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The Inauguration of “Evenings!”

Itzhak Perlman ConcertFor about two years (we complete our third year at Stone Hill Inn next week – Halloween), we have been trying to find a way to bring the magic of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to our guests.  This is a stunning facility built seven years ago that holds 420 people all of which have an excellent view and are relatively close to the stage.  Only a few years old it presents itself as a lovely, comfortable and highly functional environment for a broad selection of stage and screen performances.  While it is located adjacent to and built in the style of the large mountain lodge at the base of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, it is independent from the Lodge financially, so they are on their own.  As a result they have learned to provide excellent, albeit usually not headlining, stage talent to travel to the top of a mountain so they can entertain a permanent Stowe population of less than 5,000.  They are doing a wonderful job.

Recently several paths have come together to make it possible for the Stone Hill Inn to finally bring this talent to our guests on a regular basis.  This has been a journey that the management of the SPPAC fully endorsed and many times cheered from the sidelines hoping that we would emerge with a plan.  So….

Welcome to “Evenings!”

The concept is simple – even cliché – dinner and a show, but we’ve wrapped it up with a two-night stay at our Stowe bed and breakfast – the 8th Stowe Lodging Packageshighest rated Inn or B&B among all 21,000 in the U.S. according to Trip Advisor.  We hope to have at least four of these packages each year.

Our first Evening is with Itzhak Perlman – who IS a headliner!  This is his fourth annual Stowe Fall Residency and his exceptional Perlman Music Program  (PMP) which offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and vibrant programs in Shelter Island, New York City, Florida, Israel, and Vermont, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.

The other key component of Evenings is dinner.   There is a new restaurant in Stowe: Phoenix Table & Bar.  Contemporary, fresh, hip, excellent food, and unlike most restaurants in Stowe, it serves until 10:00pm.   While the facility is new and opened less than a year ago, its owners and chefs are not.  Chefs Jack Pickett and Joshua Bard are names recognized by everyone in the Stowe hospitality business.  Their last restaurant – the very successful Frida’s Taqueria and Grill– benefitted from their ability to constantly innovate, create new tastes, and their dissatisfaction with anything ordinary.  Jack and Joshua, as you will find when you sample both their food and the restaurant’s environment, are as much in the performing arts business as the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center!  A fabulous pairing.

The first Evenings Package: Itzhak Perlman, November 8, 2014 at 7:30pm

Perlman Music ProgramThis year’s Perlman program includes PMP alumni ensembles that perform chamber music masterworks, and, of course, Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducts the PMP String Orchestra, in a stunning Celebration Concert. Drawn from all over the world, PMP alumni are young professional artists with diverse a career, whose spirited music-making excites and inspires audiences around the globe.

Now in its fourth year, the Fall Residency in Stowe, Vermont has brought a new dimension to The Perlman Music Program. Students and faculty enjoy four days of orchestra and chamber music study in preparation for a Celebration Concert in the beautiful Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

The Itzhak Perlman Evenings Package includes:

  • A two night stay in any of our Luxury rooms (King bed with fireplace; bath with double Jacuzzi fireplace & shower). Corner rooms are available at a premium of $25/night.
  • Linda’s three-course breakfast each morning
  • Two $45 tickets to the November 8th Itzhak Perlman performance at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. (If $45 tickets are not available we shall substitute $38 seats.)  The concert begins at 7:30pm
  • A voucher for $50 towards dinner for two at the Phoenix Table and Bar restaurant either before or after the performance.

Total Package cost is $785 not including taxes; you must call us at Stone Hill to make a reservation. (802-253-6282)

Seating is very limited at this time; we recommend booking as soon as possible.  We shall endeavor to secure your seats while you are on the phone with us. Once seats are purchased they may not be refunded. This package may not be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Perhaps Itzhak is not your cup of tea?  But what do you think of the Evenings concept?  We would appreciate any thoughts you have about the Evenings concept and the pairing between the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and the Phoenix Table & Bar restaurant!  Just drop us a quick email!

Thanks ~ Linda and George

Stowe’s Top Five Things To Do During Your (Winter) Honeymoon

  1. Hot air balloon ride with champagne at Above Reality Ballooning.  Jeff is a wonderful and very responsible Captain.  He’s also a
    Justice of the Peace and does weddings in the balloon! Balloons go during winter and summer.
  2. Make a wish while standing next to Bingham Falls.  Winter transforms the series of five different falls into ice sculptures created by thick layers of ice that disguise the rocks that shape the falls.  Everything becomes white.  Thick Ice shapes form; mist is always rising.  Lovely, albeit slippery.  Watch where you walk!  Bring your camera.
  3. Dog sledding at Edens.   You get to know each dog, actually harness them, and with tails wagging and excited barks you’ll sense how anxious they are to get started! Two of you with blankets in a warm sled with your guide/musher to ferry you through the spectacular  snow country of northern Vermont!
  4. Take a sleigh ride over the hills and through the woods.  Just a few minutes from Stone Hill is a comfortable horse-drawn sleigh with
    thick blankets and an experienced driver.  While only  a 30 minute voyage, you will feel transported to a different time and certainly to a significantly different place in comparison with the eastern cities from which you likely hail.  Giddeup!
  5. Share Linda’s Crème Brule’ French toast made especially for you in the shape of a heart.  Crème Brule’ French toast is the most requested of the sweet breakfast items that we serve.  Using a porcelain, heart-shaped dish, we create this delight the night before; let cool in the refrigerator; heat it when you arrive for breakfast, and serve with warmed Vermont Maple syrup!
Vermont Honeymoon at Stone Hill Inn

Dara and Rich from Sommerville, MA, and Rhode Islanders Tina and Jeff completed the trio of Honeymooners. Such a treat for us to watch all three enjoy themselves while enjoying Stowe and the charming, natural beauty of Vermont. As is typical of early September in Stowe, the weather was wonderful and the restaurants and events were not crowded. Perfect!

So far this year we’ve celebrated 16 honeymoons at the Stone Hill Inn.  Josh and Ashley from Boothbay, ME (pictured left) were one of most recent couples.  Their Vermont honeymoon included massages, canoeing, hot air ballooning, and ziplining from the Plan Your Stay section of our website, and several hikes in the Mansfield forests.  They also worked  our Stowe Dining section pretty hard as well!

“Honeymoon”– where does the expression come from?  It appears that nobody is absolutely sure, however the Merriam-Webster dictionary reports the etymology is from “the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest” (1546).   Of course it is a very special when your focus is simply having fun together, and your days are filled with tenderness and pleasure for each other.  A celebration of life.

The Winter Honeymoon Package includes a three-night stay in a Luxury guest room, (king bed, sitting area, and fireplace. A large bath with double Jacuzzi tub, rubber duck, fireplace, and shower).  It also includes these opportunities to celebrate life together!  

  • A tandem relaxation massage in the comfort of your own guest room in front of the fireplace.
  • Dog sledding at Eden’s (given snow is available) – get introduced to and help hitch up the dogs.  Spend 45 minutes in a cozy two-person sled while you marvel at beautiful snow-covered VT.
  • Dinner at Michael’s on the Hill ( a $120 certificate – gratuities not included)
  • A horse-drawn, romantic sleigh ride — just the two of you.
  • Make chocolate together at Laughing Moon Chocolates.  With your fingers filled with warm chocolate, you will laugh and become intoxicated with the chocolate aromas as you prepare and dip your own chocolate.  Each of you will make about a pound of chocolate.
  • Share a specially made Crème Brule’ French toast in the shape of a heart for your first morning breakfast
  • Rose petal turn-down the first night you arrive.
  • Two engraved Stone Hill Inn wine glasses

Total price before taxes for the Winter Honeymoon Package is $2,145.00. Package prices change during peak seasons (2/13-2/21; 9/19-10/18; 12/18-1/2). Corner rooms (Fiddlehead and West Branch) are available at a premium of $50 over the three days.
 

British Invasion Car Show : September 19th-21st

British Invasion Stowe VT

It was Christmas 15 years ago.  We had just purchased a new home within the past year, everyone was employed, and we were British Invasion Stowe VTlooking forward to its second Christmas.  Our current car was seriously old and becoming more expensive with each 1000 miles.  Somehow a picture of a new car that we had never seen slipped across Linda’s desk producing an immediate plea from Linda to swap old for new!  Of course the price was problematic.

The car was absolutely lovely. Even I liked it (all except the price.) Christmas was coming so I, like all males, continued to protest the price and the frivolousness of such a purchase while quietly considering the possibility and looking for a solution.   So, Christmas morning Linda’s brother – on cue – drove the new car down our driveway wrapped with a huge red ribbon and bow on top.  Linda vaulted out the front door in robe and slippers to view the car you see below – a 2000 Jaguar S Type – the first of its kind in the US.  Built in Birmingham, England and designed by Geoff Lawson, the key designer for Jaguar.  We still have this car and Linda still drives it to Shaw’s grocery store to get Yogurt, fresh fruit, and dozens of other ingredients for those fabulous breakfasts she designs at our charming Stowe bed and breakfast.

 

British Invasion Car Show So, this September 19-21 you are likely to find us attending and reviewing many of the entries into the 24th annual Stowe British Invasion car show.  This is North America’s largest British Classic Sports Car and Motorcycle Event!  Its mission is to provide a “Three Day Celebration and Salutation to the Great British Motorcar and all manner of other things British.”  It includes participants primarily from the US and Canada with over 600 cars on field, and approximately 1000 total.

 

The 24th annual Stowe British Invasion Car Show:

Registrant’s Reception- Friday 5-7pm
The official kick-off reception for this year’s British Invasion is to be held under the tent at the STOWE EVENTS FIELD. This event is open to all Pre-Registered participants in the British Invasion Weekend, Car owners and Vendors alike.

Stowe Main Street Party- Friday 6:30-9:30pm
Come and join the celebration of things British as Main Street will be awash with people in a festive mood and, of course, lots of British Motorcars.  Enjoy live music, food, and beverage service.  The local shops and restaurants will also remain open.  Main Street will be closed to through traffic and reserved for British Motorcar parking on Friday evening.

Concours d’Elegance- Judging on Saturday
The Concours d’Elegance is a “Judged” competition that attracts exceptional show cars.  Requirements: must be British, over 15 years old, and may NOT be replicas. Judging of entrants in the Concours d’Elegance competition will be based on a 100-point system, similar to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) judging rules. Criteria for judging includes mechanical operation, paint, interior, woodworking, undercarriage, chrome, engine compartment, and authenticity. A minimum of 90 points is required for 1st place, 85 for 2nd place and 75 for 3rd place. In case of a tie score, multiple awards will be presented. All entrants will receive participation ribbons.The Concours d’Elegance is a pre-registered ONLY event.

 

British Pub Saturday & SundayBritish Invasion Car Show Vermont

Our British Pub will be open to present fine English ales, wine and perhaps a mixed drink or two.

Tailgate Picnic Competition- Sunday

A display of creativity, good food, and things British. This event has become a “Classic” and perhaps one of the best Tailgate Competitions on the East Coast! Awards will be given for “Most Elegant”, “Most Creative”, “Most British”, “Best Costume”, “Best Tasting”, and “Most Humorous”.

 

British Market Place & Auto Jumble- Friday noon to Sunday
A collection of British Companies and vendors selling British, and British like products and services. Hard to find car spares, motoring accessories, motoring teddy bears, British candy, Regalia, Barbour jackets, and more.

British Car Corral – Friday noon to Sunday
An opportunity to buy or sell a British Motor Car or Motorcycle.

Come join us at the show.  One of the judges of the Concours d’Elegance will be staying at the Stone Hill Inn with us!

57th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show

Stowe Car Show

August 8-10, 2014

As a young lad in college I had a small picture of a 1964 Corvette convertible hanging on my dorm room wall, just above the army barracks bed that I had fortified with a piece of ¾” plywood to prevent the cushy 4” mattress from sagging. classic car show in Stowe VT

Corvettes during those hormone-driven days, especially romantic convertibles, often held my attention longer than polysci or english lit.  The 1964 Corvette was both luxurious and beyond cool.  It came with a standard three-speed manual transmission, a 327 engine, which when fuel injected generated 360 HP – and fuel mileage probably less than 20?

However, as I look back on Corvettes, I like the 1967 version best – the one pictured above.  In mid-March of 1965, Chevrolet’s Mark IV big-block was first offered in the C2, displacing 396 cubic inches and rated at 425hp. For 1966, the thundering 427 was released in 390hp and 425hp varieties. In 1967, the 427 was offered with 390, 400 or 435hp.  (Feb 2010 Hemmings Motor News.)  You can only imagine the tasty fuel mileage from this rocket!

Alas, I never bought a corvette; only drove one once (1964 with the 327 engine).  Today I require much more practicality in my transportation (2008 used Honda Pilot), but if I can finish my Stone Hill Inn chores early, I might slip down to see what the corvettes look like in the Stowe, VT., 57th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show.  August 8-10.

After 56 years, this Stowe car show has gotten pretty good at capturing some of the most interesting Antique cars from all over the U.S. while making the show quite charming.  After a restorative night’s sleep and healthy breakfast at our Stowe inn, you are ready for a full day of Stowe and the Antique car show!  Here’s the line-up for the event (only cars 1989 and earlier may enter the judging):

 

Friday, August 8:

7 am to 6 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 6 pm – vehicle registration

8 am to sunset – flea market open (non-automotive items not permitted – of course!!)

 

Saturday, August 9:

7 am to 6 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 3:30 pm – vehicle registration

8 am to 5:00 pm – flea market open (non-automotive items not permitted – of course!!

10:30 Fashion show judging at Nichols field (costumes must be of the same era as the year of your vehicle – sort of!)

11:00 Hot Wheels racing.

1:00 pm – Senior class judging and youth judging

3:30 pm  Parade leaves the field on the parade route – past the review stand and down to Main street Stowe. 

7:00 pm  10 pm – Street dance in Stowe village. (We’ll show you the back way into Stowe if you’re dining at one of the local restaurants.)

 

Sunday, August 10:

7 am to 4 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 4:00 pm – flea market and car corral

9:00 – technical judging begins

11:00 – valve cover racing

Early afternoon:  Awards ceremony; three awards per class

 

Well, I’m not sure if the 1967 Vette, pictured above, will be part of this year’s Stowe car show.  But if so, that’s where you will likely find me!!

Honeymoon in Vermont : Two Couples Celebrate at Stone Hill Inn

At Stone Hill Inn we love celebrating special occasions! Pictured below are Annabel and Jamie, who arrived Friday May 16 to celebrate their honeymoon in Vermont. Dominic and Stephanie from Ottawa enjoyed their honeymoon at Stone Hill Inn just a few days earlier.

Jamie is in the retail business and loves animals. Annabel loves to paint and is also an actress and will be in two pictures soon to be released. The first picture stars Cameron Diaz; the second stars Denzel Washington!

These bring the total number of honeymoons celebrated so far at Stone Hill Inn in 2014 to eight! If you are considering a honeymoon in Vermont, be sure to check out our Vermont Honeymoon Package, which can be customized to your wishes.

Best wishes to all our newlyweds!

Vermont Honeymoons

March Blizzard : Stowe VT Snow Report

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Well, the early estimate was 12 – 18 inches. But Wednesday night snows of 2 inches/hour brought the total to 18-22 inches of fresh powder. Temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be in the 20’s and 30’s. Perfect skiing conditions! Perfect Nordic conditions! Perfect snowshoeing conditions! (You need snowshoes in this snow!)
 
Come!  Three incentives in addition to perfect Vermont skiing conditions: 

 

 

  • 3.) Get creative – 20% off during the week and 8% off on the weekend! Hmmmm!

 

Stone Hill Inn. Perfect for winter sports.

The Best Skiing in Vermont is Now!

StoneHill Inn, Winter178-2

With roughly two feet of new snow in last week, the best skiing in Vermont is right now! Today: 42 miles over 116 trails. Highs in the upper 20’s. Ski depth average 40” on snowmaking trails; 20” on natural trails. 68 trails groomed last night.

For the rest of February and March, the Stone Hill  Ski & Stay package provides lodging discounts (Sun – Thur) of 20%  and lift discounts of 15%.

Boot and glove driers | washer/dryer | shuttle to the mountain | free snowshoes | toboggan run | outside equipment lockers | four fireplaces in the common areas | fortifying breakfasts | muscle relaxing Jacuzzi in your bath | king bed | fine sheets.

Stone Hill Inn. Perfect for winter sports. Trip Advisor’s 2014 pick as eighth best Inn/B&B in the U.S.

Foot of Fresh Powder : Stowe VT Snow Report

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Snow.  Twelve inches and still falling.  (5:00pm) Vermont loves this.  Skiing of course, but beauty, aye, beauty.   Quiet.  Slow motion.  Soft.  Unspoiled.  A gift to remind us we are still children; that we still love to play.

Come.  Now.  We have a room for you.  Warrrm.  Fireplaces – bedroom and bath.  Toasty bubbling water in a tub tuned for two.   Ahhhh.  Relax.  King bed.  Fine sheets.  Watch it snow through the windows and door to the gardens.

Boot and glove driers | washer/dryer | shuttle to the mountain | free snowshoes | toboggan run | outside equipment lockers | four fireplaces in the common areas | fortifying breakfasts | muscle relaxing Jacuzzi  | Stowe VT ski and stay packages with 20% savings.

Stone Hill Inn.  Perfect for winter sports.  Trip Advisor’s 2014 pick as eighth best Inn/B&B in the U.S.

 

Come!

Stone Hill Inn: 8th Best Bed and Breakfast in the U.S.

TripAdvisor top bed and breakfast

Hard to imagine.

Each year Trip Advisor examines the guest reviews of the many Inns and B&B’s in the U.S. (over 21,000), and using this data they create what they appropriately call their “Traveler’s Choice” awards. This becomes a list of the top 25 inns/B&B’s in the U.S. as rated by their guests.

Three months after we purchased our Stowe, Vermont bed and breakfast, in January of 2012, Trip Advisor notified us that Stone Hill had earned a ranking as the 16th best bed and breakfast in the U.S. based upon the reviews that our guests had provided over the previous 12 months. We were 16th! Stone Hill had never won one of these awards before.

Hard to imagine.

Of course we acknowledged the excellent efforts by the original owner and previous innkeepers, and simply worked hard to finish 2012, our first year as owners and without any previous involvement with the hospitality industry, with a goal of neither fumbling a good business nor tarnishing its reputation.

In 2013, our second year as owners and innkeepers, we realized that there was much about the hospitality industry that we didn’t know, and began to assemble a support team of marketing professionals: Whitestone Marketing, Jumping Rocks and Beth Campbell photography, Kelly Barkhurst Design, Stowe Area Association, and Tim Wilson from Bed&Breakfast.com.

This January we were again notified by Trip Advisor that we had earned another spot on their Traveler’s Choice top 25 list. This time we were #8 Our guests, because of their gracious comments, had given us a rating that resulted in our being the eighth best inn/B&B in the U.S.

Hard to imagine.

Owners of Best B&B Stone Hill InnSo we thank all of our guests who have been so wonderful and understanding during our first two years. We thank our team members who have picked up the pieces that we have dropped so many times. And we give thanks for our faith, for the gifts that we have been given and the opportunity to use them. We still have much to learn, and we go forward with a thankful heart, trying to embrace all that has taken place in such a short time: #16 B&B in the U.S. in 2012, and now #8 B&B in the U.S. in 2014.

Hard to imagine.

Stowe, Vermont Receives Nearly a Foot of Snow

With nearly a foot of fresh snow in the past 72 hours, the natural, unspoiled beauty of Stowe, VT has become magnificently dressed in whites to welcome snowshoers, skiiers, and all that love winter’s splendor.

Stowe skiers currently enjoy 88 trails over 33 miles of terrain given the fresh snow combined with the timely assist of $8 million of new snowmaking equipment.  Ski depths average around two feet along snow-making trails while natural snow trails are between 6” and 18.”  Stowe, with its new snow-making equipment, has enjoyed a significant advantage over other ski venues throughout New England this winter.

Stowe Vermont Skiing

Some of these skiers have taken advantage of Stone Hill’s Ski & Stay Package, whereby lodging prices are reduced 20% for stays between Sundays and Thursdays.  Lift ticket reductions of 15% complete this package.  Stone Hill can also provide a 20% discount on all ski equipment rentals.  Given a short walk down our hill, the Mountain Shuttle will take and return guests with their equipment directly to the mountain and back again to Houston Farm road at no charge.

Meanwhile, non-skiing guests with our complementary snow shoes are exploring the 9.5 acres at Stone Hill and other groomed local paths.  Later, as guest head home from a winter’s day, a warm, double-Jacuzzi tub in each guest room bath beckons.  Cold wet gloves and boots are now enjoying a few hours on the Stone Hill drying rack.  In the morning they will be conveniently placed in the front hall.  Wet clothes are quickly dried in the Stone Hill hallway dryer, and skis and snowboards can be safely stored in locked ski lockers just outside the front door.  Around 5:30 pm, appetizers and the reception area fireplace provide an informal setting for those wanting to share their day’s activities and accomplishments before they head to dinner.  Ahhhh.  A good day!

Obviously, our Stowe, Vermont bed and breakfast is uniquely equipped to serve skiers, snowshoers, and all that enjoy winter’s beauty.  Perhaps that is one reason why it has just been awarded a Traveler’s Choice award for 2014 by TripAdvisor.

Among more than 21,000 inns and B&B’s in the US, each year TripAdvisor selects the top 25.  This year the Stone Hill Inn was rated 8th best in the U.S.