Back when we lived in Florida, Susan and I would take a weekend in early December and head to St. Augustine FL, just to get into the holiday mood. It was decorated to the max and the Christmas shopping was great. Well up here in New England, Stowe is a pretty good place to catch the Holiday Spirit. The weekend of December 7 & 8, Stowe has it’s “Traditional Christmas in Stowe” festival. We have a children’s lantern parade to light all the Christmas lights and trees on Main Street. On Saturday we have an Alpine Christmas Market with artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors to make the season bright! Activities include a Cooking Making Contest, Candy Cane making demonstrations, Free Skating, Free Hay Rides and strolling Carolers. And of course, the big guy himself, Santa stops by Stowe. Along with all that Holiday Cheer, we have SNOW! Six inches fell last night (about 10 inches on the mountain), so early season skiing is underway. At last check we had 5 lifts running and 22 trails open. Not bad for November!! The mountain is offering early season rates right now. More on that and the new lift ticket discounts in my next blog.
We just finished one of the best 4th of July celebrations you will find in America! A fun parade kicks it off (Susan marched in the Lawn Chair Ladies Brigade again this year), followed by a fabulous village celebration with 4 bands, food vendors, street performers and artists, a dunk tank and much, much more. They also had organized games and a road race for all the athletes throughout the day. The big finish is a 4 hour celebration at the Mayo Farm events field with music, food, games, rides and one of the best fireworks displays you will find in a small town. It all makes me very proud to live in Stowe Vermont!
Last night while we got a call from Janet and Mike from Long Island who had just checked out that morning after a 3 night stay and lots of skiing. My immediate reaction was “what did you leave behind”? Janet said she didn’t call about anything like that, she just wanted to share with us that after being together for 6 years, Mike popped the questions while relaxing in front of the big fireplace in the great room. Janet said their romantic weekend at the Timberholm had inspired Mike. I’ll buy that. Warm, comfortable great room…roaring fire in the big field stone fireplace….no surprise there. It wasn’t the first time that has happened at the Timberholm and I’m sure it won’t be the last. We’re just pleased that guests find our Inn romantic and relaxing. Here’s hoping that Janet and Mike have a great life together and can come back one day and be our guests again. Perhaps for an anniversary! Cheers!
This past weekend we had a big family reunion here at the Timberholm. A family from Boston, who have been coming to Stowe for years made their annual pilgrimage our little Inn. This was their 4th visit in a row for this great family of 20 plus. Grandma and Grandpa are the hosts, and the kids and grand kids show up from all over the country. They have a great time skiing and just hanging out together in the great room, which they tell me is their favorite place. They also choose to take over the kitchen and do all their own cooking, which gets them a discount and gives us a little break. Susan and I were able to get out to dinner and a movie on Friday and took a short road trip on Saturday. We made it down to Manchester Vermont and did a little shopping in some of their outlet stores. We also did something we rarely do…we went out for breakfast. Anyways, we had a great time and the family had a great time. Got a big family or a ski club or any type of group looking for a great headquarters for your next gathering? Consider the Timberholm. Book a 3 night stay and rent the whole Inn and we’ll give you 10% off the whole place (15% off if you want use of the kitchen and don’t what me to cook breakfast). It’s a great deal and great place for your group to get together.
One of the best things about our moving to Stowe is all the friends we’ve made in the community. And the really neat thing is how all the Innkeepers stick together. Many of our friends are in the same boat as us, running a small Inn, and working very hard, especially in February. We just finished a very busy and successful Presidents Week so we asked our friends Julian and Kay to join us for dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, Gracie’s. Great fun, good conversation and a delicious steak special on the menu. They do a great job at Gracie’s. Then we all dropped in next door at the Arbor Inn to look into our friends Michael and Cody. We had not been able to get together since before Christmas so we had lots of catching up to do and lots of stories to share. While we hung out, the snow started again and we got another 4 or 5 inches overnight. Looks like March is going to be a great month for skiing in Stowe. Hope to see you!
Stowe is being slowly buried in soft white powder courtesy of the Screamer-9 inches since last night and it looks like a lot more is coming. The skiers are SO psyched. They are filling up on pineapple bread and ham fritatta to keep them going. Just lovely. Oh, make that 10 inches…I type real slow.
Despite the mild Winter and the snow drought across much of the country, it has been a surprisingly good season for skiing and other Winter sports this year…at least so far. The Stowe Mountain Resort had been doing an excellent job working with what Mother Nature has provided and with man-made snow. On the occasions I’ve been up on the mountain skiing, I have found the conditions quite good, and my guests seem to agree. I’ve been hearing chatter in the industry that we have the best conditions on the east coast and some of the best in the country. Keep up the good work SMR!
It’s also been a good season for return guests. We’ve had the pleasure of having many of our loyal guests return, including the Morrisseau family who have been coming here for Christmas for years, and John & Arlene Frailey and their good friend Barbara who have been coming to Stowe for 29 years and staying at the Timberholm for all but a couple of those years. I’ll tell you, there is no bigger compliment to us as innkeepers to have people come back year after year.
Check back often to hear about our inn, some tales and many reminiscences!