West Hill House B&B » West Hill House B&B http://westhillbb.com Four glorious seasons for Romance, Recreation and Relaxation Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:43:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Carrot Greens Saladhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/06/carrot-greens-salad/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=carrot-greens-salad http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/06/carrot-greens-salad/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:16:15 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=12289 Stirring it up: Last week was the first week for our Community Supported Agriculture share for this year and it got me thinking about carrot greens.  Carrot greens are most often thrown away during meal prep but I thought there had to be a use for them. I searched the internet, got some inspiration from a number of websites then opened the fridge and built a salad. I used various […]

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Stirring it up: Last week was the first week for our Community Supported Agriculture share for this year and it got me thinking about carrot greens.  Carrot greens are most often thrown away during meal prep but I thought there had to be a use for them. I searched the internet, got some inspiration from a number of websites then opened the fridge and built a salad. I used various quantities of veggies untill it looked and tasted good.  Quantities are to the best of my memory!

Sooo good!

Carrot Greens Salad

  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. cleaned & chopped carrot greens
  • 1 c. black beans, pre cooked or canned
  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. garbanzo beans (aka chick peas), pre cooked or canned
  • 3 med carrots, diced
  • 4-5 stems parsley, fresh & chopped
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 5-6 mint leaves, fresh & chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. quinoa, cooked & cooled
  • 4-5 green peas in the pod, fresh and thinly sliced

Dressing

  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 3T. red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed or 1/4 t. dry garlic bits (not powder)
  • 2-3 T. lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 t. sugar

Prepare all the vegetables and place them in a large bowl along with the cooled quinoa. Prepare the dressing by putting all the ingredients in a small jar and, with the lid on,  shaking it well. Pour the dressing over the veggies about 10 minutes prior to serving and lightly toss the salad. Be sure to adjust the quantities and veggies to your liking! It tastes great the following day too and the carrot greens are still fresh looking. Bon appétit!

Next time I might add about 1/2 c. corn kernels and 1 med tomato, diced. I served this with a side of a couple of slices of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese. This salad was a great meal in itself.

Dishing it out: As a child I was sometimes called “carrot top” by those out to tease me but seriously, I had red hair and a carrot top is green.  Obviously those folks had no idea what they were talking about and, thus far in my life, I’ve never seen anyone with naturally green hair! That being said, we love the carrot greens we get from Muddy Boots CSA and we love being part of the Muddy Boots CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which is a collaborative venture of  Kingsbury Market Garden, Wood’s Market Garden and Burnt Rock Farm.  It also includes dairy products from several of the local farms including Von Trapp Farmstead and Ploughgate Creamery at Bragg Hill Farm. Our week one share was a marvelous selection of absolutely fresh produce including brie cheese, luscious tomatoes, tasty shallots, crisp carrots and cucumber, crunchy kale, dried black beans, beautiful lettuce, pungent basil, deep red beets, and more. How could you not like any of it, or waste any of it which is why I wondered about the carrot greens. Carrot Greens Salad, what a perfect way to celebrate the wonderful farms and hard working farmers this 4th of July or on Canada Day if you are north of the border!

CSA first share of the season.

CSA first share of the season.

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Waterbury Arts Fest 2015Every July, for the past fourteen years, Waterbury, Vermont transforms from a quiet, little Vermont village into a rollicking outdoor art gallery and street fair called the Waterbury Arts Fest – this year it’s the weekend of July 10th and 11th, 2015, the perfect way to relax before running the Mad Marathon on Sunday, July 12th!

Waterbury Arts Fest is a popular summertime event that draws more than 3,500 art enthusiasts to the Mad River Valley to enjoy two full days of over 80 artist exhibitors offering things like framed original art prints, handmade clothing and accessories, metal crafted art jewelry, quilted items, hand-dyed silk, fused glass art, handmade stoneware and pottery, all natural body care products, and just about anything else you can think of (plus a few you couldn’t).

2015 Waterbury Block PartyBut that’s not all – the Waterbury Arts Fest also features live music, drink, dancing, fantastic gourmet food, and a raffle at the Waterbury Block Party!

Friday, July 10th – 2015 Waterbury Block Party Schedule
(be sure to bring your ID if you plan to enjoy any libations in the beer garden)
5:30pm – Gates, Beer Garden, and Food Trucks open – 50/50 Raffle tickets go on sale.
5:30-6pm – Sadie Bolger – Local singer and song writer.
6-7:30pm – Hot Box Honey – Swing, funk, jazz, latin, hip hop, soul, reggae, and blues led by vocalist Jane Evans and guitarist Gregory Evans.
7:30pm – 50/50 Raffle Drawing! Proceeds go to Revitalizing Waterbury.
7:45pm–9:30pm – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band – gritty yet emotive soul vocals with a seven-piece back-up. Hot!
10pm – Gates close.

Parking in Waterbury during the Waterbury Arts Fest can be … daunting – but don’t give up! Parking will be available in two public lots in Waterbury, at the upper and lower Thatcher Brook Primary School parking lots, and here and there on the streets of downtown. Yellow “PARKING HERE” signs will help you to find appropriate places to ditch your vehicle and the Waterbury Arts Fest has a parking map pdf you can download.

It would be remiss of us not mention that, as a fan of the arts, you’ll probably want to stop in at the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition at the Big Red Barn Gallery in Waitsfield on your way to Waterbury. Fun’s a-poppin’ all over the Mad River Valley this time of year!

Waterbury Arts Fest 2015

Friday, July 10th, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 11th, 10am – 4pm

Downtown Waterbury on Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane
For a full schedule and list of vendors please visit the official Waterbury Arts Fest site: www.waterburyartsfest.com

Waterbury Arts Fest Lodging
West Hill House B&B offers nine certified “Green Hotel” guest rooms, all nestled on a quiet country lane, yet with skiing, golf, shopping, and more right at your fingertips. Whenever you’re in the Mad River Valley and looking for a place to call home base, choosing a stay at West Hill House B&B is always your wisest choice.

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Mad Marathon 2015 – The World’s Most Beautiful Marathonhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/06/mad-marathon-2015-the-worlds-most-beautiful-marathon/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mad-marathon-2015-the-worlds-most-beautiful-marathon http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/06/mad-marathon-2015-the-worlds-most-beautiful-marathon/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:49 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11980 It’s Mad Marathon time once again – that time of year when Vermont’s Mad River Valley is filled with the happy sound of running shoes on dirt and pavement, labored breathing, and the sweet scent of concentrated exertion. Actually, as of this writing, the 5th annual Mad Marathon is exactly a month off – July […]

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Mad Marathon 2015It’s Mad Marathon time once again – that time of year when Vermont’s Mad River Valley is filled with the happy sound of running shoes on dirt and pavement, labored breathing, and the sweet scent of concentrated exertion.

Actually, as of this writing, the 5th annual Mad Marathon is exactly a month off – July 12th, 2015, to be exact – but now is the time to book your lodging if you’re planning on being here, either as a runner or a supporter.

The annual Mad Marathon, for those not already in the know, is certified and sanctioned by US Track & Field and, as such, is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is 26.2 miles of scenic back roads and stunningly beautiful with breathtaking views if you’re a fan of Vermont countryside (who isn’t?). Vermont’s famously mild summers should offer up some spectacular running weather, too – bright but not too hot with a touch of breeze to soothe that sweaty brow.

For those not quite ready for the full Mad Marathon, there is the Mad Half Marathon – 13.1 miles long and following much of the same course as the full marathon. Relay teams also take part in the marathons, with three and five person relay teams for the Mad Marathon and two person relay teams for the Mad Half. While walkers are asked to abstain from the Mad Marathon, they are more than welcome for the Mad Half – they even have their own category: Mad Half Walkers!

Mad Marathon 2015

A full schedule of Mad Marathon events and course descriptions can be found at the official site: www.madmarathon.com

Mad Marathon Lodging
West Hill House B&B is proud to once again be a sponsor for the 5th Annual Mad Marathon and its associated events. Our Mad River Valley B&B is located in Warren, VT along the Mad Marathon’s course. We encourage you to attend, whether in the role of spectator, supporter, or being out there in the trenches, so to speak, huffing along the Mad River Valley’s country roads with rolling fields and the scenic Green Mountains as your backdrop. During the weekend of the Mad Marathon, we ask that your stay have a 3-night minimum. As of this moment, we still have vacancies available for the weekend of the 12th – but that won’t last for long, so book soon!

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Snore and Soar with Sugarbush Soaring and West Hill House B&B!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/snore-and-soar-with-sugarbush-soaring-and-west-hill-house-bb/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=snore-and-soar-with-sugarbush-soaring-and-west-hill-house-bb http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/snore-and-soar-with-sugarbush-soaring-and-west-hill-house-bb/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 14:00:13 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11808 So you’ve come to Vermont’s Mad River Valley and you’re looking for the best way to take in its resplendent beauty. How about from the air with Sugarbush Soaring? Now, before we get too much farther into this idea, I think I should point out that “soaring” in this context is not being used as […]

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Sugarbush SoaringSo you’ve come to Vermont’s Mad River Valley and you’re looking for the best way to take in its resplendent beauty. How about from the air with Sugarbush Soaring?

Now, before we get too much farther into this idea, I think I should point out that “soaring” in this context is not being used as a synonym for flying but, rather indicates that Sugarbush Soaring operates gliders and that the gliding community uses “soaring” to differentiate their mode of travel from those who go “flying” in motorized aircraft.

Soaring, of course, is as fun and safe as flying with the added benefit of lacking the ever-present engine noise that accompanies powered flight. Another plus to soaring is the size of your craft, which is much smaller than most planes, giving those onboard a more close and personal sense of their flight – not at all unlike the difference between being in a kayak versus a powerboat.

Viewing the Mad River Valley from 7,500 feet up in the air will provide you with some of the most spectacular views you’ve ever seen. The Mad River Valley is known for its natural beauty and is considered one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous soaring sites in the US. During your Sugarbush Soaring tour, the pilot will give you an aerial tour, pointing out local and even more distant landmarks such as Mount Washington in New Hampshire and New York’s Adirondacks, there beyond Lake Champlain.

Picture that in your mind’s eye and know that the real thing will be even more amazing.

Snore and Soar with West Hill House B&B

Sugarbush Soaring offers their soaring tours from May to October, weather dependent – but the best thing is that West Hill House B&B guests will receive a discount if they let us book their soaring-adventure for them! Call and let us know during booking that you would like to take a Mad River Valley soaring adventure and we’ll set everything up for you. You’ll still pay when you get to Sugarbush Soaring – but it will be a discounted price!

West Hill House B&B, in Warren, VT offers numerous specials and packages along with the normal perks of a stay at our Mad River Valley bed and breakfast. Take a look at all we offer and, if you see something you like, let us know. If what you’re looking for isn’t there, ask anyway. We will do our best to help you get what you’re after during our Mad River Valley getaway – it’s our pleasure!

Sugarbush Soaring

2355 Airport Road, Warren, Vermont
(802) 496-2290
www.sugarbushsoaring.com

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Let sleeping cats lie!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/let-sleeping-cats-lie/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=let-sleeping-cats-lie http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/let-sleeping-cats-lie/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 18:21:22 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11860 I’m Snowball, CPO, that’s Chief Purr Officer, I’m in charge of Purrs and Snuggles here at West Hill House B&B. You’ll meet my brother, Smoky, another day, but today is my day to shine. First a little history about us. My brother and I were born on the Turner’s farm, Simplicity Farm, just a bit north of where we live today. Our […]

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Snowball, CPO at West Hill House B&B

Snowball, CPO at West Hill House B&B

I’m Snowball, CPO, that’s Chief Purr Officer, I’m in charge of Purrs and Snuggles here at West Hill House B&B. You’ll meet my brother, Smoky, another day, but today is my day to shine. First a little history about us. My brother and I were born on the Turner’s farm, Simplicity Farm, just a bit north of where we live today.

Our mom was beautiful, she was pure white with one blue eye and one green eye. I look a lot like her except for my eyes, they are both a lovely shade of green, the color of  an old copper roof. Our mom looked after us when we were very tiny and when we got a bit older she was soon off on her own adventures around the farm and we were moved into the farm house where we learned about litter boxes and eating from a bowl. We mastered both of these new challenges with flying colors by the way.

First steps at our new home.

First steps at our new home.

I knew we were off on adventures of our own when Susan and Peter came to pick us up and take us home with them. We were so little that we fit into the palm of their hands. We felt warm and happy there and we let them know with our purrs. The ride home was a bit strange as we were put into a carrier and strapped into the back seat of the car. We were safe though because the carrier didn’t move a bit and the nice clean towel we sat on was quite snuggly.

When I started to explore on my new home, I was a bit wobbly on my feet, maybe because I have so many extra toes, somehow I kept tripping over my feet and sometimes I just needed to go  into my basket and do some kitty yoga to relax.

Here I am doing kitty yoga.

Here I am doing kitty yoga.

I like to do a lot of things like chasing light around the room, climbing on chairs, and of course rolling around on the red rugs and leaving as much white fur on them as possible!

You see, because I’m deaf it does not bother me that the vacuum is not far behind me making a big noise as it is clearing up my mess! One of my most favorite activities, well, perhaps not exactly an activity, anyway, I love to take cat naps. I have experimented with several different beds,  here are some recommended and some not so much.

A colander, whiile just the right size tends to be a bit drafty underneath.

A colander, whiile just the right size tends to be a bit drafty underneath.

An egg carton, definitely not recommended

An egg carton, definitely not recommended; it makes for a lumpy matress!

Cozy but I spent ages getting my fur clean.

Cozy but I spent ages getting my fur clean.

A bit of a squeeze but I managed!

A bit of a squeeze but I managed!

An unusual pillow, cat grass, and I don't even like the stuff.

An unusual pillow, cat grass, and I don’t even like the stuff.

And sometimes it 's good just to have company when you nap.

And sometimes it ‘s good just to have company when you nap.

Best friends for ever!

Best friends for ever!

I look forward to having visitors at West Hill House B&B because when I’m up and around I’m always ready for pats and snuggles (on my terms of course) from guests. Please remember that because I can’t hear you coming, if you pat me when I’m napping, I’m going to be startled.

Smoky and I are waiting for you, meantime… yawn… I think perhaps a little nap.

Oh, and you know the most wonderful thing about having cat naps?

Whether sleeping alone or with my brother, our humans just let sleeping cats lie!

 

 

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Attend the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/brew-grass-festival/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brew-grass-festival http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/05/brew-grass-festival/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11766 It’s Brew-Grass Festival time once again and the 5th annual return of this popular festival promises more of the same good music, food, and of course, craft beer! Scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 6pm at Sugarbush Resort. Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival is an annual event combining regionally produced, craft-brewed beer, live Bluegrass music, […]

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2015 Brew-Grass FestivalIt’s Brew-Grass Festival time once again and the 5th annual return of this popular festival promises more of the same good music, food, and of course, craft beer! Scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 2 – 6pm at Sugarbush Resort.

Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival is an annual event combining regionally produced, craft-brewed beer, live Bluegrass music, and food from local eateries into one danceably delicious festival!

It’s not just craft beers, either. Brew-Grass Festival also includes regionally produced craft ciders and distilled liquors will also be on hand, not to mention non-alcoholic drinks for those who have so kindly offered to drive the rest of us home.

Here’s the list of craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries that have signed on to attend the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival thus far:
14th Star Brewing Company
The Alchemist
Burlington Beer Company

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Covered Bridge Craft Brewery
Crop Bistro & Brewery
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Four Quarters Brewing
Frost Beer Works
Harpoon Brewery
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Infinity Brewing
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Long Trail Brewing Company
Lost Nation Brewing
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Otter Creek Brewing
Paine Mtn. Brewing Company
Queen City Brewery
Shed Brewery
Shipyard Brewing Company
Switchback Brewing Company
Trapp Lager Brewery
Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales
Woodstock Inn Brewery

There’s the “Brew” part of the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival – what about the “Grass” part, as in Bluegrass, you ask?

This year’s lineup features some of the finest Bluegrass musicians in the area – if not the country. They’ll have you up on your feet in no time:
Mad Mountain Scramblers
Bow Thayer
Joe’s Truck Stop

As to the food, local vendors will be offering a variety of tasty foods, both hot and cold. Prior years have included a raw foods bar, homemade sausages, wood-fired pizza, fried chicken, and much more!

Still young as festivals go, the five-year-old Brew-Grass Festival has only grown in popularity and, with a limited number of tickets available, frequently sells out. Don’t hesitate!

Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival 2015

2pm – 6pm, Saturday, June 13th
Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Rd
Warren, VT
For tickets, an up-to-date list of attendees, and more informationlease visit the BrewGrass Festival website.

2015 Brew-Grass Festival Lodging
West Hill House B&B is proud to be a part of the Mad River Valley community and would enjoy hosting your stay for this event or any other that brings you out for a Vermont vacation.

West Hill House B&B is located in Warren, Vermont just one mile from Sugarbush Resort and the 2015 Brew-Grass Festival. Staying with us means you can easily walk to the event or we can even shuttle you to and from on request: no need to drive!

Come enjoy luxurious-yet-green accommodations, farm-to-table produce in our breakfasts and snacks, when available, and all on a quiet country lane with golf, shopping, exploring, and more right at your fingertips!

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Experience the Shelburne Museumhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/04/shelburne-museum/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shelburne-museum http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/04/shelburne-museum/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11700 Shelburne Museum, in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, is one of the most diverse, unconventional, must-see museums in the US, containing over 150,000 works of art and Americana. Even the museum campus is notable: of its 39 buildings, 25 are historic buildings that were relocated to the Museum grounds as part of the collection! The […]

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See the steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum, in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, is one of the most diverse, unconventional, must-see museums in the US, containing over 150,000 works of art and Americana. Even the museum campus is notable: of its 39 buildings, 25 are historic buildings that were relocated to the Museum grounds as part of the collection!

The diverse collection of impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts, carriages, decoys, furniture, American paintings, toys and other 17th-to 20th-century artifacts at Shelburne Museum owe their collective exhibition to Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960).

Webb founded Shelburne Museum in 1947 from her own, pioneering collection of American folk art. Having been raised by serious collectors of European and Asian art, she gained an early, discerning and passionate eye for that which is distinctly American in art, artifacts, and architecture.

As mentioned above, part of the museum collection includes 25, historic, 18th and 19th-century buildings from New England and New York, including: some houses and barns, a general store, a meeting house, a jail, a one-room schoolhouse – even a covered bridge, a lighthouse, and the Ticonderoga – a 220-foot steamboat!

The space inside these historic buildings serve as exhibits and are all displayed in a village-like setting whose landscape includes over 400 lilac bushes, a circular formal garden, and a collection of herb, heirloom vegetable, and perennial gardens. Touches like these are what makes Shelburne Museum an experience both inside and out!

Current exhibits at Shelburne Museum include:
Painting a Nation – major reinstallation of Shelburne Museum’s American paintings collection. Apr 26 – Nov 1, 2015

Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990 – the inaugural solo museum exhibition of the photography of Nathan Benn. Jan 24 – May 25, 2015

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic – This retrospective of the photographic illustrator of the I Spy books will delight both children and adults alike. Mar 28 – Jul 5, 2015

Shelburne Museum

5555 Shelburne Rd. Shelburne, VT
(802) 985-3346
For more information on current exhibits, programs, events and hours be sure to visit: shelburnemuseum.org

Shelburne Museum Lodging
West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT is the perfect choice for your Mad River Valley vacation, whatever shape it may take! With nine individually decorated guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, lush, quiet grounds, and Quaich Single Malt Scotch bar, you’ll feel positively spoiled.

Shelburne, VT and the Shelburne Museum are but a lovely 45 minute drive from West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT: From the Mad River Valley take Route 17 from the south end of Waitsfield over the Appalachian Gap to Route 7. Then take Route 7 north to Shelburne. The museum is at the south end of Shelburne on your left.

See you soon!

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All The Makings Of A Perfect Vermont Weddinghttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/04/all-the-makings-of-a-perfect-vermont-wedding/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-the-makings-of-a-perfect-vermont-wedding http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/04/all-the-makings-of-a-perfect-vermont-wedding/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11655 The perfect Vermont wedding – indoor or out, catered receptions and dinners, even the honeymoon or an elopement – can be yours, right here in the Mad River Valley at West Hill House B&B! The Mad River Valley makes a stunningly beautiful setting for your Vermont wedding and West Hill House B&B is here, on […]

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The Perfect Vermont Wedding!The perfect Vermont wedding – indoor or out, catered receptions and dinners, even the honeymoon or an elopement – can be yours, right here in the Mad River Valley at West Hill House B&B!

The Mad River Valley makes a stunningly beautiful setting for your Vermont wedding and West Hill House B&B is here, on the wooded slopes of Vermont’s Green Mountains, with years of wedding-expertise and a picture-perfect venue for your special day.

We’ve been helping facilitate weddings for nearly a decade and have an extensive group of hard-working, Mad River Valley wedding professionals to call on for whatever services you see fit to include in your event, from officiating to photography, catering to music – we’re even licensed for the sale of beer and wine!

At West Hill House B&B, we can accommodate wedding parties of up to 50 guests. Our Handsome Red Barn makes the perfect venue for these larger ceremonies and receptions, yet our beautiful 1850’s home nestled here on its quiet country lane is also ideal for those smaller, more intimate Vermont wedding or elopement ceremonies.

West Hill House B&B is also LGBT friendly. We’re not just happy but proud to offer our Vermont wedding services to everyone, with the intent of helping to craft warm and happy memories of a special day that will resonate warmly with you both for the rest of your lives.

Because we book only six large events a year, time is of the essence: plan your summer Vermont wedding now while space lasts – and don’t forget that the Mad River Valley makes for a lovely honeymoon location as well! West Hill House B&B offers uniquely comfortable guest rooms, double Jacuzzi tubs, and a quiet and private, yet convenient location that is only minutes away from a diverse selection of activities and attractions.

For more information on the Vermont wedding services and options available to you at West Hill House B&B, be sure to take a look at our Weddings page with its information on how we can help with receptions and dinners, more intimate ceremonies, elopements, honeymoons, and so much more.

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Make It A Mad River Valley Springhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/make-it-a-mad-river-valley-spring/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-it-a-mad-river-valley-spring http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/make-it-a-mad-river-valley-spring/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:13 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11560 You may call it optimism, what with snow still on the ground and all but the signs are unmistakeable: the weather is warming, green’s a-peeping, and the scent of maple sugar is in the air. We’re getting ready for another beautiful Mad River Valley spring and would love to share it with you! There’s no […]

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Mad River Valley Spring

You may call it optimism, what with snow still on the ground and all but the signs are unmistakeable: the weather is warming, green’s a-peeping, and the scent of maple sugar is in the air. We’re getting ready for another beautiful Mad River Valley spring and would love to share it with you!

There’s no denying that we love our Mad River Valley winters – the skiing, the sledding, the snowshoeing, the dog-sledding, the hot cocoa and warm fire to enjoy after a day in the great, snowy outdoors: what’s not to love – but a Mad River Valley spring … ! You’ve heard us sing the sugaring time soliloquy; while the scent of maple sugar boiling away is lovely and a big part of what we love about spring, it is hardly the breadth of it.

A Mad River Valley spring is maple sugaring time but also so much more – for one thing, as of now, you can still ski, snowshoe, and rocket sled – but as time goes on and the weather warms us up, we’ll begin to see more green peeping up out of those old drifts and the air will fill not so much with the scent of maple as much as with the cries of both resident and migratory birds: Bicknell’s Thrush, the Meadowlark, the Indigo Bunting, the Scarlet Tanager, the Common Yellowthroat, the Blue-winged Teal, and others.

A Mad River Valley spring makes the perfect birder’s getaway. As you may already know, birdwatching is exceedingly popular in Vermont. The state is bird and birder-friendly in general and the Mad River Valley is no exception, hosting a great number of trails and other birding hotspots – many right near our bed and breakfast in Warren, VT. For more information check out Birdwatching in the Mad River Valley.

Beyond birding, a Mad River Valley spring offers plenty of other good reasons to get out into the great outdoors. Hikes along our numerous trails and walking or biking our country roads with their covered bridges, scenic drives like the Mad River Byway – a Mad River Valley spring just calls to you to get up and out in it.

Beyond the great outdoors, a Mad River Valley spring is filled with the hustle and bustle of activity and events: craft beer tours, maple sugaring time, cooking classes, concerts, and more.

Mad River Valley Spring Lodging
West Hill House B&B is nestled amidst beautiful gardens on a sleepy country lane, on the verdant slopes of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Let us help you to realize the perfect Mad River Valley springtime getaway!

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Have Tesla, Can Travel – to our BEB!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/have-tesla-can-travel-to-our-beb/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=have-tesla-can-travel-to-our-beb http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/have-tesla-can-travel-to-our-beb/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:31:58 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11537 What “range anxiety”? On March 19th we welcomed Matt and his Tesla Model S85D at West Hill House B&B. Matt was making his inaugural trip in what is apparently the first 85D model—all wheel drive—delivered to an owner in Ontario, and perhaps in Canada. Canada you say?  Yes, Matt lives in Toronto and he is heading […]

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The Special Ontario Green Vehicle Tags

Ontario “Green Vehicle” tags

What “range anxiety”? On March 19th we welcomed Matt and his Tesla Model S85D at West Hill House B&B. Matt was making his inaugural trip in what is apparently the first 85D model—all wheel drive—delivered to an owner in Ontario, and perhaps in Canada.

Canada you say?  Yes, Matt lives in Toronto and he is heading to Boothbay Harbor in Maine. With a little bit of planning this is now an easy trip to make in a Tesla, with of course an overnight stop at our BEB—bed, electrons and breakfast!  You can read on our earlier Blog all about the official opening in December of our Tesla fast charging facility for our guests.

Matt contacted us at the beginning of February.  At that point he was awaiting imminent delivery of his Tesla Model S85D, and he told us he had plans to be a guest at a wedding in Maine on March 21st.  So what could be a better first road trip for his new wheels?

Toronto to Maine by Tesla

Plotting a course from Toronto to Boothbay Harbor

Matt's Tesla Model S 85D getting charged

Thumbs up from Matt charging his Model S85D

After checking the Tesla website he realized that our BEB was the perfect half-way stop-over point for his two-day trip. The Tesla Supercharger in Cornwall made for an easy drive to West Hill House B&B, and the next day the recently opened Supercharger at Hooksett NH could give him an electron boost on his way from us to his final destination.

His visit was also really exciting for us: a first opportunity to see the new all-wheel drive Tesla.

Not only that, but Matt gave Peter a short ride, and during that headed up a steep snow covered side road with no problem—we could have been in a Subaru, except it was all so quiet!

So the secret is out. “Have Tesla, can travel!”. With the greater than 200 mile/320 km range of the Model S85 even in winter (up to 275 miles/440 km in summer for the Model S85D), with the Superchargers in Canada (there is also one in Montreal by the way) and all over the US, there is no reason not to explore the country with your Tesla.  And now with all-wheel drive, even Vermont’s back roads are fair game!

A warm welcome, and lots of complimentary electrons, await you at West Hill House B&B – oops sorry, that is BEB! We can also help you plan a multi-desination road trip with overnight stops at other Select Registry BEBs. We shall hope to see you, and your Tesla, soon.

Farewell to the BEB

Farewell from Matt to West Hill House BEB

 

 

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