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We Couldn't Have Said It Better

For years we've been trying to come up with catchy little phrases that best describe what we're all about at Weathertop Mountain Inn. Long-time guests Kelly & Cheryl just left a note for us in their room which probably says it better than anything we have ever written:

"The Inn is actually a gourmet restaurant with well-appointed rooms to sleep in between meals..."

We think that just about covers it all!

Thanks guys...see you at Stage Race???

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What To Do With Old Barns?

Once no longer usable, make dining room tables out of them! While looking to replace the tables in The Shameless Carnivore, we stumbled upon a company that made table tops from old, reclaimed barn siding. We thought it would give a nice rustic look & feel, while at the same time being an enviro-friendly choice. Since these barns were 100+ years old, we can only imagine how long the tables will last!

Now it's time to put it all together...

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend's grilled fish specials called for a clean & crisp white wine. Our off-the-wall choice was:

Zudugarai, Getariako Txakolina DO, Aia (Pais Vasco), Spain, 2012

Yes, the spelling is correct. Txakoli is a white wine made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape. This particular vineyard is located on Spain's north coast, near the Basque fishing village of Getaria. The coastal terroir is key, producing a wine that is very dry, packed with green apple flavor and lifted by small, palate cleansing bubbles & crisp acidity. It finishes with signature salinity & minerality. I like to think of it as a wine with the best qualities of Vinho Verde, Muscadet, Cassis & Dry Riesling, all in one glass! Try it if you can find it...or come stay with us...

Cheers!

Zudugarai Getariako Txakolina Wine Label

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This Weekend's Menu at The Shameless Carnivore

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

We're highlighting super-fresh, whole Dorado & Atlantic Mackerel which we scored from our favorite fishmonger! Enjoy these wonderful fish in either a Mediterranean or Southeast Asian style.

Bon Appetit!

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Countdown To Fest

Hard to believe it's already the middle of July, but that means we're only two weeks away from the start of the Vermont Festival Of The Arts, located right here in the Mad River Valley. If you haven't done so yet, it's time to start making your plans! The Festival goes on for the entire month of August and offers something for everyone. Click here to go to their website, which includes a complete calendar of events.

Better yet...we're in the middle of all the activity. So stop by and see us!

Wishing You All A Happy Fest!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend's smoked pork loin special was calling for red wine, but the heat & humidity weren't conducive to a big Amador Zin or Barossa Shiraz. So our off-the-wall choice this weekend was:

Valckenberg "Undone" Pinot Noir, Bingen am Rhein (Rheinhessen), Germany, 2008

Yes, a German Pinot Noir. This wine is un-oaked, allowing the pure fruit flavor to shine through. Very smooth & aromatic. Lots of berry & plum with a dash of herbs on the finish, plus enough acidity to make it incredibly food friendly. Very pleasant, uncomplicated & easy-going with a ridiculously low price to boot. Valckenberg even kept it simple for the English-speaking market by calling it Pinot Noir instead of Spätburgunder!

Cheers!

Undone Pinot Noir Wine Label

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Still Smokin' After All These Years

Not me...my old Char Broil H2O Smoker...

We've had this bad boy for almost 25 years and it still lights up like Cheech & Chong. Why buy something new if old school works...

SOOOO...the special tonight at The Shameless Carnivore is apple wood-smoked pork loin rubbed with black pepper & cayenne pepper. Since there was extra room in the smoker, I threw on some sweet Italian sausage for good measure (that's for us...). Hopefully this doesn't all sell tonight, as I can see some smoked pork enchiladas in the near future...

Smoked Pork Loin & Sausage in the SmokerSmoked Pork Loin & Sausage Ready To Serve

During the summer, smoked meats can always be had at The Shameless Carnivore as one of our Specialties For Two. Click here to see what else is available on our specialties menu. Now time to decide what wine to recommend with this special. That will be the next post!

Peace, Love & BBQ...

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Sorry Mrs. B...

Last night I was beginning to plan our pre-winter vacation and came upon a travel website that had a great quote:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

They attributed the quote to Mark Twain. Sure sounds like Mark Twain, but I'm a pretty big Twain fan and had never seen that quote in any of his writings. So with a few minutes of internet research I come to find that, in fact, he did NOT write it. The quote's first appearance is in the H. Jackson Brown, Jr. book P.S. I Love You: When Mom Wrote She Always Saved The Best For Last, and he attributes it to his mom. I have no reason to doubt him, since mom's never lie...

Anyway, this quote has mistakenly been credited to Mark Twain by at least The New Yorker, The Miami Herald, The Salt Lake Tribune, a marketing campaign by one of Richard Branson's companies and countless uninformed (and in many cases sleazy...) internet travel companies...

So for all of those businesses who spend less than five minutes doing research in this split-second world, I'd like to say...sorry Mrs. B...that was a great quote!

If you would like to see some of my other favorite quotes on travel, click here.

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This Weekend's Menu at The Shameless Carnivore

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

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The New Rosés Are Here!

Summer has arrived and what a gorgeous day it is! Also arrived is our selection of rosé wines to enjoy all summer long. Click here to see our recently updated wine list, then stop by for a visit us and sip a glass (or two...) while relaxing on our garden patio. We'll be raising our glasses this afternoon for sure in a toast to the great summer ahead, and hope to see you at Weathertop real soon. Until then...

Peace, Love & BBQ!

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Weathertop's New Blog

Welcome to Weathertop's newest blog, which we've chosen to incorporated into our website. Here's where you will find the latest information regarding lodging specials at Weathertop Mountain Inn, dining updates for our restaurant, The Shameless Carnivore, and details regarding upcoming events of special interest in and around the Mad River Valley. This is where you will also find on-going discussions about some of our favorite topics - food, wine and travel.

For those who routinely use Facebook or Twitter, any blogs generated here will conveniently autopost to those sites as well.

Stay tuned for more, and we hope you enjoy!

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