West Hill House B&B » West Hill House B&B http://westhillbb.com Four glorious seasons for Romance, Recreation and Relaxation Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:22:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Vermont Bed & Brew Fall Tour 2015http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015 http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:00:20 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11390 What better way to enjoy a Vermont vacation than from over the top of a pint glass filled to brimming with fresh-brewed craft beer? If you read this and immediately shouted out “none!” then a Vermont Bed & Brew Tour 2015 is for you! The Vermont Bed & Brew Tour is back for Fall 2015 […]

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Vermont Bed & Brew TourWhat better way to enjoy a Vermont vacation than from over the top of a pint glass filled to brimming with fresh-brewed craft beer? If you read this and immediately shouted out “none!” then a Vermont Bed & Brew Tour 2015 is for you!

The Vermont Bed & Brew Tour is back for Fall 2015 with more opportunities to sample the best central Vermont has to offer in vacationing, lodging, and locally brewed craft beer. The brain child of the Mad River Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Bed & Brew package consists of an opportunity to tour and sample the offerings of local, award-winning, craft breweries, plus two or more nights lodging Vermont’s lush Mad River Valley.

Fall 2015 Vermont Bed & Brew Tour Details

The Vermont Bed & Brew Tour bus will be picking up attendees from their lodging locations around 10am, then taking them to (details may be updated):

Tour the new Mad River Distillers in Warren;
Tours & Tastings at Prohibition Pig and Rock Art Brewery;
Tastings at Lost Nation or Von Trapp Lagers;
Crop Bistro & Brewery tour and lesson on their German brewing methods and tastings;
Private tasting of Lawson’s Finest with a chance to meet the award winning brewer;
Stops for purchases at local retailers including Beer Advocate’s #1 Beer in the World, the nearly impossible to acquire, cans of Heady Topper.

Along with a seat on the comfortable Vermont Bed & Brew Tour bus and these stops, tour attendees will also receive:

  • Hearty snacks in a gift bag to nourish and replenish upon during the tour
  • A unique, 6oz, Mad River Valley tasting glass for tasting and taking home afterwards
  • A Vermont Brewer’s Association passport and statewide brewery map
  • Plus the tour bus is equipped with coolers to store any beer you may decide to buy during the tour!

More details and tickets for the Fall 2015 Vermont Bed & Brew Tours can be found here: www.madrivervalley.com/beer

Vermont Bed & Brew Lodging
Because we here at West Hill House B&B are craft beer enthusiasts (as well as huge fans of the Mad River Valley – natch!) we’ve created our own package to dovetail with the Vermont Bed & Brew special, a package we’re calling:

The Brews & Snooze Package – Fall 2015

Stay with us for your Vermont Bed & Brew weekend and enjoy inclusive pricing at our Warren, VT B&B:
• Queen Room Package: $549.00
• King Room Packages: $599.00
• Suite Package: $629.00
• Special 3-night Premier Suite Package: $949 (add Thursday or Sunday)

The Vermont Bed & Brew tour specials are very popular and will sell out fast so book your stay, now.

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Hot? Cool Off With a Mad River Kayak Tour!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/enjoy-a-mad-river-kayak-tour-in-the-mad-river-valley/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=enjoy-a-mad-river-kayak-tour-in-the-mad-river-valley http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/enjoy-a-mad-river-kayak-tour-in-the-mad-river-valley/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=12632 Why is the Mad River mad? It isn’t – but if you want to be happy, try a guided Mad River Kayak tour with Clearwater Sports through West Hill House B&B! Getting out of doors this time of year in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is the obvious choice for really enjoying life – and what […]

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Mad River Kayak TourWhy is the Mad River mad? It isn’t – but if you want to be happy, try a guided Mad River Kayak tour with Clearwater Sports through West Hill House B&B!

Getting out of doors this time of year in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is the obvious choice for really enjoying life – and what calls strongest on a hot, summer day than a chance to be out on some cool, flowing water? Not much.

Outdoor enthusiasts ourselves, we here at West Hill House B&B have teamed up with Clearwater Sports in Waitsfield, VT to provide an opportunity for our guests to enjoy Winooski and Mad River kayak tours!

Both the Winooski river and the Mad river are usually smooth, slow flowing, and easy to navigate during the summer months, making them the perfect choice for a casual and relaxing kayak trip. Add in a seasoned Clearwater Sports guide, if you wish, and you’re all set for a worry free, scenic day out on the water!

And it’s not just kayaks. Beyond taking a Mad River kayak tour, Clearwater Sports also offers canoes, tubes for tubing, and paddleboards. Bring your own equipment or let Clearwater Sports, a full-service outfitter, rent and instruct you on the gear. Use a guide or go off on your own adventure. There’s even a shuttle service available. It’s all set up to be very flexible, adjusting to your own, personal needs and interests for maximum enjoyment.

Interested? If so, all you need do is call us. We’ll provide you with the details, then reserve you or your group a place in an upcoming Mad River kayak tour. If your group includes 8 or more people, we can even have a delicious, barbecued meal ready and waiting for you on shore after the tour – just let us know!

Winooski and Mad River Kayak Tours

Call West Hill House B&B at 1 (802) 496-7162 to set up your Mad River Kayak Tour through Clearwater Sports during your stay at West Hill House B&B. See you then!

A special “thank you” to our friends at Clearwater Sports for the great image of kayakers going under Waitsfield’s covered bridge.

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Attend the 2015 Vermont Festival of the Arts!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/attend-the-vermont-festival-of-the-arts/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attend-the-vermont-festival-of-the-arts http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/attend-the-vermont-festival-of-the-arts/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:57 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=12526 With over 100 different events in just over a month’s time, the Vermont Festival of the Arts – August 1st through Labor Day, 2015 – is the most diverse, must-see, something-for-everybody event in New England – perhaps anywhere! Vermont’s Mad River Valley is good for a visit no matter the time of year but in […]

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The Vermont Festival Arts 2015With over 100 different events in just over a month’s time, the Vermont Festival of the Arts – August 1st through Labor Day, 2015 – is the most diverse, must-see, something-for-everybody event in New England – perhaps anywhere!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley is good for a visit no matter the time of year but in August, look out! The towns of the Mad River Valley come together to host a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of art events designed to celebrate, encourage, support, and engender creative exploration.

One glance at the Vermont Festival of the Arts event schedule and you’ll see seminars, tastings, talks, performances, exhibitions and more on subjects as far ranging as pottery, craft brewing, yoga, leathercraft, dance, rug hooking, rosemaling, sculpture, and so very much more!

We here at West Hill House B&B – conveniently located in the Mad River Valley’s own Warren, VT – are big fans of the Vermont Festival of the Arts and, as such, have created a Vermont Festival of the Arts lodging special just for the occasion:

Our Vermont Festival of the Arts Opening Weekend Special

This 4-night, all-inclusive package for two was put together with providing some savings for you so that you can more fully enjoy the opening weekend of the Vermont Festival of the Arts: in on Thursday, July 30th and leaving Monday morning, August 3rd.

Our Vermont Festival of the Arts Opening Weekend Special includes:

Thursday – July 30th
Tickets for the Un-Common Gallery Gala at the Common Man: an evening cocktail party style event with heavy hors d’oeuvres as local artists display and discuss their art

Friday – July 31st
Visit the studios and stores of the many the Mad River Valley Artisans
Tickets to that evening’s “sparkling musical cocktail” with Pete ‘n Keely at the Skinner Barn

Saturday – August 1st
A morning visit to the Farmers’ Market in Waitsfield
An afternoon at On the Way Art Show, Mad Woman in the Attic in Moretown
Then on to The Photography Show at the Round Barn (or save this for Sunday)
Dinner (on us but for the drinks) at 275 Main at the Pitcher Inn, one of the best restaurants in Vermont!

Sunday – August 2nd
Opening Reception of Big Red Barn Art Show AND the Vermont Festival of the Arts Picnic with fireworks
Optional – Bond on the Pond movies at the Big Picture Theater (payment at the door required)

The Vermont Festival of the Arts Opening Weekend Special package is for two, with prices including all relevant taxes and gratuities, starting at $899.

For more details on this package, visit the West Hill House B&B Vermont Festival of the Arts Opening Weekend Special page or call us at: 802-496-7162 to book your stay.

Vermont Festival of the Arts 2015

August 1st through Labor Day
For a full schedule of events, locations, tickets, and other details, please visit: www.vermontartfest.com

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2015 – domestiques r us!http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/green-mountain-stage-race-2015-domestiques-r-us/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=green-mountain-stage-race-2015-domestiques-r-us http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/07/green-mountain-stage-race-2015-domestiques-r-us/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:07:04 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=12481 The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place September 4th to 7th, 2015, offering, as always, 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the mountains of Vermont. We are honored to have had many accomplished cyclists stay at West Hill House B&B for the Green Mountain Race and look forward to the event again […]

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The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place September 4th to 7th, 2015, offering, as always, 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the mountains of Vermont. We are honored to have had many accomplished cyclists stay at West Hill House B&B for the Green Mountain Race and look forward to the event again this year!  Last year our guests monopolized the podium, probably because of Susan’s great breakfasts!

Lodging for the GMSR

Tim Johnson cyclecrossListen to Tim Johnson; he tweeted on July 7th: Anyone racing ! Book a room – you won’t regret it. Susan and Peter will gladly be your domestiques!
GMSR 2014 -  some winners
Yes indeed we know how to be great domestiques and here are a few other perks to consider:

  • We have a large barn (our Handsome Red Barn) where there is room for you to set up and make adjustments
  • We have indoor storage for your bikes in the barn, and we’ll be happy to store them for you if you ship them ahead
  • Guests rave about how comfortable our beds are
  • We provide breakfast at the time you need it for your race schedule
  • If you stay with us for the race for three or more nights we offer a 15% discount

AND: If you are first in your class as of the end of the 3rd day of racing, that night will be compliments of the B&B!
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Registering for the GMSR

You can register for the race online or by mail to: Green Mountain Stage Race, LLC P.O. Box 1172 Waitsfield VT 05673. Then book your room online here at West Hill House B&B or give us a call at 802-496-7162.

Biking all summer long!

In addition to the GMSR there is great cycling and mountain biking in the Mad River Valley all summer.  Please checkout our Cycling page and the Road & Mountain Biking page on the Mad River Valley website.

 

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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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