135 per person for a 20 minute visit to the heavens, or about $180 for 30 minutes. Soaring is available every day, weather permitting.
  • Kayaking on the Mad River: You will head out after breakfast from West Hill House and our friends at Clearwater Sports will give you the opportunity to see the Mad River Valley from the water! No prior experience is required. The cost is $80 per person and is available Saturday and Sunday.
  • A round of Golf at Sugarbush: We’re right beside one of the fairways and less than a mile from the club house of the Sugarbush Resort Robert Trent Jones, Sr. championship golf course. A round of golf for 2 people, including a cart is just $150 on Saturday or Sunday and $100 on Monday.
  • Check out the full details on our Memorial Day Package page.

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