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Peak Lily Season 2015

Yes, it's here! The lilies in our gardens are at their peak, just about two months ahead of Vermont's more famous peak season (when exactly is peak foliage???).

If you're a glass half-full kind of person, we still have half of summer left to go...

Weathertop's Lilies


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VT Music Fest - You In?

Don't forget! This coming Saturday is Vermont Music Fest - a day filled with great music, delicious food & fun activities for the entire family. Will we see you there?

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Walla Walla? Wow!

Call me a culinary infidel, but I had never heard of a Walla Walla onion until these beauties arrived in our weekly basket from Muddy Boots CSA. It's a sweet onion, similar to Vidalia & Maui, but these are even better because they're fresh and straight from the farm.

Just slice in half and top with sea salt, cracked peppercorns & a nice dollop of really good butter. I happened to use a cultured butter from Ploughgate Creamery that contained nasturtium flowers (also in our CSA basket...). Tent in foil and bake at 350° F. for one hour. The longer you bake, the creamier they get. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Simple & delicious, these onions are great as a side dish or spread on good, crusty bread. They're the bomb-diggity!

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Cocktail Time!

Had a slow night at The Shameless Carnivore since all of our guests either attended or performed at Tweed River Music Festival. After completing a big project, I decided to treat myself to a cocktail, but wanted something a little different. What I ended up with was this refreshing twist on a Negroni:

  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 2 ounces Mango juice

For the elderflower, St. Germain would have been great, but I had cheaper stuff on hand which worked just fine. Also used Newman's Own Mango-Orange juice since that was in the fridge. Chilled in a shaker and served with an ice cube in a martini glass. The end product was pleasantly bitter, floral, herbal & tropical fruity all at the same time. At least I liked it...

Mikey's Tropical Negroni


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Lantern Lodge North...Remember When?

Just in time for Throwback Thursday, we found this set of keys squirreled away on a shelf in our garage.

Lantern Lodge North was the original name given to what is now Weathertop Mountain Inn, back in the mid to late 70s. Info going back to those days is pretty fuzzy. We don't even have any photos from that time period, other than these keys.

Lantern Lodge North, aka Weathertop Mountain Inn

If anyone has stories or photos of the inn from those days to share, we would love to hear or see them!


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Elk In The Kitchen!

Just received our first shipment of 24 BEAUTIFUL pounds of elk tenderloin from Vermont Heritage Elk, LLC, our newest supplier of locally-raised game, located in Fairfax, VT. They're so new, we can't even direct you to their website or FB page!

We've been anxiously awaiting their first slaughter, and this first shipment, since March.

Vermont Heritage Elk Tenderloin

Guess we'll just have to do a quality control check and fire some up on the grill tonight. Anybody care to join us?


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Night Landings Now Possible

OK, admit it. How many of you have passed by our driveway at night and had to turn around? Yeah, Route 17 is very dark at night...

That should no longer be a problem with our new driveway lights! Better yet, they are energy efficient (LED) and Dark Sky Friendly™. When I started this project, I hadn't a clue that this group existed. But they do and we did. If you're interested in learning what they're all here...

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So if you ever miss our driveway again...

YA SHOULDN'T BE DRIVIN'...just sayin'...

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Naughty Or Nice?

We recently had a guest who looked very familiar, but hadn't stayed with us before. Just yesterday, we received a nice letter from him which included his business card:

Business Card © W. A. Bizon, 2015


Perhaps it was the extra slice of bacon we gave him at breakfast? Now we just have to wait 5 months to see what it all means.


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When Eyes Are Bigger Than Stomach

Got a great price on a Spanish cheese that I never had before, called Etxagarai, so I ordered some. It's a smoked, raw milk sheep cheese from the mountainous Basque Country of northern Spain. It is phenomenal. Problem is, the wheel weighed in at 7 pounds, soooooo...

I guess we're gonna be eating a lot of this stuff for a while!

Anybody wanna help???


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Countdown To ArtsFest

Only one week to go until the beginning of The Vermont Festival Of The Arts, THE annual month-long celebration of ALL forms of art. Whatever your passion, you'll find some activity or event to peak your interest, each and every day of the festival.

To discover what's on here...

Best of all, everything happens right here in The Mad River Valley. A stay at Weathertop Mountain Inn makes it easy. We're located right in the middle of all the activity. So get creative, enjoy summer & explore Vermont's Mad River Valley...all at the same time...

Wishing You All A Happy Fest!

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This Weekend's Menu At The Shameless Carnivore

Check out this weekend's menu at The Shameless here...

Muddy Boots CSA is delivering an awesome variety of summer's freshest vegetables & herbs. Our salads, pestos & veggie sides are just about as colorful and flavorful as they can possibly be...

We're also anxiously awaiting an order of elk tenderloins from Blue Mountain Elk Farm in South Ryegate, VT. We had elk striploin from Blue Mountain on our menu during the winter. The quality & flavor were amazing. Can't wait for the arrival of this tenderloin shipment! If it is delivered on Saturday, as promised, it will DEFINITELY by added to our menu. Stay tuned...

Bon Appetit! 

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Enhancing The Guest Experience

Of all the projects we've undertaken at Weathertop Mountain Inn lately, the one most likely to be noticed by our guests is the refrigerator upgrade in the guest rooms.

Now, guests have sufficient fridge capacity to hold 60 cans of Heady Topper, and the freezer is larger enough to hold 12 pints of Ben & Jerry's latest flavors, with room to spare for another dozen Cherry Garcia Pops! How's that for an upgrade?

But don't take our word for it. Come visit Weathertop Mountain Inn & The Mad River Valley this summer and prove it to yourself...


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Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Today I did something I have NEVER EVER done before...I stood in line for beer...

I happened to be driving past the VG at 7:55 this morning and there was already a line waiting for the days delivery of Heady Topper. Not a huge line, but a line. Waiting for beer at a time when many folks are having their first cup of coffee. So I laughed and kept going. When I passed by again at 9:00, the line was still there. It wasn't any longer than before, AND the delivery truck was in the parking lot, so I figured what the heck.

Within only a few minutes the doors opened and another surprise was waiting. In addition to purchasing a case of Heady Topper, I was also able to get my hands on a case of Lawson's Sip Of Sunshine AND a 12-pack of Lawson's latest offering in cans - Super Session #2.

Sometimes you just get lucky...I probably should have bought a lottery ticket before leaving the VG...


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Go For The Gose!

We recently added Lost Nation Brewing "Gose" to our beer portfolio at Weathertop Mountain Inn. For some, Gose is a developed taste, but for those who love it, well...they love it! It is salty, tart & herbal...very refreshing. And at 4.5% ABV...very crushable.

We think it is the perfect beverage for a warm summer day after working out in the gardens or after a long hike (after a glass of water, of course...).

Give it a try...


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Burger-N-Brew Weekends Are Here!

While regular dinner service at The Shameless Carnivore has ended for this ski season, from now until our spring close we'll be offering Burger-N-Brew Weekends. Your choice of burger - beef, venison or salmon - will be freshly prepared & grilled to your liking and served with your choice of cheese, salad and chips. We'll also included a glass of local draft beer or a soft drink. A delectable selection of desserts and our complete beer & wine list are also available. Cost is as follows:

  • Beef Burger Platter (8 ounces) - $15
  • Venison Burger Platter (7 ounces) - $17
  • Salmon Burger Platter (6 ounces) - $16

We're offering this Burger-N-Brew Special on Friday and Saturday evenings. All you need to do is let us know in advance which night(s) you would like to dine with us and we'll keep the grill fired up from 5-9 PM.

What a nice complement to a great spring skiing season...


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The Magic Of Mature Bordeaux

Reflecting on the events of the prior year and life in general is best done while enjoying a nice bottle of wine. Tonight was such a night, and we happened to have one remaining bottle of 1992 Chateau Lagrange Saint-Julien. While some would say that this particular vintage is beyond prime, there is something magical about any well-aged Bordeaux. The wine still has a lovely nose of berries, flowers & oak with soft berries & tannins on the palate. In a word - delicious.

But the wine is much more than that...

This particular bottle has been in our cellar for 22 years. We purchased it one year after we were married. Since then, we have had numerous career changes, traveled a good chunk of the globe, enjoyed a three-year stint living in Singapore, got certified as divemasters to satisfy our SCUBA addiction, quit our corporate jobs, started our own business, learned way more about cooking then we ever imagined, created a great wine cellar and - most significantly - gained & lost dear friends and loved ones along the way. During that time, this bottle patiently lay dormant in our cellar, waiting for the moment we would open it to flood us with these wonderful memories.

So here's a toast to great food, great wine, great travel, great memories & a great many New Years...


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Here's What's Cookin' New Year's Eve

For those of you ringing in the New Year at Weathertop Mountain Inn, click here to see our New Year's Eve menu at The Shameless Carnivore. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to reserve your table!

Don't worry about the can work them off in 2015 on the slopes of Mad River Glen & Sugarbush...


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What's On Tap?

We're starting off the winter season with two draft offerings from Trapp Lager Brewery:

  • Golden Helles - a crisp, filtered session lager with a nice hop balance; 5.0% ABV
  • Trösten Bier - a winter-warming black lager with roasted malt, rich flavor & enough hops for a clean finish; 6.2% ABV

As always, we also have Heady Topper from The Alchemist, the flagship of American Double IPAs (in our humble opinions...).


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We're Open For The Season!

Season's Greetings!

The Shameless Carnivore is now open for the winter season. Click here to see our menu for the current holiday week. Stay tuned, as we'll be posting our New Year's Eve menu shortly. If you can't wait, give us a call - we already know what we're cookin' up!

Enjoy the holidays and THINK SNOW!

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Since The Snow Is Here...

Just a gentle reminder from your innkeepers...

Having you purchased your Mad Cards for Mad River Glen or your Quad Packs for Sugarbush? These are awesome opportunities for discounted lift tix not to be missed. Don't say we didn't warn you!


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