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4 posts from February 2014

02/25/2014

Sweet Success – Vermont Maple Open House Weekend!

Vermont is the nation’s leader producer of maple syrup and because of all those sweet maple trees it’s also one of the most beautiful fall foliage displays in the country.  There are many wonderful things to be said about the state of Vermont, but one claim to fame would be that it’s called America’s Maple Syrup Capital and coming this March 22 and 23, maple producers all over the state will open their doors to show the public how it’s done at the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend!

During the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, some sugarmakers will offer tours, tastings, and the opportunity to view generations-old methods for producing the amber gold.  You can’t just visit one sugarhouse either…there’s so many to choose from!  Here are just a few in the Lamoille County area alone.

Maple syrupVermont Maple Open House Weekend
March 22 & 23, 2014
(click here for a full listing of participating sugarhouses Statewide!)

Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm
256 Falls Brook Lane, Stowe
Run by the Coty family since 1980 in the foothills of Mt. Mansfield

Butler Family Maple
689 Codding Hollow Road, Johnson
MapleSince 1846, seven generations of Butler's have produced pure Vermont maple products from the sugar maple trees on the Butler family farm in Johnson.

 Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center
Leading producer of apple cider and distributor of specialty Vermont food products.

Quarry Hill Farm
400 McGovern Dr., Jeffersonville
Quarry Hill Farm is a family run farm with a tradition of sugar-making and farming going back five generations.

The Green Mountain Inn welcomes you to come and experience the true sweetness of Vermont during the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend.  As the days start to warm up, the sugar maples’ sap will begin to flow and the area will come alive with young and old getting ready to sample our state’s sweetest prize.  Plan a fun weekend and enjoy exceptional accommodations while here!

02/18/2014

Make Any Day Better at Stowe Village Massage!

Never had a massage?  We know…you’ve always said that you would like one, but you’ve never gotten around to actually enjoying one.  Why wait?  Located at the Green Mountain Inn, Stowe Village Massage offers outstanding bodywork by certified, professional massage therapists and has massages and packages that fit every need – from deep tissue and relaxation to couples massage and scrubs and wraps – and all packages include FREE aromatherapy.  If you’re a regular visitor to the Green Mountain Inn, purchasing a Stowe Village Massage package just makes sense, since they are designed to be used over the course of weeks, months, or even throughout the year.

Relaxation massageStowe Village Massage
at the Green Mountain Inn

Massages & Services Available:
Relaxation ~ Combo ~ Deep Tissue ~ Sports ~ Four-Hands ~ Maternity ~ Reflexology ~ Reiki ~ Shiatsu ~ Stone ~ Thai ~ Side-by-Side ~ Exfoliating Body Scrub ~ Hydrating Body Wrap ~ Side-by-Side Stone

Packages to choose from:
Stress Free 60 Minute ~ Healing Touch 90 Minute Combo ~ Well Being 60 Minute Deep Tissue ~ Deep Well Being 90 Minute ~ 30 Minute Escape ~ Mother-to-Be 60 Minute ~ Shiatsu/Thai 60 Minute ~ Stone Massage 75 Minute ~ Relaxation Variety ~ Rejuvenation Variety

Stowe Village Massage has two locations on the property of Green Mountain Inn; one being the main spa on Depot Street right next to the Inn and the second being The Club House, located in the health club in the Inn, offering a limited menu.  Whether you’re visiting Stowe for the first time or a local resident, we welcome you to come and relax with us.  Stowe Village Massage gift certificates make great gifts too!

02/11/2014

Discover Stowe in a Whole New Way – Gentle Giants Sleigh Rides

Enjoying scenic tours of Stowe is a favorite of many visitors to the area because each time you venture out, the beautiful landscape gives you more to see.  From the dramatic to the picturesque, Stowe offers a plethora of enjoyable and breathtakingly beautiful treks for the nature lover, and the Gentle Giants horse drawn sleigh rides is a perfect addition to anyone’s stay.

Gentle giantsGentle Giants Sleigh Rides
Jingle Bells comes alive at Gentle Giants Sleigh Rides! Visitors can experience the most scenic and romantic horse-drawn ride, pulled by Percheron and Belgian draft horses in a one or two horse, open Santa-style sleigh.  Venture through a covered bridge along an open brook, while winding through a picturesque wooded trail, all the while cozying up under warm blankets and enjoying a perfect New England experience.  Open daily from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM and early evening rides begin at 4:00 PM.

We love this time of year at the Green Mountain Inn and hope that we can look forward to welcoming you to our little slice of wintry paradise someday soon.  Spend your day exploring and enjoying all the wonderful scenic tours of Stowe, Vermont and then come and relax by the fire, have a cup of cocoa, or enjoy our heated outdoor pool! 

Image coutesy of Gentle Giants

02/04/2014

Enjoy the Winter on Foot with Snowshoe Tours in Stowe

Snowshoeing in Stowe has become one of winter’s fastest growing sports and Umiak Outdoor Outfitters has some amazing packages to help you get off on the right foot!  If you can walk or hike in the summer, you can snowshoe in the winter, with just a few more layers of clothing.  Enthusiasts can choose from a wide variety of terrain which allows you to go at your own pace.

UmiakSnowshoe Tours in Stowe
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters

Nighttime Snowshoe Tours:

Moonlight Cabin Snowshoe Tours – Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sat. - 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Guides will lead you to a hidden sugarhouse in the woods by the light of the moon (or headlamp) while you enjoy Vermont Cabot cheddar cheese, crackers and Cold Hollow’s hot, mulled apple cider all around a cozy fire.

Fondue Snowshoe Tour – Thurs. & Sat., 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Snowshoes 2This nighttime tour will lead on an easy walk through tree lined and snow covered trails as you learn about the great state of Vermont.  Waiting at the end will be a delicious Cabot Cheese and Laughing Moon chocolate fondue dinner.

Daytime Snowshoe Tours:

Top of the Notch Performance Sled Tour – 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

SnowshoersSnowshoes, sleds, snacks and a guide will be provided on this
fun adventure up to Smuggler’s Notch, with an exciting descent on a Hammerhead or Airboard sled.  Enjoy Cold Hollow hot cider and Cabot Cheese with crackers.

Ben & Jerry’s Snowshoe & Ice Cream Too – Sat. & Sun.
Tours meet every hour on the hour at Ben & Jerry’s – 11 AM – 4 PM

This quick ½ hour snowshoe tour through the beautiful woodlands at the factory is just enough fun before joining the ice cream factory tour and getting a sample of Vermont’s finest ice cream.

The Green Mountain Inn, located less than a mile from Umiak Outdoor Outfitters, is the perfect place to stay during your Snowshoe Tours in Stowe.  Enjoy a leisurely soak in our outdoor, heated pool or cozy up to the fire while you enjoy a warm drink and cookies.  Reserve your stay now and enjoy a wonderful winter getaway in Stowe.

Logo courtesy of Umiak Outdoor Outfitters

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