A Romantic Luxury Inn for Couples in Stowe Vermont

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!!

Baked Crème Brulee French Toast

Another classic Stone Hill Inn breakfast

Crème Brulee French Toast

Perhaps you have noted among the recent reviews for the Stone Hill Inn, the mention of one breakfast dish that seems to claim particular favor.  While many guests have generally praised Linda’s breakfast creations, this devilishly tasty entre is often mentioned by name.  Such distinction requires, of course, exceptional taste, but one wonders if the name itself plays a role, for how could you say Baked Crème Brulee French Toast without causing a sly smile to adorn the face?   Now a favorite at our Stowe bed and breakfast, especially among returning guests who quickly intercept Linda to request this bewitching  meal  soon after they arrive!  As said in A Real American Breakfast Cookbook:  “A true luxury, this is worth every last calorie.” Read the rest of this entry »

Stowe Hot Air Balloon Festival July 11-13, 2014

Stowe Hot Air Balloon Festival

After a Spring of wonderful weather we head into Summer and the many festivals that dot the Stowe calendar. First up – the 28th annual hot-air balloon festival held less than a mile from our Stowe bed and breakfast -  the Stone Hill Inn. Over 25 of these beautiful creatures will paint the sky with vibrant colors from July 11-13. A wonderful photography venue but better yet – you can go for a ride!

Ballooning, as you probably know, is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. The first flight was a two-person journey on November 21, 1783 from Paris, France! (Wikipedia)

We’ve arranged for several of our guests to go hot-air ballooning this Spring using our local balloon provider Jeff Snyder and his Above Reality balloon company. A recent couple celebrated their honeymoon by ascending 1,600 feet and traveling over 11 miles. Weather is always a factor and Jeff, designer and builder of balloons, is very conservative. He suggests not betting on only ONE day, but have at least two or three days from which to choose in order to be more assured of getting weather needed for a flight.

According to Jeff, very few say that they are afraid once they are in the air. He says that it’s because unlike a cliff, there are no edges to look over when you are in a balloon. We had a chance to experience a taste of ballooning two weeks ago – 75 feet up from in one of Jeff’s tethered balloons. Quiet, soft, fresh perspective. Looking for a great way to celebrate life together! Come!

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

Select Registry – Vacation of a Lifetime

Yesterday Montreal denizens, Michael and Sossi honored our Stowe bed and breakfast as their third stop on a one year tour (gratis!) of all Select Registry properties. They have a year to stay at as many locations as they want, each for one night – a Vacation of a Lifetime!!

Select Registry WinnersThey are one of three couples chosen at random among those who either have opened a rewards account or have stayed at a Select Registry property during 2013. The more nights you stay during the year, the more chances you have of being selected.

Michael is a retired police officer from the Provincial police where after being an investigator he now is credit director (F&I) for the past 8 yrs in a major automobile dealership in Montreal. Sossi worked for almost 25 years in the travel industry; even owning and operating her own travel agency. An extraordinary program and it was such fun to be with them even if only for a day!

Spring. At Last!

Gardens at Stowe VT InnThe Garden Awakes. Undaunted, despite a winter for the record books, the Geraniums and Day Lilies emerge (picture) and soon will begin to add texture and beauty to the garden! Spring! We’ve removed several hundred pounds of sand from our driveway and parking lot (we have it hauled away for reuse), captured dozens of renegade branches that have escaped their trees, begun serious weeding and pruning, completed our normal, April “deep cleaning” of each guest room & shampooed rugs throughout our Stowe inn (yea Tony!). We’ve painted the interior trim around windows and doors, initiated a major change for the West Branch room, completed plans for a new exterior lighting system, and commissioned a new landscape plan for the front of the inn. Strategic mulching today and window washing, and opening the “Back Porch” with new rattan furniture, are on the agenda for tomorrow. Today we’re deciding about painting the inn! Temperatures in the 60’s this week.

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.