Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Get Lost in the Fort Ticonderoga Heroic Maze – NY

If you are looking for some great fall fun, you don’t have to look far when staying with us at our inn in Middlebury, VT. We are surrounded by beauty during every season, but fall in particular is just spectacular with the vivid array of colors popping out at every turn. In addition to the beauty, there is just an endless list of things to do, places to see, and fun to be had. Fort Ticonderoga, about 45 minutes from our in, is an expansive 18th-century star fort in northern New York and on the south end of Lake Champlain. They offer a whole host of things to see and do but one special event we want to share with you is the Heroic Maze!

Nothing says fall like a delicious cup of apple cider or a melt in your mouth pumpkin doughnut but you can’t forget about the traditional corn maze! Fort Ticonderoga has created a 6-acre corn maze that isn’t your run of the mill local farm maze in a cornfield. No, this unique life size puzzle is full of winding paths that are sure to test your best navigational skills.

The maze, while challenging, is safe for all ages and provides easy exit for anyone who has lost his or her way. It is actually divided into two phases: the Kiddie Maze for children up to age four and "Engineer a Fort" Maze Quest. This latter phase includes 8 stations and you get a stamp on your Quest Card when you find each station. It is designed to be challenging but very fun for anyone who is up for an adventure.

The Heroic Maze is included with general admission and will be open through October 18, 2015. There are however, two special evenings where you can experience the maze at night. Bring your flashlights out on October 23 or 24, 2015 and try your best to find your way under the light of the moon. Visit the fort’s website for further details. Don’t let the leaves fall before making your way to this gorgeous area of Vermont! Our luxurious, relaxing rooms are waiting for you so plan the perfect fall getaway today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Paddling Trip Down Otter Creek, VT

Paddling in Otter Creek, VT

The state of Vermont has numerous unspoiled waterways—hidden treasures that allow outdoor enthusiasts to become one with nature. Drifting down a beautiful river with picturesque views and diverse wildlife all around may just be the most serene and perfect way to spend a fall day. If you are longing for a “nature escape” we suggest planning a canoe or kayak trip down Otter Creek.

Otter Creek is actually 112 miles long and Vermont’s longest river. It flows south to north and near our inn in Middlebury there are several tributaries that feed into the creek as it makes its way down to Lake Champlain. The waters in Otter Creek are calm and easy flowing, making a paddling trip feasible for all ages. There are a few different trips you can take depending on how long you want to be out on the water. All of these are close to our inn, making them great day trip options for guests staying with us this fall.

Vergennes to Lake Champlain – The put in spot for this 9-mile trip is the No. 9 Dam in Vergennes and you will paddle south along the shoreline. See the peaks of the Adirondacks as you paddle past Basin Harbor and Button Bay. The take out spot is the Fort Cassin Fishing Access in Lake Champlain.

Weybridge to Vergennes – Enjoy pleasant flat water on this 11 mile trip, which starts 1/2 mile downstream from the dam in Weybridge and ends above the dam in Vergennes.

Cornwall to Middlebury – This 11-mile trip is a favorite among locals to the area as you can experience both flat and quick water and beautiful views of both mountains and serene farmland. Put in at the bridge at Leicester Junction and take out at the Three Mile Bridge.

Otter Creek also offers superb fishing so if you are an enthusiast looking for a great place to drop a line this fall, come and check it out! Don’t miss a chance to see Vermont in the fall – book a room with us today and experience a truly enjoyable getaway that you won’t forget.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Woodchuck Cider House in Middlebury, VT

basket of apples
Whether it is Pear, Raspberry, Granny Smith, Local Nectar or Amber, the Woodchuck Cider House in East Middlebury, VT brings a unique cider experience that represents the passion and creativity that is at the root of it all.

This cider house has humble beginnings as it all began in 1991 with a wine maker in a two-car garage. Greg Failing began experimenting with apples and Woodchuck Amber came on the scene. By 1996, Woodchuck was producing 400,000 cases a year and operations were moved to a large cidery in Springfield, VT. Different flavors joined the ranks throughout the years and with consistent growth, they moved again to Middlebury, VT in 2000. After a few ups and downs, the company hit their 1 million case mark in 2007 and in the years following released a seasonal cider lineup and a Private Reserve line.

Using the highest quality ingredients, they handcraft every small batch of Woodchuck Hard Cider. They are not afraid to be innovative and push creative boundaries—did you know that they age their ciders in bourbon, tequila, rum, and wine barrels to get unique natural flavors infused into each batch? They have some great events throughout the year, a tour center where you can learn the history and process of how hard cider is made, a gift shop, and of course an endless supply of samples! They are also proud to be a part of the Middlebury Tasting Trail along with several other local producers of wine, spirits, cider, and beer from the area.

The Woodchuck Cider House also gives back as they sponsor Pick for Your Neighbor, a program run by the Vermont Food Bank that helps to provide fresh fruit for those in need. This year they picked and contributed 7,020 pounds of apples!

Next time you are staying with us at our inn, we encourage you to plan a stop at Woodchuck and be sure to tell us which one is your favorite!