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2016 - The Year Of The Project

I guess we could have also called the last 12 months The Year of Hey Let's Do This or The Year of Bumps, Bruises, Cuts & Calluses...

Late in the fall, we started tackling a number of "minor" projects that had been bugging us. When spring arrived early this year, in what is normally considered mid-winter, we opted to be productive and get them done. Needless to say, numerous minors added up to one major project. So much so that we even skipped our spring holiday in an effort to get everything done (can you believe it...).

While some finishing touches remain, and will probably take until the end of foliage season to complete, the vast majority of work is done. The completed list is as follows:

  • Guest room hallways were updated with new molding, wainscoting and fresh paint.
  • New flooring was installed in all guest bathroom.
  • Every guest room was brightened up with a fresh coat of paint.
  • The last two original (and well-worn...) bathtubs in the Taylor & Deere Rooms were replaced.
  • Plumbing & temperature control for the baseboard heating system was optimized.
  • The dining room was redecorated, including the installation of improved LED lighting.
  • A new well pump, with state-of-the-art constant pressure/flow control, was installed.
  • The lobby was given a facelift.
  • Landscaping was completed on our adjacent property.
  • The storage shed on our adjacent property received a fresh coat of paint.
  • Hydrangeas were planted along the drive for added curb-appeal.

There were probably a few more minor items not included on the list, but you get the idea.

Phew...I'm tired and need a vacation, but not until after foliage season...

But while it lasts...


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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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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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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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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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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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