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Cocktails & Travel Memories

Saw a bottle of Cachaça on the shelf at Mehuron's yesterday and decided to buy it. While common in metro areas & S. America, I haven't seen it much up here in the north country. It brought back memories of a trip to Iguazu Falls, Brazil 20 years ago. While pondering the wonders of nature from a barstool overlooking the falls, my favorite bartender (that's what we called mixologists back then...) plied me with his twist on the traditional Caipirinha. As best I can replicate, this was his recipe for a Kicked-Up Caipirinha:

  • 2-3 oz. Cachaça, to taste (white rum will do in a pinch...)
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 TBSP granulated sugar (raw is better...)
  • Fresh mint, a handful of leaves
  • Hot sauce, a few dashes

Muddle the lime, sugar, mint & hot sauce in a shaker; add the Cachaça & two cubes of ice; shake well then transfer to a glass filled with ice; garnish with more mint & lime.

The falls are pretty awesome whenever you see them, even in a drought year as it was when I was there. Having a few of these Caipirinhas took the awesomeness factor to a completely different level!

Novo Fogo Organic Silver CachaçaIguazu FallsIguazu Falls - Drought Year?


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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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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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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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