Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Look Inside Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, VT

One of the great blessings we have living in Vermont is the vast amount of local farmers that provide our community with an abundance of amazing produce all year long. Whether it is for cooking our gourmet breakfasts or for our menu at our restaurant Jessica’s, we appreciate the high quality of produce we can find locally, especially from places like Champlain Orchards in nearby Shoreham, VT.

Champlain Orchards began in 1998 and their small beginnings would quickly become a highly respected farming business in Vermont. The year after the land was purchased, owner Bill Suhr harvested 20,000 bushels. He began by delivering bushels to local farmers markets in a station wagon. Today, Champlain Orchards manages over 220 acres fruit trees! With a lot of passion and dedication, the business has grown to offer more than 100 varieties of apples as well as raspberries, cherries, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, and European and Asian pears. They harvest over 80,000 bushels every year and deliver their goods to schools, colleges, hospitals, food co-ops, restaurants, and independent groceries. Their mission is “to grow a wide variety of delicious ecologically grown tree fruit while respecting the land, supporting our communities and surpassing customers’ expectations.”

For guests staying at our inn, we encourage you to make a stop at their farm market that is open daily from 10am – 4pm. You can pick up a variety of goods including apples, apple cider, fresh apple pie (delish!), apple cider donuts, and you can taste any of their Hard & Ice Ciders. They also offer several other Vermont products as well. It will be an afternoon well spent—take time to enjoy the scenery overlooking Lake Champlain and maybe even pick up a Christmas gift or two!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fine French Dining in Vermont at Café Provence

Many of us have our favorite go-to restaurants—that place that serves your favorite dish and whenever you go in, the server knows exactly what to get for you. Even though you may be a creature of habit, it is refreshing to branch out and try new places and the next time you are staying with us in Middlebury, VT we encourage you to check out Café Provence.

Café Provence is just a quick 20-minute drive away and this restaurant is just fantastic. It is the perfect place to stop whether you are refueling during a day of shopping, want to relax on a Sunday, meeting up with your friends for a catch-up lunch, or enjoying a romantic dinner out. The restaurant’s owners are from Provence, France and are so passionate about creating fine food that everyone will enjoy.

Every dish on their menu uses the freshest ingredients from local producers right in Vermont. With a French background and a dedication to creativity, the menu offers a variety of incredible options. Brunch favorites include the Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict with Grilled Smoked Ham, and Oatmeal with Raisins, Candied Cranberries and Walnuts. Dinner favorites include Blue Ledge Farm Goat Cheese Cakes Salad, Moules Marinières, Café Provence Seafood Stew, and Portobello Pizza. No meal is ever complete without dessert and we are sure you will love the Maple Crème Brûlée or the Cinnamon Bread Pudding. They have a full-service bar with a wide selection of local and international wines and brews.

After a great day out and meal at Café Provence you can retreat to your suite at our inn and enjoy a peaceful, private evening and don’t forget, a homemade gourmet breakfast in the morning. Escape the hustle and bustle this fall with a mid-week or weekend getaway—book online today!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2015 Holiday Stroll in Vergennes, VT

It is getting close to having to drag out those warm winter sweaters and colorful hats, scarves, and gloves. The cooler weather is creeping in but at least we have the holiday season as a bright spot in the winter wonderland! The Christmas season is a favorite among many—the holiday cheer, carols, decorations, and a time to get together with your friends and family. We always enjoy providing families with the perfect place to enjoy a holiday getaway and once in awhile a fun event comes around that gives a great reason to stop in! The Holiday Stroll in Vergennes, VT is a special day to enjoy should you be planning to be in the area December 5, 2015.

The city of Vergennes, VT is only a 20-minute jaunt from our inn in Middlebury and a charming place to spend the day. Every year they do a wonderful Holiday Stroll as a way to usher in the season. There will truly be holiday happenings all over the city starting with a breakfast with Santa at 7:30am. From there you can hop from one activity to the next! You’ll find open houses, craft and bake sale, silent auction, gingerbread house contest, musical performances, Dickens carolers, holiday treats and refreshments, and much more. There will be something for the whole family.

Holiday Stroll Details:

Date: December 5, 2015

Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Location: Vergennes, VT

If you need more information about this event you can visit the event website. Before you book your room for your next stay with us, check out our Winter Warm-Up and Christmas in Vermont specials. The holidays are extra special here and we would love to have you join us!