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  • Scottish Oatcakes: A traditional food in Scottish homes

    October 25th, 2017 by srsm

    Stirring it up:   Scottish Oatcakes are made with oats but the result isn’t a traditional cake! This recipe can be mixed and baked in about 30 minutes. The result is a crisp and cracker-like Oatcake to be eaten with cheese, butter, jam or meat. Makes ~32 Oven 375°F (200°C) Bake 15 to 20 minutes … read full article

    Mad River Valley Group Activities near Warren Vermont

    June 9th, 2017 by insideout

    When planning a group event at the West Hill House B&B you’ve opted for something extra special for you and your guests, a wonderful gathering with a great Vermont experience. As well as helping you plan your event, we’ll help you provide an opportunity for you and your guests to experience the Vermont destination; the … read full article

    Wine-ing? Yes, Keep on Wine-ing with Great Vermont Wine

    May 15th, 2017 by srsm

    Wine is not something usually associated with Vermont. Maple syrup and craft beers top the list. Vermont is, however, becoming internationally known for its wine. Within an hour and a bit of West Hill House B&B there are numerous vineyards that welcome visitors and offer tasting opportunities. Two of our favorites are Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Boyden … read full article

    Mud Squares for Mud Season

    April 25th, 2017 by srsm

    Serving it up: Mud season is a gray and rainy time here is the northeast. The snow has melted, the ground is thawing and the rain is coming down. Sometimes a sweet and gooey baked treat is the perfect pick-me-up on a gray and rainy day.  This baked treat fits the bill perfectly, a brownie-like cake base … read full article

    Don’t be Directionally Challenged

    April 22nd, 2017 by srsm

    Mud season is upon us here in rural Vermont. A time when the snow melts, the ground thaws and the rains come. Although the ski season has come to an end many B&B owners like ourselves remain open and welcome guests while we catch up on the B&B ‘honey-do’ list. Mud season is a perfect time to … read full article

    Sunny Day Road Trip: Discovering Vermont Artisans

    April 16th, 2017 by srsm

    A beautiful, warm and sunny mid-April day just begs to be enjoyed so, having no overnight guest to attend to, we set out to enjoy the afternoon and view the works of area artisans. Our afternoon outing started in Middlebury, about 45 minutes from the B&B, where we stopped at the Vermont Coffee Company for coffee and … read full article

    Stars at Night are Big & Bright, Deep In the Mad River Valley

    March 14th, 2017 by srsm

    In the Mad River Valley the 20 mile stretch of winding road from Moretown to Warren in darkest winter is studded with brightly lit stars of all shapes and sizes. Standing anywhere from 3 to 15 feet in height and beckoning to visitors and locals alike, they can be found on residential lawns and hanging from the front … read full article

    Biscotti made with Espresso & Chocolate Chips: What a treat!

    March 11th, 2017 by srsm

    Serving it up: Biscotti, crunchy and crispy, nothing is a better pick-me-up with a hot beverage. From a google search we learn that though modern biscotti are associated with the Tuscan region of Italy, this popular Italian cookie traces its origins to Roman times. The word biscotto (biscotti is the plural) derives from “bis,” Latin for twice, … read full article

    Maple Syrup? Pancakes? Vermont’s Got It!

    February 5th, 2017 by srsm

    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 … read full article

    Is It Lake Champlain Bridge or Crown Point Bridge?

    January 21st, 2017 by srsm

    A covered bridge is what most folks picture when they think of a bridge in Vermont, however, Vermont is home to newer, unique bridges which employed advanced technology during the construction process. The original Champlain Bridge, commonly referred to as The Crown Point Bridge, was the was a major route connecting Vermont and New York at Chimney Point, Vermont and Crown Point, … read full article