Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend – Burlington, VT

When something makes the top ten list you know it has a reputation for being good or at least worth mentioning for one reason or another. On his late show David Letterman had a top ten list as a regular segment, most often lists that were very humorous or absurd in nature. Here in Vermont, the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend makes the list for being one of the top ten winter events. It is a three-day celebration coming up March 4-6, 2016 and you won’t want to miss it!

The 2016 Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend will be taking place on Church Street in downtown Burlington, VT. It is an annual event that has been going strong for 21 years and every year it just gets better and more fun. It all started with Magic Hat Brewing Company who thought it would be a great idea to gather up the folks in the community for a Mardi Gras celebration that would benefit a local non-profit. To get a crowd to show up in the cold they figured what better way that a fantastic float parade that would throw beads and chocolates. It worked and now many years later, the event brings in around 25,000 people and they have raised more than $250,000 for the local community.

This three-day celebration is chock full of events going on all day long and too many to list here so be sure to check out the full schedule on the event website so you don’t miss anything. There is a Fun Run, a myriad of performances, costume contest, the parade, and much more. Sample some drinks at the Magic Hat Artifactory nearby, browse the 100+ shops at the Church Street Marketplace, or sneak in a quick afternoon of skiing at Smugglers' Notch.

At the end of each day you can come home and relax in your private suite at our inn in Middlebury and enjoy a gourmet, homemade breakfast each morning. Book online today for this popular winter weekend event or contact us for further information.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Stunning Scenery and Slopes at Bolton Valley Resort

While some may be counting down the days until spring, those of us who love all that winter brings take advantage of each and every day we get. When you live in the beautiful area of Vermont that we are privileged to call home, winter fun is around every corner! Just an hour from our bed and breakfast is a fantastic outdoor paradise called Bolton Valley. If you’ve been waiting to plan a ski weekend getaway, this is a great resort to check out and an easy drive from Middlebury, VT.

Located higher up in the Green Mountains, this unique alpine village is surrounded by over 5,000 acres of breathtaking scenery. You’ll find 71 trails and glades and another 100km of Nordic and backcountry trails. They receive an average of over 300 inches of snow every year so the conditions are usually perfect any day of the week. So, whether your passion is skiing, snowboarding, Nordic or telemark, or snowshoeing, you’ll find an abundance of places to explore. There is a great ski and snowboard school if you are new to the slopes and you can get refueled or totally relax in the cafeteria or one of two restaurants. Ride under the lights during night skiing or try new tricks in their popular terrain park. Every Monday they also offer a 50% discount for folks aged 50 and over! Something else to note is that they are one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and they use biodegradable and recyclable products throughout the resort. They appreciate their place in nature and do their best to pay it forward.

Coming up February 27th, 2016 they also have their Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. It is a free family event where you can have a ton of fun on the slopes and win some great prizes and giveaways.

At the end of a full day on the mountain, you can come back and put your feet up by the fire with a glass of wine or hot chocolate in hand and relax to your heart’s content. And don't forget about the gourmet breakfast you will wake up to in the morning! It is a perfect weekend getaway – some skiing, some relaxing, and some time for YOU! Contact us today for more information and book your private room directly online.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter Weekend Events in Vermont

Winter is in full swing and whether or not you welcome the snow and cold weather, it is here to stay for a while so why not enjoy it? When your week is busy we know the weekend can sneak up on you so today we are telling you about some last minute events coming up this weekend that you can check out if you will be looking for some Vermont fun. One is an indoor musical show and the others are outside winter celebrations so pick your favorite and enjoy!

Shelburne Winterfest – Saturday, January 23, 2016

Take a trip over to Shelburne Farms for a host of fun winter activities this weekend. Sleigh rides for the whole family, sledding, live music, crafts, delicious food, and more. This popular annual event will take place from 12-3pm.

Champlain Orchards' Winter Wassail – Saturday, January 23, 2016

Enjoy a free annual orchard celebration that celebrates all of the best parts of winter wrapped up in one fun event. From 2-5pm you can take part in sleigh/wagon rides by Hammond's horses, enjoy some great live music, and fill up on mulled cider, warm soup, and fresh bread in the heating hut. They will also have their farm market open 12-6 for any apple shopping you need to do. 

Cracker Unplugged Acoustic Show – Sunday. January 24, 2016

This American alternative rock duo from California will showcase their talents at the Vergennes Opera House. The two artists, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have been together for more than 20 years and they bring a hybrid of music that encompasses their love for punk rock, hard rock, blues, folk, and country. They are true collaborators who provide a genuinely enjoyable show. The show starts at 8pm.

If you are looking to sneak in a last minute weekend getaway, we have rooms available for a Friday or Saturday check-in—book online today or contact us for further information.