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  • Shelburne Farm and Shelburne Museum are treasures in Vermont

    August 6th, 2018 by srsm

    Shelburne Farm and Shelburne Museum are two of the great treasures of Vermont which offer an interesting insight into the past, present and future of the Green Mountain state. Shelburne Farm-A visit to the farm is well worth your time. The grand structures including the family house, the Coach House, the Breeding Barn and the … read full article

    The Covered Bridge: Come Tour the Iconic Bridges of Vermont’s Past

    July 14th, 2018 by srsm

    A covered bridge is always a great attraction. It is part of the beautiful Vermont scenery. Whether long, short, painted, unpainted one span or two, windows or solid walls there is something romanic about these structures.  In Vermont there are just over 100 authentic covered bridges giving the state the highest number of authentic covered … read full article

    Farm Fresh Veggies All Summer Long from Muddy Boots CSA

    March 23rd, 2018 by srsm

    Farm fresh veggies for the boys in Oliver was not an option. They would have even been happy to have “Hot sausage and mustard!” but gruel was the order of the day. When we here in the Mad River Valley of Vermont sing of “food glorious food” we know that there are farm fresh, locally grown … read full article

    Scottish Oatcakes: A tradition 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 (190°C) Bake 15 to 20 minutes … 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

    Moon n. an astronomical body. But what’s a Babymoon?

    March 5th, 2017 by srsm

    How many words can you think of that contain the word moon? 10? 25? 50? More? Well done! An internet search finds over 190 words containing the word moon. Here are but a few… Moon: The Moon is an astronomical body that orbits planet Earth, being Earth’s only permanent natural satellite. Man-in-the-moon: Although there is … read full article

    Welcome! So many ways to be friendly

    April 16th, 2016 by srsm

    It’s summer vacation time and no matter where your  travels may take you, it is nice to be given a warm welcome upon arrival at your destination. Fredericksburg Texas, now there’s a town that knows how to welcome folks! Some years ago, I went on a girls-weekend to A Place In Time B&B in Fredericksburg, TX. We … read full article

    Lorne Sausage is great for breakfast

    March 6th, 2016 by srsm

    Serving it up  Lorne Sausage, also known as Square Sausage, Flat Sausage or Slice Sausage, is a traditional Scottish  food made with beef and pork. It is said to have originated in Lorne, Argyll in Scotland. If you are in Scotland and ask for a full Scottish Breakfast you will see Lorne Sausage on your plate. … read full article

    Carrot Greens Salad

    June 23rd, 2015 by srsm

    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 … read full article

    Let sleeping cats lie!

    May 24th, 2015 by srsm

    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 … read full article

    Skiing at its best

    December 20th, 2014 by Peter MacLaren

    Have you been reading “Top 10” lists over the last few weeks? If so you will have you see lists of almost everything under the sun, Top 10 Ugliest Cars, Top 10 Best Places to Live, Top 10 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10 Best Universities, and who knows, maybe even a list for the Top 10 … read full article