Saturday, October 18, 2014

New England Maple Museum – Pittsford, VT

New England Maple Museum in Pittsford, VT
There is something special about drizzling warm maple syrup on a steaming, fresh stack of pancakes—it is mouth watering just talking about it! Maple syrup has a great history in Vermont and the New England Maple Museum in Pittsford, VT is all about celebrating this gift from Mother Nature and educating visitors on how this great product goes from the tree to your table.

The fall in Vermont is simply beautiful so you are already poised for a great outing simply with the enjoyable drive to the New England Maple Museum. Until October 31, 2014, the museum will continue with its fall and Halloween celebrations. The first thing you will notice in the museum is the incredible display of murals that were hand painted by Grace Brigham, who extensively researched the history of maple sugaring. Fascinating black and white photos and two incredibly designed dioramas bring the syrup making process to life. A slide show also depicts the maple sugaring process and there is of course the opportunity to sample a variety of maple syrups as well as delicious Vermont specialty foods.

It is also a great place to do some early Christmas shopping for those friends and family members who would love some real Vermont syrup in their stockings. The gift shop carries all grades of syrups, maple products, artwork, crafts, books, and more. The rates for the tours are $5 for adults, $1 for children, and those under six are free. If you have a group of 12 or more, there are special rates as well as discounts for senior citizens and AAA. The museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Take the time to enjoy this fall tradition in Vermont and make your visit complete by staying with us at Swift House Inn. We are a bed and breakfast located in Middlebury, VT and our classic New England warmth, relaxing atmosphere and luxury accommodations will have you anticipating your return! You can check availability online or feel free to contact us at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Spooks, Scares, Ghosts and More Around Middlebury, VT

There are some of you out there who look forward to the Halloween season, simply for the spooky, scary, jump out of your skin type of events going on. Well, there certainly is no shortage of great fun to be had around Swift House Inn so we thought we’d highlight a few of the more popular choices. Check them out…if you dare!

The Haunted Forest – This fall tradition in Williston, VT combines theatre in the woods, the community and Halloween. Tickets are now on sale for this event, which will be taking place October 23-25th, 2014. Over 400 volunteers put on the Haunted Forest, which has been entertaining visitors for 34 years. You will be lead through a dark and spooky forest, lit by over 1000 jack-O’-lanterns. The night forest will come alive as you witness over 10 Halloween-themed performances. Incredible costumes, special effects and a “magical spirit” make this haunted forest one you will not forget. Evening shows are $13 in advance or $15 at the door and there are three children’s matinee shows on Saturday for $9/$10 at the door.

Spooktacular - This is a great Halloween event for all ages! On October 26th, 2014, the Middlebury Town Green will be a hopping place to be with music, dancing, and games. The legendary Spooktacular Witch will lead the children's trick or treat parade down Main Street.

Haunted House in Pittsford, VT. This is the 34th anniversary for the Pittsford Haunted House and it will be taking place October 17-18th, and October 25-25th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm each day. Put on by the firefighters of Pittsford, there is family fun for everyone, including a wagon ride to the haunted house. You can follow the signs off US Route 7 and park next to the town office. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children up to twelve, however it is no recommended for those under 6 years old.

Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Glow in Bristol, VT – This event will take place on October 24th,
2014. Bring a pumpkin to carve and an led candle (all of the other supplies will be provided) and then joint a host of others at 7pm for the “lighting of the park.” There will be prizes for the scariest, most creative, and prettiest and then a time of Halloween stories with mulled cider and donuts.

Make the most of this fall season with a getaway to Vermont—it is breathtaking at this time of year and in addition to these Halloween activities, there is a myriad of great outdoor and indoor fun to be had. Find rest and relaxation at Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT. We are close to all the action but the large, comfortable rooms in our classic country inn are perfect for a retreat from the busyness. Call us today for reservation information at (866) 388-9925 or check availability directly online.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Decadent Dessert Bash – Vergennes Opera House

Decadent Dessert Bash promotional poster
The Vergennes Opera House is a historical gem in Vergennes, VT. Located at the heart of downtown, this restored 1897 theatre hosts community gatherings, concerts by local, national, and international performers and many amazing theater productions. To maintain its ability to provide quality entertainment the opera house holds several fundraising events but the most popular by bar is the Decadent Dessert Bash, which will be taking place November 7, 2014.

This is of course the “sweetest” event put on by the Vergennes Opera House as a love for sweet desserts is combined with exceptional jazz music to offer guests a truly memorable night. As a special guest of the evening you will treated to a variety of desserts made by some of the top-notch restaurants and bakeshops. Last year donors included Champlain Valley Creamery, Middlebury Chocolates, Goodie Goodies, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Mona's Pies, and many more. Area Vineyards such as Lincoln Peak Winery will also be offering samples and bottles for purchase. The amazingly talented Ray Vega Quintet will be providing soothing jazz for the evening. Sit and listen while you enjoy your dessert or as you check out which items you want to try to snag in the auction.


Date: November 7, 2014

Location: Vergennes Opera House

Cost: Tickets are $25

Time: 7:30-10:30pm

This is a wonderful benefit for an opera house that truly serves its community well—find more information on their website. Turn this Friday night outing into a weekend getaway and make plans to stay with us at the Swift House Inn. We are located in Middlebury, VT and are close to the action if you want to stay busy or you can retreat and find tranquility in your elegant but comfortable room. Contact us today at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information. You can also see our seasonal specials and book directly online.