Saturday, April 30, 2016

Macbeth Coming to Opera Company of Middlebury

We are very fortunate to have a lively and vibrant arts scene here in around Middlebury, VT. Whether you want to explore performing arts such as dance, theatre and music or visual arts including painting, photography or sculpture, we know we can find local artists, galleries, music and theatre companies that stack up next to the best in the nation. Right here in town we have the Opera Company of Middlebury, founded in 2004, that presents a fully staged opera and a concert performance each season. They are thrilled to be bringing the well-known and loved Macbeth to the stage, opening June 3, 2016.

If you aren’t familiar with Macbeth, allow us to give you a quick history and synopsis of the story before you get your tickets. The full title is actually The Tragedy of Macbeth, and is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606. In short it is the story of a Scottish general named Macbeth who learns he will one day become king of Scotland through a prophecy given by a trio of witches. He becomes completely consumed with power and ends up murdering the king to take the throne for himself. The story continues as his quest for power leads to more murders and an eventual civil war breaks out. Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, end up deep in the throws of madness and death. The main theme centers on the destruction that can come when ambition takes over morality and guides the audience to question whether free will or fate determines a person’s future. It is an epic tale, that while emotional and violent in nature, is engaging and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The actors with this local opera company are top notch—you will feel no different than if you were sitting in a Broadway theatre in downtown New York.

Opening night is June 3, 2016, which also includes post performance reception, and then performances continue June 5, 7, 9, 10, and 11. You can find more information about times and ticket prices here. This is a great reason to come and stay for a weekend getaway. We would love to host you at our elegant inn so book a suite online today!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hitchfest Wedding Show in Addison, VT

With summer around the corner, many brides-to-be are in full planning mode creating the summer wedding day they have always dreamed about. Whether you are in the throws of planning or are with a special someone and know that day will be coming soon, one of the best ways to plan the day of your dreams is to attend a great wedding show! Hitchfest in Addison, VT is coming up May 7, 2016 so clear your calendar, grab a girlfriend or two and plan on attending this fantastic event.

Hitchfest is an event truly geared towards the bride or couple looking to plan an amazing wedding. The organizers of this show have pulled out all of the stops to create a fun day with free food, live music and entertainment, giveaways, and a host of vendors. All of this and the tickets are only $15! Check out the scoop below so you can start choosing what you want to take in at this event:

Free Seminars:

How to Make a Day-of Timeline

Essential Questions to Ask your Wedding Venue

Catering Ideas for a Rustic Chic DIY Wedding

Wedding Décor Flea Market

Vendors:

DIY Wedding Mentor

An Affair By the Lake

Celebration Rentals, Inc.

VermontWeddings.com

Photo Booth Planet

Have Your Cake Catering

Flower Power

Peak Entertainment Inc.

Cast Iron Catering

And much more!

Get help designing your invitations and ceremony, check out the VW Van Photobooth, sample catering options for your reception, eat s’mores by the fire, and just have fun! It’s going to be a fun event happening from 10am-3pm and being on a Saturday gives the perfect opportunity to make a weekend getaway out of it. We’d love to host you at our inn whether you are flying solo, with a girlfriend, or will be bringing your entire wedding party – we have room! Book online today.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

LuLu Ice Cream Brings Artisan Flair to Old Favorites

Vermont, like many other great states, is full of charming towns that boast some fantastic, quaint, locally owned shops and restaurants. Right here in Middlebury, we have some amazing shop owners who have grown up here and are now serving the community they love. Nearby in Bristol, VT, you’ll find a popular ice cream spot called Lu Lu that you’ll want to check out the next time you are town. 

Two passionate and creative sisters, Martha and Laura Mack started Lu Lu. They set up shop in a cute storefront on Main Street and typically have a line snaking out the door. The reason they have gained so many loyal fans is due in large part to their creative and delicious artisan ice creams. They are committed to making their ice cream in small batches so they are always sure the quality is never compromised and they use ingredients from local farms. For example, their milk and cream comes from Monument Farms Dairy, their coffee is sourced from the Vermont Coffee Company, and their seasonal berries come from Last Resort Farm right in Bristol.

Their flavors are out of this world! Some of the favorites include Slumdog Millionaire, Salted Caramel, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Coffee Toffee. Their flavors change often so it’s fun to see what’s new. Ice cream speaks to any person, any age, from any walk of life and it tops off a great day adventuring around our bed and breakfast. If you are looking for an amazing place to vacation for a week or just spend a weekend getaway, take a look at our seasonal specials and things to do in the area and book online today.