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The Mad River Valley Strawberry Festival

June 11, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Strawberry FestivalThe first annual Mad River Valley Strawberry Festival is almost upon us – scheduled for the weekend of June 18th and 19th, 2016 – featuring strawberry picking, strawberry-themed food an drink, contests, live music, and summer merriment. The entire valley is getting into the act!

The strawberry is one of those unique foods that is both a deliciously sweet treat while being good for you at the same time – no wonder we’re giving this humble and delectable red berry its own festival – and you’re invited!

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2016 – domestiques r us!

June 7, 2016 by Peter MacLaren

The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place September 2nd to 5th, 2016, 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!  In prior years our guests have monopolized the podium, probably because of Susan’s great breakfasts!

Lodging for the GMSR

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.

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival 2016

May 27, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival 2016The Vermont Mountain Bike Association’s annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is being held at Mount Ellen at Sugarbush this year – July 22nd through the 24th, 2016.

Vermont’s passion for mountain biking continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Here in the Mad River Valley, a growing number of mountain biking trails have sprung up, making us home to some of the state’s finest mountain biking. One of the best, multi-use trail networks in the Green Mountains has its base here: a 45-plus mile series of trails that includes the most popular Mad River Valley trailheads for biking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. There are beginner-friendly trails, like Blueberry Lake in the Green Mountain National Forest, and more challenging, classic mountain biking trails in places like Camel’s Hump State Park.

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Sugarbush Brew-Grass 2016 Craft Beer Festival!

May 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugarbush Brew-Grass 2016 Craft Beer FestivalGet ready for the 6th annual return of the Mad River Valley’s popular, craft beer festival: Sugarbush Brew-Grass 2016. Scheduled for Saturday, June 11 and promising more great beer, food, and music!

Held each year at the Sugarbush Resort in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, the Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival is rapidly becoming a beloved tradition – and why not? Tastings of regional craft beers, ciders, and distilled liquors, fresh and fabulous food from local restaurants, plus live Bluegrass music from area bands.

If you had to find something to complain about, here, it might be that this is an annual, not a bi-annual or more often, festival!

Sugarbush Brew-Grass 2016 includes a few new events:

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Visit Rock Of Ages Granite Quarry

April 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Rock of Ages Granite QuarryRock Of Ages Granite Quarry, in Graniteville, VT (where else?) has been harvesting granite from Vermont soil since the late 1800’s – and providing tours of their operations since the 1920’s!

Rock Of Ages Granite Quarry has been selling Medium and Dark Barre granite from Graniteville since time out of mind. Granite sourced from these quarries have been used in countless monuments, memorials, construction, and decorative architecture for almost 150 years and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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Enjoy A Scenic Vermont Waterfall Tour!

April 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

See Moss Glen Falls on a Vermont Waterfall Tour!

Moss Glen Falls

Many folks come to the Mad River Valley just to soak up the scenery and who can blame them? One great way to do just that is to take yourself on a self-driving Vermont waterfall tour!

West Hill House B&B, located is near a number of picturesque and famous waterfalls and “gaps” – also known as “notches,” “gulfs,” “cols,” or, more mundanely, “passes” – all of which can be seen on a relaxing, Vermont waterfall loop tour around the Green Mountains and Mad River Valley region.

Along with all the scenic gaps and falls, you’ll also be discovering some of the most picturesque and quintessential Vermont towns, so let’s get going!

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Maple Syrup? Pancakes? Vermont’s Got It!

March 25, 2016 by Susan

Glenn at West Hill Maple Orchard

Glenn at the door of his West Hill Sugar Orchard

Maple syrup and Vermont go together like, well, maple syrup and pancakes! Forty years are required to grow a sugar maple tree large enough to tap. A tree ten inches (25 cm) in diameter is considered minimum trappable size for one tap. A grove of sugar maples is called a sugar bush or sometimes a maple orchard. It takes 4-5 taps to produce enough maple sap (40 gallons – 150 liters) to produce one gallon of syrup. And right now the sap is being boiled down to make the world famous Vermont Maple Syrup with Maple Festivals happening here in the Mad River Valley as well as across the state.

Maple Sap bucket

Maple Sap bucket

Vermont has strict Maple Laws governing the production of maple syrup to ensure that you get the highest quality maple syrup. For such a deliciously complex flavor, maple syrup is surprisingly simple to make. Seeping spring-time sap from a maple tree is collected and boiled down to a golden syrup. Nothing is added in the entire process and only water is removed, leaving one of nature’s remarkably culinary gifts.

For years, Vermont maple syrup has been divided into one of four grades based on color and flavor.  As consumer preference has changed over the past century, so too has the grading system evolved to provide a more accurate description based on consumer preference.  The names of each grade, however, did not necessarily provide a meaningful description of the syrup.  With the old system of grading, Grade B was often mistaken for being a lower quality than Grade A, when in fact the quality was just the same it just had a stronger taste.

Beginning in 2014, Vermont maple syrup producers started using a newly developed “Vermont” grading system that provides a better description of each grade, or class, of syrup.  

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The Covered Bridges Around The Mad River Valley

March 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Covered Bridges around the Mad River Valley - Northfield Falls Bridge

Northfield Falls Bridge – one of the 8 Covered Bridges around the Mad River Valley

Unique, quaint, and picturesque: Vermont’s covered bridges have an undeniable universal appeal. The covered bridges around the Mad River Valley are no exception and touring the countryside to see all 8 of them makes for a wonderful outing.

There’s just something about a covered bridge. It doesn’t matter if the bridge is long or short, painted or unfinished, with or without windows: people love the things. I personally think it’s because the covered bridge combines the bridge with the tunnel, two of the many things we humans seem to enjoy making and being around.

What a lot of folks don’t know is that the covered bridge is covered not to provide protection for people or their vehicles but, rather the bridge, itself! Replacing shingles or even wall planks is much easier than replacing bridge timbers, thus the cover is there to keep the bridge in better shape, longer.

Vermont’s Mad River Valley contains or is close to eight of these iconic covered bridges, each one unique and worth a visit.

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Attend the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House!

November 13, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Country Christmas Open HouseThe 17th annual Country Christmas Open House, held in the Mad River Valley’s Waitsfield and Warren, Vermont, December 5th & 6th 2015, is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with several festive activities, get some shopping done, and maybe even be immortalized on canvas!

The Mad River Valley really knows how to put on an event and the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House is no exception.

This year, businesses in both Warren and Waitsfield are working to make this popular, annual event more festive then ever before! Gaily decorated Christmas trees will dot the downtown sections of both towns, accompanied by the warmth of festive, glowing luminarias along the banks of the Mad River.

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Art In The Round Barn 2015

September 11, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Art In The Round Barn 2015Green Mountain Cultural Center’s 25th annual Art in the Round Barn will be opening soon to showcase fine art from around the region and beyond, September 21st to October 12th, 2015.

A popular, annual art show that caps off the Mad River Valley’s summer art season, Green Mountain Cultural Center’s Art in the Round Barn is a tasteful and worthy collection of local and regional artworks including oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings, various types of sculpture, and an assortment of mixed media pieces, including fiber, metal, wood, and found object.

A juried art show drawing hundreds of applicants, Art in the Round Barn kicks off Sunday, September 20th, from 4pm to 7pm, with the highly anticipated “Meet the Artists” wine and food reception. Have an opportunity to meet these talented artists, see their art before it sells, and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

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