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Wildlife Corridors Allow for Safe Routes for Animals

February 21st, 2019 by srsm

Wildlife corridors allow for safe routes for animals, plants and fish. They are a link of wildlife habitat, generally native vegetation, which joins two or more areas of similar wildlife habitat. Vermont’s wildlife requires food, water, shelter and mates to survive and reproduce. Different species travel different distances to meet these basic needs. As they move from one large … read full article

Pileated Woodpecker: Our New Neighbor Works Hard!

April 8th, 2018 by srsm

Here in Vermont wildlife abounds. We have our fair share of four- legged creatures however what is surprising is that there are also 381 species of birds that have been recorded in Vermont.  Seemingly everything from the Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the Pileated Woodpecker and  the Black Capped Chickadee to the Bald Eagle. Many of these birds can … read full article

Sugaring Time – Visit a Sugar House, taste maple syrup and smile!

March 26th, 2018 by srsm

It’s Maple Sugaring Time once again. 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. Sugaring takes place for just a few weeks in early spring when the spring-time sap  from … 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

Stetson Hollow Trail and Falls

August 5th, 2012 by srsm

Today 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 … read full article

Guest blog: 30th Anniversary Celebration

December 4th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

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 … read full article

Guest Blog: Fall Foliage Photographic Opportunities

October 17th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

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 … read full article

The Perfect Summer Day

July 3rd, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Today is stunningly beautiful. Blue sky, a few wispy clouds, a nice gentle breeze and about 79’F.  This morning before I started breakfast for our guests I took a few minutes to sit on the front porch with a cup of tea. I  gazed over the beautiful orange lilies and enjoyed the song birds,  the … read full article

Maple Sugaring Snowshoe Tour

March 18th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

West Hill House is teaming with Clearwater Sports to offer an invigorating snowshoe tour through a beautiful Beech, Hemlock and Maple forest to learn what a real Sugarbush is (no not the ski area). What a great combination of snowshoeing and maple sugaring! You will be guided from the beginning of the sugaring operation at … read full article

Dear Deer

November 28th, 2009 by Peter MacLaren

Deer visit our garden.

Fall Foliage

November 7th, 2009 by Peter MacLaren

Getting all the leaves raked up before the snow comes is sometimes a race against time.

Green Mountains

May 28th, 2009 by Peter MacLaren

Rain brings many shades of green to the Green Mountains of Vermont