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

March 5, 2017 by Susan

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 in the clear sky

Moon in the clear sky

  • 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 said to be a man in the moon whose face is always looking at us, Neil Armstrong was actually the the first man to set foot on the Moon.
  • Moonstone: n. A variety of feldspar valued as a gem for its pearly translucence.
  • Moonlight: n. The light reflected from the surface of the moon.
  • Moonshine: n.Illegally distilled liquor, especially whiskey. Also called regionally white lightning.
  • Blue Moon: a song written by Rodgers and Hart in 1934 which has become a classic and recorded by many.
  • Moonwalk: n. A dance step in which the dancer creates the illusion of walking forward while actually sliding back one foot at a time.
  • Honeymoon: n. The traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion.

Did you include Babymoon in your list? Yes, babymoon. It’s not a tiny moon however it is a popular “moon” to be enjoyed by parents-to-be.

Babymoon: n. A relaxing and romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.

Whereas a honeymoon is a celebration of your new life ahead, a babymoon is a celebration of the old life you’re about to leave behind, well hopefully not leaving behind but celebrating the life you are about to bring into to your world.

Flowers on a Babymoon

Babymoon romance

General wisdom says you and your significant other are entitled to a babymoon during each pregnancy. After all, you’re about to embark on seemingly months of straight up nighttime feedings (where you may even get a chance to see the moon!), dirty diapers, and crying so you might as well try to get in a little relaxation while you can.

Babymoon walk in the woods

Enjoying a babymoon forest walk.

No matter the season, a babymoon should not be the sightseeing adventure of a lifetime rather a chance for the two of you to relax and rekindle your relationship before your baby comes and life changes in ever so many ways. Some babymoon couples head to sea and sand, some to countryside gardens,  and some to the peace of the mountains.

So if it is the fresh air and peaceful mountains you are looking for, Vermont is the place to be. Outstanding bed and breakfasts invite relaxation, additionally many offer Babymoon Specials which may include such treats as a romantic dinner for two, couples’ massages with a special prenatal massage for mom, chocolates of course and a small keepsake for baby. Nearby pathways and mountain trails invite walking and our friendly locally owned shops offer everything from hand crafted children’s toys and snuggly quilts for the new little one to that something special to remember your trip by.  Especially noteworthy are the excellent restaurants with healthy, locally grown food which is a treat to body and soul.

Therefore, if you are parents-to-be, we invite you to book yourselves a babymoon and relax in beautiful surroundings of West Hill House B&B nestled in the beautiful, peaceful Green Mountains of Vermont.

Your Vermont Fall Foliage Headquarters

September 15, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Fall FoliageIf there’s one thing that makes the passing of a fun summer acceptable, its the colors of autumn and here in Central Vermont, things get especially beautiful – there’s just nothing like Vermont fall foliage.

Of course, we’re betting you know this – if you didn’t, vacancies at our Mad River Valley inn wouldn’t continue to disappear with such predictable rapidity when the end of summer began to roll around. As most people know, once we have those cooler evening temperatures following the warm and sunny days, those beautiful reds, oranges, browns, and yellows we all love to start to appear.

The best part of this is that, even though the nights are cooler and the weather can be unpredictable, the days still tend to be quite pleasantly warm and sunny. Perfect, in fact, for taking in all that glorious Vermont fall foliage. Those photogenic vistas, born of the early fall frosts, are a good part of what makes Vermont and the Mad River Valley so popular a destination.

In fact, it’s such a popular time of year that we’ve built an entire special around it: the Leak Raving Special!

Designed for those eager (or at least not afraid) to get up close and personal with the Vermont Fall Foliage, the Leak Raving Special (a spoonerism of Leaf Raking – are you starting to get the picture?) is a fun opportunity to receive a 50% discount off a stay of two nights or more … for each day you rake leaves in the West Hill House yard for three hours or more.

Yes, we’re serious: you rake leaves for three hours each day, you get 50% off your Vermont Fall Foliage vacation.

You’d think we’d keep the pleasure of soaking up all that Vermont Fall Foliage for ourselves but no, we’re willing to share AND to give you a discount on your stay as well; we’re big that way. And get this: if the weather doesn’t allow for raking during your stay, you *still* receive a 25% discount!

West Hill House B&B’s Vermont Fall Foliage Leak Raving special runs from October 19th to October 25th, 2014 – as of this writing, those dates are still clear but they wont be for long so book your stay at West Hill House B&B now while you still can!

Stetson Hollow Trail and Falls

August 5, 2012 by Susan

Stetson Hollow waterfallToday on our Sap-bucket list we highlight the Stetson Hollow Trail and Falls. A perfect activity for a hot summer day in the Mad River Valley, the tree shaded Stetson Hollow trail follows along the Stetson Brook and is an easy 1.2 mile hike.  Take your camera – there is some gorgeous scenery on this 45 minutes hike to the falls.

At the head of the trail you will be treated with the sight of a 40 foot ‘horsetail’ falls. A seasonal falls, spring and fall are when the water is most abundant however during other times of year this is still a lovely trail. While the water is cooling, swimming is not permitted.

Heading south from the town of Warren, Stetson Hollow Road is on the right 2.2 miles from the Lincoln Gap/Rte 100 intersection. It looks like you are  driving into someone’s yard and actually you are (please respect their privacy) but keep going, you’re on the right track to the start of the trail and a bit  farther along is space for parking.

Have fun and keep cool.

Guest blog: 30th Anniversary Celebration

December 4, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

West Hill House B&B Barn and its reflection in the Beaver Pond

West Hill House Barn reflection

From guest Susie:

My husband and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a 3 week New England vacation in October. It had always been my dream to see the fall foliage and experience the charm of New England and we were not disappointed.

We saw many beautiful areas but when people ask me what was my favorite part, I do not hesitate to respond. West Hill House in Warren, Vermont was tops! Our expectations were exceeded in every way. Peter and Susan made us feel like family the moment we arrived. We even did laundry in the newly renovated barn.

Their home is gorgeous, spacious and so relaxing. There are large areas to sit and enjoy quiet time or visit with wonderful guests. The grounds are stunning and the fall colors were absolutely vivid. We loved taking early morning walks and photographing all the beauty that we were surrounded by. My husband thought the golf course would be fun to try sometime.

Susan’s breakfasts were absolutely delicious and Peter spent a good amount of time mapping out drive routes for our visit. The surrounding area offers so many wonderful restaurants and things to see and do. We saw covered bridges and had fun at the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour. We ate one night at American Flatbread and waiting is half the fun. There are bonfires outside and people just enjoying each other. The food was made with organic ingredients and was fresh and yummy.

My only regret is that 2 nights was not nearly long enough and I was sad when it was time for us to leave. I keep telling my husband that for any occasion he can give me a gift certificate to West Hill House! I hope we can come back soon and I thank Peter and Susan for truly making our dream a reality.

Editor: An addition to Susie’s comments is that she is an exceptional photographer. She shared some of her photos with us and the one shown is a beautiful view of our barn from behind the Beaver Pond.

Guest Blog: Fall Foliage Photographic Opportunities

October 17, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Hammock at West Hill House B&B

From guest Ruth Wanless: “West Hill House is a charming Vermont Inn set in the picturesque mountains of Vermont. I came to photograph the fall foliage and was not disappointed. The inn was surrounded in wonderful color and was near to attractions such as Moss Glen Falls, Kent Pond and the quaint villages of Warren and Waitsfield. Early morning walks along the road provided many photographic opportunities.”

“Susan and Peter are the perfect hosts, creating an atmosphere where guests wished to linger over morning coffee or gather in the comfortable great room to share a glass of wine.”

Ruth sent us a number of her photos. We show here her photo of the new location this year for our hammock, beside one of our ponds. It proved to be very popular on sunny afternoons!

SIPtemberfest 2010

August 15, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Lawson's Finest Liquids Warren VTSIPtemberfest 2010 brings back the tradition of a fall brew fest to the Mad River Valley!

SIPtemberfest will take place at Mad River Glen on Saturday, September 25 from 12 pm to 5 pm. Featuring specialty brews from some of Vermont’s premier breweries including Warren’s own Lawson’s Finest Liquids, paired with foliage rides on the fabled Single Chair, awesome local food and the spectacular fall foliage backdrop of the Green Mountains. Many of the brews are not available in stores and/or of limited nature.

There will also be live music with the Gordon Stone Band and Abby Jenne and The Enablers.

If you enjoy fine beers and beautiful fall colors, this is the event to come to West Hill House for.

Tickets are $25 and include 10 tastings and a souvenir glass. Check with us for details.

Time to book for Fall Foliage + Photo Contest!

July 27, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Fall Foliage at West Hill House, Warren, VT in 2009

Foliage at West Hill House

Mid September to mid October is THE time to be in Vermont. The colors are amazing. Browse our photo album from Fall 2009 and from Fall in prior years to glean some idea what the fall leaves look like around West Hill House.

We have also shared a slide show set to music to let you appreciate even more of the foliage colors … but you need to be here to really soak in the experience!

This year we have a photo contest. We will award a $100 gift certificate for another stay within the coming year to the guest who sends us by October 31st the best hi-res photo of 2010 foliage taken within one mile of the B&B.

To learn even more about the Foliage season, this Foliage Tracking page will give you an approximation of when the peak color will appear in various places around the State of Vermont.

To enjoy the leaves in a different way, why not come and help us rake them up? Check out our Leak Raving Special to save you up to 50% of the price your stay.

Fall Foliage

November 7, 2009 by Peter MacLaren

Bring on the leaves!
Bring on the leaves!
Leak raving - 09

Off to the compost!

What better way to celebrate autumn than to frolic in fall foliage! With huge maple trees surrounding the B&B we get our fair share of leaves on the ground. Many thanks to the couples who took us up on our “Leak Raving” special and joined us in getting our lawns and gardens ready for winter. All our autumn leaves were raked and deposited in the compost and none too soon!

Yesterday morning we awoke to just enough snow on the ground to remind us that the wonderful winter days are just around the corner. It’s not to early to start thinking about reserving a room with us for your winter vacation. Relaxation starts at West Hill House in the Mad River Valley in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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