West Hill House B&B » West Hill House B&B http://westhillbb.com Four glorious seasons for Romance, Recreation and Relaxation Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:29:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 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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Meet The Mad River Rocket Sledhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/meet-the-mad-river-rocket-sled/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-the-mad-river-rocket-sled http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/meet-the-mad-river-rocket-sled/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11519 Born in Warren, Vermont, the Mad River Rocket Sled has gone from humble beginnings to becoming the foundation of a popular, new winter sport: back-country sledding. The allure of the great outdoors – no matter the season – can be particularly hard to ignore when you live somewhere as beautiful and appealing as Vermont’s Mad […]

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Mad River Rocket

Catching air on a Mad River Rocket.

Born in Warren, Vermont, the Mad River Rocket Sled has gone from humble beginnings to becoming the foundation of a popular, new winter sport: back-country sledding.

The allure of the great outdoors – no matter the season – can be particularly hard to ignore when you live somewhere as beautiful and appealing as Vermont’s Mad River Valley and outdoor recreation is a great platform for creativity. It’s how so many of our favorite, outdoor pastimes came to be. That’s certainly true of the Mad River Rocket!

Looking for an adult alternative to the traditional kid’s sled in the 1980’s, a group of creative, outdoor-enthusiasts, here in Warren, set out to create something that combined the excitement and ease of sledding with the speed and maneuverability of skis. After numerous prototypes and years, they had it: the Mad River Rocket sled was born.

The Mad River Rocket sled is designed for a kneeling rider who steers their way downhill by leaning this way and that. With pads for your knees and a knee-strap keeping you in place, your hands are free to stabilize you as you glide down the hill, easily dodging trees and other obstacles due to the hull’s unique design. The Mad River Rocket sled is light, making it easy to carry up those hills – so light that accomplished back-country sledding enthusiasts have even developed some aerial tricks!

By the mid-90’s, word had gotten out and the Mad River Rocket began to become more common, adopted by a core group of fans whose use of the fast-moving, maneuverable sled gave it cult-status and an ever growing base of enthusiasts. If you’ve tried one, you know what I’m talking about – if you haven’t tried one, you really should.

And where better to try one than the Mad River Valley?

Clearwater Sports, in Waitsfield, VT offers a Rocket-Sledding Adventure that combines snowshoeing with a rocket sled run, more than a mile long with twists and drops, that will have you gasping with exhilaration once you finally come to a stop; a great introduction to the Mad River Rocket.

Clearwater Sports
4147 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT
clearwatersports.com

Mad River Rockets – learn more at www.madriverrocket.com

Mad River Valley Lodging
Nobody wants a day in the great outdoors to end but the reality is, it has to. When it does, why not have your indoors be somewhere that you look forward to going as well? West Hill House B&B is that place in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. We offer seasonal specials, nine private and comfortable guest rooms, and so much more. Make your Vermont getaway complete by booking a stay at West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT. And…we have Mad River Rocket Sleds for guests to borrow.  There is a great sledding hill right behind the barn on the golf course.

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Very Yummy Granolahttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/very-yummy-granola/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=very-yummy-granola http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/03/very-yummy-granola/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 06:42:30 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11388 Stirring it up: Our guests love this granola. It takes little time to prepare and packs a good measure of fiber into your daily diet. Granola is great sprinkled on fruit, eaten as breakfast cereal or used  as a topping for a fruit crisp or ice cream! Very Yummy Granola 4 cups oats (not quick oats) 1 […]

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Stirring it up:

Our guests love this granola. It takes little time to prepare and packs a good measure of fiber into your daily diet. Granola is great sprinkled on fruit, eaten as breakfast cereal or used  as a topping for a fruit crisp or ice cream!

Tastes as good as it looks.

Tastes as good as it looks.

Very Yummy Granola

  • 4 cups oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1 cup grape nut flakes
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ to ½ cup real maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • ¾ cup Craisins

Mix all dry ingredients together in big a bowl, except raisins, craisins and dates and any other dried fruit you use—they will be added later.

Mix liquids together and pour over dry ingredients.

Stir well until completely moistened.

Spread evenly on a large jelly roll pan which you have lined with parchment paper or very lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake in 350°F oven for about 25 minutes, but keep an eye on it as it will go from toasted to burnt, quickly.

Stir 3 or 4 times during cooking – this is important so that the oats toast evenly,  you want them to be golden brown.

Add fruits after baking is done and while the oat mixture is still warm.

Cool completely then store in an air-tight container.

Experiment with ingredient, more nuts, different dried fruits, chocolate chips, wheat germ, ground flax… remember to adjust the amount of syrup and oil when you add dry ingredients. Dice larger pieces of dried fruit such as apricots, peaches or the like, into raisin sized bits.

Have fun and enjoy the fruits, nuts and oats of your labour.

Dishing it out:

Growing up, granola was a staple in our home. My dad had his special recipe and for years I thought this was the only taste for granola. Not that Dad’s recipe wasn’t good, actually it was quite wonderful, it’s just that I guessed it was the recipe everyone used. I was soon set straight on that one, and when I cook,  Dad’s words echo in my mind, “Be creative and never be afraid to experiment.” His granola recipe?  He was creative and made it up himself. Thanks Dad!

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Maple No Mistake: It’s Sugaring Festival Timehttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/02/maple-no-mistake-its-sugaring-time-festival-time/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maple-no-mistake-its-sugaring-time-festival-time http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/02/maple-no-mistake-its-sugaring-time-festival-time/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:00:20 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11460 It may be hard to believe right now but, soon, warm days and cool nights will start the flow of sugar maple sap and it’ll be sugaring time in the Mad River Valley – not only that but Sugaring Festival time! It probably goes without saying that Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple […]

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Sugaring Time Festival 2015

It may be hard to believe right now but, soon, warm days and cool nights will start the flow of sugar maple sap and it’ll be sugaring time in the Mad River Valley – not only that but Sugaring Festival time!

It probably goes without saying that Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup – but did you know we produce 40% of the maple syrup in the country? With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why sugaring time is not just a time-honored tradition but also an important time of the year for Vermonters and maple fans alike.

Vermont’s maple sugaring season typically runs from late February to April, which is why the Sugaring Time Festival is usually scheduled smack dab in the middle of that window – so what exactly is a Sugaring Time Festival?

“Sugaring time” involves collecting the sap from sugar maple trees. The sap drips out the of taps driven right into the sugar maple trunks and directing the slow flow of the sap down into the buckets hanging from the taps. The buckets are collected by “sugarmakers,” as they’re called, and the sap is then taken to a “sugarhouse” where it is carefully cooked down into delicious, pure, Vermont maple syrup.

One of the best parts of this process is the smell. When it’s sugaring time in Vermont and you can see the clouds of steam rising up from the sugarhouses, well, the air fills with that incredible, delectable maple scent and: mmmmm – heaven!

Westhill Maple Syrup Special Weekends

We are delighted that our neighbor Glenn on West Hill Road is re-opening The Westhill Maple Sugar Orchard and Sugarhouse. He has been working hard the last few months, including running a successful Kickstarter campaign.

We are joining with Glenn to offer maple syrup weekends during the last half of March—see our Specials for more details. After a breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup at the B&B on the Saturday you will walk a few hundred yards down West Hill Road to the Westhill Maple Sugar Orchard where Glenn will tell you all about the maple sap collection process and how maple syrup is made.  He may even have some of his new maple syrup for sale!  You will then have dinner at The Common Man in the evening, and leave on Sunday morning with a Westhill Maple Sugar Orchard print and a pint of maple syrup.  (It may not be from Glenn’s orchard depending on how the season progresses.)

Also Sugarbush is hosting this year’s Sugaring Time Festival once again and the schedule of events is up:

Mad River Valley Sugaring Time Festival

March 14th, 2015
9am to 8:30pm
Sugarbush Resort
www.sugarbush.com

2015 Sugaring Time Festival Schedule
10am to 11am – Doughnut Eating contest.
10am to 4pm – Maple Syrup Scavenger Hunt: Find the VT maple syrup nips hidden all over the mountain. Turn in the ones you find to be entered into a drawing to win prizes.
10am to 5pm – Maple inspired cuisine plus Sugaring Time treats like Maple Cotton Candy, Maple Kettle Corn, and Sugar on snow, served the Vermont way with a pickle and a doughnut hole.
3pm to 6pm – Live Après Music.

Vermont Sugaring Time Festival Lodging
When it comes to Mad River Valley lodging, look no further: West Hill House B&B is here for you; set amidst beautiful gardens on a quiet country lane, one mile from Sugarbush on the slopes of the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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Vermont Bed & Brew Spring Tour 2015http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/02/vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015 http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/02/vermont-bed-brew-tour-2015/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:20 +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 2015 with […]

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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 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.

Spring 2015 Vermont Bed & Brew Tour Details
Starting March 21st and scheduled for (roughly) every second Saturday thereafter ’til June 6th (available dates are: March 21st, April 11th, May 2nd & 16th and June 6th), the Vermont Bed & Brew Tour bus will be picking up attendees from their lodging locations around 10am, then taking them to:

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 Spring 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 – Spring 2015

Stay with us for your Vermont Bed & Brew weekend and enjoy inclusive pricing at our Warren, VT inn:
• 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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Mad River Valley Cross Country Skiinghttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/mad-river-valley-cross-country-skiing/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mad-river-valley-cross-country-skiing http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/mad-river-valley-cross-country-skiing/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:00:48 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11344 When old man winter blows his snows, the only thing to do is grab your hat and mittens and head out into it and enjoy it while it lasts. Vermont is a winter-sports wonderland and the Mad River Valley cross country skiing options are excellent! Take a look: Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center 2355 Airport […]

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Mad River Valley Cross Country SkiingWhen old man winter blows his snows, the only thing to do is grab your hat and mittens and head out into it and enjoy it while it lasts. Vermont is a winter-sports wonderland and the Mad River Valley cross country skiing options are excellent!

Take a look:

Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center
2355 Airport Road, Warren, VT
www.olesxc.com
Ole’s Cross Country Center offers some of the best Mad River Valley cross country skiing and snowshoeing. With 30 miles of moderately rolling groomed trails, skiers of all abilities can comfortably ski and enjoy both panoramic views and the rare quiet of the deep woods.

Blueberry Lake Cross-Country Ski Center
424 Robinson Road, Warren, VT
www.blueberrylakeskivt.com
Offering both daily skiing and at-your-own-risk night skiing, Blueberry Lake Cross-Country Ski Center features for skiing, skating, or snowshoeing. All trails are engineered and graded for the average skier’s ultimate enjoyment and groomed every day.

Mad River Path
4061 Main Street Waitsfield, VT
www.madriverpath.com
An easy, 2 mile trail along the Mad River, this “West Side Loop” section of the Mad River Greenway offers a pleasant alternative to fields and resorts with a forested path meandering along the river with a lovely gazebo with picnic benches set up on the riverbank as a potential end point.

Catamount Trail
www.catamounttrail.org
North America’s longest ski trail, Catamount Trail winds its way for 300 miles, from Readsboro on the Massachusetts border to North Troy on the Canadian border – and passing right through the Mad River Valley: section 18, from Lincoln Gap to Route 17, passes right by West Hill House B&B! Catamount Trail offers a variety of terrain for a wide-range of skiers. Visit the site linked above for more information and a comprehensive map of entry points and features along its length.

Mad River Valley Skiing Lodging Packages
If you’ve a plan to enjoy some Mad River Valley cross country skiing – and you should – be sure to take advantage of West Hill House B&B’s Ski and Stay Passports!

Our Ski and Stay Passports offer you inclusive, multi-day packages that combine lodging at out Mad River Valley bed and breakfast with two Ski Passports per room per day for skiing at Mad River Glen, Sugarbush and Olé’s Cross-Country.

Read more about this great offer here: Ski and Stay Passports and we’ll see you soon!

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Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day Getawayhttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/mad-river-valley-valentines-day-getaway/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mad-river-valley-valentines-day-getaway http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/mad-river-valley-valentines-day-getaway/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:00:20 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11267 With February just around the corner, love is in the air and now is the time to plan your West Hill House B&B, Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day Getaway! February is for lovers, as they say, and we here at West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT are not immune to affairs of the heart. […]

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Mad River Valley Valentine's Day

With February just around the corner, love is in the air and now is the time to plan your West Hill House B&B, Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day Getaway!

February is for lovers, as they say, and we here at West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT are not immune to affairs of the heart. On the contrary, we truly enjoy helping you to express and celebrate your love. With that in mind, we have created a number of specials, packages, and add-ons designed to make your Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day getaway the best it can possibly be!

To help you celebrate this special date we are offering a Valentine’s Weekend Special.  It includes our Romance package, dinner at The Common Man, and more for a three-night weekend at an all inclusive price. (SOLD OUT! However we would be delighted to work with you to customize a similar getaway at some other time.)

Or you can choose the West Hill House B&B Romance Package, for only $75 in addition to the cost of the room of your choice, which includes:

  • Six Roses in your room, awaiting your arrival
  • A Bottle of Bubbly for two
  • Two Champagne Flutes
  • and some delectable Lake Champlain Chocolates

You are more than welcome to take the roses and flutes home with you. The champagne flutes make a nice keepsake, reminding you of the wonderful Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day you spent together!

A romantic dinner may be one of the most universal ways of enjoying time together with that special someone in your life – and we have a special with just that in mind:

Add Dinner to your Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day getaway for one or more evenings and enjoy the reward of fine dining AND savings. We’ve teamed up with two of the best restaurants in the area to give you a fantastic, 3-course dining experience that wont break the bank. Taxes and gratuities for dinner are included in the price while beverages are additional.

Seating is still available at The Common Man for Valentine’s Day evening, but will doubtless sell out soon. It features a wide range of selections on their menu for you to choose your three courses from – and the romantic ambiance of an historic barn will go a long way towards making your evening the best it can be. The Common Man is just a few minutes drive from West Hill House B&B, adding convenience into the mix.

West Hill House B&B also has a number of delightful add-ons for your Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day:

You can have a Bouquet of Flowers awaiting you in your room. We’re also more than happy to wrap them up for you to take home, should you so desire.

How about some champagne? Our Champagne on Ice Package nets you a bottle of our house French bubbly on ice, in your room and ready to serve in two, beautiful champagne flutes that are yours to keep. Upgrades from our house champagne to Duval-Leroy or Moet et Chandon are also available.

For pricing and more details about our Mad River Valley Valentine’s Day getaway specials, please visit our specials page. Be sure to mention the special, package, or add-ons you’re interested in at time of booking and, if there’s something else you’d like, please don’t hesitate to inquire!

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Icelandic Vínarterta – A Shortbread Style Cakehttp://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/icelandic-vinarterta-shortbread-style-cake/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=icelandic-vinarterta-shortbread-style-cake http://westhillbb.com/blog/2015/01/icelandic-vinarterta-shortbread-style-cake/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:48:52 +0000 http://westhillbb.com/?p=11249 At breakfast on January first I presented our guests with my variation of  the Icelandic dessert Vínarterta, a Shortbread and Prune Jam Layer Cake. If you want to learn more about our amazing Icelandic Experience check our January 5, 2015 blog. So, with thanks to the Icelandic cooks for the inspiration which I gained from the Vínarterta recipe and apologies to Icelandic cooks […]

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At breakfast on January first I presented our guests with my variation of  the Icelandic dessert Vínarterta, a Shortbread and Prune Jam Layer Cake. If you want to learn more about our amazing Icelandic Experience check our January 5, 2015 blog.

So, with thanks to the Icelandic cooks for the inspiration which I gained from the Vínarterta recipe and apologies to Icelandic cooks for the changes I made to their much enjoyed special occasion cake, as promised, here is my recipe.

The Spread

  • 5 oz dried apricots,  finely chopped
  • 7 oz, dried figs,  finely chopped
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 3/4 c. cranberry juice

Put these ingredients into a blender and puree. Add a bit of water or more cranberry juice if this seems too thick to puree. The resulting spread should be on the thick side. This will make enough spread for the dessert as well as a good amount which can be kept for toast, muffins or filling for a small genoise cake.

The Cake

  • 3 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. ground cardamom
  • 1 c. (two sticks) butter slightly softenedThe West Hill House B&B version of Vínarterta.
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. whole milk

Mix the flour, baking powder and cardamom together in a bowl and set aside.  In a larger bowl, by hand or with a mixer, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately, mixing between additions. Transfer the dough to a floured board and knead for about one minute. Break dough into balls about the size of a large walnut. With a floured rolling pin, roll out each ball on the floured board, to a thin circle (about 1/6″ thick) and about 4″ across. Carefully lift the dough and place it on a parchment covered jelly roll pan and chill for at least one hour. I  covered my pans with plastic wrap and chilled them overnight. This dough is not like a cake dough, it is more like we’d call shortbread.

Bake chilled dough on the parchment lined pan in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it though!

Cool then spread with the fig and apricot jam and top with a slice of pear and enjoy.

Icing  (I didn’t use icing on my presentation)

  • 2 c. icing sugar
  • 1/4 c. brewed coffee, chilled

The traditional method of preparing this cake is to baking circles 7″ across, cooling them then spreading a very thick jam on each layer except the top layer. Stack the jam covered circles and pour the icing over top of the whole thing and chill it until the icing is firm. Slice and serve. Friends in Iceland tell me that using a thick jam between the cake layers should make the cake pretty sturdy and able to be cut neatly. My next try at this will be to make Vínarterta in the traditional way. Wish  me luck!

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