Friday, August 1, 2014

Shop Local at the Farmers Market in Middlebury, VT

There is nothing like buying a bunch of fresh produce that you know was just picked and harvested and going home to prepare a feast fit for a king. There are so many dedicated crafters, farmers, growers, cooks and bakers in Middlbury, VT and surrounding areas, which make our Farmers Market simply one of the best around. 

The organizers of the Middlebury Farmers Market share that Vermont is leading the United States in the number of farmers markets per capita, it has the greatest amount of certified organic farmlands, the greatest number of local dollars spent buying local foods, the greatest number of artisan cheesemakers per capita, the largest producers of maple syrup, and leads the nation in per capita production of dairy products. Now that is pretty impressive! We love home grown food and we do it well! 

The Middlebury Farmers Market, which takes place at the north parking lot of Marbleworks is an outdoor market that is truly impressive. On Saturdays from May 3 - October 25, 2014 and Wednesdays from June 11 - October 8, 2014, you can stroll around the market from 9am until 12:30pm. You will find about 6 vendors who showcase their wonderful goods and nearly two-thirds of the vendors sell local agricultural products. You will find no shortage of options if you are looking for baked goods, organic products, cheese, crafts, flowers, fruit, vegetables, honey, jam, jellies, maple syrup, meat and poultry products, wine, bread, plants, soap and body-care products, eggs, apples and cider. Many crops are harvested within hours before the market and baked goods are often still warm with aromas that just beckon you over to the table. There is also some great live, local artists that provide a great musical background while walking around. 

What are you waiting for? If you find yourself scratching your head about what to do for dinner or are just looking for a place to buy wonderful crafts, local products and fresh produce, make your way down to the market. It is a fun thing for our guests at Swift House Inn to enjoy whether they are here mid-week or over the weekend. If you will be needing a place to stay while in Middlebury, our cozy and classic Vermont country bed and breakfast is the perfect home away from home. Contact us today at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Arts Walk in Downtown Middlebury, VT

On the second Friday of every month, downtown Middlebury, VT comes alive with folks milling around the Middlebury Arts Walk. This event is a way to honor those who give creatively to our community and celebrate all forms of art! You will see the characteristic “pink boot” that indicates participating locations and this year there are more than 30 venues that are involved in displaying all kinds of art. 

The arts walk is held from 5-7pm and as participating stores remain open, you will find art, music, food and fun as you walk around downtown. You will see regular stores and restaurants transform into galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Some of the places worth paying a visit to include:

Edgewater Gallery
Town Hall Theater Jackson Gallery
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
Barbara Ekedahl Studio 
51 Main at the Bridge
The Glass Den
Middlebury Community House
Stone Leaf Teahouse
The Blossom Basket 

For guests at our bed and breakfast, Swift House Inn, the arts walk is a wonderful way to spend the day and a great chance to see our beautiful area. We can suggest some great places for lunch or dinner and would be happy to make reservations for you. Whether you are swinging through for a night or two or are looking for a charming, relaxing place to stay for a week’s vacation our classic Vermont country inn in Middlebury is the perfect home away from home. Contact us today at (866) 388-9925 for reservations or find more information online. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival - South Burlington VT

South Burlington, VT, located along the shores of the beautiful Lake Champlain is the perfect setting for the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. This summer highlight event celebrates the past, present and future of this fantastic area and the Burlington Waterfront.   As an anchor city of the surrounding metropolitan area, it is a prime location to host such an event, which brings many visitors from all over each year. 

This year marks the 8th anniversary for the Maritime Festival, which will take place August 7-10, 2014, and each time it comes around it just gets better and better. It has actually been named a Top Ten Vermont Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and a Top 100 North American Event by the American Bus Association--proof that this is one that you will not want to miss! 

During the four-day celebration, you can expect a host of wonderful activities, things to do, places to see and people to meet. It is truly a family-friendly event where all ages will find something that grabs their attention. Hundreds of exhibits will be showcased along the waterfront so you can stroll along and take your time checking them all out. If you are a boat fanatic, there will be a myriad of classic boats and long boats to admire plus Dragon boat demonstrations. 

Take in the Antique Boat Show and Parade, eat some great local food and enjoy some fantastic live music. There will be four superb musical acts headlining the main stage for this year’s evening concerts, which are ticketed events. Be sure to catch one or enjoy them all if you are up for it! Taking the stage will be Umphrey’s McGee, The Offspring with Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals, The Avett Brothers, and Buddy Guy. This festival truly offers something for everyone and gives you a chance to experience all that the vibrant community of Burlington has to offer. 

If you are coming from outside the area, make plans to stay at Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT. We are close to all of the action and only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the festival so you can relax and get refreshed at the end of the day. Contact us for reservation information by calling (866) 388-9925.