Friday, September 12, 2014

Celebrate Fall’s Bounty at Addison County Orchards

basket of red apples
When the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, many of us are excited to pull out our favorite sweatshirts, watch football on TV and enjoy the beautiful colors outside. In Addison County, VT we get excited to visit the amazing orchards that are full to the brim of delicious and colorful fruits, vegetables and other mouth-watering goodies. Around Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT, guests have a plethora of local, pick-your-own orchards and farms to pick from so it is time to pick a weekend, mark your calendar and clear out your trunk and plan a trip to the area.

Addison County is actually Vermont’s most agricultural county and when you see the fruits of the labors of the many farmers in the area, you see why. Whether you are looking for a birthday or anniversary getaway or a reason for a scenic road trip, this is a fantastic time to book a night or two (or more!) at Swift House Inn and enjoy the orchards nearby. Here are a few to get your started:

Champlain Orchards

Only 12 minutes away from our inn is this great orchard that has a pick-your-own open until the end of October and a farm market open year-round. Find 50+ varieties of ecologically grown apples, raspberries, award-winning hard and ice ciders, peaches, pears, apple cider, cider donuts, fresh apples pies.

Happy Valley Orchard

Happy Valley is less than five minutes away—you could even ride your bike there! This orchard is open until November 22, 2014 and offers an apple orchard, cider mill, farm stand, and a host of local fruits and vegetables.

Douglas Orchards

Open until Thanksgiving, this orchard is only a 20-minute jaunt from our inn and offers Farm stand and PYO apples, raspberries, and pumpkins.

Whether you are trying a new recipe that asks for some fresh produce, baking some homemade pies or applesauce, or just want an excuse to eat a warm, fresh doughnut, these orchards have it all. Check out a more comprehensive list if you want to do an “orchard tour.” The fall is a great season to be in Vermont and the beauty around our elegant inn is breathtaking. Contact Swift House Inn today for reservation information at (866) 388-9925. Ask us about our Fly Fishing and Thanksgiving Fall Packages!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Harvest Festival 2014 in Bristol, VT

This is the 16th year for this great community festival and every time it comes around again, it is a chance for old and new friends to come together to celebrate everything that makes fall such a fantastic season. Organized by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Recreation Department, the Harvest Festival in Bristol, VT will be a great way to spend a day outside.

Taking place on September 20th, 2014, the festival will bring over 70 vendors, pony rides, a 5K road race, face painting, handcrafters, demonstrations and downtown sidewalk sales. Get a start on your Christmas shopping! If you are one that likes to “one up” your neighbor or you have a recipe you think deserves the ultimate recognition, the contests will be right up your alley. There will be competitions for pie eating, best apple pie, best chicken wing and biggest zucchini! A consistent schedule of live music will provide a fun background for everyone and will showcase artists such as LC Jazz, Deb Brisson and The Hay Burners, Patrick Fitzsimmons, and Simply Acoustic.


September 20th, 2014

10am – 4pm

Bristol Town Green

For more information visit the website or phone (802) 453-5885. If you are coming into the area for this fall event or simply need a special place to stay while on an overnight business trip or anniversary weekend, skip the local hotel and choose a suite at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT. If you are looking for a classic country inn with the essence of New England warmth then you have come to the right place. Check our availability online or contact us today at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information. Hope to see you on the green!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September at The Town Hall Theatre – Middlebury, VT

There is something special about walking into a theatre and feeling the buzzing anticipation in the room before a highly acclaimed production takes the stage. A fantastic performance by talented local actors is just a great way to spend an evening and in Middlebury, VT we have the wonderful Town Hall Theatre, a real treasure with some great history.

Coming up this fall are some wonderful productions at the theatre that will be worth taking in. The fall is a beautiful time in our area as the leaves pop with color and there is always a host of fun things to do and places to see. If you need a night away, weekend retreat or even a week break from the busyness of life, our Swift House Inn is the perfect rest stop. If one of these productions speaks to you, plan your reservation around it and then make sure to stay long enough to enjoy all that our area has to offer.

Town Hall Theatre Highlights

James Blair Photography Talk - September 10th, 2014

See amazing photos from this National Geographic photographer and listen as he shares the story behind each one.

Snake Mountain Bluegrass – September 12th, 2014

This local bluegrass band creates incredible harmonies backed by talented musicianship. Hear some great bluegrass songs as they team up with the Connor Sisters.

To You, Around You, About You by the Bryce Dance Company – September 14th, 2014

This multimedia dance performance by thirteen Vermont-based artists will explore themes related to end of life.

The ALT with John Doyle – September 21, 2014

This is an event that is part of the After Dark Series. John Doyle is an amazing guitarist and songwriter who will be joined with singer, Nuala Kennedy.

A Streetcar Named Desire – September 26, 2014

This is Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece that will be broadcast live on the big screen from London by National Theatre Live.

Make your fall plans now and be sure to catch one of these great performances. Swift House Inn is a classic Vermont country inn with all of the amenities you need to relax and feel pampered. Contact us at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information or feel free to check our availability online.