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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 about...click 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

SWEET...

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.

CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT!

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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...

HOPING TO SEE YOU SOON!

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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...

CHEERS!

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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...

CHEERS!

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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...

CHEERS!

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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...).

CHEERS!

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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!

THINK SNOW!

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Thanks For A Great Season!

The leaves are gone and the season's first ground covering snow has arrived...

We are now closed for our between-seasons "break". Thanks to all of our guests who made it possible for us to have our BEST year...EVER!!!

We're now in the midst of our bucket list of projects. In addition to the usual prep of the gardens for winter and "scrubbing" of the inn from top to bottom, our plans include completion of the dining room renovation, completion of the guest bathroom renovations, "detailing" our Garland stove (aka The Beast), installation of new TVs in the great room & game room (not as minor a chore as one would think...), replacing the inventory of guest towels, updating our wine list (again???) and fine-tuning the winter menu for The Shameless Carnivore. Will we finish in time?

Once that's done, we're off to VA for Thanksgiving with family and then two weeks in Panama. Why Panama? Firstly, we've never been there. Secondly, we hear that it's the undeveloped gem of Central America, and we want to get there before it's "discovered". We're definitely looking forward to the break. Our cats also love it because they have a few weeks to be spoiled rotten by their favorite inn-sitter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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What's On Tap?

That's right...

To enjoy some of the local Vermont beers only available in kegs, we have added two draft lines at Weathertop Mountain Inn! Our current offerings are Trapp Golden Helles Lager and Lost Nation Rustic Ale. Golden Helles is a nicely balanced, golden-colored & filtered session lager with an ABV of 5.0%, while Rustic Ale is an amber-colored ale with more pronounced hop flavor (IBU: 40) and an ABV of 5.2%.

Enjoy autumn & the changing leaves in Vermont's Mad River Valley with a stay at Weathertop Mountain Inn. While here, sip a pint of each brew, and then move on to a can of Heady Topper. We'd say you've had the ultimate Triple Play!

Cheers!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend our menu special was a stone-grilled ham steak, glazed with boiled cider and finished with grainy mustard. Our suggested wine for this dish was:

Laurent Kraft "Sec" Chenin Blanc, Vouvray AP, Vouvray (Loire), France, 2008

This is a dry Vouvray with light golden color and intense aroma & flavor reminiscent of fresh peaches, mangoes and orange blossoms. Crisp acidity and signature minerality perfectly balance the saltiness and tanginess of the glazed ham. If I had to describe this wine in one word - precise.

Dry Chenin Blanc is one of those wines that I don't have very often, yet every time I do it reminds me that I should utilize it more often...

Cheers!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend our menu special was beef short ribs, braised low & slow, with plenty of fresh root vegetables, lentils and red wine. Oh yeah...we also added some bacon to kick up the flavor. This dish was crying for a BIG red wine, so our choice was:

K Vintners "River Rock" Syrah, Walla Walla Valley AVA, Walla Walla, Washington, 2011

Charles Smith, the owner of K Vintners, takes the concept of terroir to extremes. Not only does he retain vineyards in several Washington State AVAs, he bottles many single vineyard Syrahs to highlight their flavor differences. River Rock is no exception. It comes from the warmest region of Walla Walla Valley and, as the name suggests, the soil is comprised of ancient riverbed stone. These conditions should deliver wines that are big, bold & fruit-driven...and they do. The unique thing about the 2011 growing season is that it was cooler than normal, producing higher-than-normal acidity & tannins.

The final product is an outstanding wine, packed with blackberry, smoke & crushed stone flavors that last a really long time. The palate-cleansing acidity and refined tannins make it extremely food-friendly to boot. If you're into the rating game, Robert Parker gives this one a 95...not too shabby...

And the cost? Let's just say it's up there, setting you back about forty bucks. Consider it a worthy endeavor. As Charles Smith himself says, "It's just wine. Drink it." Indeed...

Cheers!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend's wine choice was "all about me". I have a weakness for good rosé...any grape, any style and in any season. My choice was:

Circumstance "Cape Coral", Stellenbosch WO, Somerset West, South Africa, 2013

This wine comes from Waterkloof Estate and is made from 100% Mourvèdre. It is one of the most unique rosés you will ever try. While most have signature strawberry aroma & flavor, this one is all about peach & spice, and the color is a beautiful, delicate salmon. The wine is dry, but there is so much fruit going on that my initial impression was a hint of residual sugar. We paired it with a roasted vegetable & feta flatbread which really enhanced the fruit flavor. Then we added a dosage of music - groovin' on Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil". Just about as perfect an evening as you can get...

Cheers!

Cape Coral Rosé

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Detour Reminder

For those planning to visit Weathertop Mountain Inn and the Mad River Valley from now until August 18 (ish...), a bridge south of Warren is closed for repairs. If you are coming from the south, we suggest that you head north on either Route 7 or Route 22A, then come east over App Gap on Route 17. VTrans has a posted detour on Route 100, but it is a LONG way around. If you MUST come up Route 100, there is an alternate back road detour - contact us for details. FYI, the bridge that is under construction has a walkway available to pedestrians and cyclists if you were planning to cycle in that direction.

Happy travels!

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Time For A Trim...

We hate cutting down trees as much as the next person, but sometimes disease, encroaching power lines, guest safety and forest health make it essential. We decided to leave this project to tree experts (no, that's not me in the tree...), and had them do the entire property in one go. Several old & unhealthy trees were removed, while others were given a good haircut to keep them healthy. Most importantly, EVERY item removed will be replaced by either a Sugar Maple or a flowering bush, for aesthetics and erosion control, later in the season. We will probably never see them reach their full potential, but we have the satisfaction of knowing that somebody in the future will...

Thanks to Whitney Tree Service for their knowledge and a job well done!

The diseased ash tree is now gone...

That's not me in the tree...

Clearing some unhealthy pines...

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend saw a lot of grillin' at The Carnivore. The weather was also pleasantly cool, so a red wine was definitely in order. Our not-so-traditional choice was:

Duorum "Tons de Duorum", Douro DOC, Vila Nova de Foz Côa (Douro Valley), Portugal, 2010

This wine is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional & Tinta Roriz from Portugal's Douro Valley. The aromas & flavors are reminiscent of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry & plum. Barrel aging adds spice & roasted nuts. The acidity & tannins are also sufficient to stand up to anything you might pull off the grill. And did I mention the price...considering the quality, this wine is so cheap you can't afford not to drink it...

Cheers!

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Peak Lily Season?

Hard to believe we're only two months away from our most popular peak season...foliage...

But right now gardens are in full bloom, the weather is great, and The Vermont Festival Of The Arts is in full swing. What more reason could you possibly need to visit the Mad River Valley this summer? BTW, if ya really needed them, we could give ya plenty of good reasons!

Hope to see you soon...no excuses!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend we had a few life-long friends, an international cast of characters, staying at Weathertop for a long-overdue visit. Naturally, this required rummaging through the wine cellar to find something "a little special". It didn't take long to find that something. Our choice was:

Albert Bichot "Domaine Long-Depaquit", Chablis AC, Beaune (Bourgogne), France, 2010

Even better, we had a few magnums in inventory! It was a humid afternoon, which suggested a drier white wine. We were also going out to American Flatbread later that evening, so something lighter made sense too. This is a beautiful, textbook Chablis. Taut & steely, with a boatload of lemons, oranges and chalky minerality from start to finish. It paired well with afternoon nibbles - smoked trout, mixed Italian olives, Consider Bardwell "Dorset" cheese, crusty Red Hen bread and ripe pears. So much food before dinner? YOU BETCHA!

Friends don't let friends dine (or wine...) lightly...Cheers!

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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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