Monday, May 23, 2016

The Bake Off Coming to Vermont Stage – Burlington, VT

On the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just west of the Green Mountains, and not too far from our bed and breakfast is a quaint and charming city called Burlington, VT. A neat fact is that in this city became the first city in the United States to run completely on renewable energy! How cool is that? Well back to the reason for today’s post—Burlington is also home to a very fun theatre company called Vermont Stage and they happen to have a show called The Bake Off that we think you’ll enjoy.

The Vermont Stage is the city’s only year-round, professional, theatre company. It has produced over 100 shows since its start in 1994. Each year they produce 6 shows and over 75 performances, readings, and special events. One of the unique things about this place is the front row seats that right on the stage, giving audiences a true, up close and personal experience with the performers.

The Bake Off will be showing June 14-19, 2016. This show takes one play, breaks it into three different parts and puts a different director and cast in charge of each part. Each director has a certain way of bringing a play to life and actors can each bring their own perspective to a role. This unique way of presenting a play really gives you at look into the way directing and acting can affect the final outcome of a play. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and the audience so you can learn some valuable insights!

This will be a fun way to spend an evening if you will be traveling our way. We would love to host you for the evening or check out the Friday show and plan an entire weekend getaway at our classic Vermont country inn.

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Vermont Gran Fondo: Ultimate Cyclist’s Challenge

Many have fallen in love with cycling after riding in Vermont due to the gorgeous, iconic New England scenery, winding roads, open lush grazing valleys, and gap climbs that keep any rider challenged. We have many guests who love to cycle right around Middlebury, near our inn, as a fun way to spend the day. If you are at a competitive level though and are looking for a trophy-worthy challenge, you need to keep reading to find out more on the Vermont Gran Fondo.

This is the third Vermont Gran Fondo, which has actually been named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Gran Fondos. If the name is unfamiliar to you, Gran Fondo is an Italian term for long distance or great endurance. It is a mass-participation long distance race and while many are open to professional and amateur athletes alike, the one here in Vermont is certainly not for the faint of heart. This year, the date has been set for June 4th, 2016 and there are a few new twists that have kicked things up a notch.

This year cyclists will scale two new Green Mountain summits as Routes 125 and 73, which were part of last year’s race, are being repaved. Since these roads have turned to gravel, a not-so-welcome sight for cyclists, organizers have paired Roxbury Gap and Moretown Mountain with the Appalachian and Lincoln gaps. For riders, this means you are in for 105 miles and more than 10,000 feet of climbing. Wow! We encourage you to be ready for some serious hill climbing as the course’s final ascent, which will take riders up the eastern slope of Lincoln Gap, has a 24% grade - claimed to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S.

Another change is this year the event will begin and end at the Woodchuck Cider House in Middlebury, VT. The post-ride festival will then take place on the Green in downtown Middlebury where cyclists can listen to live bands and enjoy food trucks, drinks and more fun.

Whether you are an athlete coming in for the race, or friends and family cheering someone on, we’d love to host you at our charming inn. Book a suite online today or contact us for further information on how to plan an amazing summer getaway!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Enjoy the Vermont Outdoors with The Green Mountain Club

There are many situations in which we can use the saying, “the more the merrier!” A party with friends, birthdays, after work meet-ups, community service projects, vacations, and summer picnics are just a few. Now that summer is around the corner we’ll be talking about great things to do outdoors here and around Middlebury, VT and the one we are highlighting today is hiking trips with The Green Mountain Club.

The Green Mountain Club is an organization that started in 1910 with a mission to preserve and protect Vermont’s Long Trail. The Long Trail is America’s first long distance hiking path that travels along the main ridge of the Green Mountains and stretches from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. The club now has over 10,000 members and outside of protecting and advocating for the trail, they provide a lot of information about trips and hikes throughout the year. The club is actually divided into 14 different sections based on location and each section leads a variety of hiking trips each year. You can check out the entire calendar here, which details all of the trips that will be going out each month including starting place and time, level of difficulty, trip leader and contact information.

A note for any of you that may be gathering a group larger than 10 people to take a hike; there is a chance that you may need a special permit. It all depends on whether you will be traveling through the Green Mountain National Forest or on Vermont state land and you will need to apply for a permit at least 30 days prior to your trip.

While the club has hikes all over the state, there are many places to check out close to our inn—just give us a call and we’ll help you plan the perfect outdoor adventure! The outdoors is calling your name…what are you waiting for?